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Top Things to Do in Costa Rica 2022

Destinations - Ross French - June 17, 2022

Costa Rica

Costa Rica is a country that is known for its greenery, waterfalls, and stunning sea beaches. For the foreign traveler, it can serve as a perfect introduction to the rich Latin American culture. From great lodging to lip-smacking cuisines, Costa Rica has everything necessary for a memorable trip. One thing’s for sure: while you are here, you’d never run out of things to do. To make things easier for you, in this article, we will discuss the most fun things to do in Costa Rica this year. So, read on.

Best Things to Do In Costa Rica to Make Your Trip Remarkable:

Opt For White Water Rafting:

Costa Rica has no shortage of rivers that are suitable for some white water rafting action. If you are an adventure-seeker, this is the finest way to satisfy your thirst for adventure. Also, rafting like this provides you with the opportunity to witness and feel the lush jungles here.

Near the Caribbean Coast, there is the Pacuare River which is among the most sought-after rafting destinations in the country. Likewise, the Tenorio River in the Guanacaste area is another awesome spot for river rafting. Besides these two rivers, there are Balsa, Toro, and other rivers that have ideal rapids for rafting.

But remember, no matter which river you choose as your rafting spot, make sure you learn about the rapid intensity beforehand to avoid any unfortunate situation.

Take a Dip in Hot Springs:

Top Things to Do in Costa RicaThis is another great choice for those who want to have fun during their Costa Rica trip. This country has many active volcanoes, especially Central Costa Rica. Therefore, there are a huge number of natural hot springs that you can visit to revitalize your body and mind. Situated between La Fortuna Waterfall and Arenal Volcano, Tabacon Hot Springs is one of the best hot springs in Costa Rica. In that same region, you would find other great natural hot springs like Eco Tarmales, Rio Agua Caliente, etc. As the active volcanoes are in Central Costa Rica, most hot springs are scattered across that part of the country as well.

However, there is a hot spring outside Central Costa Rica named Vandara Hot Springs which is located in Rincon de La Vieja National Park. All these hot springs have clay and mud full of essential nutrients that can help keep your skin healthy and treat various skin problems.

Zip Line through the Jungles:

As we already mentioned, there is a huge amount of lush greenery in Costa Rica. This makes Costa Rica perfect for zip lining. In fact, it is among the most adventurousthings to do in Costa Rica. If you’re a daredevil, you’d absolutely love zooming high over the green forests. You would feel like a bird when it flies. There are several ideal spots for zip lining in this country. Most of them are located near the Cloud Forests.

Arenal Reserve is a great place where you can find two zip line spots, namely Aerial Tram and Canopy Zip Line and Monteverde Sky Aerial Tram and Zip Line. Also, you can go to Diamante Eco Adventure Park or Manuel Antonio Canopy Safari Zip Line Tour if you wish to zip line in the coastal area.

Ride ATVs

If even after water rafting the adventurous soul inside you is still not satisfied, you can opt for an ATV tour. Imagine driving through the lush jungles and experiencing the greenery and wilderness in their fullest glory. Sounds fun, right? It surely is. Also, you would reach some stunning viewpoints that are a bonus. Riding an ATV through the forests in any season is an exciting activity. But in the monsoon when the paths in the jungles get muddy, the fun gets doubled.

There are numerous ATV tours scattered across Costa Rica. These include Santa Teresa, Tamarindo, La Fortuna, Manuel Antonio, and so on. However, if you are under 16, you won’t be permitted to take a solo ATV tour. In such a case, you got to have an adult accompany you.

Participate in the Fiestas Civicas:

If you truly want to get a taste of the Costa Rican culture, you have to partake in Fiestas Civicas or local parties. These parties are known for their games, cuisines, and, of course, bull riding. Taking part in these Fiestas Civicas is one of the best things to do in Costa Rica. You would find such parties across the nation throughout the year. The most common months are February, March, July, and December. In Brasilito or Tamarindo, these local parties typically happen around mid-March. Some of these parties include Zapote Fiestas, Puntarenas Carnival, etc.

Gallo Pinto

Remember that bullfights don’t happen in Costa Rica. Instead, people ride bulls, and they are done riding, they let the bull run around the ring and run after people. It is a form of entertainment for Costa Ricans. Once the bull is not interested to chase people anymore, they send it back to the corral. After that, the next rider could take their turn. Such bull riding is part of the Costa Rican tradition. If you’re brave enough, you can pay about 10-15 USD to enter the stadium to have a bull chasing you.

