Costa Rican Treasures
October 31st, 2009

Welcome to Destination of the Week! This is a new feature I’m adding to my blog which strictly explores specific destinations. Sometimes it’s linked to an event that recently occurred or a trip that I’ve recently taken and want to share. Other times it reflects destinations that will make good vacation spots in the coming months.

To honor the start of this feature, I chose a country that reflects a little of each – one of my favorite destinations which happens to be a great spot to travel as the months get colder – Costa Rica.

View from Pura Vida Resort and Spa

Costa Rica’s rainy season runs from mainly during our summer here in the U.S, which makes it a wonderful winter destination. As this Central American country dries up, it’s the perfect time the lush landscape, unique flora and fauna, sandy coastlines and opportunities for adventure.

Costa Rica has two main airports – San Jose (it’s capital city) and Liberia, closer to the western coast. Though more direct flights head to San Jose, Liberia is a good place to start when exploring the western half of the country. With the amount of diversity in this country, one could easily spend two weeks, and those going for a shorter time may want to explore a sample of the many sides to Costa Rica.

You can explore the rainforest from virtually anywhere in Costa Rica. Don’t miss the opportunity to Zip line your way through the trees – an exhilaration your sure not to forget! It’s well established, incredibly safe and virtually a must do!

Costa Rica is also well known for their volcanos – Arenal being the most popular, though Poas is also spectacular and more easily reached from San Jose. There are several resorts at Arenal whose features will make you forget you’re anywhere near a Volcano until you look out your window!

Poas Volcano National Park

To round out your trip, head west for some time on the beach, or playa. The more developed beaches are found in the Guanacaste area, getting less developed as you move down the Pacific Coast. Costa Rica is a surfer’s paradise, so if that’s your sport, bring your board! The south Pacific coast has especially great swells.

Beautiful beaches can also be found along the country’s Caribbean coast, though the region can be quite rainy in December and January, in addition to the country’s rainy season. This region, Puerto Limon, is tremendously lush and offers a great diversity in cultures as well as nature. Here you can find Tortuguero National Park, famous for it’s Turtle nesting.

Bird of Paradise plant

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