Costa Rica might seem small on a map, but travel times to and from various regions should not be underestimated. With a variety of areas to explore, there are adventures and experiences for every budget and every type and age of traveler. Honing in on specific destinations and suitable activities for everyone in a travel party can be challenging. A vast spectrum of options is available to visitors in the form of lively towns, drastic volcanoes, beaches of every sort, hot springs, and wildlife viewing opportunities like nowhere else on Earth. For a first-time visitor to Costa Rica, knowing where to go and what to see can be especially daunting.
These travel tips and suggestions are specific to visitors and guests journeying to Finca Bellavista, and to the Southern Zone in general.
The country of Costa Rica has become synonymous with the word paradise. Increasing numbers of travelers flock to Costa Rica every year due to the country’s stable democracy, easy access, and of course, the absolutely stunning nature and scenery to enjoy while on vacation.
Often recognized as the ‘happiest country in the world’, the country boasts the highest quality of life in Central America. Costa Ricans refer to themselves as Ticos, and provide a welcoming and friendly environment for travelers from all over the world. In recent years, Costa Rica has developed a reputation as a safe haven for expats, and has become a place where retirees and those looking for a change of pace find a new place to call home.
The majority of tourism in Costa Rica is focused on the Northern Zone and areas like Papagayo, the Nicoya Peninsula, and Jaco. However, Finca Bellavista is in the Southern Zone.
The Southern Zone
Travelers seeking true adventure and a less beaten path will find it in Costa Rica’s Southern Zone. Often times referred to as the country’s ‘last frontier’, travelers will experience what they’ve imagined when they dream of visiting Costa Rica. Verdant mountains, isolated beaches and raging whitewater rivers comprise the dramatic and scenic landscapes of the Southern Zone. The gems of the Costa Rica National Park system are also found in this region and include Piedras Blancas National Park, Corcovado National Park, and Amistad National Park.
The Osa Peninsula region, recognized by National Geographic as the most biodiverse place on Earth, is also the least visited area of Costa Rica. The country’s border with Panama, the Golfo Dulce, Osa Peninsula, Sierpe River and Costa Ballena might not be familiar to the vast majority of travelers, which makes this region the perfect escape from the overpopulated and touristy areas of Costa Rica.