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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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Something for Everyone in Costa Rica

A vacation in Costa Rica has something for everyone.

Costa Rica is a land of abundance. The small region is known for its wealth of rainforests, tropical climate and wildlife species relative to its size. The variety of natural beauty is echoed by the variety of ways to entertain and amaze its residents and visitors. When you want a one-stop vacation destination for adventure, relaxation and exotic tropical excess, Costa Rica is the place.

HRG Vacations is an all-inclusive vacation planning organization. The staff at HRG can plan your trip from beginning to end. They will pick you up at the airport, transport you to and from Los Sueños Resort & Marina on the Central Pacific coast, and set your reservations for activities and tours. There are many ways to unwind at Los Sueños Resort:

Outdoor adventure tours
 
There are many thrilling ways to see the jungle and its  treasure trove of wildlife including white water rafting, eco-canopy tours, motorized canopy tours, sky walking tours and zip line tours.
 
White water rafting is an exciting trip down a rushing river over waterfalls and around large rocks. It takes concentration and strength and gives a great adrenaline rush.
 
The canopy tours consist of visitors riding in a metal basket high up through the jungle trees, offering views of the birds, monkeys, and other tree-dwellers as well as beautiful panoramas of greenery and rivers running through ravines. The basket safely surrounds you while you enjoy the scenery from up high.
 
Eco-canopy tours provide the benefits of the motorized tours without harming the environment. You, the visitor are the motor, pulling yourself along the steel cable.
The sky walk gives you an on-high view of the jungle and its inhabitants as well. Instead of riding in a basket, you are walking across a swinging suspension bridge much like the natives used to build from rope.
 
Zip lining is another adrenaline rush to experience. See the jungle as you get the feeling of flying like a bird. Your tour guides help you zip from tree to tree as you hang from your harness attached to a steel cable. No basket, no walkway, just you, your harness and the open jungle air!
 
Outdoor relaxation activities
 
All outdoor activities are not appropriate for all people or all times. If you are looking for a more relaxing way to enjoy the warm Costa Rican sun and green jungle scenery, you will not be disappointed. Many activities are available like golfing, snorkeling, river tubing, horseback riding and coffee tours.
 
While golfing and snorkeling, you will see unique wildlife. Some examples are monkeys and birds in the jungle beside the golf course and multiple tropical fish, coral, and marine wildlife like sand dollars and starfish while snorkeling.
River tubing is a slow drift down a smoothly flowing river. Horseback riding is an equine jungle trek that leads out to a trot along the beach. Your horse may even like to swim!
The coffee tour is appropriate for any activity level. It is educational and delicious. Try some of the local blends while you are there!
Sport fishing 
Out on the wild blue, you will have to opportunity to catch marlin, grouper, sailfish, swordfish, dorado fish and yellow belly tuna.
Spa days

Spend your day being pampered with tropical herbal scents. Enjoy massages and facials, manicures and pedicures in this gorgeous tropical setting.

 

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Costa Rica Fishing Report December 2013

Costa Rica Fishing Report December 20, 2013

As Reported By Adventure Tours Costa Rica

1497759_758983167448952_1738613601_nThis year, Costa Rica fishing out of the Los Sueños Marina for both October and November has been absolutely incredible. We have had extremely high numbers of Mahi-mahi (Dorado), and these acrobatic fighters have been consistently weighing in at 20-50 pounds all green season. While trolling the coast line we have come across schools as large as several hundred of these delicious fish hiding behind floating wood and other flotsam. On average, we’ve hauled in between 2 and 4 each day.

Excited for the big game sailfish peak season to begin in January and carry on straight through to April. We expect numbers this year to be consistently high and predict between 20 and 30 bites as the season picks up. These championship fish are already biting on average between 5 and ten times per day, so this peak season promises to be a great one for the anglers.

While mahi mahi and sailfish have been strong and are just getting stronger, the real stars of the Costa Rica fishing have ben our fantastic numbers of marlin. Throughout November and December, striped and Blue Marlin have been making their presence known. We have been averaging a marlin per trip, sometimes even pulling in 2 on one trip. The large populations of Bonita and Yellow Fins have provided us with an excellent source of live bait, but getting these fish past the ample supply of hungry mahi mahi has proven challenging.

