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The start of a new year is the perfect moment to work on your travel bucket list.  Costa Rica is definitely a place to visit in 2020 but, where should you go if you visit this tropical Paradise? Today we give our Top 5 Bucket List of places to visit in Costa Rica.

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Why Costa Rica?


Costa Rica is definitely one of the places that top the list of Bucket Lists for 2020, especially for the diversity of awards received during the year that ends.


No matter where you go, Costa Rica blooms in nature. It’s more than 20 national parks and wildlife refuges preserve 25% of the country intact. The fact of containing 5% of all the planet’s biodiversity in a small territory is enough to add it to your 2020 bucket list.


From the playful monkeys, the cute sloth or the colorful hummingbirds that flutter all over the country, Costa Rica is amazing. However, its people and Pura Vida mojo is another great reason to visit this small country.


With a great variety of ecosystems, it is difficult to choose which places to visit. This is why today we bring you our suggestions that we are sure will help you.


Top 5 Bucket List


1-Playa Conchal in Guanacaste

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Considered the most beautiful beach on the Pacific coast of Costa Rica, Playa Conchal should definitely be part of its bucket list.


But what makes it so special? The beaches of the Costa Rican Pacific are of volcanic origin, so the sand of their beaches is a dark golden color. On the other hand, Playa Conchal has a very special characteristic, its sand is formed of crushed shells giving it a unique white color and its characteristic name. By having white sand, the turquoise color of its waters is magical. And if that were not enough, its beach is surrounded by lush nature giving it an amazing contrast of color between the green of the trees, the white of its sand and the turquoise of its waters.


When staying in one of our luxury vacation rentals, Playa Conchal would be just steps from your door. Ask us for availability.




2- Arenal

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Arenal is the name of the most famous volcano in Costa Rica. Its fame is due to its impressive beauty and characteristic conical shape that can be seen from anywhere in La Fortuna, the town that surrounds the colossus.


Its constant volcanic activity attracted millions of visitors for years, with spectacular lava emissions giving the most incredible shows. Although the volcano is no longer active, its natural beauty still makes it one of the favorite destinations in the country that cannot be missing in its bucket list by 2020.



3-Rincon de la Vieja

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Costa Rica has more than 200 volcanic structures so including another beautiful volcano in our top 5 bucket list of places to visit in Costa Rica is a must.


Rincon de la Vieja translates to the old lady’s corner.  The volcano has been named like this after an old legend which tells a tragic love story.


Princess Curabanda fell in love with Mixcoac, head of a neighboring enemy tribe. When his father, Curabande, realized the relationship, he captured Mixcoac and threw it into the crater of the volcano. Curabanda went to live next to the volcano and gave birth to a son. To allow the son to be with his father, she also threw him into the volcano.


For the rest of his life, Curubanda lived near the volcano and became a powerful healer. People referred to his house as the “Rincon de la Vieja”. Since then the volcano bears that name” – courtesy of


This volcano is very special because when you walk around it you can enjoy a spectacle of nature that will make you feel in a Jurassic Park movie. Enjoy steam geysers, boiling mud pots and hot spring waters. Also, discover two majestic waterfalls and the most amazing wildlife.




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Home to the Resplendent Quetzal, Monteverde is a magical cloud forest you need to include in your bucket list.  This national park protects a unique ecosystem found in just 1% of all woodlands in the planet.


Discover all the cloud forest treasures walking its hanging bridges or flying through the canopies in a zipline tour.  Stay in one of our luxury vacation rentals and your personal concierge will be happy to plan the perfect day at Monteverde.


5-Rio Celeste

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Last but not least in our top 5 bucket list of places to visit in Costa Rica, we found a magical place called Rio Celeste or “Light Blue River”.  Located in the Tenorio Volcano National Park this distinctive river gets its name for the electric blue color of its waters.  Its unique color that attracts thousands of tourists each year, is due to an optical phenomenon that does not occur anywhere else in the world.



To visit all these destinations from our top 5 bucket list of places to visit in Costa Rica, stay with us and your personal concierge will help you plan de most perfect days in this paradisiac country.