In Pictures: The Natural Wonders of Costa Rica

As a long-time eco-tourism destination, Costa Rica is well-known for its wide variety of spectacular natural environments. There are volcanoes, rainforests, tropical beaches, waterfalls, looming mountains, rushing rivers, and more in this little country the size of West Virginia.

And all these different habitats, as well as its locations between North and South America, also make Costa Rica one of the most bio-diverse areas in the world, with more than 500,000 species calling it home.

See below for some images of the natural wonders Costa Rica offers.

Costa Rica is known for jungle-backed beaches with white sand and turquoise water. This is in Manuel Antonio on the central Pacific coast.Rivers like this one on the Poas volcano in the Central Valley are common in the forest-covered mountains.A cloud forest is a high-altitude rainforest full of moisture and unique species, like this capuchin monkey in the area known as Monteverde.One of several active volcanoes you can visit up close, Poas is located in the Central Valley. This is the smoking crater.Sunsets over the ocean are a huge draw for people living on or visiting Pacific coastal communities like Playa Flamingo.Arenal is the best-known volcano in Costa Rica and home to a small but growing expat community who live on the shores of the nearby lake of the same name.
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Arenal is the best-known volcano in Costa Rica and home to a small but growing expat community who live on the shores of the nearby lake of the same name.

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