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10 Days of Delight: Your Ultimate Trip to Costa Rica

Make your trip to Costa Rica count

To help you make the most out of your trip to Costa Rica, we’ve created this travel guide that can promise you a once-in-a-lifetime adventure.Costa Rica is a popular vacation destination with its wide array of environmental and cultural attractions.  As you plan your vacation, be sure to check out the premier luxury Los Sueños Resort, featuring a spa, championship golf course, gorgeous views of the ocean and marina, and more!

 

10 Days of Delight: Your Ultimate Trip to Costa Rica

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5 Most Thrilling Things to Do in Costa Rica

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Costa Rica Offers Thrilling Adventures in Paradise

An adventurer’s paradise, Costa Rica is full of thrilling opportunities for the intrepid traveler. Whether it is ziplining through the rainforest, or fishing for the big one in the crystal blue waters off the coast, you’ll find no shortage of exciting things to experience here.

Arenal Volcano and Tabacon Hot Springs

Costa Rica’s best known volcano, Arenal was one of the most active in the world until 2010. While eruptions have for the most part ceased, Arenal remains a stunningly beautiful, symmetrical conical volcano worth a visit. The Arenal area also boasts lakes, white-water rafting excursions, and hiking trails complete with hanging bridges and gorgeous views. No visit to Arenal would be complete without a dip in the Tabacon Hot Springs, a completely natural, geothermal gem surrounded by lush rainforests.

Zipline Canopy Tour

Ziplining remains one of the most popular adventure activities in Costa Rica, and with good reason. Nothing can quite compare to the feeling of soaring through the rainforest canopy alone, with nothing but breathtaking views of the flora and fauna all around you. Tours can be found almost anywhere in the country, but those located in the Arenal and Monteverde regions are especially popular.

White-water Rafting

From gently floating down calm rivers, to fast and exciting white-water adventures, Costa Rica’s rivers offer boat, kayak, and canoe opportunities for all experience levels. For a real heart-pounder, arrange a rafting trip with one of the many guided water tours that can take you over the rapids and rappelling down waterfalls. You’ll also see areas of the jungle untouched and rarely visited while on the water, a big, and increasingly uncommon, treat.

Deep Sea Fishing

The coast off of Los Sueños offers some of the best fishing in the world. Boats wait to take you to top deep sea fishing locations teeming with marlin, sailfish, tuna and more. Local captains who know the best spots will guide you on a chartered sport fishing adventure you’ll long remember. Check out the latest fishing reports for some current local fishing conditions and news.

ATV Tours

To really experience all that the mountains and jungles of Costa Rica offer, there’s no better way than on an all-terrain vehicle, or ATV. Whether you’re on a smooth beach or braving a muddy, jungle trail, these four-wheeled vehicles give you the freedom of a motorcycle with the ability for off-road adventuring.

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7 Heavenly Hikes: Cabo Blanco National Reserve

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Hiking the Cabo Blanco National Reserve is a must to experience during your time in Costa Rica

 

In southern point of the Nicoya Peninsula lies the Cabo Blanco National Reserve, a hiker’s dream and explorer’s paradise. One of the most beautiful and scenic areas of the entire country, Cabo Blanco is made even more special due to the fact that it is Costa Rica’s first protected nature reserve.

In 1963, conservationist organizations realized the specialness of this “White Cape”, designating it a national reserve to protect it for generations to come. Today, more than 3,100 acres make up the park, which is bursting with wildlife, dense forests, and serene beaches.

Getting There

The Cabo Blanco National Reserve is located in the southernmost tip of the Nicoya Peninsula, and is named for the island that lies a little less than a mile off the mainland.

From the towns of Montezuma and Cabuya, you can take a public bus to the reserve, where you’ll need to purchase your day pass for $10. Alternatively, if you have access to a car, you can drive up to the ranger station, buy your passes, and enter. The park is closed Mondays and Tuesdays, and is open the rest of the week from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Climate and Topography

Cabo Blanco is best planned as a half-day hike, which will allow you plenty of time to enjoy the plants and animals you’ll encounter along the trail, and to spend extra time relaxing on the fabulous beaches. The trail to the beach is a big rugged, and appropriate for more experienced hikers. However, the shorter Danes Trail will have you looping through the park at an easier pace, so those unsure of their hiking prowess shouldn’t be deterred.

The average temperature ranges from 73 degrees Fahrenheit to 91, and humidity averages 82%, so be sure you dress accordingly. You can view maps and guides at the ranger station before embarking on your tour of the reserve.