Yellow fin tuna peach season is typically between May and October but there have been a few stragglers around during the past few weeks. We have had some luck finding them near pods of spotted dolphins and flocks of birds offshore. Right out of the gate last week we pulled in one weighing over 90 lbs.

 

Inshore, Rooster Fish have been harder to find throughout November. We expect improved numbers by late December and predict an excellent showing through January until October. Making up for the lack of Roosters have been a great numbers of small yellow fin tuna, medium sized wahoo, amberjack, jack and snapper.

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Costa Rica Flora & Fauna

Costa Rica’s Amazing Abundance of Flora and Fauna

While many places around the word offer nature lovers stunning forest, mountain or desert landscapes to explore, few have the vibrance, color and diversity of the tiny country of Costa Rica.

Costa Rica may be small, but it’s one of the most biodiverse places in the world. Sandwiched between North and South America, species from both continents converge in this subtropical space. What’s more, a warm, humid subtropical climate and heavy seasonal rainfall make for rich soil, in which all manner of spectacular and colorful trees, flowers and plants grow.

For the intrepid nature-lover, Costa Rica features 26 protected forests, 20 national parks, 9 forest reserves, 8 wildlife refuges and 7 wildlife sanctuaries, making it perfect for thrilling eco tours. These types of tours are available across the country, and welcome enthusiastic explorers year round.

Some animals to look out for on an eco tour include:

Mammals

There are 205 species of mammals in Costa Rica, ranging from familiar critters like monkeys, dolphins, raccoons, deer and bats, to exotic and unusual species like the jaguarondi, the peccary, and the smiling, slow-moving sloth.

Birds

There are nearly 900 species of birds in Costa Rica, some of which are permanent residents, and some of which are merely passing through on their way south during their migration. From brown robins, to feisty seagulls, to graceful wading birds, there are countless opportunities for bird watching in Costa Rica. If you look closely, you may even catch a glimpse of a charming and colorful quetzal or an iconic toucan or scarlet macaw.

Amphibians and Reptiles

There are about 150 amphibian species and 200 reptile species in Costa Rica. Favorites of wildlife watchers include brightly colored poison dart frogs; charming marine turtles, which nest on local shores and can be seen laying eggs almost year round; and fearsome crocodiles, which if you’re brave enough — can be seen up close on Costa Rica’s crocodile tours.

Costa Rica has the highest diversity of plants in the world. Some must-sees include:

Trees

There are around 1900 species of trees in Costa Rica. The iconic coconut palms that stud the beaches are certainly graceful, but the real gems are the many hundreds of trees that make up the rainforest canopy. Especially worth seeing are the 200-foot tall ceiba trees, and the milk trees, which have brilliant reddish-orange roots.

Plants

Costa Rica features a vast array of flowering plants, ferns, and mosses. Some of the most beautiful and exotic include orchids, bromeliads, air plants, and – perhaps most captivating of all – brightly colored heliconia.

 

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Costa Rica Adventure Tours

How to Make the Most out of Your Costa Rica Adventure Tour

Canopy TourThere are hundreds of exciting things to do in Costa Rica, and adventure tours are one of the best ways to experience this vibrant country. From crocodile watching, to ziplining through the jungle canopy, to white water rafting, there are tours offering the perfect activity for everyone. That said, the choices can be overwhelming, and the tours can be rugged. We’ve come up with some ways to make sure you get the most out of your tours while you’re here.

Make a Plan

Long before your feet ever touch Costa Rican soil, you should have a well thought-out adventure plan in place. First, research the types of tours available. Next, prioritize the types of tours you would most like to take. Create a loose schedule, with your highest preferences planned earliest on in your vacation, and a working budget, with the idea that you’ll spend most on the highest priority activities. This way, if time or money run out, you’ll have done what you most wanted to do. Have a plan B ready for inclement weather, or anything else that might come up.

Do Your Homework

Once you’ve sketched out a plan and decided what tours you’d like to take, it’s time to research the finer points of your choices, and fine-tune your schedule and budget accordingly. Google the different companies offering your preferred tours. Read reviews of other travelers to find out if the tour is what you envision. To avoid unpleasant surprises, find out what days and times tours operate and exactly what they cost, and research any and all refund policies, required deposits, and guest restrictions. Then, finalize your plan according to your research.

