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Top 6 things to see and do in Costa Rica

Want to experience ‘pura vida’ (the pure life) in Costa Rica? Check out these top tips from our #STATravelBlueTicket winners, after they toured Costa Rica’s forests, beaches and national parks.

Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve

Adrenaline junkies, this one is for you! Soar above the forest canopy on eight different ziplines. If you’re still after a buzz after all of that, then try the freefall Tarzan swing and plummet through the trees. Chest beating, optional.

If you’d rather keep your feet on the floor (kind of), then head to the suspension bridge via an easy hike and take in the views from this hanging bridge.

 

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Manuel Antonio National Park

Another day, another national park. Get ready for white sands skirted by lush rainforest. Spend the day exploring rainforest trails, picnicking and snorkelling. Though be prepared to fight the cute – but naughty – monkeys for your last ham sandwich. And don’t expect any help from the nearby sloths and iguanas, either.

 

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Manzanillo

Head to Costa Rica’s east coast for a taste of the Caribbean and this gorgeous little beach town, complete with white sand beaches and dirt track roads. Added bonus, the town is in the Gandoca-Manzanillo Wildlife and Marine Refuge, so don’t forget your snorkel.

 

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Arenal Volcano National Park

We lava volcanos (sorry). Take a scenic trek around the national park to explore Arenal Volcano. Don’t get too close though, this bad boy’s still active. Around the park you’ll find plenty of natural hot springs, so you can soak your tired legs as you soak up the views.

 

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Tortuguero National Park

Tucked away in the north-east of the country, this national park is only accessible by boat and so will feel like a personal piece of paradise. During the day take scenic boat journeys or walking tours around the islands, and at night, watch out for turtles as they come ashore to lay their eggs. Or if you’re lucky, witness the tiny hatchlings make a run for the water for the first time.

 

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Corcovado National Park


One for all the Attenborough fans, this national park is one of the most biologically rich in Costa Rica. Look out for jaguars, giant anteaters and macaws in the mangrove swamps, and crocodiles and bull sharks in the rivers.

 

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Ready to discover Costa Rica for yourself? Check out our Costa Rica destination guide for more on how to get there and what to expect when you arrive.