Tips for Planning Your Vacation to Costa Rica

In Spanish, the word “rica” translates to “rich.” No better word could be used to describe Costa Rica’s biological and ecological diversity, fantastic beaches, blossoming rain forests, and breath taking sunsets. This is a country that offers a large spectrum of activities, from trekking volcanoes and jumping from waterfalls to comfy pool lounging with chilled beer and mojitos.

The weather in Costa Rica is warm and tropical no matter what time of year. Nature lovers can enjoy hiking through lush jungles, watching diverse species of birds, and even observing crocodiles and other forms of wildlife living within their natural habitats. According to Apple Vacations, the natural beauty of this country is closely monitored and regulated by the Costa Rican National Accreditation Commission. Thanks to the Certification for Sustainable Tourism Program and new trends in eco-tourism, visitors can feel relieved that their vacations should leave a minimal ecological impact. As tourism becomes an increasingly popular industry in Costa Rica, the government seems to be taking steps toward environmental sustainability and making green behaviors a serious priority. For visitors who are particularly interested in eco-tourism, we offer a week-long Costa Rica/Panama package called “Nature, Wellness & EcoLuxury.”

Costa Rica is an ideal destination for the active traveler. Explore dense jungles by hiking through Rincon de la Vieja National Park.  At the southernmost tip of the Nicoya Peninsula is the Cabo Blanco Nature Reserve, where you might encounter tree monkeys as you stroll trails lined with colorful flowers. Then, comb through the Pacific tide pools and find shells and small fish in rocky ocean bays. You can also explore the rainforest surrounding the Arenal Volcano and the Poas Volcano. To fully experience one of these geological wonders up close, sign up for the five-day Mighty Arenal Volcano tour.

Other fun activities to do in Costa Rica include white water rafting (Costa Rica is known for rapid levels III & IV), or even zip lining through the tropical dry forest’s canopies. Knowledgeable local guides are happy to escort visitors through dense jungle trails and assist them in navigating swift river rapids. All of this is contained within the 130 designated protected areas, twenty-eight national parks, and eight biological preserves that Costa Rica has to offer.

Those who love water sports will find a paradise of fun in this country as well. Costa Rica is a great place to learn how to surf, with plenty of English speaking instructors available to assist you in learning to ride the waves. In fact, the best part of Costa Rica might be the people, who refer to themselves as “Ticos”. Costa Ricans are friendly and welcoming, and delighted to present the beauty of their country.

Costa Rica is home to beaches galore, from the tranquil Playa Blanca outside of Jaco to the epic surf of Guanacaste’s Tamarindo and Hermosa beaches. Discover the beauty of incredible vantage points overlooking the ocean, or perhaps swim through cool streams to find hidden waterfalls, such as the incredible cascades located near the town of Montezuma.

For those seeking a more relaxing getaway, Costa Rica is a great place to chill out on the beach or even poolside. Consider staying in the area called Guanacaste, perhaps at the Riu Palace. This all-inclusive resort features not one, not two, but FOUR crystal clear swimming pools, as well as, a swim up bar.  Another great place to stay is the Dreams Las Mareas, an all-inclusive beachfront resort that features two regular bars, a swim up bar, and its very own nightclub.

During the day, take a tour to the village of Colonia Libertad or to local coffee plantations to learn more about Costa Rican cultural history while sampling beverages and culinary traditions. Some Costa Rica tours teach visitors how pineapples and other tropical crops grow, while others offer exciting hands-on experiences in learning to extract organic sugarcane.

Costa Rica is an attractive destination for both families and romantic getaways. Guanacaste, in particular, happens to be a wonderful setting to gather friends and family for beautiful beach wedding ceremonies. Tie the knot in style with all-inclusive, tropical luxury. With countless activities/excursions for your guests, have the Costa Rican wedding of your dreams. People will be buzzing about it for years to come!

Visitors to Costa Rica will either fly into Liberia International Airport in order to visit resorts in Guanacaste, or else arrive through the capital of San Jose. When visiting the capital city, consider staying at the Barcelo San Jose Palacio and enjoy this hotel’s live music, tennis courts, spa & casino. Best of all, there are even more fun activities that depart from San Jose.

Those who appreciate the finer things in life may consider renting a car and driving to Jaco. It is on the highway to this destination where you can observe live crocodiles from the safety of a highway overpass. Once you arrive in Jaco, seek out the Villa Caletas Anfiteatro bar and restaurant for an incredible sunset dining experience. Designed like a Greek amphitheater, watch as the sun descends in spectacular array of colors over the Pacific Ocean framed by swaying palm trees and Ionian columns. It is a breath-taking, natural spectacle to be enjoyed over a gourmet dinner and specialized cocktails. Que rico, Costa Rica!

Costa Rica is an outstanding destination that truly lives up to its rich reputation. With a variety of tours and activities galore, Costa Rica has something to offer for everyone. Costa Rica features so many options in recreation that it becomes ideal for all kinds of vacations – whether you are traveling with your family, for a wedding, or for a romantic getaway. Call Traveloni to begin planning your Costa Rican adventure packed with water sports, volcanoes, zip lining, and other thrills; or perhaps a relaxing vacation that features mellow swim up bars, cocktails and alluring beach luxury. Whether your travel style is adventurous, laid back, cultural, or romantic, be prepared to fall in love with the natural wonderland that is the nation of Costa Rica!