Northern Plain Region Information
The Northern Plain Region of Costa Rica contains flat farmland where cattle ranchers and Costa Rican cowboys have roamed for centuries, protected areas for the abundant wildlife, hidden lagoons, wondrous waterfalls and raging rivers. The eco systems found on the fertile plains play home to endangered and migratory birds, mammals, reptiles and a wide array of wildflowers seldom scene in other regions.
Making up one fifth of Costa Rica's land mass, the Northern Plains, or llanuras, are a sudden terrain change from the backdrop of the Northern Highlands mountain terrain that looms in the background. The Northern Plains extend the entire length of the Rio San Juan creating the border between Costa Rica and Nicaragua, to a funnel shape all the way to the North Caribbean coast. Westward, the cattle ranches, citrus and banana plantations are dotted along the terrain as you travel which make wonderful stops to horseback ride or take a tour of the plantations. Numerous rivers run through the plains created from the sudden drop of water from the highlands above creating great resources for sightseeing, gorgeous waterfalls and rafting adventures.
Main Attractions / Towns
|Braullio Carrillo National Park||San Carlos|
|La Selva Biological Station||Puerto Viejo de Sarapiqui|
|Cano Negro Wildlife Reserve||Santa Cruz|
Where To Go From Here
The Cloud Forest Region is just to the south and if full of activities and things to do. If you are needing a touch of culture and exciting nightlife, find you way to San Jose and take in a show at the National Theater or see history up close at a museum. The North Caribbean Region is home to protected lands where turtles come to lay their eggs.
Enjoying a Snack
How many toucans do you see?
Surfing in Costa Rica
View from Punta Gabriela above...
Manuel Antonio National Park
"Travel makes one modest, you see what a tiny place you occupy in the world" - Gustave Flaubert