Top Attractions in Costa Rica

An iguana spotted during our boat trip in Tortuguero

First visit: December 2014
My Country #46

Last month, I was again on a trip with the Singelresor group, and this time we visited the beautiful country of Costa Rica. There is not much to see in the city, but what it lacks there, it makes up for it outside the city with its beautiful nature and wildlife. Here are some of the places we visited while exploring this wonderful land.

Teatro Nacional is not to be missed when visiting San Jose.

Catedral Metropolitana: the original cathedral was built in 1802 although it was destroyed by an earthquake.

Pre-Columbian Gold Museum is a very nice museum located close to the Teatro Nacional.

National Stadium, a manifestation that football is a popular sports in this country.

Museo Nacional de Costa Rica: the tower on the corner has bullets fired on it during a political controversy.

National Monument

Mercado Central is a very interesting market that sells almost everything you need. A must visit when in San Jose.

Parque Central is a park just opposite the Catedral Metropolitana so you you can visit this park after going to the church.

Parque Metropolitano La Sabana is a very large park worth visiting when in San Jose.

Bananas are everywhere in Costa Rica. This is one of the banana platations of Chiquita.

Parque Nacional Volcan Arenal: this is where the active Arenal Volcano can be found.

Ecotermales La Fortuna offers four pools with temperatures ranging from 32-40 degrees celcius. I have to say I really enjoyed our stay here.

A visit to Tortuguero in the Caribbean region should always be in your itinerary when traveling in Costa Rica. During our boat tour, we saw lots of animals including howler monkeys, spider monkey (pictured above), iguanas, caymans, etc.

Rincon de la Vieja National Park, with its active volcano is really worth a visit.

The beautiful Macaws of Costa Rica: they are just so beautiful so make sure you visit a sanctuary during your visit.

Crocodile tour: We did this tour during our drive back to San Jose from Playa Hermosa and it was both fun and scary seeing lots of crocodiles.

The Costa Rican Colones, named after Christopher Columbus (Cristobal Colon).