With a national catchphrase like “pura vida,” Costa Rica embodies the simple life—with its natural beauty and laid-back people, it’s been consistently rated one of the happiest countries in the world. And its lush rainforests, diverse wildlife, and host of adventurous activities make it one of the top destinations for nature lovers around the globe, too.
In honor of Earth Day, we’re taking a look at three Costa Rica destinations within the Inspirato portfolio, all a worthy showing of Earth’s natural beauty–and Americans can visit there right now.
Considered the “adventure capital” of Costa Rica, Arenal sits beneath the shadow of its jaw-dropping namesake volcano, one of the most active in the world. Within these lush landscapes of central Costa Rica, spot more than 400 species of birds in Arenal Volcano National Park, or opt for hiking, kayaking, horseback riding and more. Plus, Arenal Lake is one of the best windsurfing spots in the country—rent a board, take a class, and try it for yourself.
Stay at either Nayara Gardens or Nayara Springs, two incredible sister properties situated within Arenal National Park itself. Nayara Springs is perfect for a couple’s getaway—it’s an adults-only property boasting 16 serene treetop villas, connected by suspension bridges. Nayara Gardens is the more family-friendly option, with four on-site restaurants and an award-winning spa.
In northwest Costa Rica, the picturesque Peninsula Papagayo is a master resort community that pays homage to the natural landscape of the country, tucked within its Guanacaste—meaning “Golden Coast”—province. To really take in Guanacaste’s natural beauty, opt for the Witch’s Rock Canopy Tour, where you’ll fly down 11 different zip lines over verdant treetops while taking in sweeping views all the way to the Pacific.
Both Venado Diez and Venado Nueve are treehouse-esque homes nestled within the jungle, with peaks of the ocean visible between the trees. Private infinity-edge pools provide the perfect spots to soak in the serenity of your natural surroundings, and just down the road from the homes lies one of the peninsula’s best beaches.
A little farther down the coast of Guanacaste, the Cacique Peninsula is nestled among rolling hills. Its crown jewel is Palo Verde National Park, filled to the canopy with wildlife like iguanas, crocodiles, and howler monkeys. It’s one of the most protected areas in the country, with more than 45,962 acres comprising grasslands, forests, lagoons, mangroves, and more. It’s also a crucial stop for thousands of migratory birds. A boat tour is one of the best ways to see all the park has to offer, with wading birds and crocodiles peeking out among the foliage.