Flora and Fauna

Cabo Blanco is located in somewhat of a unique area of Costa Rica, as it exists in a transitional plane of dry and wet forests. Containing both evergreen and deciduous trees, you’ll find an impressive array of foliage, from the vibrant Cortez Amarillo to the tall and proud Espave tree. The Espave (named from the Spanish saying “es pa ver” or “to see”) received its name thanks to the natives and explores in the area, who would climb the tree and use it as a look out.

The reserve is also home to many of the animals that make Costa Rica such a remarkable ecosystem. At the captivating coastline, you’ll find a variety of marine birds like pelicans and a large brown booby population (if you’re lucky, you may catch some of their spectacularly acrobatic dives), alongside a variety of mollusks, crustaceans, and fish. Move into the forest, and you’re likely to run into coati, deer, sloths, anteaters, and a few kinds of monkeys, including howlers and capuchins.

What to Bring

Along with the usual hiking necessities (sunscreen, water, maps, a compass, snacks or a lunch, and a small first aid kit) you’ll also want to focus a little extra attention on your clothing choices. Layers are most definitely recommended, as it can be very hot or very rainy at any moment, and you’ll want some good, sturdy footwear to carry you over the trails. A bathing suit as your bottom layer would also be advisable, as Cabo Blanco has miles of gorgeous beaches for your enjoyment. And as always, don’t forget your camera! You’ll want to capture images of the breathtaking scenery to look back on once your adventure has concluded.

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HRG’s Guide to Hiking in Costa Rica

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Eco- Series: 7 Heavenly Hikes in Costa Rica

Preparing for the Rainforest Hike

Costa Rica boasts some of the greatest hiking and eco-exploration opportunities in the world. With its abundance of flora and fauna, there are a plethora of new discoveries to be made by hikers and adventurers every day when visiting Costa Rica. In this series, 7 Heavenly Hikes in Costa Rica, we will explore some of the best hiking destinations that Costa Rica has to offer, starting with some tips and tools that every hiker in Costa Rica should have in their virtual, and physical, backpack.

Prepare for Anything

You’ll be amazed at the bounty of microclimates in Costa Rica and the quick changes in weather- sometimes from one minute to the next- that you’ll experience when hiking. You should be prepared for this by planning to wear layers when hiking. Hiking pants that convert into shorts with a quick zip and good, sturdy hiking shoes are an absolute must. When looking into the perfect hiking shoe, go for one that will do well on wet surfaces or even submerged in water; you are going to come across a lot of those, especially when hiking the cloud forest reserves. Regardless of whether your vacation baggage consists of a giant backpacker’s pack or good old fashioned luggage, you’ll want a lighter weight backpack that is strictly for exploring- don’t plan to lug all your stuff along with you on these hiking trails. Most of the trails in this country are moderate to difficult, and you won’t be able to deal with all that. Plan on having something that will allow you to carry the essentials you need for a day’s hike only.

Be Aware of Your Environmental Impact

The lush natural habitat you have the privileged of trekking through in Costa Rica is often fragile. Unconscious hikers sometimes accidentally destroy the environments they enjoy. While the actions of just one hiker may not make a huge impact, the massive effect of large numbers of visitors to the forest can degrade the environment. Here are a few things to keep in mind while in the forest: 1. You are a guest in the forest. Respect the animals that live there. Do not feed them food that could damage their systems. Do not remove them from their homes. Do not taunt them or try to pick them up. Do not destroy or remove their homes or nests. 2. Leave no trace. Whatever you take into the forest, you must take out. Even if you don’t see signs or regulations, follow strict guidelines for dealing with food waste, packaging, or anything else that might alter the environment. This includes even human waste, which is often a major source of environmental impact from hikers. Human waste can contaminate the watershed and make other hikers ill. You can deal with this problem by using “catholes” and covering them up; try to create and use these at least 200 feet away from water sources and trails to minimize the risk of contamination. 3. Obey the rules and regulations of the area, and, if none are given, use good common sense and care. Fires and other hazards such as injuries or getting lost can be avoided in this way. The Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics offers a set of guidelines for low-impact hiking: “Leave nothing but footprints. Take nothing but photos. Kill nothing but time. Keep nothing but memories”.

