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25 Stunning Scenes from Costa Rica

From lush tropical rainforests and impressive active volcanoes to adorable photos of jungle wildlife, we present 25 travel-inspiring photos of Costa Rica, brought to you by our Budget Travel audience.

By Kaeli Conforti, Friday, May 3, 2013, 6:00 PM

Source Article: 25 Stunning Scenes from Costa Rica

Arenal Volcano in Costa Rica

"This picture of the Arenal Volcano was taken near La Fortuna. Costa Rica is a must see for everyone."

(Courtesy sandayle13/myBudgetTravel)

A curious sloth in Costa Rica

"A two-toed female sloth near Tortuguero National Park."

(Courtesy bcmelnyk/myBudgetTravel)

Red eyed tree frog in Costa Rica

"This is a photo of a red-eyed tree frog I took while on a tour of the Old Lava Trail outside Arenal Volcano."

(Courtesy gdcall/myBudgetTravel)

Monteverde Cloud Forest, Costa Rica

"The hanging bridges in Monteverde were very interesting. We hiked through the cloud forest before going zip lining. We went in January and the sun was out in force, which I think burned off a lot of the mist and clouds that normaly would be here. It was great none the less."

(Courtesy EdwardBell/myBudgetTravel)

Sunset in Costa Rica

"On our last trip to Costa Rica in June of 2009, we had rain showers each day near sunset. One evening however, it did clear enough to produce a beautiful sunset with an amazing yellow-gold hue."

(Courtesy dannybuxton/myBudgetTravel)

Western Costa Rica

"The coastline of Herradura Island on Costa Rica's western coast."

(Courtesy gmaso/myBudgetTravel)

A close up look at a caiman in Costa Rica

"A close up of a caiman (a smaller relative of a crocodile) very close to our canoe in Tortuguero, Costa Rica."

(Courtesy apweinstein/myBudgetTravel)

A mangrove in Costa Rica

"A mangrove—we saw lots of wildlife including a rare silky anteater."

(Courtesy gdcall/myBudgetTravel)

Hummingbirds in Costa Rica

"Monteverde National Park was great and after our hike we stopped by the Hummingbird Cafe. You can view them for free and there were a ton of them. They would fly so close you could hear and feel the breeze from their wings. If it was not for digital I would have given up after I shot the first 50 pictures."

(Courtesy Edward Bell/myBudgetTravel)

Church in Grecia, Costa Rica

"A church in Grecia, Costa Rica, made by welding together steel sheets in the 1890s."

(Courtesy bcmelnyk/myBudgetTravel)

Arenal Volcano in Costa Rica

"A view of Arenal Volcano from La Fortuna."

(Courtesy nancpratt/myBudgetTravel)

Buttercup the sloth

"Buttercup, the three-toed sloth who lives at The Sloth Sanctuary in Costa Rica."

(Courtesy gdcall/myBudgetTravel)

Baby howler monkey and its mother in Costa Rica

"This is a photo of a howler monkey with its baby on its back, and was taken while on a hike in the Cahuita National Park."

(Courtesy gdcall/myBudgetTravel)

A peaceful river in Costa Rica

"A peaceful river."

(Courtesy KingOfTheIceDragons/myBudgetTravel)

Poas volcano in Costa Rica

"Poas Volcano."

(Courtesy gdcall/myBudgetTravel)

A bridge in the rainforest

"A bridge lets you walk across the top of the canopy in Costa Rica."

(Courtesy apweinstein/myBudgetTravel)

A purple gallinule bird in the Costa Rican rainforest

"A Purple Gallinule bird we saw in the Costa Rican rainforest."

(Courtesy lindahamp/myBudgetTravel)

Playa Tamarindo

"Playa Tamarindo, Guanacaste, Costa Rica."

(Courtesy jemcdona/myBudgetTravel)

A church in Orosi Valley

"A church in Orosi Valley."

(Courtesy sgrfree16/myBudgetTravel)

Guanacaste region of Costa Rica

"The Guanacaste region of Costa Rica."

(Courtesy bcmelnyk/myBudgetTravel)

Irazu Volcano in Costa Rica

"Pictures on the top of Irazu Volcano were difficult to capture due to the cloud cover. The clouds would rush in to cover the view, but they would retreat just as quickly. The Irazu Volcano is the highest active volcano in Costa Rica at 11,260 feet (3,432 meters)."

(Courtesy Meriam/myBudgetTravel)

Carrillos, a practically empty beach near Playa Semara.

"A practically empty beach near Playa Samara."

(Courtesy Opal_City/myBudgetTravel)

A butterfly near Arenal Volcano

"A butterfly near Arenal Volcano."

(Courtesy bcmelnyk/myBudgetTravel)

Howler monkeys in Playa Semara

"A white-faced howler monkey in Playa Semara, Guanacaste, Costa Rica."

(Courtesy bcmelnyk/myBudgetTravel)

A perfect beach in Costa Rica

"After a day of chasing monkeys and iguanas through the coastal jungle, I got to relax on this gorgeous beach in Quepos. True bliss."

(Courtesy hoboannie/myBudgetTravel)

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