How would you like to step out onto your back porch and see the beautiful reflection of the sun in a sparkling waterfall? Or fall asleep to the soothing sounds of the pattering water? This is something you can experience in Costa Rica. Many people vacation here just to catch a glimpse of these gorgeous natural backdrops while others invest in second homes or vacation homes so they can constantly have the waterfalls as a backdrop in their life. While many are purchasing sleep sound machines to drown out the noise of the city, others are purchasing the real thing. If you had a vacation home in Costa Rica you could escape to the soothing sounds of a waterfall, a scenic environment, and an all around romantic setting any time you walk out your back door.
Many people who visit Costa Rica to discover the beauty of waterfalls, one of nature’s most magical creations, will be drawn into the popular tourist destinations like Fortuna Falls in La Fortuna, La Paz, or the many different waterfalls found in Montezuma. None of these will disappoint by any means, but for those who own second homes in Costa Rica, vacation here often, or just have luck on their side, the true find is Rio Celeste — one of Costa Rica‘s few secrets.
Located in Tenorio Volcano National Park, in the northwest part of the country, Rio Celeste is known for its magnificent light blue color and its stunning rainforest setting. The river features a striking waterfall with frothy water that cascades into the picturesque light blue water below. Check out the video below to learn more about Rio Celeste.
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Although Rio Celeste remains somewhat undiscovered, another one of Costa Rica’s most stunning waterfalls has been widely discovered, and for good reason: Santo Cristo or the Nauyaca Waterfalls. Many people flock to this site not only to stand in awe of the impressive two-tiered waterfall but to enjoy the beautiful swimming hole it offers below.
Many of the waterfalls found in Costa Rica vary in size, appearance, color, and environment, but most of them have one thing in common: their remote locations. Hiking is a normal part of waterfall hunting and can be very rewarding. While in pursuit of these various cascading waters you will be surrounding by luscious natural environments, offering up a diverse ecosystem in which you will be entertained my roaming creatures of all kinds. Birds, monkeys, lizards, and sloths are all likely to be a part of your journey.
There are many different ways to experience the waterfalls in Costa Rica as well. From afar, from above, and from below. Another option, with the help of a tour guide, would be to repel down the side of the waterfall. Some waterfalls are even safe to slide down or jump off, but only if clear signs are posted.
Don’t forget to bring a lunch, because there is nothing more rewarding after a long hike than a relaxing picnic next to natures cascading diamonds. Another thing that you shouldn’t forget, that will make the journey well worth it, is your swimsuit. Many of Costa Rica’s most beautiful waterfalls fall delicately into crystal blue swimming holes. However, if you do forget your bathing suit…just make sure you bring your sense of adventure!
Travel Tip: In Spanish the word for waterfall is cascada, but in Costa Rica they use the word catarata to mean waterfall.