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Sunset in Costa Rica | © Richie Ramone/Carive Productions
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23 Pictures That Will Make You Want to Book a Trip to Costa Rica Right Now

Picture of Jenn Parker
Updated: 22 January 2017
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/Arturo Sotillo/Flickr
Arenal Volcano | © Arturo Sotillo/Flickr
Baby two-toed sloth at the Jaguar Rescue Center in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca/Matt MacGillivray/Flickr
Baby two-toed sloth at the Jaguar Rescue Center in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca | © Matt MacGillivray/Flickr
Rio Celeste Falls/Bruce Thornson/Flickr
Rio Celeste Falls | © Bruce Thomson/Flickr
Empty Beach/Kaitlyn Shea/Kaitlyn Shea Photography
Empty beach | © Kaitlyn Shea
Perfect barrels/Chon/Chon Fotos
Perfect barrels | © Chon/Chon Fotos
7-SeaTurtle-Nesting
Sea turtles nesting at Playa Ostional | © Cieremarc/Flickr
Blue morpho butterfly in the rainforest/Manal Khan/Flickr
Blue morpho butterfly in the rainforest | © Manal Khan/Flickr
Dog-friendly sunsets/Jenn Parker/@CRJenn86
Dog-friendly sunsets | © Jenn Parker
No better place for a yoga retreat than in Santa Teresa/Sandra Tedeschi/Vajra Sol Yoga Adventures
No better place for a yoga retreat than in Santa Teresa | © Sandra Tedeschi/Vajra Sol Yoga Adventures
A chance to travel off of the beaten path/Sandra Tedeschi/Vajra Sol Yoga Adventures
A chance to travel off the beaten path | © Sandra Tedeschi/Vajra Sol Yoga Adventures
Caribbean Sea lookout point/Mercedea/Flickr
Caribbean Sea lookout point | © Mercedea/Flickr
Playa Flamingo, Guanacaste/Kaitlyn Shea/www.kaitlynsheaphotography.com
Playa Flamingo, Guanacaste | © Kaitlyn Shea
Islas Catalinas/Kaitlyn Shea
Islas Catalinas | © Kaitlyn Shea
Empty peeling waves/Kaitlyn Shea
Empty peeling waves | © Kaitlyn Shea
Learn to sail at Costa Rica Sailing Center in Playa Portero/Kaitlyn Shea
Learn to sail at Costa Rica Sailing Center in Playa Portero | © Kaitlyn Shea
Llano de Cortes waterfall/Kaitlyn Shea
Llano de Cortes waterfall | © Kaitlyn Shea
Great adventures often begin on a dirt backroad/Kaitlyn Shea
Great adventures often begin on a dirt backroad | © Kaitlyn Shea
Exquisite diving is just below/Kaitlyn Shea
Exquisite diving is just below | © Kaitlyn Shea
Caracara in the rainforest/Richie Ramone/Carive Productions
Toucan in the rainforest | © Richie Ramone/Carive Productions
Sun sailing in Tamarindo/Richie Ramone/Carive Productions
Sunset sailing in Tamarindo | © Richie Ramone/Carive Productions
Vast fields of beauty/Richie Ramone/Carive Productions
Vast fields of beauty | © Richie Ramone/Carive Productions
Turquoise ocean dips/Richie Ramone/Carive Productions
Take a turquoise ocean dip | © Richie Ramone/Carive Productions

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.