A Beachgoer’s Paradise!
I am absolutely in love with this country. It’s by far my favorite place to escape to. It’s relaxed, laid back, easy going vibe is so addicting, that I could seriously drop my entire life, buy a tiny hotel or bar and just become a full time Tican in their Pura Vida! The beauty here is staggering and the sluggish pace is extremely seductive. What’s not to love about this place? It’s the greenest country in the world, a peaceful democracy, overwhelming natural beauty, with untouched beaches, amazing prime waves to surf, pure organic foods, untouched nature, rain forests galore, active volcanos, a tropical climate year round, endless national parks and waterfalls to explore, unbelievable culture, some of the nicest people you’ll ever meet and the best coffee next to Cuba.
So, what’s on tap? The question is what isn’t? Active travelers can surf, hike, snorkel and sport wildlife for starters. The incredibly varied topography means you can cruise the cloud forest one day, visit an active volcano the next, and finish by relaxing on a hot sandy beach. Adrenaline junkies this is your haven! You can zip-line through canopy lines hundreds of meters long and ride the rough surf of the Pacific. Choice and variety name the game. It’s truly a peaceful oasis in a tumultuous region, this tiny nation draws 1.5 million visitors every year. So if you haven’t been yet, what are you waiting for?!?
Costa Rica, officially the Republic of Costa Rica, is a country in Central America, bordered by Nicaragua to the north, Panama to the southeast, the Pacific Ocean to the west, the Caribbean Sea to the east, and Ecuador to the south of Cocos Island. So this makes for amazing surf!
Point and beach breaks, lefts and rights, reefs and river mouths, warm water and year-round waves make Costa Rica a favorite surfing destination. For the most part, the Pacific coast has bigger swells and better waves during the latter part of the rainy season, but the Caribbean cooks from November to May. Basically, there is a wave somewhere waiting to be surfed at any time of the year. Remember that the best Pacific swells are during the rainy season – perfect for surfers on a budget. For the uninitiated, lessons are available at almost all of the major surfing destinations – especially popular towns include Jacó, Dominical and Tamarindo on the Pacific coast. For our money, the best value schools and lessons in the country are in Dominical. Surfing definitely has a steep learning curve, and can be potentially dangerous if the currents are strong. With that said, the sport is accessible to children and novices, though it’s always best to inquire locally about conditions before you paddle out. Having trouble standing up? Here is a tip: long boards readily maintain their stability, even in heavy crashing surf.
Here’s a list of the best surf breaks: Playa Tamarindo, Playa Grande, Playa Hermosa, Playa Avellanas & Negra, Playa Samara, Pavones, Dominical, Mal Pais and Santa Teresa.
Here are some of the best beaches: Tamarindo, Playa de Coco, Guanacaste beach break, Playa Conchal, Mal Pais & Santa Teresa, Jaco, Nosara Area, and Playa Hermosa.
Here are some of their national parks: Parque Nacional Manuel Antonio, Parque Nacional Volcan Arenal, Guanacaste National Park, Rincon de la Vieja National Park, Diria National Park, Palo Verde National Park
Here are some places you must see: Rio Celeste Water fall and river, La Fortuna Waterfall, El Chorro Waterfall, La Paz Waterfall, Arenal Volcano, Tabacon Hot Spings, Cloud Forests Manuel Antonio & Monteverde, Tortuguero National Park
Some Things to do: Surf, Paddle Board, Golf, Yoga, Day Spas, Deep Sea Fishing, Snorkeling, Diving, Waterfall Rappelling, White Water Rafting, Hiking, Zip-Lining, ATV-ing, , take an Adventure tour or a Nature, Marine, Educational, Cultural Tour….for more information contact us at: email@example.com
Some Random things to know while you are in Costa Rica:
-Water is safe to drink, but use your own judgement
-Be a little concerned about Dengue Fever! But don’t go Bonkers! Just make sure you have repellent on at all times. Read here about Dengue Fever!
-The sun is nasty here. You can burn in less then 30 minutes. I’d suggest 50 or 100 SPF. Ladies you’ll still tan you just won’t look like a costa rican lobster
-Costa Rica drivers are crazy!
-NO price on it? Don’t buy it!
-Be very Carefull with petty thefts. Don’t leave valuables visable. Don’t leave car doors or hotel rooms unlocked.
-Driving distances are long, so bring some cd’s. Not all car rentals have USB plug-ins
-Exchange US$ for some colones and avoid using your credit card so much. Not all places will accept US$ or Credit cards. Ask before you buy.
-You need a passport, so don’t forget it!
-Distances here are weird. People look at a map and say things like, “We can drive that in an hour, honey!”. No… you can’t. There are mountains, traffic, accidents, bad roads, cows, donkeys, monkeys,… and of course, as there are no street signs nor addresses, you will likely get lost. If you can possibly be delayed, you will be. The general rule I use is that I will average 20-30 MPH (30 KPH – 45 KPH) for travel around the country. So for example, if you see a place that is 100 KM away (about 66 miles), plan on two hours to three + hours to get there.
Based on my experience 10 days in Costa Rica for your first time is a good amount of time to see a little of everything this country has to offer. Now, of course there are many ways to visit this country to fit within anyones budget. You can back pack from San Jose to Guanacaste and back, visiting low budget hotels and hostels. You can fly straight into Liberia, rent a car and stay in a villa with some friends to split costs. You can rent a villa all to yourselves with a private cook and all! You can splurge and stay at the amazing Four Seasons for a week or you can rent a car and hit economical hotels along the way. There’s something for everyone in Costa Rica. The possibilities are truly endless. Contact me to plan the perfect vacation for you, based on how you want to experience this unforgettable and addicting country!
Here is a list of some of our favorite places to stay:
Dreams Las Mareas Costa Rica Coming November 1st 2014
JW Marriott Playa Avellanas en Guanacaste
Villa rentals in Tamarindo (Contact me)
Villa rentals in Playa de Coco (Contact me)
Villa rentals in Playa Hermosa (Contact me)
Four Season Resort Costa Rica Papagayo
Nayara Hotel Spa and Gardens in La Fortuna
The Springs Resort and Spa La Fortuna
Tabacon Grand Spa Thermal Resort La Fortuna
Where to eat? Everywhere!! Eat at the sodas – “Sodas” are small family run restaurants which specialize in inexpensive local meals, usually costing around $2 USD including a drink. These hole-in-the-wall restaurants offer the best value in the country. All of the hotels I mentioned have outstanding food! For Local Hot Spots Contact me! STAY AWAY FROM ROADSIDE TOURIST TRAPS!
For local recommendations in the cities I mentioned and to BOOK your next trip to COSTA RICA contact Love. Travel. Events. at: firstname.lastname@example.org