As an enjoyable capital city in Central America, San Jose is a great starting point to discover Costa Rica. Its modern architecture, intimate neighbourhoods and Spanish-style houses all bear witness to a truly unique cultural heritage. Costa Rica also comes third on the world map regarding biodiversity, thanks to numerous parks and private reservations. This is an opportunity to discover five major sites.
Arenal volcano and hot springs
Recharge your batteries amidst luxurious nature, ponds, mountain streams and natural and built swimming pools. The temperature of the hot springs ranges from 25 to 50° C. They are derived from the Arenal volcano and appear when rain enters the ground and meets with magma. It then warms up and gathers minerals before exiting mountainside. Bathers take note, this is a truly relaxing world.
Monteverde, magical canopy tours
Prepare for a summit meeting with wild fauna and flora that will entice you into conquering this tropical forest thanks to a network of ziplines and suspension bridges. Canopy tours, especially in the Monteverde region, allow for a truly uncommon experience. Immersed in a forest of clouds, the discovery of a singular ecosystem of more than 3,200 species of plants is also a means to enjoy a series of totally unique points of view.
Isla del Caño: idyllic dives
Listed as a nature reserve, tiny Isla del Caño is a dream place for all divers, where it is possible to gaze at dolphins, turtles, manta rays, sharks, queen parrotfishes, eels and corals. Enjoy the biodiversity of the Pacific Ocean equipped with a diving mask and breathing apparatus, only 15 kilometres from the coast of Costa Rica. The silent world is waiting for you.
Relax at the El Silencio Lodge & Spa
The 14 suites give onto lush vegetation, the mountains and even the river in some cases. Settle down near the volcanic arc that crosses the country and enjoy an unforgettable experience of relaxation and well-being. This ecolodge will take you on a unique adventure based on jungles, cascades and organic vegetable gardens and orchards. 1 hour and 30 minutes from San Jose International Airport, the only Relais & Châteaux listed hotel in Costa Rica will leave you speechless.
Las Ventanas, an opening onto the jungle
The Springs Resort & Spa gourmet restaurant invites you to enjoy a truly unique gustatory experience and an exceptional vista onto volcanic landscapes. Pleasure your eyes and taste buds with fusion cuisine. The chef will delight you with cuttlefish sauce and scallops spaghetti, or lobster ravioli. Unless you prefer to savour conger eel fillets with curry and coconut flavoured quinoa. Making your choice will assuredly be the hardest part of the experience.