There's a lot to be said about finding unique attractions when traveling to Costa Rica, and there are many off-beat destinations to explore in this Central American country. Exploring historic buildings, man-made gardens and other hidden gems of the nation is a great way to make a trip to Costa Rica stand out for years to come. It can be tough to choose which places to visit, but doing a bit of research ahead of a trip can make it easier for travelers to plan ahead and find sites that most appeal to them.
Monteverde Cheese Factory
Costa Rica has a rich heritage, and the Monteverde Cheese Factory has played an integral role. Founded by Monteverde's Quaker community in 1953, this establishment was the first to produce pasteurized cheese, Gouda, in Costa Rica. Now, the factory turns out more than 20 different types of the delicious dairy product as well as homemade ice cream, according to MondeverdeInfo.com, and travelers who visit the facility will get to sample the foods at the end of their tours.
Finca la Isla Botanical Garden
Costa Rica is perhaps best known for its lush, natural landscape, and there are countless parks and gardens for travelers to explore. The Finca la Isla Botanical Garden on the outskirts of Puerto Viejo may be worth a visit, as the nature reserve at this tropical farm is an ideal place to spot birds and other wildlife. According to ExploreCostaRica.com, visitors can see toucans, sloths, exotic frogs and many other creatures among the tropical wildlife. They can even purchase some organic spices and fruits that are grown on the grounds to enjoy later.
Monteverde Bat Jungle
Animal lovers will not want to miss the Bat Jungle, which has served as an important research center for more than 40 years. There are many exhibits detailing the various aspects of bat life, from their eating habits to conservation efforts. Plus travelers will get the chance to see 90 bats across eight different species on the tours, which only take about 45 minutes, leaving plenty of time to hit the beach or check out other scenic spots on a tour of Costa Rica.
These are just a few of the many one-of-a-kind attractions awaiting travelers who come to Central America on Costa Rica tours. No matter what they want to see and do, there's surely something for everyone.
(Mountain Pine Ridge)
Bask on sandy white beaches, snorkel with sharks and stingrays, and enjoy the relaxed pace of life on Ambergris Caye. Take the relaxation up a notch, when you board your private catamaran Aubisque, for a 3 night sail around the Cayes.
The centuries peel away as you trek through dense jungle to reveal the 3,000-year-old ruins of the ancient Mayan civilizations laid out before you, and your heart leaps as you reach out and touch the cold stone remains of a lost world.
(Panama City, Portobelo, El Valle de Anton, Playa Blanca)
With the perfect blend of city, coast, culture, beach and bucolic natural highland beauty, this trip has it all!
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