Watch turtles at Ostional Wildlife Refuge:

Some of the Costa Rican beaches are a paradise for those who want to watch sea turtles in their natural habitat. On these beaches, turtles come to lay their eggs on the shore. Also, there are two sea beaches in Costa Rica where one can find mass turtles nestings known as arribada in Spanish. If you love animals, especially marine animals, you are bound to love these beaches. The scenic beauty and the amazing vibe that these beaches emit are a plus and make your turtle viewing a more wholesome experience.

For your info, May-December is the most ideal time to visit Ostional as, during this time, the largest arribadas happen. It is best to make prior reservations and opt for a guide for a hassle-free Ostional tour.

Besides Ostional Wildlife Refuge, Osa Peninsula, Tambor Bay, Hermosa Wildlife Refuge, etc., are some other great spots to see sea turtles.

Conclusion:

Now after knowing about the best things to do in Costa Rica, all that is left for you is to pack your luggage and start your journey. Visit Costa Rica today and have fun doing these exciting things. Happy journey!

Frequently Asked Questions:

  • What should I not miss in Costa Rica?

Costa Rica is a country where you would never run out of things to do. If you ever come to this country, you should not miss the Fiestas Civicas, the Ostional Wildlife Refuge, Tabacon Hot Springs, etc.

  • What is Costa Rica most famous for?

Costa Rica is most famous for its lush greenery, scenic landscapes, awesome national parks, and so on. And oh, bull riding. We cannot forget bull riding which is a huge part of the Costa Rican heritage.

  • What are the two popular activities in Costa Rica?  

There are so many activity options in Costa Rica. Two among them are ATV riding and white water rafting.

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Top 10 Mesmerizing Destinations in Central America Must Visit Once in Life

Central America - Ross French - July 24, 2017

Belize

Central America probably won’t attract many travelers to visit all time. But in fact, you wish to explore the nature and outdoor activities then visit Central America as the best destination to visit earlier. In this Central America, you can find many tourist destinations and activities such as relaxing on beaches, hiking, snorkeling, scuba diving, windsurfing, touring ruins of ancient civilizations and indigenous cultures. Still, touring Central America is a big dream for everyone and named as must visit spots once in life. Here, the top 10 destinations in Central America are listed, and you have to visit them once.

• relaxing on beaches
• hiking
• snorkeling
• scuba diving
• windsurfing

1. Roatan, Bay Islands

Roatan Bay Islands are a Caribbean Vacation Paradise which located off the North Coast of Honduras and well known for pristine white sandy beaches. Besides, the travelers can enjoy amazing tropical jungle covered hills and various unique reef system.

• Coxen Hole
• French Harbour
• Tranquilseas Eco Lodge and Dive center
• Seagrape Plantation Resort
• Splash Inn Dive Resort

2. Ambergris Caye, Belize Cayes

Ambergris Caye is an eye-catching island in Belize which is known as leading destination for tourists to visit in Central America. The place has beautiful and azure water surface of the Caribbean. You can visit the Maya Mountains and the Pink Ridge to excite many things in this area.

3. Nosara, Costa Rica

Nosara is the best destination which has oldest expat town and familiar in the midst of a mini Renaissance such as fresh restaurants, hotels, and shops. You can explore a budget friendly travel to this destination which is a serene atmosphere for you.

4. Santa Teresa, Costa Rica

The booming surface village of Santa Teresa offers an excellent opportunity for visitors to enjoy a lot. The beaches of Santa Teresa are soft, sandy, and consistent surf break to enjoy with families. It is familiar for sleepy seaside hamlet which is a neighborhood place of Costa Rica.

5. Tamarindo, Costa Rica

It is a prime spot for surfing and sports fishing, diving, and sunning. This place is a must destination for the travelers who need to enjoy a lot with family members. It has gorgeous beach houses, B&B, and luxury hotels in the sunny sands.

6. San Ignacio, Belize

San Ignacio is a heart of Belize which is recognizable for vibrant travelers to spend time here. This destination remains rustic and making significant challenges for budget friendly adventure travel for everyone. Macal River is a famous spot to visit and have rejoice anytime.

7. Antigua, Guatemala

This is a place of rare beauty and considers the major historical significance and vibrant culture. It is a must visit destination and boasts excellent spots to visit by the travelers. The magnificent setting is an attractive one and unfolds beneath of three volcanoes.

