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Costa Rica for the perfect eco-tourism destination

Costa Rica Landscape
Photo: CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 Boris G

Combining a holiday with an eco-tourism theme is a satisfying and worthwhile trip.  Not only do you visit the most amazing environments, but you know that your destination is caring for our planet. 
Sloths Costa Rica is one of the best choices when it comes to eco-tourism.  Located in Central America, Costa Rica (or “Rich Coast” in English) is situated south of Nicaragua and north of Panama, nestling between the warm Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea.

To give an example of just how “eco” Costa Rica actually is, the country achieved an amazing feat recently by meeting 100 percent of its power needs for 75 straight days using renewable energy.  According to Science Alert, this achievement was possible thanks to heavy rainfalls at the country’s four hydroelectric plants during the first quarter of this year.  The heavy downpours meant that there was no need to burn any fossil fuels to generate the country’s electricity.  In fact, Costa Rica aims to lessen its carbon footprint if humanly possible to a great big zero on a permanent basis in the future.

  Photo: Sloths - CC BY-NC 2.0 Alan Wolf

For anyone interested in experiencing the wonders of this country, Costa Rica Vacations offers custom-designed vacations to suit everyone, whether on honeymoon, on a family holiday and out for some true adventure.  The following gives more detail of what to expect in Costa Rica.
Arenal Volcano
Photo: Arenal Volcano CC BY-SA 2.0 Arturo Sotillo

Weather-wise, unlike many tropical climes, Costa Rica offers 12 different tropical microclimates, which stay constant throughout the year.  Temperatures range from 70 to 81 degrees Fahrenheit with the water temperatures in both oceans at around a comfortable 84 degrees Fahrenheit.
From coast to coast you will hear the term “Pura Vida” which translates literally to “pure life” in English, but in Costa Rica really means “full of life.” This term perfectly describes the experiences and adventure awaiting visitors to this tropical paradise.

The range of adventures on offer includes beautiful beaches where sunbathers can languish, or more adventurous folks can enjoy surfing, angling and diving. 

Honeymoon couples will have the best experience with the range of retreats and spas on offer. 

However, for those with a real spirit of adventure, inland Costa Rica has so much to offer. With a diverse landscape of volcanoes, cloud forests, rain forests and the perfect white-water rivers, adventurous folk are spoiled for choice.

Cloud Forest
Photo: Cloud forest CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 Speed of Life Tours

What’s really great about the beaches and inland areas, of course, is that Costa Rica has vowed to preserve its wealth of natural resources, making the country a leader in the field of sustainable tourism.  In fact the tourism board has established a Certification for Sustainable Tourism (or CST), a worthy achievement for any tourist related business in the country which benefits the environment, while supporting the community of Costa Rica.
Costa Rica - Playa Tamarindo
Photo: Costa Rica - Playa Tamarindo CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 Alexander Ess

The following is a brief introduction to just some of the wonders on offer in Costa Rica:

Beaches and Water Sports:

With almost 1,500 kilometers (900 miles) of pristine coastline, Costa Rica offers a great selection of world-renowned beaches offering fishing, snorkeling, diving, windsurfing, surfing and other popular water sports.


Birdwatchers will be treated to 901 bird species to catalogue and photograph from the rain forests, to the cloud forest to the swamps and islands. To protect these species, 21 important bird areas (or IBAs) have been set up by Costa Rica, covering more than half the country.  From the resplendent quetzal and the scarlet macaw to the Cocos Cuckoo, Cocos Flycatcher and Cocos Finch and many more, an amazing display of the feathered variety can be enjoyed.
Collared Aracari
Photo Collared Aracari CC BY-ND 2.0 Andy Morffew
Aerial Tram in Costa Rica

Aerial Trams:

For a fun adventure, many of the national parks feature aerial trams taking visitors on a canopy tour.

This gives a literal bird’s eye view of the tropical paradise, including the many species of plants and animals down below.

Photo CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 Kim Seng

River Sports:

Costa Rica has an abundance of rivers, with many offering the best and exciting white-water routes for both kayaking and rafting. 

Other calmer rivers offer the opportunity for boat trips to view the flora and fauna at a slower pace. While Costa Rica has few lakes, the seasonal Caño Negro is great for wildlife viewing and Arenal Lake is the perfect spot for a little inland windsurfing. 

White Water Rafting in Costa Rica
Photo: CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 Jeff Hester
Horse riding in Costa Rica


The region of Guanacaste in Costa Rica was one of the first regions to be conquered by the Spanish and the region has tended to preserve some of the Spanish traditions, including cattle ranches roamed by cowboys on beautiful horses.

Its good to know those same horses are available at the various nature lodges and mountain resorts of the country, offering enjoyable horseback rides through the tropical forests, fields and even down to the beaches.

  Photo: Horseback riding in Manuel Antonio CC BY 2.0 Kevin Tostado


While traveling around in Costa Rica is wonderful, anyone interested in a really fulfilling experience can participate in what the tourism board dubs “voluntourism”. 

This option offers volunteer activities for various non-profit organizations to make a positive impact on Costa Rica’s wildlife, local communities and the environment. People of any age and level of experience can get involved and have a worthwhile and truly enjoyable holiday.

Whichever adventure you choose, have fun on an eco-tourism holiday in lush and beautiful Costa Rica for that real "pura vida!"

Red-eyed tree frog
Photo:Red eyed tree frog CC BY-SA 2.0  Danel Solabarrieta


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