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Costa Rica # 32 – Travel & Leisure Best 50 Destinations in 2016

 

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Why is Costa Rica one of the top destinations to visit in 2016, Recently Travel & Leisure published their top 50 destinations to travel to around the world in 2016. Costa Rica came up on their list as number #32.

Why is Costa Rica one of the top destinations to visit in 2016. It is an extraordinary country in Central America that lies majestically between the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea, with incredibly landscape, towering volcanoes, beautiful beaches, remote jungle forests and peninsulas that make it unique to the other Central American Countries to see and experience.

Costa Rica is a small country that encompasses just 0.03% of the world’s land mass. With over 500,000 plant and animal species, Costa Rica is one of the planets most biologically dense countries. According to Costa Rica’s National Biodiversity Institute (INBio), the biodiversity in Costa Rica represents close to 4% of the total species on Earth.

The ecosystems within Costa Rica can be attributed to its location between two continents, as well as it numerous micro climates, which vary by elevation among the countries mountainous and volcanic landscapes. The Continental Divide runs through the country’s interior and weather patterns from both the Pacific and Caribbean sweep across the divide’s. The northern regions of the country tend to be arid and have dry tropical forest. In the South, lush tropical jungles are created from high precipitation levels. The green season starts in May – December and the dry season starts in December – Aprils. Weather along the Pacific coast tends to follow these patterns, however the Caribbean can receive rain through the year.

Since the 2012 opening of the new terminal at Liberia’s International Airport, many properties are now starting to see an influx of travelers into the Northern Pacific of Costa Rica seeking rainforest and beach adventures.

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Arenal Volcanco Costa Rica

In the Arenal area Tabacon Resort and Arenal Springs are two very popular small boutique hotel that offer guest stunning views of Arenal Volcano and a relaxing dip into the thermal hot springs from the volcano.  Many travelers will spend 3 or 4 nights exploring the Arenal area with day excursion adventures ranging from white water rafting, hiking in and around the volcano rainforest to Canopy Zip lining.  Then on the the beach, in the Papagayo area travelers can experience all-inclusive resort hotels such as the RIU Palace and adults only Secrets Papagayo or relax in a smaller moderate hotel,  EL MANGROOVE. Moving further south, travelers seeking to learn the art of surfing can spend time staying in Tamarindo at the Diria and Capitan Suizo.

Diria Hotel Tamarindo Costa Rica

Diria Hotel Tamarindo Costa Rica

Costa Rica is more than a vacation destination; it is a soft adventure experience within the landscape, the people, the culture and the multiple species of animals, birds, insects and aquatic wildlife. The country is blessed with a vast array of biodiversity and environmental attractions – majestic volcanoes, misty cloud forests, stunning river valleys and hundreds of beaches along the Pacific and Caribbean coasts. a must see and do destination.

Meet Our Costa Rica Travel Specialists:

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Costa Rica Waterfall La-paz Gardens

Andy James brings over 35 years of practical experience working directly with all of our travel suppliers, lodging vendors and travel providers in Central & South America.  Andy has spent much of his travel career working as a owner and operator of a retail and wholesale travel agency, visiting Costa RicaBelize, Colombia & Peru on a regular basis, negotiating preferred rates with travel suppliers to bring our customers customized tours at fantastic prices and itineraries to Central and South America.

From unique boutique hotel beaches to jungle adventures in Costa Rica or trekking in Peru & Chile, Andy seeks to balance luxury and relaxation with the right amount of exploration.  With a passion for travel and dedication to provide excellent service, Turner makes a wonderful partner to have while planning your next trip to Central and South America.  Call 1-800-626-3483 FREE

 

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Costa Rica Vacation & Travel Packages | Adventure & All Inclusive

 

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Costa Rica Highlights, Arenal, Monteverde & Playa Conchal

Wondering where you can take a family vacation package this summer that is tropical, Eco-friendly, incredibly beautiful, pristine, adventure oriented with great beaches,surfing,fishing and an unforgettable experience, that blends the highlights of the Majestic Volcano of Arenal, the Cloud Forest of Monteverde and an all-inclusive resort on one of the most beautiful beaches of Play Conchal, then Costa Rica is your destination.

Costa Rica is an array of complex climates and regions that bring the biodiversity into harmony within the country.  Its systems of national parks and nature preserves is a source of national pride, and these areas are home to species of birds and wildlife that cannot be found anywhere else.  There are seven active volcanoes, of which the most impressive is the fiery cinder cone of the Arenal Volcano.  Soft and Hard adventure activities such as canopy zip line, mountain biking, world-class white water rafting, jungle treks and much more await the traveler who seeks unique experiences and unspoiled beaches.

Whether you are traveling along, on a romantic vacation or with the entire family, you will find Costa Rica can accommodate the outdoor enthusiasts wishes with activities and excursions for the perfect vacation.
This package is for the active and not so active family or couple who wants to see the highlights of Costa Rica, experience the rain and cloud forest and experience soft adventure excursions, wildlife, thermal hot springs and a beautiful beach. So imagine your family on this customized vacation package in Central America, your accommodations are taken care of, your transportation has been arranged and they day excursions are selected on your interest and ability.

