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Costa Rica. It’s an exotic destination that is like none other. One day you can soak in a hot spring while gazing at a volcano. The next, you can sit back and relax poolside while sipping your favorite drink. It’s a country that boasts plenty of national parks to satisfy your inner outdoor adventurer and miles of unspoiled beaches where you can surf the waves. Read on to find out why. Warning! Once you’re done, you’ll want to pack your bags, head to the airport, and get on a plane to this ‘hot’ vacation destination.
Why Travel to Costa Rica?
Twenty-five percent of Costa Rica is national parks and protected areas; therefore, you’ll have plenty of opportunity to see wildlife such as monkeys, sloths, tapirs, and wild cats in addition to insects and other animals. But you may want to take part in one of the most popular activities for people: bird watching. Because of diverse climates, temperatures, and forests, Costa Rica has a wide range of birds, over 800 species. Bring along a book on Costa Rican birds and see how many you can spot in their natural habitat.
If you go off the beaten path, you’ll see flora and fauna indigenous to the country.
Does the sound of rushing water make your blood pump? If so, get ready for the heart pounding white water adventure of kayaking and rafting in the Río Pacuare (Class III and IV rapids) and the Río Reventazón (Class II, III, and IV rapids). Make sure you take time to soak up the scenery such as lush rain forests and canyons with waterfalls plunging into the river.
For those who want a ‘lighter’ outdoor adventure, consider taking a zip-line tour. Many companies offer tours and the chance to get a closer view of the vast rain forests. Or perhaps you’ll enjoy hiking through the Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve. If you take a day trip, wear regular shoes. But if you stay overnight in one of the huts, you may want to bring a pair of hikers, so you can explore further.
Costa Rica is one of the best places for sport fishing – you can try to beat a world record or set a personal best. Dorado, Marlin, Sailfish, Snapper, Wahoo, and other species can be found in the waters. Book a one-day or multi-day fishing trip, kick back and relax on the waters of Costa Rica.
If you travel to Costa Rica, you’ll most likely stay in San José, the capital city. You can get around the city by taking public transportation, renting a car, or by foot. If you choose the latter, keep in mind that you do not have the right away. You’ll have to keep an eye out for traffic as there aren’t tmany marked cross walks.
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While you’re in San José, you may want to visit a couple of museums such as the Museo de Oro Precolombino (The Gold Museum), which is underground below Plaza de la Cultura. Here you’ll see over 1,000 pieces of Pre-Columbian gold work from 500 AD to 155 AD and learn how they were processed and made along with their cultural, religious, social meanings.
The Museo del Jade (The Jade Museum) is small and easy to navigate. It houses the largest pre-Columbian jade in America along with objects made of bones, ceramics, shells, stones and more. The museum gives you a good insight of the pre-Columbian people.
If you like the hustle and bustle of city life, then downtown is the place for you. The streets are lined with historic architecture that house friendly people and off beat spots. You may consider taking a walking tour to learn more about the city.
Want an Exotic Vacation? Travel to Costa Rica
Instead of traveling to the same vacation destination year after year, visit Costa Rica. The people are welcoming, and you’ll get used to the mellow pura vida lifestyle, so much in fact you may consider moving to the country as so many others have done. Or maybe you’ll try out a rental home, first. Whatever the case may be, contact your Travel Planners International agent today and discuss your vacation to Costa Rica. Paradise is waiting for you. You’ve got your invite. It’s time to travel now!
by Amandah T. Blackwell, Savvy-Writer