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Planning the Ideal Costa Rica Vacation

Costa Rica, located in Central America, is a tourism hot spot because of the myriad of opportunities and adventures that are available to thrill seekers and beach bums alike. Known primarily for its beaches and volcanoes, the bio-diversity of this relatively small country rivals that of the equally popular Hawaiian Islands.

One look at a map of Costa Rica will reveal a country rich with coastlines along both the Caribbean and Pacific Oceans.  Framing the lush jungles of the interior part of the country, both coastlines offer spectacular views and dynamic aqua adventures.  The beaches on the Caribbean side have soft, powder like sand and with gentle waters.  The Pacific coast is where you can watch exquisite sunsets from the golden sand.

Head inland from the picturesque ocean and Costa Rica will offer you a taste of rugged, tropical jungle that is unique to this part of the world.  While Costa Rica accounts for a mere .03% of the world’s land mass, this Central American wonder contains 6% of the globe’s biodiversity. Whether it’s animals, eco-systems, fire, water, or air, you can find it in Costa Rica.

Costa Rican Beach Resorts

If relaxing is the name of your game, Costa Rica has plenty of beach resorts that provide exactly the level of activity and interaction that you seek. Resorts on the East coast offer more opportunity for wildlife lovers. Turtle sanctuaries, exotic fish and wildlife all make their home in the warm Caribbean waters.

If aqua sports are more your vibe, head to the Pacific coast of Costa Rica where waves are ideal for surfing and splashing.  Both coastlines offer a variety of resorts that meet the budget needs of most travelers.

Costa Rica has a number of all-inclusive resorts as well. These amenity rich destinations are a great choice for vacationers who what to experience a little bit of everything without having to put a lot of time and effort into planning an itinerary.

All Inclusive Vacations in Costa Rica

Most all-inclusive resorts in Costa Rica cater to those seeking a beach vacation. However, there are several resorts that are either located in or provide outings to the jungles of the nation. The tropical jungles and mangrove forests are filled with flora and fauna that dazzle the imagination.  Costa Rica has both jungle and rainforest ecosystems, and many resorts and tour operators offer excursions where you can experience nature up close.

All inclusive vacation packages are popular choices with travellers who hope to have a unique adventure but want to minimize risk when it comes to getting in over their skill or experience level.  Most of the packages that are available to travellers include family friendly activities like nature walks and zip-lining, as well as more extreme adventures such as hiking a volcano trail or rafting in the jungle.

Beach Adventures in Costa Rica

Costa Rica has a reputation as a surfing destination, and the coastlines are littered with quaint surfing outlets on both the Caribbean and Pacific coasts. If you are new to surfing, four of the five best recommended beaches for novices are on the west coast.  Both coast get swell year round, meaning that there are waves to be found no matter the month and no matter the coast.

If you have some hang time on a board, head to Jaco Beach, reputed to be one of Costa Rica’s best surfing destinations. Jaco Beach is great for both intermediate as well as advance surfers, with the best waves hitting at high tide. There are lots of surf shops and amenities in and around Jaco Beach, as well as hotels and resorts, so you can create an entire vacation just out of a desire to surf.

Coco Beach in the northern part of the west coast is a favorite water sport destination if you want more than surfing. Complete with full service aqua sports, casinos, luxury and mid range hotels and resorts, and access to rainforest and jungle adventures, Coco Beach is a great place to establish camp and then decide how you want to spend your time.

Beyond the Beach and BioDiversity

Beyond the vacation adventures on the coasts or in the jungles, Costa Rica offers a vast selection of restaurants, bars, fine dining and local grub. With a rich tradition in environmental resources, food can come from the ocean, the land, the flowers and the trees. Offering native dishes that are fresh, flavorful, and prepared with love using native and contemporary recipes and techniques, a vacation in Costa Rica can easily focus on epicurean delights.

No matter your vacation style, Costa Rica has something for you. Whether it’s relaxing on the beaches with drinks with umbrellas, or trekking through a tropical rainforest after zip-lining through the jungle, your adventure awaits you in the beautiful nation of Costa Rica.

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