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Costa Rica

 Costa Rica

Costa Rica is known to be one of the best tropical paradises to visit for vacation. Costa Rica has pristine beaches exotic wildlife, and tropical plants. Visitors can see whales and dolphins play as well as crocodiles, sharks, turtles and toucans that are hanging out everywhere. Costa Rica is a very friendly and peaceful country. It is the ideal place for relaxation with beautiful unique golf courses and luxury spas. Even the hotels have the most modern comforts and private locations. If the visitors are looking for adventure there is surfing, hiking, rafting, canopying, diving, deepwater fishing, and snorkeling. Costa Rica has it all for all people. Most people say Costa Rica is the best place for Sport Fishing out of anywhere else in the world. On the Pacific side there are Sailfish, Marlin, Dorado, Tuna, Wahoo, Roosterfish, Snapper, and much more. On the Caribbean side and Northern regions are more famous for the big Tarpon and big Snook.

Costa Rica was originally explored by the Spanish in the early 16th century. However, the initial attempts at colonizing the country was not successful due to a few different reasons which include disease from mosquito's, infested swamps, harsh heat, resistance by natives, and pirate raids. It was in 1563 when there was finally a permanent settlement of Cartago was established, it was located in the cooler, fertile central highlands. Costa Rica became one of Central American provinces during the year of 1821 as it was jointly declared their independence from Spain. The country continues to expand to have strong technology and tourism industry. The culture and heritage in Costa Rica is very diverse and unique. The different cultures and heritages include Africans, Chinese, Hebrews, Lebanese, and Italians are just to name a few. It also includes native people of Bribri, Cabecar, Maleku, Teribe, Boruca, Ngobe, and more.

The climate in Costa Rica is very pleasant not only while its dry season but the great weather expands into May through November. There are some rainy days but it usually only rains in the afternoons as the morning are generally nice and sunny. The National symbols of Costa Rica include the Purple Orchid, the Guanacaste Tree, Yiquirro which is a Clay colored Robin National Bird, the National Flag, The National Emblem of Costa Rica, and the Typical cart. The official language of Costa Rica is Spanish and the second language is English for a large part of the population. The majority of the population is also Catholic but Freedom of religion choice is respected in Costa Rica. The country is relatively small and only covers only 0.03 percent of the globe, however, it is still a great tropical paradise for getting away and relaxing on vacation.


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Turtle Tours in Costa Rica

Attractions in Costa Rica

     Volcan Poas National Park is located in Botos Lagoon and consist of a filled up crater. The deep blue waters contrast with the tropical rainforest that surround the park. This is one of the most visited volcanoes in all of Costa Rica. The park spreads over about 5600 hectares and is at an altitude of about 2708 meters which is 8,200 feet above sea level. At the bottom of this prehistoric crater is a lagoon that boils sulphurous gases. Then there is the other crater which is the Botos Lagoon and it holds cold water unlike the other lake and it is also connected to the Rio Angel and as it continues it connects to the large Rio Sarapiqui.

Bungee Jumping in Costa Rica is a very popular thing to do while on vacation. Of course it is for the adventure addicts who look for a thrill. The most common place for Bungee Jumping in Costa Rica is located at the old Colorado River Bridge. Bungee Jumping here at the bridge has been in business ever since 1991. The gorge of the river is 265 feet high which is also one of the tallest bungee bridges in the Americas. The bridge is close to traffic so jumpers don't have to worry about any cars, its just a simple free fall head first towards the rocky river then you are sprung back up like a yo-yo. The bungee jumping is done here due to its original beauty and height. The bungee jumping here is run by Tropical Bungee and they are approved by the NABA which represents the North American Bungee Association. There are packages for either one jump or two and all the packages include round trip transportation.

The Chocolate Tours in Costa Rica is a great experience. This tour will let everyone have the chance to learn about chocolate in its purest form, visit the ChocoRart organic cacao farm in Playa Chiquita which is all just outside of Puerto Viejo de Talamanca. This attraction is owned and operated by a Swiss couple. This farm harvests, ferments, and cooks cacao all in the same and traditional way of the Mayans had used for many years before. When visitors take this chocolate tour they are by reservation only and everyone gets a chocolate tasting during the tour. There is sugar that is added to the chocolate as well as natural flavors such as ginger, coconut, vanilla, and nuts. Visitors get to experience the natural history of ancient food as well as the entire chocolate making process, starting from the harvesting and running until the production.

Turtle Tours are guided tours that mix fun with an environmentally sound way to observe these turtles which are also known as gentle giants. The turtles come on shore to lay their eggs which is an amazing experience to watch. There are five species and one sub species that nest on the Caribbean and the Pacific Coasts. The largest nesting site for the turtles is in the Northern Caribbean Village of Tortuguero which is a protected beach. Visitors who would like to experience this with the sea turtles or gentle giants, will need to arrange a guided tour with a licensed guide or park ranger. Cameras, video, or flash photography is not allowed on night turtle tours due to the turtles are very sensitive to ambient light.


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The La Paz Waterfall Garden in Costa Rica

Things to do and see in Costa Rica

One of the most popular attractions in Costa Rica is the Tabacon Hot Springs which are natural geothermal pools that are streamed with the Tabacon River and this river starts deep in the Arenal Volcano. From the Arenal Volcano the water heats up to about 101 degrees and from there flows 3 quarters of the mile right into the natural pools of the Tabacon Hot Springs. This is also where the river splits into two and joins another river which makes this a tropical playground for visitors to enjoy. The hot springs are surrounded with tropical plants and a lush environment. The springs also has a heated waterfall where visitors can sit underneath of it and enjoy a body massage. There is also a swim up bar at the pool for everyone to grab a drink to completely relax.

Visitors also like to go white water rafting while on vacation in Costa Rica as well. The rivers for white water rafting are mountainous terrains and there is a long rainy season which make Costa Rica the best place for rafting. There are 6 of the major white water rivers that will give visitors the most invigorating experience with some amazing scenery in the whole country. Even some of the Olympic teams practice on these rivers for kayaking alongside of the tourists white water rafting. There are some gentle rivers for the first timers and families that are great for just floating through and experience the beautiful views of nature. Almost all of the rivers in Costa Rica flow towards the Caribbean and after a heavy rain is when the rapids come to life.

The La Paz Waterfall Gardens are a very amazing and beautiful attraction in Costa Rica. The Waterfall Gardens are open yearly and have more than 3.5 kilometers of walking trails. The minimum visit to these waterfall gardens is 2 hours but visitors could also take the whole entire day to visit each trail and each waterfall. The trails go through the Butterfly Observatory, Hummingbird Garden, serpentarium, Frog Exhibit, Tica House, Trout Lake and bird watching areas. These tours of course take place in the rainforest so there are going to be days when it rains, the tours still proceed in the rain. There are some resting points for when it rains and they are covered and there are raincoats that are sold as well.

The Else Kientzler Botanical Garden is where the home of more than 2,000 different plants from all over the world are held. These plants are suited for recreation, education, and ecotourism. This garden sits on about 17 acres of land in Sarchi Norte which is just at the bottom of Volcano Poas in the Central Valley of Costa Rica. The trails in the botanical garden take visitors through more than a mile of beautiful plant designs and collections. Each corner and section of the garden has a vast array of different colors and textures of the trees, flowers, and plants. It is known as a place of serenity with a small pond, picnic and rest area.