Costa Rica is a Central American destination known for its 14 volcanoes, sprawling coastline - 800 miles of it along the Caribbean Sea and Pacific Ocean - and immense biodiversity, with more than 800 bird species, among other claims to ecological fame. Ecotourism deals dominate the country's tourist scene, with beautiful Costa Rica resorts found in spectacular coastal and inland destinations alike. Whether you stay near national parks or surf breaks, on volcanic slopes or in the capital, San José, a Costa Rican vacation promises to be an unforgettable adventure.
Your first stop in Costa Rica is likely to be its capital, San José, located in the Central Valley. Hotels in San Jose are more than just a stop on your way to other destinations. Take time to visit its attractions, including the National Museum of Costa Rica, numerous parks including the Japanese-style Okayama Park, several landmark theaters with European-inspired architecture, and the family-friendly Simón Bolivar Zoo - a showcase of native species. Find Costa Rica hotels in the central region of the country if you want to visit Arenal Volcano and its surrounding national park. The 460-foot-wide crater of the 5,358-foot volcano is a sight to see, as is the lagoon-filled crater of nearby Chato Volcano, also within the national park. This is also a top wildlife destination, home to most of the country's 850 known bird species, as well as jaguars and Capuchin monkeys.
Hotels in Costa Rica on the Osa Peninsula give you access to Corcovado National Park, the largest in the country. Its wildlife-rich tropical forest is a habitat for ocelots, scarlet macaws, and four monkey species. Hire a professional guide to experience its majesty to the fullest. A major destination for nature lovers and scuba divers is the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Cocos Island, an uninhabited island around which you can dive with hammerheads and rays. Legends tell of hidden pirate treasure within the island's rain forests and cloud forests.
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