• Andrea Miner

Costa Rica - An Adventurers Paradise

Are you searching for someplace different for your vacation this year? Why not try Costa Rica? This rugged, rainforested country in Central America offers you plenty to do and see. If you love adventure and enjoy an active vacation, then this is the place to be. From hiking around a volcano to interacting with local wildlife to relaxing on the beach, Costa Rica should be your next vacation destination.

We particularly love Arenal, Monteverde, and Manuel Antonio. Read on to find out why!

Arenal – Home of Hanging Bridges and Arenal Volcano National Park

Hawaii isn’t the only vacation spot known for its volcanoes. Situated about a three-hour drive from San Jose is Arenal and Arenal Volcano is one of Costa Rica’s destination spots. Currently in what is called a “resting phase,” the volcano provides visitors with plenty of hiking trails to enjoy in addition to the largest lake in the country, eco-friendly accommodations, and tropical scenery. While you’re in Arenal, why not:

  • Relax in an Arenal Volcano Hot Spring – there are quite a few hot springs in Arenal that have been warmed by the magma that flows underground around the volcano. After a day of hiking, sink into the therapeutic waters and enjoy the jungle views surrounding you.

  • Zipline or Aerial Tram Through the Forest Canopy – a unique way to see the scenic landscape of Arenal is by ziplining or taking the aerial tram over the rain forest. You can take the tram to the observation point for a panoramic view of the area and then zipline down if you feel adventurous.

  • Visit La Fortuna Waterfall and Take A Swim – considered one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Costa Rica, La Fortuna Waterfall is 200 feet tall and empties into a pool of water that is crystal clear. Perfect for a dip after a day of adventuring!

  • Hike to Arenal Mistico Hanging Bridges – located in a private nature preserve, the hike to the hanging bridges is along well cared for trails and through a tropical garden. There are 16 fixed, hanging bridges that provide you with fantastic views of the volcano as well as the wildlife. Get ready to see sloths, tree frogs, and monkeys as you traverse the bridges.

  • White Water Raft the Balsa River – even if you have never gone white water rafting before, you are ready for the Balsa River. It has rapids that range from Class II to Class IV, making them perfect for beginners and experienced rafters alike.

Monteverde – The Green Mountain

Settled by Quaker families in the 1950s, Monteverde is remote but popular with vacationers looking for that perfect escape. The original 1500 hectares settled by the Quakers became the Monteverde Cheese Factory and the Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve, 300 hectares of untouched cloud forest. Horseback riding, canyoning, wildlife spotting, and sampling of local coffee and chocolate are just a few of the things Monteverde has to offer. Maybe you’d like to:

  • Take a Monteverde Cloud Forest Tour – if nature is your thing, you want to take a tour of the reserve. Here you could see six different cat species, monkeys, bats, snakes, and poisonous tarantulas as big as your hand!

  • Take a Coffee, Sugar Cane, and Chocolate Tour – head into the San Luis Valley to the Santa Elena Cooperative and learn how coffee goes from the fields to your coffee cup. You get to pick the beans, find out how they are processed, and taste test some famous coffee from the country.

  • Go Horseback Riding – there are some trails around Santa Elena and Monteverde that are perfect for a relaxing horseback ride. They wind through the plantations of coffee, bananas, and sugar cane, and you have the chance to catch sight of some monkeys and sloths while enjoying the scenery.

Manual Antonio National Park – A Little Bit of Everything for Everyone

Located on the Central Pacific Coast side of Costa Rica, Manuel Antonio National Park has something for everyone. It is a biodiverse area and activities range from hiking to fishing to scuba diving and just relaxing on the beach. While staying in the area, maybe you’ll enjoy:

  • Spending the Day at the Beach – there are two beaches inside the park that are about a 30-minute walk from the entrance. Manual Antonio Beach is the more well-known one, but Playa Espadilla Sur, a little further down the trail, is a hidden gem. Go swimming, snorkeling, or even learn how to surf while you are there.

  • Hike Through the Park – if you want to experience some beautiful scenery and some of the local wildlife, you can hike through the park with or without a tour guide. Watch out for the monkeys. They want your snacks. (Please, do not feed the animals no matter how much they beg and plead.)

  • Visit Quepos – after a day of adventuring, visit the town of Quepos. While it is a bit of a tourist hub, with local shops, cafes, souvenir shops, and more, you still experience the charm Costa Rica has to offer.

  • Go Sportfishing – While you’re in Quepos, consider going sportfishing and landing yourself a tuna, marlin, or snapper. There are a wide variety of species of fish to catch and you know that photo holding a big one will be the highlight of your stay.

Are you ready to get away to someplace different? Costa Rica is a hidden gem in Central America waiting to be explored. Contact us today and we’ll help you plan the perfect vacation.

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