Costa Rica is an unforgettable country, attracting thousands of tourists every year; in fact, it is ranked as one of the most visited countries in the world. Undoubtedly, Costa Rica has many reasons to be on this list. Located in an enviable spot in Central America, it occupies a territory of 19,652 square miles, situated in between the Caribbean Sea and the Pacific Ocean. However, it is easy to cross the country from one coast to another, and it will take you only 45 minutes by car.
Tourists love Costa Rica for its diversity. This country is accessible for many different types of tourists: it’s a perfect location whether you love wildlife, are interested in relaxing beach vacations, or love surfing and diving. The last activity is gaining more popularity in the country, making numerous beaches perfectly equipped for watersports sports: Esterillos, Jaco, Hermosa, Boca Barranca, etc. Also, if you travel to the Golfito region, near Marino Ballena National Park, surfing fans can find the famous “long lefthander wave.”
However, there are many other activities which a tourist can enjoy while traveling around Costa Rica.
There is a long season for humpback whale-watching in Costa Rica – in fact, it is the longest on the planet. There is no other place where you can spot these wonderful animals for almost eight months of the year.
The whales migrate from the cold seas of North America and Antarctica. They come to the Pacific coast to find warmer areas and avoid cold temperatures. You will have a great chance to see them on their way to the waters of the Pacific Ocean of Costa Rica if you take a boat from Marino Ballena National Park or the Golfo Dulce in the south-west of Costa Rica.
Diving with turtles
Coral reefs in the waters of Costa Rica are colored as if lit up by thousands of bright lights. Here you can enjoy the beauty of the underwater world and try some of the best diving and snorkeling in the world.
One of the most exciting underwater attractions can be seen if you proceed to some covered quiet bays of the Caribbean Sea. Plunge into the beauty of exotic wildlife and an underwater paradise. From March to July, you can see turtles in the bays of Gandoca Manzanillo Wildlife Reserve. If you travel a little north, you will be able to witness the world’s largest living coral reefs at Cahuita National Park.
You cannot miss this activity if you come to Costa Rica. It is almost impossible to not want to try catching one of these tremendous waves crashing against the western shores of the country. The world’s best surfers come here to enjoy the perfect waves. Surfing here is accessible year round, and there are spots for professionals and also for the beginners.
Here you can even see so-called surfer towns, located at the Nicoya Peninsula and Guanacaste in the north.
Surfing schools, individual instructors, surf camps and everything else you need can be organized for tourist vacations here.
Dancing during Carnival week
It’s hard to imagine this Central American country without calypso music, dances and the raucous Carnival festivals. If you come to the port city of Puerto Limon in October, you can witness a week of bright-colored dances, national music and a festive atmosphere.
This part of the country presents a rich Afro-Caribbean culture. Due to this fact, you’ll notice here the smell of rich spices, fireworks that start the merriment each day and dancers in colored costumes who take to the streets for parades.
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