Costa Rica is a country where the adventure of the untamed wilderness meets the tranquility of sun-kissed beaches, all wrapped in the warm, inviting culture of its people.

Many flock here to engage in adrenaline-pumping escapades or experience serene connections with nature, tap into their wellness or simply indulge in the luxury of relaxation. What will it be for you?  If you find yourself debating if you should really plan a trip to Costa Rica, we hope the following ten reasons can convince you to give Costa Rica the top spot on your travel bucket list.

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1. Awe-Inspiring Natural Views

In Costa Rica, every corner reveals a new sight to behold. The landscapes themselves tell tales of beauty and biodiversity. This is the essence of Costa Rica, pura vida at its finest.

Journey through the enchanting cloud forests of Monteverde, where the air is forever tinged with mist and mystery. Stand in awe of the towering Arenal Volcano, a guard of nature’s awesome force and powerful beauty.

The fact that you’re able to witness these natural marvels is a testament to Costa Rica’s dedication in preserving its ecological treasures. Trek through lush rainforests that are teeming with life, discover waterfalls that cascade into crystalline pools, and immerse yourself in the country’s vast biodiversity. From the flutter of a hummingbird’s wings to the distant howl of a howler monkey – in Costa Rica, you’ll deepen your connection to the natural world.

Each step through Costa Rica’s varied landscapes is a step into a realm of unparalleled beauty, a reminder of the world’s inherent wonder. It’s a place where the adventurer’s spirit is kindled and the soul finds peace, making it a perfect escape for those who crave both the thrill of exploration and the solace of nature’s embrace.

2. Endless Sun, Sand, and Surf

Costa Rica is framed by the deep blue waters of the Caribbean Sea to the east and the vast expanse of the Pacific Ocean to the west. There’s no shortage of coastal views. Lounge on the radiant sands of Manuel Antonio, where the forest meets the sea. Master the art of surfing on the legendary waves of Tamarindo. Perhaps you’d like to explore more – venture further to the Nicoya Peninsula, where secluded coves give you your very own piece of paradise. There’s so much to uncover in Costa Rica!

Each grain of sand underfoot is a call to unwind and reconnect with the forces of nature. Take a sunset stroll, embark on a deep sea fishing excursion, or finally master that major wave you’ve been after. Experience nature at its finest in Costa Rica.

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3. Endless Outdoor Activities

There are endless ways to explore the outdoors in Costa Rica. With ziplining excursions, you can soar over and through the emerald canopies of rainforest on a zip-line. Each moment suspended above causes you to feel thrilled and amazed. The thrill of speed and awe at the views below. Imagine the rush of rappelling alongside a waterfall, the cool mist a balm on your skin as you descend into a lush, hidden valley.

If you prefer to be on the ground, you might choose to explore via kayak. Kayak through the tranquil waters of mangrove forests, where silence is broken only by the call of distant wildlife. You also might opt for a hike. Challenge yourself with a trek on winding trails that reveal the heart of Costa Rica’s untamed wilderness.

Anglers love spending time in the waters off Los Sueños Resort & Marina because of their world-class sport fishing. Experience the excitement of the catch for yourself with a chartered fishing tour. Venture beyond the familiar and tap into your adventurous spirit in Costa Rica!

4. An Amazing Food Scene

Eating your way through Costa Rica is like setting sail on a flavorful journey that tantalizes the taste buds and nourishes the soul.

This country’s agricultural bounty and cultural diversity can be seen through a plate of delicious food. Feast on the freshest seafood straight from the ocean, where each dish tells a story of the sea. It’s essential to try traditional dishes, like gallo pinto. This dish meaning “spotted rooster” is composed of rice, beans, diced veggies and salsa. It gets its name from the spotty look of the rice. Simple ingredients combine to create a feast for the senses.

There’s also the well-loved dish known as casado. Considered a basic lunch, it’s made of white rice, red or black beans, your protein of choice, fried plantain and a fresh picadillo. Another dish that tells a story, casado means “married man” and is named a such because traditionally the wives would put together these types of meals for their working husbands. Not to mention, the plate “marries” a variety of flavors and ingredients that seem to go together perfectly.

A variety of fusion restaurants can be found in Costa Rica, inviting foodies to explore unique and innovation combinations that marry local ingredients with international flavors. Seek out an elegant evening of fine dining or a laid-back meal with your toes in the sand. You’re sure to find a spot that keeps you coming back for more and helps you experience that pura vida feeling.

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5. Leading the Way for Sustainable Ecotourism

Costa Rica stands at the forefront of the ecotourism movement, a testament to its unwavering commitment to preserving the natural wonders that define its essence. This dedication to eco-friendly and sustainable travel practices offers a model for the world, demonstrating that it is possible to explore and enjoy the planet’s beauty without leaving a mark.

Sustainable tours invite you to explore Costa Rica’s treasures with a gentle footprint. Guided walks unravel the secrets of the rainforest, while wildlife tours respect the natural habitats of the diverse species that call Costa Rica home.

This mindful approach to travel not only enhances your experience but also keeps Costa Rica’s natural heritage vibrant and present for generations to come. For the eco-conscious traveler, Costa Rica is a vision of the future of travel, where exploration and conservation thrive hand in hand.

6. Warm Welcomes, Rich Culture

Costa Rican culture is matched by the genuine warmth of its people, embodying the essence of “pura vida.” This phrase captures the spirit of enjoying life’s simple pleasures and appreciating the beauty of the world around us.

