Costa Rica is a country for nature lovers. It has beautiful beaches at the Caribbean Sea and Pacific Ocean to offer next to forests, volcanoes and an impressive fauna. The country was one of many which we visited while doing our backpacking through Central America and I share with you our 10-day itinerary now.
We got to Costa Rica crossing the Panama border, leaving Bocas del Toro and arriving in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, a small very touristy beach town in the Caribbean. We spent two days in Puerto Viejo and then headed to the capital, San Jose. In San José we stayed longer than we wanted to but as you know, we have to travel and to work. But 2 days are more than enough to get to know the city.
Our next destination in Costa Rica was the Manuel Antonio National Park, which has one of the most beautiful beaches in the world, according to Traveler’s Choice 2016, promoted by Tripadvisor. So that you have enough time to get to know the park and the nearby beaches, you should stay about 2 days as well.
To go from Quepos (the major city to get to the National Park) to Monteverde, which was our next destination, we had to make a 1-night stop in another beach town: Puntarenas. The ocean of Puntarenas doesn’t compete with the beaches of Manuel Antonio. But the waterfront is very charming with a lighthouse and in the late afternoon the sun is setting over the ocean which is very beautiful.
Very early the next morning, we left to get to Monteverde, a region of cloud forest (tropical). This is one of the most important tourist destinations in Costa Rica, due to the variety of flora and fauna and as it also offers several outdoor activities, including extreme sports.
Those of you who have more time in Costa Rica can also take advantage to include the city La Fortuna, where the Arenal Volcano is located.