23 Pictures That Will Make You Want to Book a Trip to Costa Rica Right Now

Sunset in Costa Rica
Sunset in Costa Rica | © Richie Ramone/Carive Productions
Jenn Parker

There are seemingly infinite adjectives that can be used to describe Costa Rica, but to keep it simple, Costa Rica is often described as one of the most beautiful places in the world. These photographs are captured proof of this. Pristine beaches on both coasts hug a densely verdant middle that is dotted with volcanoes, waterfalls, cloud forests, and rainforests. Costa Rica is rich with awe-inspiring nature and culture. Sometimes all it takes is a photograph to inspire an adventure.

Arenal Volcano
Baby two-toed sloth at the Jaguar Rescue Center in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
Rio Celeste Falls
Empty beach
Sea turtles nesting at Playa Ostional
Blue morpho butterfly in the rainforest
Dog-friendly sunsets
No better place for a yoga retreat than in Santa Teresa
A chance to travel off the beaten path
Caribbean Sea lookout point
Playa Flamingo, Guanacaste
Islas Catalinas
Empty peeling waves
Learn to sail at Costa Rica Sailing Center in Playa Portero
Llano de Cortes waterfall
Great adventures often begin on a dirt backroad
Exquisite diving is just below
Toucan in the rainforest
Sunset sailing in Tamarindo
Vast fields of beauty
Red-eyed tree frog
Take a turquoise ocean dip

To further inspire and aid your decision to book a trip to Costa Rica, check out our list of the top 10 books that will get you excited for Costa Rica and our comprehensive packing guide.

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