27 Reasons Why You Should Go To Costa Rica Right Now

Costa Rica is an amazing place full of natural beauty, culture and wildlife. I shouldn't need to convince you to make Costa Rica your next destination but if you need a little push here it is...

One of the best things about Costa Rica is the active volcano - Arenal Volcano. Tessa Juliette | Travel Where to Next http://travelwheretonext.com

You can visit and hike around an active volcano, just be sure to pack lots of water. The best trail is the 1968 Lava Trail.
More about the best hiking trail at Arenal Volcano here 

Sunrise over Lake Arenal. One of the best destinations in Costa Rica.  Tessa Juliette | Travel Where to Next http://travelwheretonext.com

And make sure you wake up for a sunrise at least once – the red sky illuminating the volcano is quite a site to see.
Plan your Lake Arenal trip here. 

Marino Ballena National Park is the best National park in Costa Rica. MUST VISIT.  Tessa Juliette | Travel Where to Next http://travelwheretonext.com

Costa Rica is full of incredible natural landscapes, including the 'Whales Tail', which is formed from two opposing currents.
Tips on visiting Mario Ballena Park here. 

The beaches in costa rica are one of the best. Tessa Juliette | Travel Where to Next http://travelwheretonext.com

The post card perfect beaches in Costa Ballena will stun you...
Plan your trip to Costa Ballena here. 

Jungle meets beach in Costa Rica. One of the best things to do in Costa Rica.  Tessa Juliette | Travel Where to Next http://travelwheretonext.com

...and so will the jungles that abruptly end with beautiful beaches.
This is a private beach on La Cusinga's property - full review here. 

Monkeys are everywhere in Costa Rica. One of the best things to do in Costa Rica.  Tessa Juliette | Travel Where to Next http://travelwheretonext.com

Wildlife is everywhere and easy to spot.

Visiting a sloth sanctuary should be on your list when you go to costa rica.  One of the best things to do in Costa Rica.  Tessa Juliette | Travel Where to Next http://travelwheretonext.com

But I encourage you to also visit (and donate to) a sanctuary like Alturas. Not only can you see sloths, anteaters and other animals up close while they are being rehabilitated, but you are also helping and supporting the animals that are injured many times due to tourism.
More about visiting sanctuaries in Costa Rica here. 

visit the beach  One of the best things to do in Costa Rica.  Tessa Juliette | Travel Where to Next http://travelwheretonext.com

There are rock beaches that are perfect for relaxing if you don’t mind baking in the sun...

There are natural swimming holes everywhere in costa rica and its a great way to cool off.  One of the best things to do in Costa Rica.  Tessa Juliette | Travel Where to Next http://travelwheretonext.com

...and natural swimming holes which are a great way to cool off on a hot day.

sunsets over the water in costa rica are gorgeous.  One of the best things to do in Costa Rica.  Tessa Juliette | Travel Where to Next http://travelwheretonext.com

Sunsets over the beach are short but stunning. Seriously, blink and you may miss it.

sunset in the jungles of costa rica.  One of the best things to do in Costa Rica.  Tessa Juliette | Travel Where to Next http://travelwheretonext.com

And sunsets in the jungle are just as nice if not better.

perfect hiking everywhere in costa rica.  One of the best things to do in Costa Rica.  Tessa Juliette | Travel Where to Next http://travelwheretonext.com

Costa Rica is full of amazing natural moments that you will wander into while hiking.

defiitely stay at a luxury hotel while in costa rica.  One of the best things to do in Costa Rica.  Tessa Juliette | Travel Where to Next http://travelwheretonext.com

The luxury hotels are nestled perfectly within nature.
More about my stay at Oxygen here

Infinity pool in costa rica.  One of the best things to do in Costa Rica.  Tessa Juliette | Travel Where to Next http://travelwheretonext.com

Staying somewhere with infinity pool views is a must.

One of the best things to do in Costa Rica.  Tessa Juliette | Travel Where to Next http://travelwheretonext.com

Or a Jacuzzi view will do as well.
More about my stay at Rafiki here

chasing waterfalls is a must while in costa rica.  One of the best things to do in Costa Rica.  Tessa Juliette | Travel Where to Next http://travelwheretonext.com

If you love to chase waterfalls you will adore Costa Rica. Some hotels have natural waterfalls right on their property.
This is a waterfall at Oxygen Jungle Villas – more on my stay here.

So many perfect waterfalls in Costa rica.  One of the best things to do in Costa Rica.  Tessa Juliette | Travel Where to Next http://travelwheretonext.com

You can also visit private land and pay a small fee to see their amazing waterfalls.
Best waterfalls in Costa Rica here.

find waterfalls everywhere in costa rica.  One of the best things to do in Costa Rica.  Tessa Juliette | Travel Where to Next http://travelwheretonext.com

Hiking attire = a bathing suit and boots.
This waterfall is one of the 4 waterfalls at Viento Fresco waterfalls which make the perfect stop on the drive from La Fortuna to Monteverde.
Exact directions to Viento Fresco Waterfall here

Enjoy so many waterfalls in costa Rica.  One of the best things to do in Costa Rica.  Tessa Juliette | Travel Where to Next http://travelwheretonext.com

Most major cities have their own named waterfall. This is La Fortuna and is a powerful waterfall near Volcano Arenal.
More on what to do in Arenal here. 
And how to visit La Fortuna waterfall here.

The bluest waterfall you will ever see.  One of the best things to do in Costa Rica.  Tessa Juliette | Travel Where to Next http://travelwheretonext.com

Oh and one of Costa Rica's waterfalls is a ridiculous perfect shade of blue. Best part is that is completely natural - no photoshop here.
How to visit Rio Celeste Waterfall here.

Walk over blue water in Costa Rica.  One of the best things to do in Costa Rica.  Tessa Juliette | Travel Where to Next http://travelwheretonext.com

If walking over a blue river isn’t on your bucket list you should add it now. 
More about visiting Tenorio Volcano National Park here.

bird watching in Costa Rica is great!  One of the best things to do in Costa Rica.  Tessa Juliette | Travel Where to Next http://travelwheretonext.com

Honestly, in Costa Rica you can bird watch from anywhere – including many hotels. This is specifically Rafiki, which was the best place I stayed for viewing birds.
You can find out more about my stay at Rafiki Safari Lodge here

One of the best things to do in Costa Rica.  Tessa Juliette | Travel Where to Next http://travelwheretonext.com

Also, you can horseback ride in basically any town.

Driving to monteverde is gorgeous but scary. Dont be afraid!  One of the best things to do in Costa Rica.  Tessa Juliette | Travel Where to Next http://travelwheretonext.com

The drive up to Monteverde will take your breath away – it could be the small, extremely windy dirt road that wraps around the mountain or the stunning view…
More about driving to Monteverde here

hanging bridges is a great thing to do in Costa Rica.  One of the best things to do in Costa Rica.  Tessa Juliette | Travel Where to Next http://travelwheretonext.com

Exploring the many hanging bridges of Monteverde while literally in the clouds will astonish you. There are a few to choose from but I found Selvatura to be the best.
Here is my full rundown of the differences between Selvatura and Sky Adventures.
Or here are the Best things to do in Monteverde.

One of the best things to do in Costa Rica.  Tessa Juliette | Travel Where to Next http://travelwheretonext.com

Be careful looking down though – it’s a long way to the river.

Enjoy the Pura Vida life. One of the best things to do in Costa Rica.  Tessa Juliette | Travel Where to Next http://travelwheretonext.com

But, most importantly, indulge in the pura vida life that encompasses Costa Rica and take it all in. There is honestly no place like it

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