Costa Rica


Get lost in a country possessing deep rainforests, vast farmlands, and breathtaking beach views.

Costa Rica is a truly beautiful country, inside and out. The simplicity evokes an atmosphere generating a relaxing and dreamy mood. As natives greet you with “Pura Vida,” they remind all to enjoy the good life. And a good life it is… The changing sceneries are a paradise to those looking for a thrilling trip, a relaxing getaway, or both. Boasting both eco-friendly and trendy spots, the lodging and restaurant choices bring a uniqueness to traveling in the tropics.

The variety found is this country puts you in full control. You can spend time relaxing as you lose yourself on a beautiful, peaceful beach or get adventurous and pack your trip full of activities like snorkeling, zip lining, and rainforest hiking (among many others). This country is so beautiful that you might find yourself reluctant to leave at all. If you are interested in making your holiday neverending by buying property out there, then you might like to contact this top real estate agent in Playas del Coco.

Spanish is the native language here, but most are able to hold simple conversations in English. Spend some time with your love making flashcards and studying basic questions, food and drink orders and lodging information. (If you find that you have not studied enough and are having difficulty ordering a meal, remember this go-to Spanish word: Tipico. You can’t go wrong with this classic dish overflowing with rice, beans and a tortilla.) The ability to initiate and hold an introductory conversation will be fun and prove useful for your trip.

A Beach Bum’s Paradise:
If you’ve decided to take it easy, put your feet in the sand and enjoy the sound of the ocean, Costa Rica has an array of beaches, varying from a feeling of almost remote, to full-fledged beach towns.
Playa Hermosa, Guanacaste
Consider beginning your trip here. This relaxed, pristine beach is just twenty minutes from the Daniel Oduber Quirós International Airport.
Hermosa, which means “beautiful” in Spanish, is the perfect description of this low-key hot spot. The smooth, gray sand beach is never crowded, while still occupied by an ample amount of beachy-cool restaurants offering oceanfront seating. Found between two mountains, the beach is known for its outstanding marine fauna, making this the perfect place to enjoy ocean life.

What to Do:
Snorkeling tours, kayak trips and scuba adventures are just a few ways to enjoy this location. Your hotel will most likely have participating companies offering such adventures. Or, take a stroll through the town and chose one that fits you best.
Diving Safaris Costa Rica
Playa Hermosa is home to some of the best diving spots in the world. Sign up for a diving trip with Diving Safaris. Each local dive trip includes a short boat ride, and two dives, each at a different site. The dives are about 45 minutes long, with an hour of surface time between. Diving Safari also offers single dives and night dives for the adventurous! If you are not licensed and on a tight schedule, a PADI Discover Scuba Diving Course is offered to teach you all about equipment and safety! But, if you’re looking for your passport to the underwater world, Diving Safaris offers the PADI Open Water course. This four-day course teaches the in’s and out’s of diving and will leave you qualified to dive anywhere in the world!

Where to Stay:
Bosque del Mar
Capturing all of the charm and character of
a beach bungalow, the recently remodeled
Bosque del Mar boasts a peaceful beach with a beautiful view of the Pacific. Choose from
Junior Suites, a garden or beach view, or the Penthouse Suite. A swimming pool, hot tub, Niromi gourmet international restaurant, lounge bar and scuba diving center are on location.

Where to Eat:
Lazy Wave Lounge and Restaurant
The magical décor, exotic garden and welcoming candlelit day chairs serve as the perfect location for a laid-back romantic dinner and a few homemade cocktails. International and Asian fusion cuisine is equally unique, making this restaurant one-of-a-kind.

Rainforest Getaway:
If you’ve decided to celebrate your love with a series of thrill-seeking adventures, Costa Rica will monopolize your vacation time.
La Fortuna, San Carlos, Alajuela
Travel to the northern part of Costa Rica to experience the country from a different view. Home to the majestic Arenal Volcano, La Fortuna is a small rustic town. The surrounding areas of La Fortuna offer a variety of exciting and aesthetically amusing sights, adventures, shops and eats.

What to Do:
Costa Rica Sky Adventures
Fly down one of the longest zip lines in the world. Sky Trek Zip Lines takes you high above the treetops, allowing you to observe the rainforest from above. The tour includes eight cables with distances up to 2,460 feet and a maximum height of 660 feet. This adventure will leave you catching your breath. Sky Adventures also offers a Sky Walk featuring hanging rainforest bridges, lush greenery and exotic creatures. A knowledgeable guide will accompany your group on a hike through the forest, providing information on plant and animal life as you see waterfalls from observation platforms all in a 3 km trail of rich flora and fauna. Sky Cam Cable Car is another option when considering the purchase of a Sky Adventures day package. The cable car reaches an observation area at the highest point of the Arenal Reserve from there you can admire the natural beauty of the rain forest, the volcano and lake.

Where to Stay:
Lomas Del Volcan
This cozy, welcoming hotel comes in the form of rustic, romantic wood bungalows. Each one comes with two decks, inviting you to enjoy the beautiful property, bursting with diverse tropical flowers and plants. You can enjoy the rainforest and volcano view through the windows of every cabin. This property is special; removed from the rustle and bustle of La Fortuna, the hotel is tucked away atop a hillside inside a farm. Here eco-tourists and romantics will fall in love.

Where to Eat:
Don Rufino
Visit Don Rufino on La Fortuna’s Main Avenue for Costa Rican, contemporary cuisine (and delicious Italian!). The open-air building possesses a warm atmosphere and serves as the perfect place to observe everyday life in La Fortuna. The busy street view is inviting and the food is award winning. This is a great consideration for a nice, upscale dinner.

Whichever route you choose, the breathtaking views of the volcano, rainforest and beaches will leave you loving this special little country. Dubbed the ultimate affordable tropical vacation, Costa Rica will evoke in you a sense of peace.15155646_xl