Costa RicaOne of life's finer moments includes sitting at a beachside coffee shop, luxuriating in the aroma of the island's potent blends, watching the sun slowly set behind the ocean's depths with a loved one by your side. In Costa Rica, such experiences can be enjoyed daily.
Costa Rica travel provides the perfect location regardless of what kind of experience you're looking for. It's a romantic escape waiting to happen, an adventure-lover's dream, a place to let the stress melt away or a place to simply enjoy the indulgences in life. A beautiful setting for your every desire can be enjoyed in the heavenly land of...Costa Rica.
Traveling to Costa Rica
Your flight to Costa Rica will arrive at one of two airports, which will depend on where you are visiting. Close to the capital city of San Jose' is Juan Santamaría Airport (SJO). SJO accepts the highest number of international flights and starting in November of 2007, Frontier Airlines will be offering non-stop flights to and from Denver, Colorado.
The other airport is the Daniel Oduber Quirós International Airport (LIR). It is located closer to Liberia and the northwest coast.
A valid passport is needed for entry into the country during a Costa Rica vacation and there is a $26 exit fee required. Since Spanish is the main language of Costa Rica, bringing along a Spanish-American Dictionary is usually very helpful.
What to See in Costa Rica
Translated into English, Costa Rica means "rich coast," and the name certainly fits. The country is rich with sights, rich with flavor and rich with life!
Bird watching is a huge tourist attraction in Costa Rica and with over 800 species; it's not hard to see why. Twenty-five percent of the country is either protected land or national parks, so finding someplace to witness these colorful specimens in the wild is not a problem. Cahuita National Park, Manuel Antonio National Park and Monteverde and Santa Elena Cloud Forest Reserves are just a few of the many parks available.
Costa Rica is also rich with outdoor activities. Visitors can delight in some of the world's best biking trails near the Arenal Volcanoes, where you may just have to stop and take in the majesty of the view. Or, take a scenic bike tour through the beach towns of Puerto Coyote and Malpais.
Surfers flock to Costa Rica's shores for the challenge of its huge barrels and tourists alike soak in the sun on Costa Rica beaches. Tamarindo offers the beginning surfer a great place to hone their skills, while Provones Beach demands only the best surfers.
Other exciting activities include horseback riding, wind surfing, scuba diving, kayaking and fishing.
Dining in Costa Rica
The food in Costa Rica is everything you would imagine it to be. Sumptuous, rich and delightful! Using only a certain few ingredients, the locals imbue heavenly textures and delicious flavors throughout their dishes. Vegans may find the fare difficult, as the traditional breakfast consists of a ham sandwich. Lunch is a popular dish called Gallo Pinto, which is a mixture of beans and rice, or Casado, which is basically Gallo Pinto with meat or chicken. The food is inexpensive, well prepared and fantastic. Plus, you've never had fruit until you've tried fresh fruit in Costa Rica!
Where to Stay in Costa Rica
Because of the value of the dollar in Costa Rica, you can often stay at an incredibly luxurious Costa Rica hotel for the price of a cheap American hotel. For example, the gorgeous Barcelo Palacio Spa & Casino in San Jose' adds opulence to any visit to Costa Rica. With 254 rooms, starting around $85 per night, guests can enjoy a wonderful stay in a tropical setting with their every wish fulfilled. Plenty of amenities and activities are also available to enhance your visit, including the entertaining casino.
Slightly more expensive, but just as luxurious, is the Real InterContinental Costa Rica. This top Costa Rica luxury hotel features 24-hour front desk and concierge assistance and supplies every amenity you need for a restful stay. It also is home to the fabulous restaurants, Azulejos Restaurant and Mirage. Plus, it's in close proximity to plenty of area attractions. The InterContinental has 261 rooms which start around $172 per night.
There are hotels of similar quality and pricing across Costa Rica, so finding a great deal on a hotel is never a problem. Of course, using the Internet to compare rates before booking will help ensure you get the perfect room at the absolute best price.
Come and see the sun-drenched beaches of one of the most beautiful countries on the planet. From the breathtaking views to the action-packed activities, you'll be taking the vacation of a lifetime. Come and see the colors, smell the aromas, and taste the flavors of this amazing place that's called, Costa Rica!