According to a survey conducted by an UK-based independent research group, New Economics Foundation, Costa Rica is the happiest place on earth. The lush green rainforests, the stunning beaches, the volcanoes and the wonderful ecosystem could undoubtedly give respite to any tired soul. If you are tired with your stressful life, perhaps you can visit this lovely country in search for happiness.
Time to visit
The peak tourist season in Costa Rica is from December to April, during the verano or the summer. This is the dry season, with least rainfall. However, if you love adventure, and do not mind traveling on muddy roads to enjoy the Costa Rican nature at its best, you can plan a trip in the beginning of monsoon, in May.
The longer you spent in this marvelous Latin American country, the better it is for your mental wellbeing. Nearly every Costa Rica tour begins from San Jose. The north of city is dotted with several luxury retreats, noted for their fairyland-like ambiance. You can spend a single day touring this wonderful cosmopolitan city. Whether you walk through the greens of La Sabana, explore Barrio Amon, the historic part of the city, or stroll through the crowded Avenida Central, you will definitely enjoy the diversity of a vibrant city. To become a part of the lively nightlife of San Jose, visit Calle de la Amargua or Centro Comercial El Pueblo.
After enjoying the pulsating city life, it is now time to travel to the wilderness of Costa Rica. This country has several national reserves and parks. Parque Nacional Caracara is the habitat of the scarlet macaws. You could observe the activities of the turtles in the beach of Parque Nacional Tortuguero. The rare squirrel monkeys have made Parque Nacional Manuel Antonio their home. Trekkers would love to hike the hilly tracks through the dense rain forests in Parque Nacional Corcovado.
Costa Rica is framed by several volcanoes. The hot springs and the volcanic mud, found here, are appropriate for pampering your body with spa treatment. Visit Vocan Rincon de la Vieja, Volcan Irazu or Volcan Arenal. Arenal is popular for spotting fireflies.