The Republic of Costa Rica is quite a small country situated in the central America and is surrounded by Panama (from south), Nicaragua (from north), the Caribbean Sea (from east) and the Pacific Ocean (from west). Costa Rica is divided into six regions. The main cities of Costa Rica are Cartago, San Jose, Heredia, Dominical, Puerto Limon, Alajuela, Liberia, Quesada and Puntarenas. The place is a popular tourist destination because of its richness in natural beauty. Costa Rica has preserved its flora and fauna and thus has many national parks of natural beauty. Some of the famous ones are Cahuita NATIONAL Park, Cocos Island National Park, Chirripo National Park, Arenal Volcano, Corcovado National Park, Pacuare River and Protected Zone, Rincon De La Vieja Volcano National Park, Monteverde and Santa Elena Cloud Forest Reserves and Manuel Antonio National Park.
Costa Rica offers many extraordinary places to visit and even amazing things to do. But still people would love to take a break from traveling and enjoy at some of country’s best beaches. Costa Rica is known for its beaches and its huge waves. The biggest beach in Costa Rica is Corcovado which is located on the Osa Peninsula. Instead of shinny white sand, the beach has black sand. The ecosystem of this place is fragile and that’s why back-country camping is not allowed there. If people want to camp then they have to camp at the entrances of the ranger stations only. The ocean tides in the Corcovado beach are very high and powerful. Swimming is prohibited during high tides or storms. Even some dangerous bull-sharks and poisonous snakes are also present in the both the Rio Sirena and Rio Claro sea. Thus, tourists should get satisfied by watching the flora and fauna and feeling the fresh air and waves of this beach and do not risk their life.
The second most famous beach destination of Costa Rica is Dominical. It is by far the largest surfing destination of tourists in the country. In this beach also the waves that hit the shore are quite strong so preventive measures are must. But children are not allowed to swim on the sea. Apart from the beach and the ocean area Dominical also has beautiful waterfalls and fishing zones. Other favorite activities of tourists are massage, horseback riding, ziplines, socializing, caves, yoga and hiking. People often visit Dominical for the whale watching tours. The whales can be seen at the meeting point of the Northern Hemisphere and the Southern Hemisphere at the Pacific Ocean. This sight is indeed a remarkable one.
Another popular tourist destination is Jaco which is a sweet and small city. Thus, it is possible to explore the whole city in one day only. The city offers many places to explore and even to shop also. The beach of the city is a famous surfing spot. The tour in the Jaco area is all about going to bars and dining out. You will find many lovely and private spots to click pictures or spent some time. The Nicoya Peninsula is also a gorgeous region in Costa Rica. Mal Pais, Samara and Santa Teresa are the beach spots in the Nicoya Peninsula. Mal Pais is a long surfing beach which offers a lot of low budged restaurants and hotel with good quality food and services. The expensive one is Samara and may be expense is the region why this beach is less crowdie. The last one, Santa Teresa, is affordable and is known for the best sunsets in Costa Rica.
Some other nice beach spots in Costa Rica are Montezuma, Tamarindo, Playa Santa Teresa, Tortuguero and Playa Grande. Costa Rica is also among the few countries which offer great rafting opportunities. The rafting centre of Costa Rica was Turrialba. But later the Arenal Volcano area became the whitewater rafting destination of people. Rafting trips are the main highlights of the vacations of the tourists in Costa Rica. Costa Rica was the first country to start catch and release fishing and therefore is considered as the best sport fishing country in the world. A variety of fishes including the Snapper, Marlin, Wahoo, Dorado, Roosterfish, Salfish, Tuna and many more are available in the rivers of Costa Rica. The Northern and Caribbean sides of Costa Rica are popular for Big Snook and Big Tarpon.
Almost all the beaches of Costa Rica are known for Surfing making Costa Rica a city for Surfers. The days of August and November are the best days for surfers if they want to surf on the amazing beaches of Costa Rica. The region of Guanacaste provides the best beaches for surfing. Playa Grande and Playa Negra are the best ones. Playa Grande is the place for both the experienced and beginner surfers as it offers consistent waves whereas the hollow waves of Playa Negra can be tackled by advanced surfers only. Other two sports which are also followed in Costa Rica are Biking and Golf. Because of the presence of great and huge mountains biking in Costa Rica can be very adventurous. There are many golf courses for golf players but the three main golf courses are in Mid Pacific, San Jose and Guanacaste. So this sport and adventurous place is definitely a must visit place for fun and beach loving people.