Exploring Costa Rica’s Incredible UNESCO World Heritage Sites; Kelly Phillips Badal; Luxury Retreats


Costa Rica – Area de Conservación Guanacaste

This teeny Central American country has an abundance of natural beauty—and four wildly diverse World Heritage sites.

Its landmass rings in smaller than West Virginia, but this Central American country has an abundance of natural beauty—and four diverse World Heritage sites.

When the recent World Economic Forum’s 2017 Travel & Tourism Competitiveness Report ranked 136 countries according to the natural resources they possess—including their number of World Heritage natural sites, protected areas and species—tiny Costa Rica swooped in at number 3 (Brazil and Mexico took spots one and two). But it’s no real surprise: this lush, peaceful paradise, whose name translates to “rich coast,” is awash in verdant rainforests, cloud forests, cerulean waters, volcanoes, and wildlife galore.

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