Costa Rica means 'Rich Coast.' Slightly smaller than West Virginia - Costa Rica has a relatively long coastline with the Pacific Ocean on the west coast and the Caribbean Sea on the east. The narrowness of the country means visitors can journey to both coasts comparing the beaches of the Caribbean side to the Pacific. The country is bordered by Nicaragua in the north and Panama in the south.
The terrain consists of coastal plains, rugged mountains and some of the most enviable beaches as well as several major active and inactive volcanoes. For those seeking a different experience - Costa Rica is considered one of the most bio-diverse regions in the world. It has 8 Nature Reserves and more than 20 National Parks which are designated as protective areas. No visit to Costa Rica would be complete without including a visit to see these unique ecosystems of marine, wildlife and vegetation. Guided tours can include cloud forests, tropical forests, forest canopy life, waterfalls and blue lagoons, volcanic craters, wildlife species of aquatic birds, mammals and reptiles. Most visitors wouldn't feel a trip was complete without a visit to the Monteverde Cloud Forest and Arenal volcano.
San Jose, the capital city located on a plateau in the Central Valley, has a wealth of cultural activities for the traveler - including concerts, plays, museums, theater, shopping, discos, festivals and international and local cuisine.
Most visited cities: San Jose, Cahuita, Quepos, Tamarindo, Heredia