Located about 56 miles northwest of San Jose, Arenal Volcano is a conically shaped volcano measuring about 5,358 ft. A young volcano in terms of geology, Arenal last exploded in the year 1968. Covered with vegetation, the volcano remains inactive most of the time.
Situated in the middle of Arenal Volcano National Park, the place attracts tourists throughout the year. One of the major constituting blocks of the Arenal Tilaran Conservation Area, the national park is very popular among bird lovers. More than 850 species of birds are found within the protected areas of park. In addition, there are several animal species as well.
Largely passing through the Tenorio National Park, Celeste River is famous for its turquoise colored water. Besides several hot springs on its borders, there is also one massive waterfall near the river.
Forming part of the Arenal Tilaran Conversation Area, the national park is home to numerous lagoons, waterfalls, and geysers. Tourists throng the place in large numbers to capture panoramic views of from volcano peaks. Perfect spot for spending quality time amid natural environment, Celeste River beds are dotted with several ranger stations. One can get all basic information regarding park entry points and hiking activity to any of the waterfalls.
Located about 82 miles away from San Jose, Manuel Antonio National Park covers a small territorial region of the Central Pacific Conversation Area. Popular among tourists for its hiking trails and stunning beaches of the Pacific coast, the national park attracts as many as 150,000 visitors every year.
Ranked among the world’s most beautiful biological reserves, Manuel Antonio National Park boasts of its spectacular landscapes, with mountains, rain forest, and beaches creating stunning panoramic views. Besides conveniently located visitor centers, there are several forest tourist lounges and food joints located near the national park.
The national theatre is centrally located in San Jose. Known for its classic theatrical shows since its opening in the year 1897, the national theatre remains one of the finest cultural assets of Costa Rica. A popular tourist attraction, National Theatre hosts several theatrical performances every week, with National Symphonic Orchestra arranging regular sessions.
The beautifully designed building is famous for its interiors decorated with exquisite furnishings. While the front showcases statues of Ludwig van Beethoven and Calderon de la Barca, the inside of theatre features Allegory of Coffee and Bananas mural by Aleardo Villa.
An active volcano in central Costa Rica, Poás Volcano is known for its aggressive eruptive history, with 39 accounted explosions since 1828.
Two crater lakes are located close to the summit. The Laguna Caliente, also known as northern lake, is one of the most acidic lakes of the world. Approximately 2 km wide, the lake is located at a height of nearly 2,300 m. On the other hand, Lake Botos, also known as southern lake, is free from acidic properties. Famous for its clear water, the lake is largely spread across the Poas Volcano National Park.
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