Here you can find Costa Rica's Afro Caribbean culture. Cultural highlights include Limon festival the biggest carnival in the country and tasting the Afro Caribbean cuisine such as Rondon - a fish stew.
Unlike the pacific coast, the sand here is black and is supposedly magnetic to the Green sea turtles flippers, who come to nest from July through October, Tortuguero National Park is the national park to visit to watch turtles nesting. The park is surrounded by waterways; you can only arrive by boat or plane. The canals are one of the most iconic tourist landmarks in Costa Rica. The eco lodges here offer a getaway experience or as we call it a digital detox.
CENTRAL COSTA RICA
Head to north of the country for two of the most famous national parks. Montverde Rainforest is a cloud rainforest with the famous hanging bridges, vibrant orchids and humming birds.
The town of La Fortuna (land of fortune) is where you find Arenal Volcano National Park. Costa Rica has many volcanoes but Arenal is the 'landmark volcano' because of its perfect cone shape. Zip lining and visiting the hot spring pools are two of the most popular activities. The natural hot spring pools use thermal water sourced from under the volcano.
For more off the beaten track head south of Costa Rica to San Gerardo de dota national park, also a cloud rainforest but here you can find Quetzal birds.
The town of Turrialba is a cowboy town, around here you will also find haciendas offering culture tours such as cooking and horse riding treks. You can also do the same activities you find in Arenal including the hot spring pools.
On the pacific coast you will find mainly dry forests and biodiversity that can survive in the tropical climates. Guanacaste located in northern pacific coast is he driest part of Costa Rica and is also known as the golden coast because of the golden sunset.
This pacific is known for water activities, snorkelling, surfing and fresh sea food. Many of the towns in the area are surfer towns and wellness is promoted throughout, you will find yoga retreats in most towns.
For off the beaten track head to Osa Peninsuala - the most rural part of the country here you will find 3% of the world's biodiversity.
FIND YOUR SUSTAINABLE TRIP TO COSTA RICA
Plan your sustainable Costa Rica trip with one of many CST approved UK tour operators and their local partners with some leading operators suggested below.
MAKE YOUR IMPACT
Or if you're looking to be more hands on during a visit there are so many independent volunteering projects to get involved with. From community programmes to working with animals take a look at some of these exciting local volunteering projects.