Costa Rica has everything one could want in a vacation paradise, in a relatively small area. White sand beaches with great surf and amazing scuba diving or active volcanoes and towering rain forests beckon the adventurer. Getting around is easy with hoppa, you can pre-book holiday transfers and resort transfers making travel safe and fun.

A number of the principal mountain ranges are volcanic, and visitors can easily access many of these areas. In the state of Cartago, for example, close to the capital of San José, you will find Irazú volcano which erupted in the early sixties. Poás volcano, located in the state of Alajuela, has one of the biggest active craters in the world. The Arenal volcano, in the northwestern region, treats thousands of visitors each year to a constant stream of red, hot lava rocks tumbling down its slopes. Arenal is the site of a spa with natural hot springs.

Picturesque forests grow in the crater of the dormant Barva in Heredia. The countrys highest peak, Mount Chirripó, is not volcanic; it measures 12 412 feet, on a clear day one can see both the Pacific and Atlantic oceans from Mount Chirripo.

Costa Rica has some of the most beautiful and heavenly beaches. While the coast is not heavily populated, a variety of tourism projects provide access to a great deal of the nations beach areas. The longest distance you will ever have to travel to get to a beach is 75 miles, the country is in many ways a large tropical island.

The capital of San José is the starting place for exploring the country. Port of Limon, on the Caribbean Coast has a different atmosphere from the capital. Life is more relaxed; reggae is the favorite kind of music. It is the preferred starting place to explore some of the beaches on the Caribbean. San José is situated in the Central Valley region of the country. Evenings in San José can be cool due to the high altitude; you won’t forget that you’re in a tropical area even in this bustling city. There are many things to do, although most travelers often miss these sites, choosing instead to head straight from the airport to beaches or rainforests.

Monteverde, famous for the two non-profit Cloud Forest Reserves offering numerous well maintained trails: the Monteverde Preserve and Santa Elena Cloud Forest Reserve but the growing numbers of visitors inspired local eco-entrepreneurs and there is now several interesting secondary activities like various Canopy Tours, Butterfly Garden, Frog Pond, etc. to choose from for an extended stay.

The area is easily accessible thanks to taxi and boat shortcuts from the Arenal Volcano and several daily shuttles as provided by hoppa with lodging possibilities from backpackers dream to plush Honeymoon Suites overlooking the surrounding forest covered mountains & the Gulf of Nicoya on the Pacific slope.

Puerto Quepos, located close to Manuel Antonio. This area is mainly a tourist attraction for the beautiful beaches and the rainforest. The village is filled with restaurants, bars, hotels, bakeries, art galleries and gift shops. The opportune time to come is from December to April, with a special notice for February when the Festival del Mar is held.

Tamarindo, Located on the north of the pacific coast, is a good place to do a Mangrove tour. The Tamarindo Wildlife Refuge consists of a mangrove forest and tropical dry forest in an area of almost 400 hectares. There is abundant wildlife - including dozens of bird species and three species of monkeys.

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