Things to do in Costa Rica
Alajuela - visit the animals at Zoo Avenue
Zoo Avenue is unlike many other zoos, as it is sponsored by an animal conservation group. Many of the animals exhibited here have been as a result of babies loosing their mothers or from confiscation from poachers. Many of the birds here fly free, although it can occasionally be hard to spot them. Most of the indigenous species of mammals and birds of Costa Rica, can be found here.
Guanacaste - learn to surf
There are a number of locations in Costa Rica where you can go surfing but one of the best is at Playa Grande, just outside of Guanacaste. The waves here are sufficient for more advanced surfers but are ideal for beginners with most people being able to stand after just an hour coaching. Book a trip to do this early in your holiday as it is so much fun you will probably want to do it again.
Puntarenas - experience a sky mountain canopy tour
For an exhilarating experience take the plunge, and go on a Sky Mountain Canopy Tour. Climb up to the various platforms that are set in the mountains around Puntarenas and fly down the zip lines over the treetops, some of which are over 300 metres long. Take the opportunity to take in the fantastic views both over the forest inland and out over the Pacific Ocean. When you have completed your exciting tour, cool down in the relaxing waters of a nearby waterfall.
San Jose - go white water rafting down the Pacuare River
There are a number of companies offering white water rafting around San Jose, with a range of trips available. Possibly the best value are the overnight trips that take in both class 1 and 2 rapids on the first day and the more challenging class 3 and 4 the following day. Overnight stays are normally in splendid, forest lodges located alongside the river. They offer the chance to swim and relax before sitting down for an excellent meal.
Introduction to Costa Rica
The country of Costa Rica has become one of the world's most popular tourist destinations with the help of its beautiful white beaches, thriving ecotourism industry, and status as one of Central America’s most stable countries. Visitors seeking hotels in Costa Rica have plenty of options to choose from, especially in the country’s capital of San Jose. Costa Rica hotels in San Jose range from familiar international chains to unique family owned accommodations to everything in between. Other options for hotels in Costa Rica include renting villas or condos where visitors may explore the country in more private surroundings or rustic lodges especially popular among ecotourists wishing to explore Costa Rica’s volcanoes, rainforests, and other natural surroundings. Villas or hotels in Costa Rica come in all price ranges and are available across the country, but regardless of which option visitors choose, booking in advance is highly recommended, especially between December and April. Many visitors to Costa Rica love the country so much, they decide to buy property and stay there.