Places in Costa Rica
Parque Nacional Volcán Arenal
Arenal was just another dormant volcano surrounded by fertile farmland from about AD 1500 until July 29, 1968, when huge explosions triggered lava flows that destroyed three villages, killing about 80 people and 45,000 cattle. The area was evacuated and roads throughout the region were closed.
Parque Nacional Manuel Antonio
A place of swaying palms and playful monkeys, spakling blue water and riotous tropical birds, Parque Nacional Manuel Antonio embodies Costa Rica's postcard charms. It was declared a national park in 1972, preserving it (with just minutes to spare) from being bulldozed and razed to make room for a coastal development project.
While the sunny climate and easy accessibility of the Pacific have paved the way (literally) for development on that rich coast, the Caribbean side has languished in comparison. The same rain-drenched malarial wildness that thwarted the first 16th-century Spaniards from settling here also isolated this region for centuries afterward.
Tours and activities
Tips and articles
Viva the new San José: how Costa Rica's capital became cool
There you are, playing table tennis with a stranger in the middle of a park. All around you loom primeval trees festooned with vines...
Top five nerve-shredding road trips in Costa Rica
Renting a car in Costa Rica is costly and can even be dangerous if you're not prepared for what's to come. It’s also ridiculously good fun. There are plenty of reasons not to rent a car in Costa Rica...
Wildlife watching in Costa Rica
For a good number of travelers, a trip to Costa Rica is synonymous with wildlife watching...
Costa Rica with kids
Wild animals, active volcanoes, rainforests, beaches—what kid wouldn’t love Costa Rica? Parents are guaranteed a good time as well and will appreciate the country’s myriad kid-friendly adventure possibilities as well ...