Attractions & Activities - Costa Rica
Periodic surveys in Costa Rica consistently ranks the top five most popular tourist activities, according to participation level, as Sun and Beaches (54.5%), Flora and Fauna Observation (43.5%), Volcano Visits (42.9%), Hiking (40.7%) and Birdwatching (30.1%). With 635 miles of coastline on the Pacific coast and another 132 miles on the Atlantic side, Costa Rica offers infinite enjoyment for surfers, divers, game fishermen and spectators of whales, dolphins and turtles. Costa Rica’s coastal treasures include party beaches, surfing beaches, deserted beaches, swimming beaches and offshore beaches popular for picnics and snorkeling. Inland, with more than 50 national parks, scores of wildlife sanctuaries and biological reserves, Costa Rica is deservedly one the most revered destinations for naturalists, birdwatchers and nature enthusiasts. There are 5 active volcanoes in Costa Rica, three of which offer hiking opportunities; Arenal Volcano, the most picturesque and the source of numerous hot springs is also a windsurfers’ hotspot.