Don’t Overdo It

Costa Rican adventure tours are exhilarating, thrilling, and some of the most fun you’ll ever have. But all the excitement can be a little exhausting. Make sure to plan some downtime, whether it’s walking on the beach, relaxing at a swim-up bar, or visiting a first-class spa.

Be Prepared

The last thing you need is to show up for your adventure tour with the wrong shoes, or to get a world-class sunburn because you didn’t pack the right amount of sunscreen. Do a thorough packing job, taking care to prepare for bad weather, bugs, and sun and heat exposure. Find out what your tours encompass in terms of type of terrain to determine what footwear would be best. Costa Rica has a range of different climates depending on elevation and location, so don’t assume that shorts and a T-short will work for any adventure; light layers are always best. Also, find out what each tour will provide in terms of food and hydration, and plan accordingly.

Relax and Enjoy

With a solid plan in place and all your bases covered, you’ll be free to relax and enjoy. And, if something doesn’t go according to plan, remember to roll with the punches. You’re out for an adventure, anyways, and in Costa Rica, another great one is waiting right around the corner.

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Family Reunion Vacation Los Suenos

Los Sueños Resort is the Perfect Vacation Destination for a Family Reunion

 

Party on beachLos Sueños Resort in Costa Rica is a fabulous place to host a family reunion. Not only is the country of Costa Rica someplace everyone will be excited to visit, but Los Sueños will pamper your whole entourage and make them feel right at home.

With so many exciting activities available in Los Sueños and its surrounding areas, there’s something for absolutely everyone. First and foremost, your family will love Los Sueños’s five-star service, warm welcome, and incredible ocean and rainforest vistas. They’ll also love the beautiful tropical setting and the

For group activities, your family can enjoy bird watching, rainforest and adventure tours, as well as ziplining, horseback riding, diving, kayaking and canyoning adventures.

For family gatherings that are sure to provide an exciting time and lasting memories, there’s Los Sueños Marriot Hotel. The Hotel features restaurants, a lively casino and private meeting rooms – all of which guests of the Los Sueños resort are welcome to use.

There comes a time in every family reunion when everyone splits up for a bit to do some exploring on their own. Fortunately, Los Sueños has a lot to offer individuals or smaller groups in search of some relaxation or some adventure.

For those relatives looking to relax in luxurious style, the Los Sueños  Beach Club offers a free form pool, a Jacuzzi, a swim-up bar stocked with amazing drinks, and its very own white sand beach. Meanwhile, the Los Sueños Marriot offers a first class spa perfect for getting pampered. For those family members whose idea of relaxation is a round of golf on an amazing course, Los Sueños offers the Championship Eco Golf Course, which plays right up to the rainforest.

Of course, you’ll have to bring back souvenirs to remember your incredible trip. Fortunately, in nearby Jaco, you’ll find everything you could want in the way of shopping – from cigars, to coffee, to handmade Costa Rican crafts, there are plenty of treasures to choose from.

For those who’d like to celebrate together into the night, the Los Sueños Marina Village and the town of Jaco offer any number of delightful bars and restaurants. You can catch up on each other’s lives as you drink, dance and dine on international cuisine.

Finally, there’s the sport fishing. If a few intrepid folks in your group want to try their hand at hunting the big ocean game, Los Sueños offers a marina full of boats waiting to take them on an exciting fishing charter.

When it comes to making memories with your family, there’s nothing that will compare to a sun-soaked, adventurous trip to Costa Rica in a luxury resort that feels like home. You’d be doing yourself a favor to consider Los Sueños for your next reunion.

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Corporate Travel Los Sueños Costa Rica

Los Sueños Costa Rica is the Perfect Place for Your Next Corporate Team Building Trip

 

Fist teamCorporate team building trips are a great way to foster camaraderie, build trust, gain insight, and have fun, and Costa Rica is the perfect place to bring the whole workplace. The country offers numerous opportunities for outdoor adventures, as well as a beautiful subtropical setting and an exciting and energizing atmosphere perfect for motivating and engaging your team. Whether you have a small group of 20 or a group of a thousand, there are options that will perfectly suit your needs.

