Costa Rica Named Natural Biogem

Costa Rica’s tourism slogan is “No Artificial Ingredients“. Indeed, the country pays special attention to its rich natural resources. In a country smaller than West Virginia, you can enjoy beautiful beaches, see active volcanoes, do whitewater rafting, tour the cloudforest, practice deep sea fishing, and many other things. Of course, throughout the country you will come close to the flora and fauna that make the country proud. Animals you may see include toucans, parrots, and some of the other 850 species of birds, monkeys, sloths, alligators, etc.

The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), an organization dedicated to protecting wildlife and wild places, has now named Costa Rica as the first country to receive its Natural Biogem Award. The country was honored for its commitment to protecting the more than the 500,000 species of flora and fauna which inhabit the country and for its goal to become the first carbon neutral country by 2021.

Costa Rica’s commitment to the environment is evident when you see that it declared 25% of its territory as environmentally protected areas, back in 1979. It has over 28 national parks, reserves, and national refuges, including Manuel Antonio National Park, perhaps one of the most visited ones.

Beach at Manuel Antonio National Park

Beach at Manuel Antonio National Park

Because of all this, the country has become a very popular tourist destination. There is literally something for everyone: from just enjoying the beach, all the way to extreme sports like bungee jumping and the always popular canopy trails. Accommodations range from hostels to 5 star hotels like the Four Seasons in Papagayo and the all-inclusive Paradisus Playa Conchal.

Canopy at Turubari

Canopy at Turubari

Most first time visitors take at least a week to visit 2 or 3 places. A typical itinerary would include:

  • Arrival into San Jose, and possibly overnight in San Jose, depending on flight arrival times
  • Visit to Poas Volcano and travel to the Arenal volcano area, at Hotel Montana de Fuego or Tabacon Resort
  • Stay in the Arenal area for 1 or 2 days, then go to Monteverde Cloudforest
  • Spend a couple of nights in Monteverde, then go to Guanacaste or Manuel Antonio, where Si Como No is one of the best hotels
  • Spend 2 or 3 nights enjoying the beaches and activities in the area
Poas Volcano

Poas Volcano

Of course, the itinerary can be customized to whatever you prefer to do, and will also depend on the time of year. For example, there are times where getting to Monteverde can get complicated…

I’ve visited Costa Rica many times, and every time I see something new. There’s no shortage of places to go and things to see, on and off the beaten path.

If you want help in creating your own Costa Rica itinerary, please contact us.


Enrique Brener
KC Travel
N. Miami Beach, FL
FL Seller of Travel Reg. TI-35171


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