This philosophy is not just a saying. It’s a lifestyle that greets you at every turn, from the bustling markets brimming with colorful crafts and produce to the rhythmic beats of local festivals that invite you to dance and celebrate along with the locals.

Engage with the Ticos, whose open-heartedness and warm hospitality make every interaction memorable. When you experience these moments of connection, it’s like peeking into a window of the soul of Costa Rica. You can feel how important community and joy are here. Connection can be manifested through shared stories and laughter over a cup of locally-grown coffee in a cozy café. Memories like these are bound to last a lifetime.

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7. Luxurious Living in Los Sueños

If you find yourself dreaming of luxury surrounded by nature, Los Sueños Resort & Marina is the place for you. This haven of elegance is thoughtfully woven into the lush tapestry of a 1,100-acre rainforest, offering the perfect blend of natural beauty and upscale comforts. Inside this resort, every amenity is designed to perfection, from the serenity of a private marina to the challenge of an 18-hole golf course. Every element has been curated to enhance your stay.

The resort’s accommodations range from sleek and stylish condos to majestic villas – blending comfort and style. Make yourself at home in a vacation rental with finely appointed interiors. Wake up each morning of your stay to breathtaking views that stretch to the horizon. The hospitality provided at Los Sueños is second to none. At Los Sueños Resort & Marina, luxury is not just found in its lavish amenities but in the attention to detail makes for an extraordinary stay.

8. Protected Reserves and National Parks

The Costa Rican wilderness is alive and speaks – from the mystical cloud forests echoing with the calls of exotic birds to the lush expanses of Manuel Antonio National Park. This national park is a playground for sloths and monkeys, the sight of either will bring a smile to your face. As night falls, the jungle transforms. Challenge yourself with a night tour through the jungle and feel the pulse of life that thrives in the darkness.

Costa Rica is dedicated to preserving the wildlife that call this beautiful country home and does what it takes to ensure that they thrive within its borders. Every glimpse of wildlife is a gift, a reminder of the beauty and fragility of our natural world. When you immerse yourself in the natural wonders of Costa Rica, you can’t help but feel grateful.

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9. Wellness and Fitness Retreats

Costa Rica is an excellent place to embark on your journey toward well-being. Many flock to Costa Rica for various wellness and fitness reasons. Retreats are held here and designed to nurture the soul and invigorate the body. These retreats and excursions offer a blend of holistic practices in the heart of nature. Yoga sessions are accompanied by the gentle symphony of the forest and spa treatments are infused with the essence of the tropical ingredients.

Engage in meditation sessions that invite tranquility, dine on cuisine that celebrates the bounty of organic ingredients, and relax in the healing hands of expert massage therapists. Each retreat is a gateway to rejuvenation, tucked inside the breathtaking Costa Rican scenery. Take time to rediscover your balance and take a break from the hustle of daily life. If you do, you’ll emerge renewed and enriched by the pure, life-affirming energy of nature. Time spent in Costa Rica will do that to you. Weave wellness into your vacation experience. It will make it all the more memorable and enjoyable.

10. Embracing Pura Vida All Year Long

In the rhythm of the waves and the whisper of the rainforest, Costa Rica sings a song of endless summer – inviting travelers to its shores and jungles every day of the year. Its tropical climate, a blend of sunlit days and nourishing rains, creates a place where time slows down, and every moment is enriched by pure life – pura vida.

Come to Costa Rica to experience it for yourself.  Maybe you’re seeking refuge from colder climates, or simply eager to get away and soak up some sunshine and vitamin sea. Costa Rica is a great place to do all of that and so much more.

The dry season, December to April, makes way for crystal-clear skies and prime beach conditions. As the calendar turns to the green season, from May to November, the landscape transforms, with rain showers casting a jade-colored glow over the forests and valleys. Visiting during these months gives you a quieter, more introspective experience amid fewer crowds. You’ll see the rejuvenating and restorative power of nature in full effect during the rainy season.

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Come Experience the Wonders of Costa Rica

Begin your Costa Rican adventure with the perfect place to stay. Stay in Costa Rica is excited to host you at Los Sueños Resort & Marina during your visit to Costa Rica. Here you’ll be surrounded by the beauty of an 1,100-acre rainforest and treated to world-class amenities.

When you plan your trip to Costa Rica, choose Los Sueños Resort & Marina as the home base for all your Costa Rican adventures. You’ll be enriched by the luxury and natural beauty of the area, allowing the spirit of pura to become a part of who you are.

So, why wait? Embrace the endless summer, exquisite natural worlds, delicious food and so much more. From the thrill of the catch on the crystal blue waters to the serenity of a sunset over the Pacific – every moment speaks to the vibrant lifestyle that thrives here.

Your Costa Rican adventure, vibrant and alive with the promise of discovery, beckons. Pura vida is calling you, will you answer? Allow Stay in Costa Rica to help you answer. Book with us today!

Joaquin Rodriguez

Joaquin Rodriguez

Joaquin Rodriguez, originally from Argentina, fell in love with Costa Rica’s magic in 2002 and never looked back. This experience grants him an insider’s perspective to curate unforgettable adventures in the heart of Los Sueños. As a partner at Stay in Costa Rica, he leverages over 20 years of experience in both resort and travel management and property management services. He helps travelers create dream vacations while ensuring homeowners get the most out of their properties, all with a seamless and stress-free experience (as holidays should be!). When he’s not crafting the perfect itinerary, you might find Joaquin teeing off on a local golf course, exploring a breathtaking national park with his wife and their two teenage daughters, or playing fetch with his beloved dogs.