With a beautiful turquoise coastline, lush green jungle and a love of adventure, you’ll never be stuck for what to do in Costa Rica. Immerse yourself in the history and culture of this incredible country at the Museo Nacional de Costa Rica. This former military barrack doesn’t just tell the history of Costa Rica, it is a piece of living history. Covered in hundreds of bullet holes, this building played a key role in the 1948 Civil War. If ancient history is more your thing, the Museo do Jade will pique your interest. Check out some of the museum’s stunning ornamental and decorative jade pieces from the Olmec and Maya Empires.
While the country has heaps of cultural institutions for you to sink your teeth into, let’s be real: you’re probably here for the nature and the vistas. And we don’t blame you – with its massive coastline and even bigger jungle, dive straight into the many outdoor adventure activities Costa Rica has to offer. If you love your water sports, Manuel Antonio National Park is for you. With its white-sand beaches and coral reefs, dive or snorkel your way around the shoreline. If you’re looking for more of an adrenaline rush – and don’t mind dealing with heights – there’s no better way to explore the Costa Rican jungle than by zip-lining through it. Glide above the Sarapiqui River or the volcanoes of Arenal – with so many zip-lining tracks, you’ll be able to get an aerial view of so many landscapes and natural formations.
For the real cowboys among us, line up your Central American adventure with one of the Fiestsas Civicas. These annual rodeos are one of the highlights of the Costa Rican calendar, which sees thousands of keen bull fighters and wannabes dive into the ring with an agitated bull. Even if you’re not into life-threatening activities, a visit to a Fiestsas Civicas is a great way to get familiar with Costa Rican food. Between their delicious tamales and casado platters, you’ll be filled up before you know it. Eat, see and do it all in stunning Costa Rica.
Currency: Costa Rican colón
Visas: Click here to see if you need a visa to enter Costa Rica.
Dialing Code: +506
Time Zone: (GMT-06:00)
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