If youíre looking to add a little color to your life, then Costa Rica is the place to be. From the rainforestís exotic wildlife to the blue waters of both the Atlantic and Pacific, Costa Rica is the ultimate paradise for relaxation and rejuvenation. Couples and families alike find the country extremely accommodating and friendly with plenty of outdoor adventures, as well as quiet retreats. And as one of the most bio-diverse regions on the planet, Costa Rica boasts an impressive Eco-tourism appeal for those who want to explore dozens of awe-inspiring natural parks, biological reserves and more.
Consider starting your Costa Rica trip in the South Caribbean region, which encompasses Limon down to the Panama border. Cahuita National Park and Gandoca Manzanillo Reserve, both recognized for their beauty, as well as their innovative conservation policies, are good places to get a feel for your surroundings. Take a relaxing horseback ride on the beaches of Puerto Viejo or Tortuguero, and donít forget to get a glimpse of whatís under the water: Costa Rica is known for its premier sport-fishing and scuba diving with a spectacular reef thatís home to over 123 species of fish, 140 mollusks and 35 types of coral.
When youíre done exploring the waters, head to gorgeous Monteverde to see whatís up in the treetops. Daring visitors can walk over suspension bridges or glide down zip lines to get a close-up of monkeys, birds, snakes and more! To wind down, check out the Monteverde Coffee Tour or Cheese Factory to see how some of Costa Ricaís most precious commodities are made. At CASEM Handicrafts, pick up some souvenirs by the Artisans Committee of Santa Elena and Monteverde Ė youíre sure to find something truly unique.
For five-star Costa Rica treatment, book a room at the Paradisus Playa Conchal in Guanacaste. The eco-friendly resort is designed as a village set on Central Americaís largest freeform pool, surrounded by 1.5 miles of white sand beach, an eco-golf course and native forests. Kids will love the rock-climbing wall and Candil Theater while coupes can indulge in spa treatments and gourmet dining.
If you want the full rainforest experience, but arenít willing to give up first class luxury, then the Peace Lodge is the perfect place to stay. Located on the grounds of La Paz Waterfall Gardens Nature Park, the lodgeís deluxe rooms and villas are all outfitted with Jacuzzi tubs, stone fireplaces and beautiful views of the La Paz River Valley. The price of your room includes unlimited access to the nature park where youíll see colorful frogs, butterflies, hummingbirds and exotic plants. And true to its name, the La Paz Waterfall Gardens offers five amazing waterfalls for your enjoyment. Youíll get a great view (and photo) from any angle.
Whether youíre looking for the best restaurants or want to explore the tropical jungles of Costa Rica, organized tour groups are always available to help. Rural areas are just as beautiful and exciting as the cities and tourism hotspots, so donít miss out on any hidden corners of the country. Thereís a reason regular visitors always come back to Costa Rica Ė and now itís time to find out for yourself.
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