Costa Rica is a haven for all things adventure. This Central American country, with its lush rainforests, rushing rivers, windy atmosphere, and scenic beaches, will have visitors enjoying every single moment of their vacation with exciting activities such as - surfing, hiking, ziplining, white water rafting, and many more. For a more interesting look at Costa Rica, here are some unique and interesting things that can only be found in this country.

10 Amazing Rainforest Resorts

The rainforest resorts in Costa Rica are worth a visit to the country. With resorts located deep in lush rainforests and featuring luxurious amenities, visitors are sure to have an unforgettable stay in nature. Staying in one of these rainforests also means one will be close to exciting attractions such as volcanoes, zip lines, beaches, and hot springs.

9 Numerous Surfing Spots

Costa Rica is one of the few destinations in the world people visit just for surfing. This country features numerous beaches with amazing surfing waves. Beginner to expert surfers all have spots to enjoy this activity in this country, and there are surfing schools on many of the beaches to teach amateurs who wish to safely take part in the adventure.

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8 Exceptional Biodiversity

Even though Costa Rica is a small country of approximately 19,700 square miles, it hosts 500,000 species or approximately 5% of the Earth’s biodiversity, which means those visiting will be guaranteed an abundance of plant and animal species. On a hike, one is almost guaranteed to see sloths and monkeys as well as birds of different colors. Corcovado National Park - the country’s largest park, is one of the best places in the world to witness exceptional wildlife.

7 Sheer Happiness

Costa Rica is one of the happiest countries in the world, and it’s easy to understand. With so many natural things to enjoy, people live their lives in the simplest way possible. The country has even been voted the happiest country in the world on several occasions, and this may also be the reason the life expectancy of the country is one of the highest in the world.

6 Currencies With Beautiful Animals

Costa Rica is arguably the country with the coolest currencies in the world. Many of the currencies in the country feature one or more interesting animals on them. While some feature sloths hanging on tree branches, others feature monkeys standing on trees, hummingbirds in motion, and whales jumping out of the sea. One might just be tempted to take one of these beautiful notes as a souvenir to keep as a reminder of a visit to the beautiful country.

5 25% Protected Area For Plants And Animals

Costa Rica has for a long time been regarded as a leader in conservation as it continues to expand its protected areas. Currently, up to 25% of the country's area is preserved in national parks and wildlife refuges. The country also has one of the lowest deforestation rates in the world, which means most of the majority of its forest remain untouched.

4 The Whale’s Tail

There’s a unique coastline in Costa Rica characterized by the shape of a whale’s tail. This sandy coastline is located in the town of Uvita and at the edge of the Pacific Coast and what makes it more interesting is the fact humpback whales occasionally come to this spot. The unique formation is part of the National Marine Whale Park, and one can visit to relax by the shores and witness the unique scenery of the shoreline while also watching out for some real humpback whales.

3 Adventurous White Water Rafting Spots

White water rafting is an exciting adventure one can do in Costa Rica. The country features lots of rivers, many of which flow through dense rainforests and unique rock formations. Rapids one can experience on these white water rafting spots range from Class II to IV, and visitors will be faced with steep drops and several large rocks positioned in many parts of the rivers. Although there are white water rafting spots for beginners in Costa Rica, this adventure is better left for the experienced or those looking for an extreme adventure.

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2 So Many Sloths

Sloths are located in other countries in Central and South America, but this adorable creature is best seen in Costa Rica as it has a large population of them in its rainforests. Visitors to Costa Rica are guaranteed sights of Sloths during their visits as they can be seen in many places, including trees and the road. There are also sloth sanctuaries and conservation centers dedicated to these creatures, and one can visit to get a closer view.

1 Lots Of Spectacular Waterfalls

There are different ways to enjoy a refreshing adventure in Costa Rica, as the country features not only exciting beaches and beautiful hot springs but also spectacular waterfalls. Many of these waterfalls can be seen easily, although some are located in remote places, making them difficult to find. While water rafting, one can even see some waterfalls and enjoy a shower under the downpour.