Monteverde is a unique area in Costa Rica because it is situated in the chilly cloud forest, abundant in unique wildlife. Many people love to go there for a few days after visiting the beach because of the change in climate and difference in scenery. Monteverde, meaning “green forest” encompasses both the cloud forest and the small town of Santa Elena.
Santa Elena is made up of a few main streets that hold a variety of restaurants, souvenir shops, bars and hotels. But people don’t visit Monteverde for the town, rather they visit for the cloud forest and all of the activities and things to do there.