As a world leader in biodiversity, Costa Rica’s rich ecosystem supports an abundance of wildlife including two of the world’s six species of sloth—the Hoffman’s two-toed sloths and the three-toed brown-throated sloth. To get up close to these national treasures (but don’t touch) book a stay at Nayara Resort, Spa & Gardens or its sister property Nayara Springs. Situated on the edge of the Arenal Volcano National Park, these resorts recently planted 300 Cecropia trees (this quirky creature’s go-to food source) on across both properties, enticing 15 local sloths to make this forested canopy their permanent hang out. Or, take a guided tour of Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve, located midway between capital San José and Liberia, and chances are good that simply looking up will result in spotting one of these sleepy tree-dwelling omnivores.
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Why to Visit Costa Rica in the Summer
If you love nature, then summer is a great time to visit Costa Rica, when its famous rainforests are at their greenest. So get outside and go kayaking or surfing, hike through waterfalls and zipline over lush canopies. Plus, take advantage of shoulder-season hotel savings and don't miss turtles hatching on the beach.
Exploring Belize On a Stand-Up Paddleboard
Stand-up paddleboarding (SUP) is the fastest-growing water sport in the world, and the South Water Caye Marine Reserve in Belize is a beautiful place to learn. Here, travel writer Dan Rubinstein shares his experience paddling through the region with British Columbia-based outfitter Island Expeditions.