From mountain rain forests to jungle whitewater rapids your tourism adventure starts on the Gold Coast of Costa Rica

The northwest coastline of Costa Rica is often referred to as the Gold Coast. This stretch of land in northern Guanacaste is revered for its beautiful beaches, dry tropical forests, five-start resorts, quaint boutique hotels, gastronomic variety, world-class waves, and adventure tours.Since the late 1980s, Costa Rica became a popular nature travel destination, and its main competitive advantage is its well-established system of national parks and protected areas,[11] covering around 23.4% of the country’s land area,[12] the largest in the world as a percentage of the country’s territory,[13][14] and home to a rich variety of flora and fauna, in a country that has only 0.03% of the world’s landmass, but that is estimated to contain 5% of the world’s biodiversity

For a tiny country of just 19,730 sq. miles (51,100 sq. km), it has a lot to offer. There is so much to see and do in Costa Rica.

Sight various exotic birds as you hike through the verdant rainforests, get fascinated by amazing plethora of wildlife and marine species, relax at the spectacular beaches or surround yourself with adventure.

Whether you are a nature lover or an adrenaline seeker, there is so much to do!

Costa Rica’s tourism industry has developed as environmentally sound and lucrative, protecting the vast natural treasures of the country while bringing economic opportunities to the rural areas. The far reaching environmental and economic benefits of ecotourism cannot be denied.

Costa Rica has been able to attain sustainable development and protect the unspoiled landscapes from the dangers of destructive agricultural practices.

Sustainable Ecotourism

Through successful ecotourism Costa Rica has been able to prove that conservation and economic growth goes hand in hand.

The growth potential and environmental benefits of ecotourism keeps it from becoming a burden on the developing countries.

Costa Rica Rainforests

Monteverde Cloud Forest
Monteverde Cloud Forest

With more than a quarter of Costa Rica’s total land area comprising of national parks, biological reserves and wildlife refuges, it is no wonder then that this country’s greatest national treasure is its plethora of natural diversity.

Home to some of the most colorful and exotic flora and fauna on earth, and one of the most bio-diverse regions in the world, this tiny Central American country is the habitat of some 10,000 species of plants and trees!


Pristine Jungles

Lush and verdant throughout the year, Costa Rica is a fantastic place to visit for the avid nature lover. The jungles here are some of the most pristine and secluded on the planet, and play host to an incredibly varied mix of insects, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, fish and birds.

Among the most productive ecosystems in the world, Costa Rica’s forests have created truly unique habitats that have a microclimate all their own.

One day you can be canoeing down the watery forest of the Tortuguero National Park, and on another day you can be trekking the pretty Manuel Antonio National Park with its gorgeous beaches. Visit the Corcovado National Park to glimpse the last remaining stretch of tropical primary lowland rainforests or tour the Monteverde Cloud Forest for a completely distinct hiking experience.

Types of Forests

There are actually six different kinds of forests in Costa Rica but most of Costa Rica’s forestation can be primarily classified into three groups; rainforests, cloud forests and topical dry forests.

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And while rainforests are the most common habitat, the cloud forests of Costa Rica are a magnificent sight to behold. Rainforests can be found in the southwest of the country as well as in the Atlantic lowlands, with towering trees and looping vines that create a magical wispy environment. Receiving a high annual rainfall, these dense forests are characterized by a wealth of plant and animal life.

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