Costa Rica features a long coastline with a wide variety of beaches; a dense rainforest landscape; numerous golf courses; rugged mountains; and a number of national parks and nature preserves. From kayaking, to hiking, to fishing, to diving, the opportunities for creative and dynamic outdoor team building activities are practically endless. What’s more, Costa Rica’s year-round warm climate makes it the perfect spot to bring your team to regroup and reenergize during cold winter months.

The exact team building events you choose to do are only limited by your imagination. Popular activities include:

Scavenger Hunts

Whether it’s racing to snap photos of wildlife with Smartphones, geocaching, or an old-fashioned hunt for interesting odds and ends, the challenging landscape of Costa Rica makes it an ideal place for scavenger hunts.

Challenges

Competitive cooking, boat building, tree climbing, kayaking, surfing, fishing, horseback riding, and canyoning challenges are just some of the options available for team building exercises in Costa Rica.

Reality-Show Themed Events

Costa Rica is the perfect place to hold a Survivor, Amazing Race, or Fear Factor challenge of your own.

Philanthropic and Civic-Minded Activities  

Whether you want to embark on an educational eco-adventure, take a cultural tour, or engage in a charitable project meant to help Costa Rica’s poor, there are plenty of civic and cultural activities around the country that will help foster good will, and give back to the environment, or to those who are less fortunate.

Custom Activities

If you can dream it up, there’s a way to do it. If you have an interesting idea for a challenge, or you’re planning on a themed event that focuses on a specific value or goal, you can make it happen.

There are a number of companies available across the country that specifically handle planning and hosting corporate team building events. They have options for every budget and every sized group, and will work with you to come up with ideas, or help you implement your own.

And, if you need a respite after your corporate event, you can take advantage of Costa Rica’s beautiful beaches and engaging night life.

 

 

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Exotic Birds of Costa Rica

Costa Rica is a Bird Watcher’s Dream

Depositphotos_10389453_sCosta Rican wildlife is famed the world over for its colorful, diverse and unique species. Some of the most beautiful and easiest animals to spot in this natural wonderland are birds. From brightly-colored and noisy parrots to unassuming brown robins, there are hundreds of species of birds to be found in Costa Rica – a number of which can be seen on the most casual of excursions.

Because of its central location, Costa Rica is home to birds indigenous to both North America and South America, and serves a stop along the migration route of many species.

In spite of its small size, there are roughly 890 documented species of birds in Costa Rica – more than can be found in the U.S. and Canada put together.Bird watchers will certainly enjoy seeing some of the country’s more exotic species, including:

Parrots

Sixteen of the world’s 330 parrot species call Costa Rica home. Most of the country’s parrot population is made up of smaller-sized green birds and parakeets. However, South America’s most iconic bird, the gloriously rainbow-colored scarlet macaw, can still be seen from time to time in the country’s softwood trees.

Toucans

There are 42 species of Toucan in Latin America and six of them are found in Costa Rica. Big and graceful, these colorful birds can be seen in the jungles near the coast; a bird lovers dream, it is fascinating to see their near motionless flight, a seemingly impossible feat given the length of their giant bills, which are surprisingly light despite their size.

Quetzals

Many visitors to Costa Rica hope to catch a peek at these small, colorful birds. With their round bodies, scarlet bellies, fringed headdresses and striking plumage, they’re the darlings of the Costa Rican bird population.

Frigates

These large, graceful birds soar motionless above Costa Rica’s coast, searching for mates or gulls from which to poach their next meal. Their large, sculpted figures are definitely a sight worth seeing.

Wading Birds

About 25 long-necked wading birds inhabit Costa Rica. From the graceful great egret, to the stout, short-necked gray boat-billed heron, to the massive jabiru, these long-legged water-lovers can be seen wading through the shallows of coast lines and wetlands across the country.

Hummingbirds

There are 50 species of hummingbirds in Costa Rica. Colorful species like the Buffon’s plummeteer, the green-crowned brilliant, the purple-throated mountaingem, and the stunning fiery-throated hummingbird – native only to the Costa Rican mountains and western Panama – shine like jewels as they hover in the subtropical air.

