The view from the top of the SkyTrek Zip Line

The view from the top of the SkyTrek Zip Line

1.  Nature!  Costa Rica has a very rich offering of biodiversity with several national parks featuring native and unique creatures and habitats such as beaches, jungles and cloud forests.  One of our favorite experiences was a night walk with lots of very loud frogs.  Our guide could “converse” with one of them!

 

Costa Rica's location

Costa Rica’s location

2.  Ease of travel!  From several USA gateway cities with direct flights and two major airports, Costa Rica is an easy 4-hour flight with only a one or two hour time zone change depending on Daylight Saving Time.

 

The thrill of zipping through the jungle

The thrill of zipping through the jungle

3.  Adventure!  Costa Rica offers some high adrenaline fun with zip lining, high ropes courses, canyoneering, mountain biking, white water rafting, and waterfall rappelling.

 

Where chocolate begins

Where chocolate begins

4.  Chocolate!  Kids love seeing the origins of chocolate, holding the unusual fruit at a cocoa plantation, discovering the beans inside and seeing the roasting process.  Of course, the tasting part is enjoyed by all!

 

Endless entertainment

Endless entertainment

5.  Monkeys!  My kids were easily entertained watching the monkeys playing in the trees right outside our hotel room.

 

Have a mango!

Have a mango!

6.  Food!  Fresh tropical fruits in abundance plus local vegetables, and lots of rice and beans offer new flavors and make for delicious meals all day.

 

Enjoy an outdoor spa treatment

Enjoy an outdoor spa treatment

7.  Ticos!  The Costa Rican people who call themselves “Ticos” are among the most friendly and welcoming that I have met in my travels.  They are honest and trustworthy, and you’ll never feel hassled.  Their hospitality is wonderful.

 

Surfing Witches Rock

Surfing Witches Rock

8.  Surfing!  There are great beaches all along the Pacific Coast with some legendary breaks for expert surfers and gentle spots perfect for beginners.

 

Arenal Volcano

Arenal Volcano

9.  Volcanos!  They may not be erupting, but they are active so the possibility is there!  A recent eruption grounded flights–a good excuse for missing an extra day or two of school.

 

The view at Punta Islita

The view at Punta Islita

10.  Views!  Choose a hotel, private villa, or a resort villa, and with the lovely coastal hills and valleys you will enjoy a beautiful views and sunsets wherever you stay.