There is something so freeing about road trips. Cruising down the open road not knowing where you will end up. Earlier this year we completed a road trip through Costa Rica; A small country with incredible beauty. Costa Rica is home to 500,000 different species of wildlife, 9,000 species of flowing plants and is known to be one of the worlds top regions for conservation. No wonder it’s considered to be one of the world’s most beautiful countries.
Considering the size of this country there is so much to see and do here. There is something for everyone, no matter whether you are an adrenaline junkie, or if you prefer strolling through a forest witnessing Mother Nature at her best.
Driving through Costa Rica is a great way to see what this country has to offer. Lush green forests surrounds you at every turn and you encounter more wildlife than you can imagine. And because it’s such a small country you can easily get from one side to the other on the same day. There are so many wonderful things to do and see in Costa Rica. In fact, I am sure this post could have been a top 20, so we have broken the list down to ‘north’ and ‘south’. Today we start with the top end of the country and our list of Top Places To See In Northern Costa Rica
This is probably one of the best known attractions in Costa Rica and there is a reason for that. While this inactive volcano is simply majestic, it’s the area around it that blew us away. The roads in the surrounding area of La Fortuna were some of the lushest I have ever seen. Green as far as the eye could see; truly beautiful. Most days the volcano is hidden amongst the clouds but if you are lucky enough, you might catch it on a clear day and if so, it really quite breath taking.
La Paz Waterfall Gardens
Simply put La Paz offers serene gardens, incredible wildlife and majestic waterfalls. We spent a whole day here and could have stayed longer… had they not locked the gate! The wildlife you will encounter includes sloths, big cats, frogs, snakes, butterflies, birds, monkeys and more. The waterfalls in the gardens are truly amazing. You are surrounded by beautiful lush jungle as you walk along a path that leads past each waterfall, each one more impressive than the last. The walk back up however would be a bit of a killer so thankfully they have a courtesy bus to get you back to the main part of the gardens. This is definitely worth a visit.
The most popular attraction in Monte Verde is the Could Forest. There are walking trails which take you through the stunning elevated forest. Make sure you don’t miss the hanging bridge in the forest, which gives you great views of the surrounding area. But more than that, Monte Verde is a charming little town well worth a walk through. A visit to the Tree House restaurant is a must – The restaurant is built around a very large tree; a sight not to be missed.
You will find this cute little beach town in the Nicoya Peninsula. Tamarindo is part of the bay formed by a cape so the waters here are much calmer than the rest of this coast. It’s a perfect place for a swim to cool down on a hot day. The main street is lined with small shops selling everything from locally made clothing and souvenirs to imported knock offs. You will also find some of Costa Rica’s best eateries along the main drag also. It’s a great place for a day trip or perhaps to chill out for a day or two.
Have you been to Costa Rica? Do you have anything to add to our Top Places To See In Northern Costa Rica?