Mot Mots

Perhaps some of Costa Rica’s most curious and captivating of birds, the small, brightly colored mot mot doesn’t call the jungle canopy home. Instead, it lives in burrows underground, where it feeds on insects, lizards, and even poison dart frogs. Six out of nine total mot mot species inhabit Costa Rica. Visitors are most likely to see the fabulously colored blue-crowned motmot and the turquoise-bowed motmot. Birdwatchers can identify mot mots by their tails, which are missing feathers in the middle, giving them a “racquet” appearance.

There is no shortage of opportunities to see exotic species in Costa Rica. Beyond visiting wildlife refuges and national parks, bird lovers can book one of the many birdwatching tours offered by private companies.

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Fishing Report Early December

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By Sharon Mora

From Friday Nov 29 to this past Monday December 2 HOO’S YOUR DADDY caught 2 blue marlin, more than twenty sailfish, a good size Tuna, and an abundance of dorado.

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Capt. Michael Alligood from REAL INTENSE ADVENTURES, caught a blue marlin, 4 sailfish and a bunch of Mahi Mahi; all you could want for dinner, as well as lots of 20 to 30 pound Dorado on November 25. Capitan Michael mentioned that they were so many Mahi Mahi they had to get away from them. On November 27 they caught a striped marlin, 8 sailfish, 1 Mahi, 1 weehoo, and a bunch of bonitos. He also said that the weather is getting really nice, starting to transition into high season. On November 28 they caught 1 blue marlin, 5 sailfish, 2 Mahi and this past Friday, November 29, they had a slower day, catching only a couple of Mahi Mahi.

This past Sunday December 1st I received a report that a boat out of the Marina of Quepos caught 30 sailfish in just one day of fishing!

Finally, Captain Bubba Carter from TIJERATA  let us know that, “The fishing in Los Sueños has been really good here recently, the striped marlin are here in force. Some boats getting six and eight bites a day and enough blues and sails to make grand slams a daily event but the kicker is the 35- to 45-pound Mahi Mahi are so thick that after every boat has caught a dozen are more they just start pulling teasers for marlin. They are as thick as they have ever been and the weather is beautiful, just some rain in the afternoon.”

From these reports, it sounds like its time for some sport fishing. Now is the season to get down to Costa Rica and bend those rods on some marlin and big dorado.

Man…We LOVE to fish.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Sport Fishing Season at Los Sueños

Exciting things are happening at Los Sueños!

The holiday season is upon the resort once again. For many visitors, this means festivities, parades, shopping, and holiday-themed dining and night life. For those who love sport fishing, it means the beginning of the much-anticipated tournament season.

Costa Rica is one of the world’s best places for sport fishing. Its waters are a big game fisherman’s dream – calm, easily accessed, and filled with yellow fin tuna, wahoo, Pacific blue marlin, Pacific sailfish, and roosterfish. The game fish here average 40 pounds, and 20-fish days happen regularly. It’s no wonder that dedicated anglers from the world over visit the country to fish its waters, and that the best of the best square off each year during tournament season.

The season begins with the start of the WBS Bill fishing World Championship, where anglers from around the world will showcase their skills, their determination, and their love for sport fishing in the hopes of winning cash prizes and one of the ultimate bill fishing titles. Los Sueños Resort and Marina will host the two-part tournament, which features an angler championship set to run from December 4th through December 7th, and a team championship, which will run from March 26th through March 29th.

2014 may just be Costa Rica’s best sport fishing year to date, as the country will be hosting the first-ever annual Los Sueños Signature Triple Crown. The three-leg event kicks off in January, and is a compilation of two highly successful and popular competitions: the Signature Billfish Series and the Marlin Invitational.

Leg 1 of Los Sueños Signature Triple Crown runs from January 22nd through January 25th. Leg 2 runs from February 26th through March 1st, and leg 3 runs from March 12th through 15th. The Signature Triple Crown Winner has a chance to win far more than eternal bragging rights. He or she is guaranteed a cash prize of $100,000 – making this competition all the more exciting. 

Costa Rica’s sport fishing tournaments are a thrill for the hundreds visitors who flock to see them – especially those staying at Los Sueños. Beyond enjoying a front row seat to the action, those staying at the resort have ample opportunity to try their own hand at sport fishing. The Los Sueños Marina features an impressive charter fleet, which is ready and willing to take intrepid adventurers on exciting and unforgettable big came hunting expeditions.