With a well-established system of national parks and protected areas, Costa Rica has become one of the most popular travel destinations in the world

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With a well-established system of national parks and protected areas, Costa Rica has become one of the most popular travel destinations in the world. The foliage and preserved ecosystems are home to a rich variety of flora and fauna and you’re likely to see a couple unique animals during your Costa Rica getaway. But don’t get the wrong idea; while Costa Rica may be covered in greenery and lush vegetation, it still boasts several world renowned beaches. From hiking and trekking to bird watching, there is a huge range of activities here that will delight any globetrotter.

Costa Rica is an animal lovers paradise. You’d better have your camera ready at all times during your visit because you never know when you might stumble across an exotic animal like monkeys, lemurs, slots, tapirs and wild cats. Or you may come across a rare bird of paradise like macaws, toucans, parrots and more. In fact bird watching is a huge activity here and many people travel from all over the world just to add a rare bird to their list of Seen Birds. With over 800 species here, it’s easy to spot at least a few birds that are difficult to find anywhere else. Recommended bird watching spots include Monteverde Cloud Forest, Tortuguero National Park, Santa Rosa National Park and Helconia Island.

If you’re not in Costa Rica for the birds, then you are probably more interested in taking it easy on one of the many fantastic beaches in the area. Corcovado is the main beach on Costa Rica’s Osa Peninsula and has been called “the most biologically intense place on earth.” That means there are tons of animals to see here, even from your relaxed spot on the black sand beach. If you’re feeling a little extra adventurous, there are several hiking trails nearby that will give you a better chance at catching a glimpse of some cool animals up close. Dominical is another beach in Costa Rica and is known as one of the biggest surfing destinations in the country. A great spot to visit if you’re looking to hang ten during your Costa Rica vacation.

This is just scratching the surface of all there is to do in this great, lush country! Rafting, fishing, surfing, biking, golfing… all of these activities are more can be found within the borders of Costa Rica. This is an incredible place to visit with an amazing diversity of wildlife. Even though it’s a great destination for almost any vacation, you’re sure to get much more out of Costa Rica than just a relaxing and welcoming atmosphere. With a few well-timed photos and binoculars at the ready, you’ll almost definitely see some fascinating animals that will remind you just how big our world is.

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