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.

Arenal Volcanco Coista Rica

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:

andy-Costa Rica Waterfall La-paz Gardens

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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