National parks in Costa Rica

Written by sailor2512 on February 20th, 2011

Costa Rica is a must-do for any nature lover. There are numerous national parks in the small country and they are organized a bit like the national parks in the US. There are rangers and maps and hiking trails through the jungle or up volcanoes, and you can actually feel quite safe. Especially if you are interested in birds you will find yourself in paradise. There are 800 species in a country so much smaller than New Zealand. And interesting ones like the toucan or beautiful ones like bee-eaters. Anything bright and colorful – you will find it here.

The national parks are along the coasts, in the mountains and in the plains. And every single one is unique. You can even watch turtles lay their eggs on the beach. Or on the same day climb up a volcano. Pretty amazing variety. You fly into San Jose and maybe stay in a hotel for a night but then you should head out. There are many different styles of accommodation everywhere and especially close to the national parks. It’s best to rent a 4WD car and be independent. The roads are not very well maintained and therefore a 4WD is a good idea.

And don’t forget your binoculars. You will be amazed at what you can see even on a short vacation. Go hiking and jungle-exploring but don’t forget to spend a few relaxing days in one of the many stunning hotels along the Pacific coast. After an adventurous holiday there is nothing like a Pina Colada on the beach!

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