Top 5 Secret destinations in Costa Rica
Costa Rica may denote paradise and boast of toucans, howler monkeys, and a good number of wildlife that can complete a Disney cartoon flick. The life in Costa Rica is pretty much relaxed. Add to that the strong waves and beautiful environment. These reasons among others attract around 1.5 million travelers every year to Costa Rica.
The number of things you can do in Costa Rica are myriad.. Those who are into active travel can go surfing, snorkeling, hiking, and wildlife spotting. You can also cross the cloud forest, go to an active volcano, and have a relaxing massage on the beach . If you want some adrenaline pumping, you can go ziplining or surfing the rough waves of the Pacific.
If you are going to do the usual things to do in Costa Rica though, expect the rest of the crowd heading the same direction. But if you want to see beaches, natural wonders, and have encounters with the Costa Rican wildlife without the masses, here are some secret destinations in Costa Rica which we bet you will enjoy:
If you want miles of sandy paradise, you can go to the Nicoya Peninsula which is as beautiful as the Guanacaste but not as crowded. The most popular place is Montezuma if you want to get your dose of sand and sun during your Costa Rica holiday. You will also be able to see some magnificent waterfalls. You can hike or arrange a visit to the Montezuma Waterfall and then ride a horse going to El Chorro Falls. Perfect timing will allow you to be on the way home on a horseback while the sun sets.
The Playa Zancudo is a quiet beachtown located along a stretch of sand sandwiched between a mangrove lagoon and Golfo Dolce. It is a good place to have a retreat from all the city lights and sounds. Here you can rent a cabin to stay and enjoy activities like fishing, surfing, and also enjoy organized tours around the area. You can join a tour that takes you thru trails around the surrounding forest and thru private reserves. There is also the Wilson Botanical Gardens considered as the best in Costa Rica.
Rincon de La Vieja Volcano and National Park
Ricon de La Vieja is underxplored compared to its counterpart destination, the more popular Arenal Volcano. If you love hiking, the park provides stunning trails around hot springs, waterfalls, and mud deposits. The easiest trail will be the Las Pailas loop which you can finish in a few hours and will take you sites like volcanic fumaroles (or earth’s steam vents) and mud pots. You can spend the next day walking around the La Cangreja Waterfalls and the Blue Lake. The picture perfect destination lake is a great spot to enjoy some swimming and picnic lunch.
Playa Samara is among the favorites of locals for their weekend getaway but tourists and travelers often miss out this Costa Rica destination. There is nothing special about the town but the coastline is picturesque. Make sure you go to the isolated gems like the Playa Carillo and the Playa Barrigona.
Barra Honda National Park
This national park in Costa Rica boasts of a fascinating network of caves ideal for someone who is up for some adventure exploration. The caves will give you stalactites, stalagmites, and other rock formations. The national park is also the location of a dry forest which is a very rare habitat in the planet. You’ll also be able to spot capuchin and cacti monkeys in Barra Honda National Park.