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6 Natural Hidden Gems Found in Costa Rica


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Costa Rica is home to a remarkably diverse and beautiful natural world. When visiting Costa Rica, you want to appeal to all your senses. Taste the culinary delights. Feel the warmth of the bright sun. Hear the sounds of gushing waterfalls and distinctive bird calls, and see all the beautiful natural wonders of the earth that this incredible land has to offer. The Costa Rican Tourism Board is continually striving to make it better.

Giant volcanoes, stunning beaches, regal rivers, and biodiversity can all be found in Costa Rica. A sizable portion of the region is protected rainforest , which is home to a wide variety of wildlife. The Caribbean coast and the Pacific coast are two of Costa Rica’s stunning coastlines. There are beautiful locations to visit on both sides. 

Uvita Waterfall

The Uvita Waterfalls are a beautiful natural feature that can be found in the Southern Puntarenas province in Costa Rica. There are three falls in the area: Cascada El Pavon, Naucaya (requires a bit of a hike), and the more popular waterfall in the town of Uvita with a natural slide.

For the tourists’ convenience and safety, a ladder has been constructed on the rocks so that they can easily climb up. The depth below the waterfall is 29 feet (9.5 meters deep). It’s an ideal spot for a picnic, and there are a number of natural pools you can frolic in. Just remember to wear good shoes that are non-slippery.

Santa Teresa as a Luxury Home Base

Santa Teresa is a lovely outpost and an ideal place to establish a base if you want to experience Costa Rica’s unadulterated beauty but still enjoy a luxury vacation. Take day trips to the nearby beaches and natural places to explore hidden gems such as the caves of Palo Verde national Park during the day.

Also close to Santa Teresa, the Cabo Blanco Nature Reserve must be visited as part of any outdoor adventure itinerary in Costa Rica. For those of you wishing to observe an exceptionally diversified and exquisite spectrum of bird life, hike in this local eco-friendly park, the first protected nature reserve in the area that 150 species of birds call home.

Mal Pais

Another recently discovered gem is Mal Pais. It was once a quiet  fishing community, but ever since then, it has developed into a stunning tourist destination. In addition to surfing, other activities include horseback riding, hiking, and zip-lining canopy tours. 

Backpacker hostels, clubs, and exquisite restaurants line Mal Pais’ main street, where you can find everything from Thai food to Israeli cuisine. It has maintained its laid-back character while being a thriving surfing community.

Playa Mina Beach

Playa Mina, near Conchal Beach in the Guanacaste Province, is a hidden treasure that is less crowded and offers a wide variety of activities despite not being a particularly wide beach. The beach, also known as Zapotillal, boasts white sand and an azure-blue sea.

A hidden path from Playa Mina leads to Punta Sabana, where you can see panoramic views of Playa Conchal and Playa Flamingo from a vantage point that is just adjacent to the beach.

Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands

Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands is a 5000-acre private wildlife refuge in the Costa Rican region of Guanacaste. When visiting this natural habitat, you will discover numerous species of brightly colored birds, reptiles, amphibians, mammals, and a diverse range of indigenous plants.

Traditionally, January is thought to be the best month to visit the wetlands. By the end of December, the rainy season has ended, the Christmas peak season has passed, and the popular Pacific coast is graced with lush forests, vegetation, and a predominance of sunny days.

Rincon de la Vieja Volcano

Rincon de la Vieja is located in the region of Guanacaste in northwest Costa Rica, about 23 kilometers (14 miles) from Liberia. It is the largest and most active volcano in Guanacaste, Costa Rica. The Colossus of Guanacaste is a giant volcano that measures nine miles (15 km) in width and 6,286 feet (1,916 meters) in height. At least 32 rivers cascade down the gigantic, 600,000-year-old geological wonder.

The name of the volcano refers to a local legend, and means”The Old Woman’s Corner” or “Old Woman’s Nook”  when translated. Learn about an indigenous legend about Princess Curubandá that surrounds the volcano as locals share their cultural heritage with you. You can experience incredible nature, volcanic activity, and wildlife while hiking on the Rincon de la Vieja National Park’s Las Pailas loop trail, which is 2.5 miles (3.5 km) long and passes through an exotic and dry tropical forest.

Tips for Traveling to Costa Rica

Plan your trip in advance and book your stay ahead of time to avoid disappointment. By visiting Costa Rica from May to December, during the off-season monsoon season, you can reduce your travel and accommodation costs.

Saving yourself some uncomfortable situations with little helpful tips like taking sunblock and packing hiking shoes is also worth mentioning. Knowing a little Spanish will help you communicate with the locals, so brush up on your basic Spanish. 

It has a moderate climate all year round, but pick the time that will work best for your visit. For dry, sunny weather, late November to late April is best. August is the best month for reliable surfing. If you want a peaceful experience, you should avoid the months of December through April because the beach gets very busy during those months.

Costa Rica offers the pinnacle of eco-luxury travel. Whether your dream Costa Rican vacation involves having a good time at the beach, hiking through lush rainforests, or discovering waterfalls, these locations provide an unforgettable backdrop to have fun and make lifelong memories.

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