Sloths, Waterfalls, Hot Springs, and more!
Costa Rica is a delight for travelers who appreciate variety. From the magical Monteverde Cloud Forest, to the hot springs surrounding the Arenal volcano, to the surf-trip worthy beaches on the west coast, to the tasty plantain treats and wild monkeys and sloths, Costa Rica is a real treat to visit. Here’s a map to get your bearings.
If you’re feeling brave, spend a night or two at the Arenal Observatory Lodge, a mere 1.7 miles from the active volcano. We enjoyed our stay at the lodge but unfortunately the cloud cover was so great while we were that that we didn’t get to see the volcano. On clear days the view is apparently spectacular.
Picture pool after pool of piping hot water heated by the volcano Arenal next door. While commercial, Baldi hot springs feel delightful when you sink into the steaming hot pools.
We went at night – which was amazing – but if you go during the day you get to see the volcano looming on the horizon.
The cloud forest is like walking through a dream. The rain forest is constantly covered by clouds and filled with lush and strange vegetation. I highly recommend hiring a local guide to walk you through the forest. Otherwise you’ll likely miss the many splendid birds, like the famed quetzal. (The pictures don’t remotely do it justice.)
Be sure to save some time to visit the hummingbird garden at the end of the day.
Manuel Antonio is a beautiful beach within a national park filled with monkeys and sloths. Plan to spend at least a few days here.
We stayed up the road in Quepos at Hostel Plinio, which was fantastic. The tree house hostel is laid back and set amidst the trees. The evening air is filled with the sounds of chirping frogs – it’s a lovely way to fall asleep. Our room was three floors with a balcony on the second and a hammock on the third.
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