Top 5 Attractions to Visit in Costa Rica

1. Nauyaca Falls

Nauyaca Falls is arguably the most beautiful waterfall in all of Costa Rica! The entrance to the falls is located only 5 miles from Dominical on the Pacific Coast. You can reach the iconic waterfalls either by hiking, horseback riding, or by truck. It is the ideal place for nature and adventure lovers, where tourists can walk, swim, climb, jump, take photographs and spend a marvelous day in the warm waters of Rio Barucito, enjoying one of the most beautiful places in Costa Rica’s South Pacific.

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Nauyaca Falls - Photo by:  Holp Photography

Nauyaca Falls - Photo by: Holp Photography

2. Manuel Antonio

Manuel Antonio National Park is one of the most famous tourist destinations in Costa Rica. This national park is the destination of 150,000 visitors annually and well known for its beautiful beaches and hiking trails. There are over 109 species of mammals and 184 different types of birds. It's also a popular destination for spotting whales and dolphins off the coast. Adventure seekers will feel at home here. There's so many fun activities to experience - surfing, whitewater rafting, explore the park, parasailing, catamaran cruise, ATV rides, etc.

Manuel Antonio National Park - Photo by:  Holp Photography

Manuel Antonio National Park - Photo by: Holp Photography

3. Caño Island

Caño Island is an amazing marine biological reserve in Costa Rica located approximately 20km offshore of Drake Bay on the Osa Peninsula. Rated as being the best underwater adventure diving spots in the world, the Caño Island Biological Reserve is also home to a huge variety of fish, whales and sharks. This island’s virgin waters are some of the bluest in the country, and are home to a spectacular variety of stunning marine flora and fauna as well as some gorgeous coral reefs. Unfortunately the water was quite murky the day we went and I constantly kept getting water in my mask. However, the views from the government-owned island are absolutely incredible, especially from my Mavic Pro drone!

Check out this blog post featuring beautiful underwater photos at MyTanFeet.

Caño Island - Photo by:  Holp Photography

Caño Island - Photo by: Holp Photography

4. Corcovado National Park

Corcovado is the largest park (164 sq. mi.) in Costa Rica and protects about a third of the Osa Peninsula. The only way to reach the island is by boat ride from Sierpe on the coast. It's a beautiful ride through narrow channels in the largest mangrove forest on the Pacific Coast. We stayed heIt is widely considered to be the most biologically diverse place on the planet! It's a paradise for wildlife with very minimal human intervention. All four of the monkeys species found within Costa Rica exist in large numbers throughout the park. As of February 1, 2014 all Corcovado visitors must be accompanied by certified professional guides.

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Corcovado National Park - Photo by:  Holp Photography

Corcovado National Park - Photo by: Holp Photography

5. La Paz Waterfall Gardens

"La Paz Waterfall Gardens features the best hiking near San José, the most famous waterfalls in Costa Rica, animal sanctuary with over 100 species of animals, and an environmental education program." Walk through the beautiful dense rainforest in a cloud forest and explore the five cascading waterfalls. This was the first tour I went on after arriving at the airport and it surpassed my expectations! Wildlife includes toucans, butterflies, frogs, white-faced monkeys, spider monkeys, hummingbirds, snakes, jaguars, pumas, ocelots, margays, etc. Highly recommend visiting this nature preserve if you're close to San José. It's also located near Paos Volcano, which I haven't visited yet.

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La Paz Waterfall Gardens - Photo by:  Holp Photography

La Paz Waterfall Gardens - Photo by: Holp Photography

Arenal was Costa Rica's most active volcano until 2010, and one of the ten most active volcanoes in the world. It is located just outside La Fortuna.

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