Find Your Paradise in Costa Rica

4 March 19

Author: Betsy Harter

Whatever your idea of paradise may be, you can find it in Costa Rica. Global Escapes, with our partner Delta Vacations, can help you get there!

From ziplining through the rainforest, to kayaking in national parks, to traversing sky bridges in the volcano region, Costa Rica is an explorer’s paradise. Visiting two or three areas of this diverse country is recommended so that you can immerse yourself in the vibrant city life in San Jose, the peaceful beaches at the Manuel Antonio Marine Reserve, and the high-adventure central regions. With dozens of beaches on both the Pacific and Caribbean coasts, you can experience black volcanic sands at Playa Hermosa or the sparkling white sands of the north Pacific coast.

Delta Vacations, one of our preferred partners in Costa Rica, offers our clients a variety of vacation packages in the three most popular regions:

Arenal Volcano and Monteverde Region, Costa Rica

The Arenal Volcano and Monteverde Regions boast umpteen amazing ecological wonders that are the perfect spots for outdoor enthusiasts who are looking for the ultimate Costa Rica vacation. Who should go?

  • Ecotourists: Jungle adventure amid some of the most unique flora and fauna anywhere is why Costa Rica is one of the planet’s top destinations for out-of-this-world eco-vacations.
  • Adventure Seekers: The Arenal/Monteverde regions of Costa Rica are an adventurist’s dream come true. Spouting lava flows, steep mountain hikes, high-flying zipline adventures, and countless ecological wonders are just a taste of some of the exhilarating activities found in these areas.
  • Families: Families can enjoy the expertly guided tours through the jungle in search of exciting plant and animal life native to the region, including colorful amphibians, tree-swinging monkeys, and leisurely moving sloths.

Liberia and Guanacaste

This area of northwest Costa Rica, known as the Guanacaste region, offers numerous activities along the beach, in the charming towns, and in the nearby rain forests. Most hotels are located on the beach, and several are all-inclusive. Who should go?

  • Honeymooners: Stroll along palm tree-lined beaches.
  • Families: Trek through a national park or visit a volcano.
  • Surfers: The waves are ideal for beginner and intermediate surfers.
  • Adventure Seekers: Explore a rain forest, take a mountain hike, go kayaking, or propel through the rain forest.

San Jose & Pacific Coast

For those drawn to the excitement of city life, the bustling and cosmopolitan capital of San Jose is a great destination. Glass-mirrored high rises, cozy restaurants, lively nightclubs, and classic theaters flourish within the city limits. Most hotels are internationally recognized chains and are located in the downtown area or nearby. Who should go?

  • Families: Trek through a national park or visit a volcano.
  • Adventurers: Explore the rain forest, take a mountain hike, go kayaking, or propel through the rainforest.

Activities in Costa Rica:

Hiking

The rain forests around Arenal Volcano and the Monteverde area are one of the Earth’s most complex and important ecosystems to view wildlife, exotic plants, and spectacular waterfalls.

Horseback Riding

There’s nothing like riding a sturdy horse through the rain forest. Let the horse lead you on an exciting journey through vibrant rain forests, where unique flora and fauna unfold all around.

Kayaking

Depart from the delightful town of La Fortuna to enjoy a pleasant morning of kayaking on Lake Arenal with breathtaking views of the Arenal Volcano. On your trip you may observe different species of birds, such as the flycatcher, kingfisher, great blue heron, and anhinga. Listen for the disconcerting roar of the Howler monkeys.

Windsurfing/Kiteboarding

Take advantage of Lake Arenal’s winds and surf along beautiful blue waters while enjoying superb vistas of the region’s mountains. For the seriously adventurous, turn to the high-octane sport of kiteboarding, and get whisked high above the waves for some heart-pumping fun.

Must-See Spots in Costa Rica:

Tabacón Hot Springs
At Tabacón Hot Springs, enjoy natural thermal springs with a spectacular view of Arenal Volcano, one of the most active volcanoes in the Americas. Make sure to bring a swimsuit, or wear one under your clothes.

Arenal Volcano

Enjoy viewing stations around Arenal Volcano. Watch as lava slides down the sides of this impressive and lively crater. On a clear evening you can see rocks spewing skyward and molten lava rolling down its sides. Arenal has been in a constant state of activity — eruptions, accompanied by thunderous rumbling sounds, are sometimes as frequent as one per hour.

The Monteverde Cloud Forest

Monteverde is acclaimed as one of the most outstanding wildlife refuges in the New World Tropics. In this cloud forest there are more than 100 species of mammals, more than 400 species of birds–including 30 kinds of hummingbirds, thousands of insect species, and 2,500 species of plants–including 420 kinds of orchids.

Arenal Volcano Viewing

Cloud cover makes volcano viewing the luck of the draw, and no one can negotiate with Mother Nature. Early mornings and dry season give you the best chances for seeing it in action.

Beaches

In northwest Guanacaste, you can swim in warm tropical waters or soak up the sun on palm tree-lined beaches. There are almost a hundred beaches in Costa Rica that appear on most maps, but there are over two hundred more that don’t. Rent a car and find a beach of your own.

Sport Fishing
The area is home to almost 100 world-record catches, including blue marlin and Pacific sailfish. Anglers will find some of the best blue water and inshore fishing in the world. The town of Tamarindo will have charter fleets. Fresh water fishing can be done on Lake Arenal.

Are you ready to book your Delta Vacations experience to Costa Rica? A Global Escapes travel advisor will meet with you and help create the perfect Costa Rica getaway for you and your loved ones. Set up a consultation with a Costa Rica specialist today!

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