Costa Rica is Central America's special jewel. A Costa Rica vacation package promises a unique travel experience for all ages. The country's natural attractions, wildlife and reputation for enlightened conservation draw tourists from all over the world. Successive governments have made a real effort to preserve the country's image as an eco-tourism haven, making Costa Rica one of the best places to experience the tropics naturally and with minimal impact. The country's biodiversity attracts nature lovers from all over the world. Add to this the incredible warmth and sincere hospitality of the local people and the exceptional variety of Costa Rican hotels along Guanacaste's Pacific coast and you have a recipe for a memorable vacation for couples, singles and families!
Guanacaste, in Costa Rica's Northwest Pacific Coast region, is the perfect central point from which to explore Costa Rica's diversity. The natural setting is casual, secure and unassuming. And the local "Ticos" are warm, friendly and eager to share the bounty of the Guanacaste province with visitors. Bird-watching, exhilarating zip-line canopy tours, excellent diving and water sports and exceptional hotels all combine to make Guanacaste a perfect vacation choice. From crushed pink shells to salt-and-pepper volcanic sand, the beaches are as diverse as the nearby eco-adventures. Visit the popular resort town of Tamarindo with its great surf and white-sand beaches for browsing and souvenir shopping. From panoramic rolling savannahs to bubbling hot springs and remarkable beaches, visitors of all ages will experience a vacation like no other in Costa Rica's popular Guanacaste region.
San José, the capital of Costa Rica, is nestled in the fertile Central Valley and surrounded on all sides by large, forested mountain ranges, some of which include active volcanoes, perennially green savannahs and working coffee plantations. San José is a vibrant, cosmopolitan city that is home to shopping malls and several museums, such as the Gold Museum and the Jade Museum. A perfect home-base for experiencing the wonders of Costa Rica's interior, visitors can enjoy whitewater rafting, horseback riding, hiking, mountain biking and easy day trips to the bustling town of La Fortuna and Arenal Volcano National Park and the Monteverde Cloudforest Reserve. There are also day tours to coffee plantations and a butterfly farm. Nightlife in San José is an energetic mix of fun bars and clubs, great restaurants, exciting casinos, discos and theatres.
Puntarenas and the Mid-Pacific region of Costa Rica are home to an extraordinary coastline as well as several protected wilderness areas. The most popular attraction here is Manuel Antonio National Park with its beautiful beaches and popular hotel areas, many of which are less than two hours from San José, allowing for easy access. After spending the day admiring nature, visit Jaco Beach to enjoy its legendary party atmosphere. Surrounded by lush, tropical rainforest and inviting soft-sand beaches, visitors enjoy mangrove and ocean kayaking, horseback riding, world-class sport-fishing, whitewater rafting and excursions to the nearby butterfly and aquatic tropical gardens.
The southern-most peninsula in Costa Rica, the Osa Peninsula, is a secluded nature wonderland, providing a home to many of the country's rare and endangered species including the Puma, Jaguar, Harpy Eagle and Scarlet Macaw. With a hot, tropical climate throughout the year, the South Puntarenas region boasts one of the most lush and dense tracts of forest in the country and the single largest expanse of low-land tropical rainforest in Central America, as well as one of the tallest rainforests in the world. The Corcovado National Park on the Osa Peninsula is a nature lover's heaven because of its isolation and remoteness from the rest of Costa Rica. An eco-tourism hotspot with pristine rainforests, outstanding ecologdes and rugged natural beauty, visitors will enjoy Osa Peninsula as one of the most bio-diverse regions on the planet.
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