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Where to Travel This Winter? Costa Rica, Florida, or California
(Post originally published Nov 2014) Are you in the process of choosing a winter escape destination and looking for some inspiration? How about some help in finding a super vacation that’s got more than you bargained for? Central America offers some extra special places such as Costa Rica, where you don’t just lay around recovering from your miserable commute, exhaustion, poor health, and dull daily work tasks.
Here’s vacations that aren’t hospital settings, nor are they all you can eat and drink bar rooms or food courts. Whether you’re playing golf, doing an eco tour, walking a beach listening to waves crash, or trying out zip lining, mountain biking, or kite surfing, you’re active and feeling alive.
Maybe these vacation posts will help you discover what’s missing in your life and how you can fill it with something exciting and fulfilling. Fulfillment is the ultimate determinant of your happiness. I hope these posts boost your desire to travel so that you might bring back what’s missing in your world. A lot of people are retiring in Costa Rica.
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Plenty of Warmth, Sunshine, Activity and Fun
Warm water, sunshine, soothing breezes, palm trees, beautiful scenery, and comfortable accommodations are the usual features of a winter vacation travel package. Those are nice basics, but is a vacation package complete without fun and adventure? No way. Fun and adventure magnify everything else you experience here, even your relaxation. That’s your choice. I’d advise spending 2 weeks at least on your winter vacation. Negotiate your vacation even if it’s unpaid time.
My most sage advice: Take your vacation and take your time because everything you think is so important right now will disappear. You will be damaging your life and career by not taking vacations.
Florida Keys, California and Costa Rica have all the leisure, rich food, alcohol, and beaches to lay around on, but they have so much more. These three amazing destinations are the safest places to visit and offer the greatest variety of relaxation and activity. You may argue that the hustle and bustle of touristy Cancun is more exciting but it’s like comparing sugar to a healthy salad. Costa Rica adventures are healthy! If you’re not sure of what kind of Costa Rica Adventure Vacation you’d like, see the resources listed at the bottom of the post.
Costa Rica – Living Pura Vida
Pura Vida is a saying Costa Rican’s use to describe a pure way of life – a focus on nature as a central thread in their lives. Millions of global travellers know about this eco-focused vacation destination and are happy to experience Pura Vida themselves. They’re making Costa Rica (and Belize) Vacation destination priorities, yet hundreds of millions more await their turns so let’s hope Costa Ricans can protect this world heritage spot from harm. Few people know a lot about Costa Rica which is why I thought you might like this ecclectic mix of Costa Rican sites and experiences. Enjoy your Costa Rican adventure – from beaches to Volcanos and coffee farms to mountain biking and surfing.
But first, what does the geography of Costa Rica look like? You’ll want to choose the experience that’s most relevant to you. Costa Rica is a small country however, you can’t possibly see it all at one time. You may choose a hotel or condo near the beach or on the mountainside with a view of a live volcano!
As you can see, San Jose the historic capital city is located in the Central Mountains which offers its own unique nature, views, activities, and experiences.
It’s All About Fun in Costa Rica
In these first two videos you experience zip lining, a thrilling ride downhill through lush rainforest.
And yet more fun ziplining in Costa Rica adventures.
And why not a nice easy mountain bike ride? Oh yes, looks like they have the serious stuff too.
Long golden sandy beaches, soaring mountains, strange wildlife, incredible landscapes, interesting art and music, excellent restaurants with amazing food, and most of all, relaxation. Yup, it can cost a lot so you need to make decisions.
Costa Rica Wildlife
Costa Rica is synonmous with nature and wildlife and you’ll likely enjoy the world’s largest diversity of plant and animal species. From butterflies to sloths, you might be fascinated with the beauty of nature. The slow moving Costa Rican sloth is one of those unusual animals you might see (not to mention some cool looking money. 10 Million Colones is worth about $18,000)
Why are Travellers so Crazy about Costa Rica?
Costa Rica is a small central American country, still unspoiled, relatively safe, has the charming latin American culture, interesting history, great beaches, quaint shopping, unique restaurants and cuisine, mountain to sea geography, beautiful sunsets, and lots of nature.
And with round trip airfares as low as $440, it may compete with Cuba for economy yet offer a much richer vacation experience.
The world’s been coming here for some time and Costa Rica’s tourism industry is huge. They have two international airports now to bring in eco-tourists and medical tourists. Medical tourism is huge. You can have any type of surgical procedure done here at a fraction of the cost in a US medical facility.
There was a record 2.34 million tourist visits in 2014 and its tourism revenue surpassed what they earn on coffee, bananas and pineapples.
I just picked up a copy of Eyewitness Travel’s book titled Costa Rica travel guide. It has to be one of the best resources on everything you can do there including long zip line rides, rainforest canopy walks, siteseeing on one of the world’s most active volcanos, surfing, and fishing for Marlin. So, I’m just in the process of finding the right destination.
This is from the book. A picture of the Volcan Poas which is 8850 feet above sea level. The crater is almost 1000 feet deep. You can get excellent views from the rim of the crater after a short walk. Don’t think you can walk down into it though. You can walk down into another volcano crater in Costs Rica though. Wouldn’t that be fun!
Sounds like a fantastic adventure holiday. Now to check out some tour operators and accommodations.
I’ve been whitewater rafting only once but I have to say the Costa Rica Whitewater tours look fairly serious. Class 5 rapids are a real thrill!
There’s no audio on this trip up the Volcano, because they used a copyrighted sound track.
The Rainforest Aerial Tram looks like fun.
Costa Rica Vacation Packages
Check out Costa Rica Expeditions page to help you sort out what is you’d like to experience: http://costaricaexpeditions.com/
Some fun facts about Costa Rica from Costarica.com http://costarica.com/travel/fun-facts/
Best Family friendly Ecotours in Costa Rica: http://www.travelandleisure.com/local-experts/costa-rica/best-family-friendly-eco-tours-costa-rica
10 Interesting Vacation Packages from Travel Excellence: https://www.travelexcellence.com/costa-rica-vacation-packages
Luxury Vacation Rentals in Jaco, Costa Rica: http://www.crluxury.com
The Museums of Costa Rica: http://www.govisitcostarica.com/travelInfo/museums.asp
The Top Beaches of Costa Rica: https://www.anywhere.com/costa-rica/destinations/habitat/beach
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