Q TRAVEL This list by Annie Daly was published on Buzzfeed in January last year, but still applies today. In Annie’s words, “As a travel editor, I’ve been to a fair amount of places around the world — and Costa Rica is hands down, by far, one of my favorites.”
“In fact, I love Costa Rica so much that I actually lived there for a month last year, back when my job was remote,” wrote Annie.
Annie lists her 25 reasons that still apply today.
1It has some of the most beautiful beaches ever.
2 And it also has beautiful cloud forests …
3… and rainforests, too.
4Its motto, “pura vida,” which is Spanish for “pure life,” will speak to your soul.
5Especially because the locals — called Ticos — truly embrace the pura vida lifestyle
6In the less-touristy towns, it’s easy to feel like you’ve stepped back in time.
Smaller towns like Dominical, Uvita, and Nosara will take you back to the way things were. There aren’t really any big commercialized chains, people smile at you as you’re walking down the sunny street, and life is golden.
7There is a sloth sanctuary. Yes, a sloth sanctuary.
8And there are howler monkeys!
9The roads, though full of borderline dangerous twists and turns, are stunning.
10The sunsets are unreal.
11I repeat: unreal.
12And the sunrises, if you can actually wake up for them, are #worthit, too.
13There are beautiful bogenvelia bushes everywhere you look.
1414. And there’s some other seriously cool flora, too.
15The local food hits the spot, especially the plantains.
16And their most well-known beer, Imperial, tastes great at the beach.
17The surfing is incredible, both for beginners and for people with more experience.
Daniel_goldin / Getty Images
18And yoga is all over the place.
19The volcano situation in Costa Rica is on point.
20And the hot springs around Arenal are some of the most soothing in the world.
21Ziplining will change your perspective forever.
22You can bike pretty much anywhere you want.
23There’s also tons of hiking, for those who are so inclined.
24The waterfalls are magical.
25But perhaps most of all, Costa Rica is a great place to chill out