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Costa Rica Volcanic Bash
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Boasting the title of super-safest country in all of South America, Costa Rica has been a hotbed for hot ‘n’ heavy globe-trotters for over a decade. Plunging diamantine waterfalls, bottle-nosed dolphins, steamy volcanoes, and raucous macaws make this land-of-forests the hostess with the mostess, not to mention a slice of paradise for less when it comes to your hard-earned pretty pennies.
the romance
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Canopies of banana trees, beds of orchids, exotic birdsong, and lullabying waves - Costa Rica is undeniably passionate. At Manuel Antonio, sleepy sun-soaked palms dip their fronds into Pacific waters, while the coral reef of Playa Samara beach is easily accessible due to playfully shallow waters.
Yes-please indulgences include:
A genuine volcanic mud treatment
Thermal water soak
Splashes of agua dulce and sticky kisses thanks to cono capuchinos
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Look for nosh spots that bill themselves as ‘miradors’ – it can only means one thing – a room with a view, and what gourmet gal isn’t deserve that?
the scenery
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Richly dense vegetation, spectacular sun-spots, and world-class resorts fuse together to form a little heaven on earth. With keen efforts being made to protect the country’s precious acres of rainforest, the unique wildlife is proving to flourish quite handsomely.
Keep an eye and ear out for:
Howler monkeys
Resplendent quetzals
Furry ocelots
Red-eyed tree frogs
the attractions
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Escorted day trips from the capital of San Jose are sure to soothe eager beavers. Opt for a stroll through the Butterfly Gardens or photo-op by La Paz Waterfall. Head out to Isla Tortuga for a fruit-laden picnic or horseback ride across coastal sands.
Other musts include:
Braulio Carillo National Park
Costa Rica Canopy Tour (glide from treetop to treetop just like some of the mammalian neighbors)
Aerial Adventure chairlift for out-of-this-world bird-viewing
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The Rainforest Aerial Tram is the simplest form of transit when it comes to accessing the Costa Rican outskirts – and the 5-passenger gondolas make a not-so-shabby conversation piece for dinner parties back home.
the adventure
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When it comes down to crunch time, Costa Rica calls the shots on ‘roughing it.’ Winding jungle trains, white-water rafting, daring snorkeling and salty sea kayaking are just some of the view outdoor splendor-benders to embark on. Be sure to:
Trek to the volcanoes of Irazu and Poa
Visit the ancient lava canyons embedded in the landscape
Zip-line through the forest or try your hand at a Guanacaste cattle drive
the secrets
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This hideaway gem isn’t just for the back-to-the-landers – clubbers get their fair chance at the spotlight with an evening of gaming down at the Los Sueños marina or Playa Tamarindo.
But for the soul-soothing stuff, stick to:
A catch-of-the-day morsel at the oceanside village of Cahuita
A lesson in the medicinal properties of indigenous plants with a certified naturalist guide
A rare, jaw-dropping gander at real-live flowing lava from the molten tops of Arenal
before you go
What to Expect
Dry Season: The ideal time to visit Costa Rica is between December and April as this is when the weather is hot and precipitation is at its lowest (15-31˚C/59-88˚F).
Wet Season: May through November receive an abundance of rain. Temperatures do remain as hot as those found during the dry season however (20-31˚C/68-88˚F).
Clothing
Light, breathable clothing is essential for exploring the beaches and rainforest. Raingear is also important to bring along with you in case of a downpour.
Currency
The Costa Rican Colon
The Lingo
Spanish
Documents
A valid passport
Local Delicacies
Salsa Lizano: A sweet curry and vegetable sauce that can be put on most foods
Gallo pinto: A popular breakfast meal comprised of rice, beans, cilantro and onion all mixed together