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25 Reasons A Trip To Costa Rica Could Actually Change Your Life
As a travel
editor, I’ve been to a fair amount of places around the world — and Costa Rica
is hands down, by far, one of my favorites.
is divided into two sides — the Pacific side, known for its stunning beaches,
and the Caribbean side, known more for its low-key rainforest vibe — and I’ve
been to both. In fact, I love Costa Rica so much that I actually lived
there for a month last year, back when my job was remote.
So here are
25 reasons you should definitely go to Costa Rica — at which point you’ll
become slightly obsessed, just like me.
1. It has some of the most beautiful beaches
water is not enhanced. Swear on my life. Neither is the sand. That’s just how
the beaches are in Costa Rica. This particular beach is called
Playa Conchal, because the sand is actually made of conch shells (!). And there
are many, many others that are just as sweet.
Costa Rica’s biggest attractions is Monteverde, the cloud forest. The main
difference between a cloud forest and a rainforest is that cloud forests are
located at higher elevations — which makes them cooler and also creates a
foggy, misty atmosphere.
the science behind it, though, the fact is that cloud forests are super magical
and definitely worth a visit.
are rainforests in Monteverde, there are also many on the Caribbean side. When
I went the first time, I stayed in Monteverde and then moved on toManzanillo, a
super chill little rainforest town. I actually liked Manzanillo better because
it was super remote and I’m into that, but I still recommend hitting up
Monteverde for the experience.
4. Its motto, “pura vida,” which is Spanish for
“pure life,” will speak to your soul.
certainly spoke to mine. The locals are so friendly, the vibe is so chill, and
there is a lightness in the air that makes you feel like you’re living in happy
land, where all is joyful and wonderful. (I’m sober right now, btw. It’s just
that peaceful there.)
5. Especially because the locals — called Ticos
— truly embrace the pura vida lifestyle.
there are tourism businesses that capitalize on the “pura vida” motto, selling
tacky “pura vida” t-shirts, and offering “pura vida” yoga classes that are
commercialized to the max. Ugh, it pains me to think of them! But steer clear
of those touristy zones, and you’ll find that the “pura vida” lifestyle truly
is ingrained in the soul of its people, who seem to appreciate life’s best
simplicities, and will undoubtedly assure you that everything actually is
the less-touristy towns, it’s easy to feel like you’ve stepped back in time.
towns like Dominical, Uvita, and Nosara will take you back to the way things
were. There aren’t really any big commercialized chains, people smile at you as
you’re walking down the sunny street, and life is golden.
is a sloth sanctuary. Yes, a sloth sanctuary.
titled “Sloth Sanctuary,” the staff has been rescuing sloths — a very common
animal in Costa Rica — since 1992. They’ll even take you on a sloth tour!.
there are howler monkeys!
everywhere! They chill in the trees, just like that, and they howl. Could they
be any cuter?
roads, though full of borderline dangerous twists and turns, are stunning.
going on a road trip, be very careful: The driving can get tricky. People tend
to pass you if you’re going slower in front of them, even if there’s a sharp
turn ahead of you and it looks like things could get tight. It can get mildly
terrifying, to be honest. But as long as you’re careful, it’s worth it, if only
because you get to cruise along and see gorgeous local back roads like these.
10. The sunsets are unreal.
sunsets, and then there are sunsets. Costa Rican beauties fall
under the latter category, namely because of the STRONG pinks and purples and
oranges. They’re just killer.
11. I repeat: unreal.
on the beach every night to watch the sunset (myself included), and why
wouldn’t you? It’s a daily show, it’s free, and it’s epic 99.99999% of the
time. Documented evidence above.
the sunrises, if you can actually wake up for them, are #worthit, too.
I took this
one on a morning run in Tamarindo. The best part is that if you wake up for
sunrise, you usually have the beach to yourself, which is the perfect time to
clear your mind and let those heady thoughts roll in.
There are beautiful bogenvelia bushes everywhere you look.
Take it in,
take it in.
there’s some other seriously cool flora, too.
Heliconia, pink ginger, and golden truHeliconia,
pink ginger, and golden trumpet, respectively.
local food hits the spot, especially the plantains.
In my opinion, the best food is served at sodIn my
opinion, the best food is served at sodas, which are the outdoor casual
roadside restaurants — NOT the touristy ones. The most common Costa Rican meal
is called a “casado,” which is: beans, rice with finely-chopped onions and
peppers, a cabbage salad, fried plantains, and some sort of meat (chicken,
steak, fish, pork, whatever) with fried onions. The plantains are my favorite —
they are buttery and carby and fried and perfect.
their most well-known beer, Imperial, tastes great at the beach.
Let me be
clear: This is no artisanal IPA. It’s a lager, meaning you can drink a bunch of
them at sunset without getting tanked — which is exactly what a tropical beer
is meant for. And it’s cheap, too! One costs about 600 colones (about $1 a
surfing is incredible, both for beginners and for people with more experience.
tons of surfing schools and surfing camps all around Costa Rica, like this
one and this one, making it the ideal spot to learn how to get out
there on the waves. But there are also different beaches with stronger waves,
for super legit surfers. I hung out with some local pro surfers while I was
there, and they raved about Playa Grande in Guanacaste.
yoga is all over the place.
Who needs a
studio when you have the beach? (Though if you want a studio, they definitely
have them. Nosara is especially well-known for their yoga retreats and
volcano situation in Costa Rica is on point.
six active ones — the most famous is Arenal, above — and another 61 dormant or
extinct ones. Here’s a list of all of them.
the hot springs around Arenal are some of the most soothing in the world.
Arenal’s geothermal activity, there are tons of hot springs all around that
contain healing minerals (and they’re pretty low in sulfur, so they don’t have
that weird smell).
If you want
to go, stay in La Fortuna, the town near Arenal. The most famous hot springs
around the volcano are Tabacon Hot Springs, Baldi Hot
Springs, Ecotermales Hot Springs, and the Springs Resort Hot Springs.
I went to Tabacon on a day trip and loved it and highly recommend it, but I’m
sure the other ones are great, too.
Ziplining will change your perspective forever.
go ziplining in Arenal or Monteverde, but you can also go in other
places around the country. I went in Monteverde, and it was amazing! I’m
really scared of heights (and, fine, pretty much all scary things), so this was
big for me — but I ended up loving the ride, probably because I was going too
fast to think.
can bike pretty much anywhere you want.
but not limited to, the beach!
There’s also tons of hiking, for those who are so inclined.
hiking, beach hiking, you name it. It’s there.
The waterfalls are magical.
Forest hiking, beach hiking, you name it. It’s there.
24. The waterfalls are magical.
This one is
in guanacaste, though they really are everywhere.
perhaps most of all, Costa Rica is a great place to chill out, breathe deep,
get in with nature, and let yourself totally, completely decompress from the
stresses of daily life.
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