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5 Top Picks from Costa Rica Map In 2018

CATEGORY: LIFESTYLE, TRAVEL

What makes Costa Rica so special? “Ticos” (as Costarian people call themselves), nature and atmosphere. People are very friendly and open. And maybe, it has to do something with their culture. I don’t feel like this when I go to Prague. How are people in your country? Are you a peach or a coconut? Ticos are definitely peaches with their warm attitude and friendly approach to people who they’ve just met. The Czechs, on the other hand, are like coconuts – hard on the outside but soft inside. And while it does not make one better than the other, I like that whoever I meet makes me feel welcomed. Especially as I don’t speak Spanish.

Look at the Costa Rica map below and tell me what you see. With 25% of the total land reserved for national parks, Costa Rica is the perfect place for nature and animal lovers. This year we explored and moved around more than last year. On some days when I just wanted to stay in bed and rest.
I have already shared our amazing experience from Puntarenas with you and today, I put together five destinations that you shouldn’t miss when you visit Costa Rica.

costa rica map/ swiss blog/ mom blog/ currently wearing
(Source: mapsland.com)

1. Beaches in Esterillos Este

Surfers riding the waves, neverending beach, soft sand and pristine nature. Esterillos Este is unforgettable. You’ll feel like a millionaire when you have the beach for yourself.

esterillos este, costa rica map, currently wearing
esterillos este, costa rica map, currently wearing
esterillos este, costa rica map, currently wearing
esterillos este, costa rica map, currently wearing

2. Zarcero Park

If you have some spare time and want to see something unique, visit these beautiful topiary gardens in Zarcero city (Alajuela province). It is nearly a two-hour drive from San José, depending on traffic, and definitely worth it.

Zarcero, currently wearing, costa rica map
Zarcero park, currently wearing, costa rica map
Zarcero park, currently wearing, costa rica map

3. Arts and Crafts Workshops in Sarchí

The best place to find local art and craft. We got coaster, cutting boards, bowls, and much more for home and as gifts for our friends.

Sarchi, Costa Rica map, currently wearing
Sarchi, Costa Rica map, currently wearing
Sarchi, Costa Rica map, currently wearing

4. Manuel Antonio National Park

One of the best decisions (even if a pricey one) was hiring a certified guide for our visit to Manuel Antonio National Park. I did not want to invest in a guide last year when we visited Arenal Volcano National Park and now I think it was a mistake. This year, we saw numerous sloths, reptiles, and frogs. They’re easy to spot for the guide but we would miss them. Even if the 3,5-hour tour cost 84$, it was worth every penny.

Manuel Antonio National Park, swiss fashion blog, currently wearing
Manuel Antonio National Park, swiss fashion blog, currently wearing
Manuel Antonio National Park, swiss fashion blog, currently wearing
Manuel Antonio National Park, swiss fashion blog, currently wearing

5. La Paz Waterfall

Enchanting and breathtaking, La Paz Waterfall Gardens are a must-see. But to be honest, we spent more time in the animal sanctuary than by the waterfall. Imagine feeding toucans, being kissed by a butterfly or standing two inches away from a jungle cat. I don’t like snakes but if you do, you can admire the deadliest snakes in the snakearium.

The waterfall is less than half-an-hour away from the Gardens. It is a medium-difficulty walk, but easier and shorter than hiking to La Fortuna Waterfall. The waterfall is impressive, half-size of Fortuna waterfall that we visited last year.

La Paz Waterfall, Costa Rica, currently wearing, swiss blog
La Paz Waterfall, Costa Rica, currently wearing, swiss blog
La Paz Waterfall, Costa Rica, currently wearing, swiss blog
La Paz Waterfall, Costa Rica, currently wearing, swiss fashion blog
Photos credit: Alexander Ramp

Every time I look at Costa Rica map, I realize how little we saw. There is still so much to be discovered: the Caribbean side, the Ostional Wildlife Refuge, Monteverde and other national parks. We plan to see some of those next year. And as Chloe-Sofia will be three years old, and entitled to her own seat on the plane, the 12-hour flight will be more supportable.

Now I would love to hear from you: what is your favorite holiday destination?

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