Costa Rica Luxury Highlight Package:  
9-Day/ 8-night Package
Including Arenal Springs Hotel, Montverde El Establo Hotel & the Westin Playa Conchal

9-Day/8-night Package Includes:

  • Transfers to/from the Liberia Airport Costa Rica
  • 2-nights accommodations in Arenal Springs hotel
  • 2-nights accommodations in Monteverde El Establo
  • 4-nights accommodations in the Westin Playa Conchal
  • Transfers between the Liberia, Arenal and the Westin
  • Day excursions as indicated
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary

Day to Day Itinerary:

Day 01 – USA to Costa Rica
Transfer to Arenal area, overnight Arenal.

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Day 02 – Arenal
Optional Activities available in and around Arenal area.
-  Arenal Volcano and Hot Springs Tour – Half Day
-  Rafting down the Rio Toro River – Full Day
-  Arenal Sky Tram and Sky Trek Tour – Half Day
-  Arenal Volcano Hike Tour – Half Day
-  Hanging Bridges, La Fortuna Waterfall & Arenal conservation – Full Day
-  Horseback Riding to La Fortuna Waterfall -Half Day
-  Mountain Biking
-  Hot Springs Excursion
Overnight Arenal Springs or Tabacon Springs

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Day 03 – Arenal to Mondeverde
Travel by boat on Lake Arenal then onto Monteverde.
Overnight Monteverde – Establo Hotel

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Day 04 – Monteverde
Optional Activities around Monteverde
- MONTEVERDE CLOUD FOREST RESERVE Hike – 1/2 day
- SANTA ELENA CLOUD FOREST RESERVE -
- SKY WALK -
- Zip Lining & Canopy Tour
- MONTEVERDE BUTTERFLY GARDEN -
- ORCHID GARDEN IN MONTEVERDE -
- Frogs MONTEVERDE FROG POND -
- HUMMINGBIRD GALLERY -
- Shopping at CASEM
Overnight: Monterverde Establo Hotel

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Day 05 – 08 Monteverde to Westin Playa Conchal,
Overnight: Westin Playa Conchal

Day 09 – Transfer to Liberia Airport
Morning flight back to USA

The Westin Playa Conchal Resort & Spa
The Westin Playa Conchal Resort & Spa is set on one of Costa Rica’s most beaches, Playa Conchal in Cabo Velas, just 45 minutes from Guanacaste Liberia International Airport. Centered around an expansive lagoon-style pool, the resort features beautiful gardens, luxurious suites, thatch-roofed bungalows and breathtaking ocean and forest vistas. Inspiring wellness with its signature Westin Spa, the resort will also offer a variety of outdoor recreation and nightly entertainment. The resort is located adjacentto the championship Robert Trent Jones II golf facility, and features several restaurants serving both local and international cuisine.

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The Westin Playa Conchal an all-inclusive resort offers luxury accommodations, thatch-roofed bungalows, Westin Spa, a great swimming pool,beautiful beach, 18-hole golf course, tennis courts and daily excursions into Costa Rica inland. Close to the resort is one of Costa Rica’s National Parks, Rincon de la Vieja, Sant Rosa, Las Baulas Marine and even day trip to Monteverde Biological Reserve and Arenal Volcanco day excursions.

Establo Hotel

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Estable has panoramic view and comfortable accommodations, it’s no wonder El Establo is a popular lodging choice in this region. Located on a private 150 acre farm near the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve, this hotel provides guests with convenient access to this local attraction. The family run hotel also boasts a large pool, 2 delicious restaurant, nature trails, a lake, and several scenic viewpoints for taking in the fantastic views – some reaching all the way to the ocean.
Accommodations
One of El Establo’s Comfortable Rooms
El Establo offers Deluxe Rooms, Junior Suites, and Master Suites. All rooms feature private baths and comfortable beds. Deluxe Rooms and Junior Suites include queen-size beds, and some even offer a fireplace for added comfort and romance. Each rom comes with a flat-screen TV and laptop safe box.

Arenal Springs

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Offering stunning views of Arenal Volcano, the Arenal Springs Resort also provides guests with comfortable accommodations, beautiful tropical scenery and exemplary service. All rooms have quaint porches perfect for viewing the volcano as well as tiled floors and baths that are distinctly Costa Rican. The restaurant features local and international cuisine, and the resort’s two pools are the perfect location for soaking up the sun. Arenal Springs features colonial style rooms that can accommodate up to four people. The hotel also has a number of rooms specially designed for people with disabilities.  Each room includes a private terrace, king or queen beds, air conditioning, ceiling fan, refrigerator, safe, and more. A delicious buffet breakfast is also included in the cost of your room.
Amenities. One of the best ways to get up close and personal with the Arenal Volcano is by horseback. The resort has its very own stables and you will ride through lush vegetation on your way towards the big volcano.

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Meet our Costa Rica Travel Specialists

Turner James brings over 7 years of practical experience working directly with all of our travel suppliers, lodging vendors and travel providers in Central & South America.

Turner has spent his travel career working as a wholesale travel consultant, visiting Costa Rica, Belize, Colombia & Peru on a regular basis, negotiating preferred rates with travel suppliers to bring our customers customized tours at fantastic prices and itineraries to Central and South America.

From unique boutique hotel beaches to jungle adventures and trekking in Peru, he seeks to balance luxury and relaxation with the right amount of exploration.  With a passion for travel and dedication to provide excellent service, Turner makes a wonderful partner to have while planning your next trip to Central and South America.  Call 1-800-626-3483

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