Nov 22, 2012
Costa Rica is located in southern Central America, between Nicaragua and Panama. Today, the country is known for having the highest standards of living in Central America, as well as the highest literacy rate and the longest lifespan.
That being said, what really makes it famous among tourists and those who dream of moving here, are its magnificent flora and fauna, the national parks, the wonderful silky beaches and the activities that can be practiced year round.
Costa Rican Flora and Fauna
Even though Costa Rica is a relatively small country, it boasts an abundance of flora protected through a wide system of National Parks. There are over 9,000 species of flowering plants, and every day brings new discoveries. About 1,400 species of stunning orchids, 800 species of ferns and 30 species of birds of paradise can be admired here.
In Costa Rica, the large tropical rainforests have very high trees and shelter lots of rare, even undiscovered species. There are also lots of dry forests which do not contain many plants but are nevertheless beautiful and exotic, real attractions for tourists and nature lovers around the world.
In addition to the dry forests and the tropical rainforests, a unique aspect of Costa Rica are the mangrove swamps that grow on the borders between the ocean and the land, producing algae and other microorganisms. They play an essential role in preserving species that can only survive in salty conditions.
Costa Rica’s fauna is abundant by all means and this characteristic made the country famous among its neighbors and abroad. There are more than 300.000 species of insects, 850 species of birds, 220 species of reptiles, 200 species of amphibians and more than 200 species of mammals.
Main Water Sports Practiced in Costa Rica
Surfing - Costa Rica is considered a top destination for those who just cannot stay away from the gigantic waves. Surfers from every corner of the world come to enjoy the warm crystal clear waters and the silky sandy beaches. Surfing can be done on most of Costa Rica’s beaches; therefore tourists combine surfing with visiting national parks, exploring active volcanoes and end up enjoying the beautiful atmosphere of the nightlife and resorts.
Jet Skiing -Is turning into a popular and versatile way of enjoying the sea and shore and is ideal for touring around the remote coastal stretches which are very difficult or almost impossible to reach by land.
Windsurfing - can be done just like surfing on almost all beaches. The best place for both pros and beginners is the Lake Arenal area due to its predictable wind, warm water and good accommodations. The western part of Lake Arenal is a top windsurfing spot, often compared to Italy’s Lake Garda.
Scuba Diving - In Costa Rica, scuba diving can be a lot of fun as the water is warm and clean and there are fish banks housing anywhere from 2,000 to 10,000 fish. Near Coco Island you can observe hammerhead and whale sharks or have a chance encounter with a giant manta ray. Scuba diving is a must try for every tourist visiting Costa Rica. The rich waters are abundant in marine populations and it will only assist in creating lasting memories. The best sites for diving are: Coco Island, the Osa Peninsula, and the Caribbean coast.
Snorkeling - Snorkeling is another wonderful water activity to relax and amaze you at the same time. If you snorkel in Cabuya, the odds of seeing an abundant of colorful fish are very high. Snorkeling in the National Park of Cahuita is an amazing experience, because you get to explore the park’s protected waters which include 123 different species of fish, 140 shellfish, 128 various algae and 44 species of crustaceous. Other renowned places for snorkeling are Coco Island, Caño Island and Catalina Islands.
Canoeing – Is a guaranteed thrill on Costa Rica’s waters. There are a wide variety of rivers to choose from: Arenal, Peñas, Blancas, Fortuna. While you gently slide down the river, you will have the opportunity to notice a rare collection of birds: Little Blue Heron, Fly Catchers and Northern Jacana.
White Water Rafting – Is practiced in Costa Rica at a very high level. The rivers are perfect for this sport, offering spectacular views and an unknown tropical wilderness. The best rivers for white water rafting are: Pacuare, Rio Reventazon, Arenal Volcano, Peñas Blancas, Sarapiqui, Savegre, Naranjo and Coroboci.
Sport Fishing – It reached its home ground in Costa Rica. What and how much you catch may vary according to the migratory patterns, seasons and weather. Costa Rica is famous for having broken 79 world records in fishing.
Places You Have to See in Costa Rica
The Corcovado National Park – Is located on the Osa Peninsula, in the southern part of Costa Rica. It has more than 260 square miles and it is reputed to be the best park in Costa Rica due to its large number of wildlife species. It shelters 124 species of mammals (including, Margay, Jaguar, Ocelot), 375 species of birds and 117 species of reptiles and amphibians.
The Barra Honda Caverns - If you are interested in spelunking, you will appreciate the amazing condition of the Barra Honda caves. The entrance is rather small and vertical, but the limestone caverns protect them and will give you the opportunity to explore the caverns and underground.
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca – Is a small village animated by reggae music along the beach and on its Main Street. It is more than picturesque; it is fresh, cozy and offers a variety of fish dishes, spiced breads and coconut curries for all culinary tastes.
Tortuguero – It is also known under the name of "Costa Rica’s Amazon" and it is an important nesting site for marine turtles. Every year, thousands of turtles come to the shores of Tortuguero to lay eggs. If you are lucky, you might even get to see them when they come out of the water or back from the beach after laying their eggs.
San José City – Is the capital of Costa Rica. Located in the Central Valley, It’s a blend of historical and modern traditions. Once here, you have to try the cuisine, the nightlife and explore all the historical buildings, some of which are still from the Reconquista era.
You can also try:
· Canopy tours
· Coffee tours
· Volcano Watching
· Nature Cruise
· Horseback riding
· Nature Walk
· Bird Watching
· Mountain Biking
Whether you’re a tourist or are considering a move to Costa Rica, there are many places to see, many activities to try and so many amazing sights to explore that boredom is certainly not an issue you will face!
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