8. Boqute, Panama

In Boqute, Panama the many rainbows are the comfortable, eye-catching place that decides to visit the spot by north winds that blow down the admiring features for all. You can see the valley of flowers and eternal spring to rejoice you on a day.

9. Isla Colon, Bocas Del Toro Province

It is a most populated island which has amazing vegetation and gets lots of amusement and amazing activities in this destination. The accommodation in this destination is pleasant by offering fresh foods for the travelers.

10. San Juan Del Sur, Nicaragua

This destination is known for a beautiful fishing village that suits for magnet for surfers and sunbathers. At night time, the beach explores with activities, and few popular beachfront bars are the major attractions for you.

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My Backpack Goes Both Ways

Guest Posts - Ross French - June 1, 2011

surfing

By, Stevie Trujillo (www.sprinterlife.com)

Who in their right mind wants to go to school while they’re on vacation? Well, I did, but I‘m crazy about both school and traveling—so much so, in fact, that when I first heard about taking a Learning Vacation, I immediately started organizing my backpack: 2 pens, 1 dictionary, and a notebook in the front with 5 bikinis, 2 dresses, and a pair of flip flops in the back.  Ahhhhh, heaving my pack up on my shoulders I couldn’t help but note how right it felt.  I guess deep down I always knew my backpack went both ways.

surfingThe hard part, though, was figuring out a time for me to get away, because, well, I am always away.  On April 18th, 2010, my husband and I set out from our home in Venice beach in our converted Mercedes Sprinter van to drive around the world. Everyday we’re on the go, usually not for very far or for very long, but nonetheless, we are nomads: we are moving. Up until now, we’ve driven from Los Angeles to Canada (wine tasting the whole way), and then back down through Mexico, Belize, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and Panama (Tequila, Mezcal, Belikin, Aguardiente, Havana Club, Flor de Cana, Tona, Guaro, and Balboa tasting the whole way).  (Hint: this may be why we’re so slow).  Not that we have a set schedule anyway, but still we’d like to be to the tip of Argentina in January, during the southern hemi summer.

schoolSo, given our lifestyle, our seasonal preference and our copious alcohol intake, there really isn’t a lot of down time to go to school, nor a real need for a vacation.

But finally, as luck would have it, an opportunity came up.  My husband had to go back to the States for two weeks to attend to some shit last month, and I was able to parlay his absence into my chance to attend the School of the World in Jaco, Costa Rica.

I chose to study Spanish and surfing, as opposed to yoga or digital photography (which are also offered at SOTW), because they just seem more relevant to where I’m at today, sitting on a beach in Central America.
This was my first time having ever experienced a Learning Vacation. I’ve done the backpacking thing across Europe, the dirt bag Americana road trips sleeping in Flying J truck stops along the interstate, and the five star all-inclusive resorts with cute towel animals sitting at the foot of the bed.  But never have I traveled abroad with the explicit purpose of learning something—well, something useful anyway—and I have to say that it kicks motherf’n’ass. Por que, me pregunta?

Intention.hammock As annoyingly new agey as it sounds, when you set an intention, you get more shit done than you would have otherwise.  Case in point, I learned more Spanish in my two weeks at School of the World than I did the entire seven months prior to simply living in Spanish speaking countries.  Yes, you can ‘pick up’ words by osmosis, but I have found that if you really want to learn something, particularly a foreign language, you need to set the intention to do so.

Intensity. Learning Vacations are intense. I spent four hours a day studying Spanish and two hours a day learning to surf. Everything hurt.  Left to make my own schedule, I would not have been that disciplined.  And honestly it takes that insane level of practice and repetition to get good at anything.

Inspiration. There were days that I would not have made it without the support of my teachers and fellow students at SOTW.  Facing roiling mountains of brain washing whitewater, a surf instructor would paddle out by my side, cheering me on as I turtled my way to the lineup.  And then when I wouldn’t stop paddling until I was in my safe zone a good 30 meters past the break, said surf instructor would patiently coax me back in from the open sea, “Please, chark bait, you come back now. “  And then there I’d be sitting in the lineup next to my beginner buddies, when one of them would go for a wave, and we’d all yell “Paddle! Paddle! Paddle!” as she vanished behind a wall of water to either make good with Mother Nature or get her ass kicked all the way to shore.  Either way, I felt inspired, but it was the wipeouts that really got me going.  I may admire athleticism, but I relate to desperate acts of survival.

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