Hiker’s Etiquette

Hiking in a group can be fun and increase safety. However, sometimes groups of hikers can interfere with the good experience of other hikers. Here are a few rules for hiking etiquette that are universally beneficial. 1. When you or your group of hikers meets another on a steep trail, it is customary to allow the “right of way” to the group that is moving up the hill. 2. Conscious hikers typically avoid making loud noises or taking part in loud, boisterous conversations when hiking. Leave your cell phone conversations for emergencies only, and stay present, safe and considerate by leaving music listening (even with headphones- you need to be able to hear when you are in the forest) for another time and space. One caveat to this rule is when hiking in bear country, but that’s not something you need to think about when hiking in Costa Rica. 3. Stay on established trails; this helps to avoid impact on the land and its natural environment. 4. Hiking faster than your natural pace can increase fatigue and may even cause injury. If in a large group, slower hikers could be left behind or get lost. When in a group, it is a good practice to encourage the slower hikers to lead, while all the others match that speed. Another good safety tip is to have more experienced hikers take up the rear to ensure that everyone is safe. green frogIn this series, 7 Heavenly Hikes in Costa Rica, you will discover some of the best hiking trails that Costa Rica has to offer, as well as what to look for through our Spot This! Flora & Fauna of Costa Rica series that typically runs the first Monday of each month.

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Adventure Tours in Costa Rica

Rock Climbing, Surfing, And Waterfall Rappelling are Some Of My Favorite Outdoor Adventures In Costa Rica

Guest Post by Maddison M.

waterfallRappelDuring my senior year of high school, my Aunt, who lives in Costa Rica, asked me if I would like to spend the summer after high school with her. I was completely stoked because she worked for a Costa Rica adventure tour company for years, so she knows all the cool places to challenge yourself and find your strength in the great outdoors.

I grew up in Southern California and I love the outdoors and just about any outdoor activity. In school, I played sports, but I was more interested in sports found outside of school like surfing, skiing, and rock climbing. I love the feeling of challenging myself. Competitive sports are ok, but when I am challenging my body, it is something I am doing for the pure enjoyment of it. I’m not interested in scoring points or whose team wins.

Since my aunt owns a vacation condo in in the Los Sueños Resort (which she rents out to vacationers through the vacation property management team HRG Vacations), trips to Costa Rica are all the more exciting. When I’m not pushing myself climbing rock walls, rappelling down jungle waterfalls, or surfing the killer waves in Playa Hermosa nearby, I’m relaxing in the resort’s gorgeous swimming pools, golfing, getting a massage or sunning myself on the beach.

I’ve had some amazing adventure trips in Costa Rica with several awesome tour operators that HRG is connected with and always sets up:

  • Desafio Adventure Company: This place takes you to the middle of a thick rainforest behind an old church in La Fortuna. The whole trip takes about four hours to get through. You get to rappel down a series of eight waterfalls. The guides take you on the smaller ones first to get you used to the equipment and then take you down the more challenging ones.
  • On the North Pacific side of Costa Rica, there is a canyoning tour set back in the Rincon de la Vieja National Park. It’s in the Pailas sector in north Guanacaste. This adventure tour gives you a variety of challenges. I like maneuvering my way through rivers, ponds, waterfalls and even rappelling down canyons! They use nylon ropes with a figure eight on this tour to send you rappelling a full twenty meters down into a canyon. You then climb back up the rock wall. Funny enough this canyon is called the “Colorado River Canyon”. If you need help going back up the rock wall, the guides will help you.
  • I always look forward to visiting the Strangler Fig. Now you may think that that sounds like some kind of haunted house or horror movie, but it’s not. The Strangler fig is kind of a creepy plant though because it kills its host tree slowly by strangling it from sunlight. Basically, the strangler fig starves its “victims” in order that it can grow and thrive. So this one adventure place on the Osa Peninsula allows you to scale 100 foot waterfalls on your way to the strangler fig where you will get to climb the fig up roughly 70 feet to see an unparalleled view of the Golfo Dulce. You’ll view this gorgeous body of water and surrounding greenery from over 450 up. The degree of difficulty that you face climbing the strangler depends on which root you decide to climb.

 

Every time I return to Costa Rica I look forward to seeing what new adventures my aunt will cook up for us! In fact, when I graduate from college, I plan to head back to Costa Rica for a year long internship at a permaculture farm on the East Coast near Limon. It won’t be the luxury of Los Sueños on the Pacific, but I’m always happy no matter where I’m at in Costa Rica, and you can bet I’ll get my little luxury vacation at Los Sueños in, at some point, while there.