By Kirby Britten
Your plane just landed. You’ve checked into your fabulous 5-star hotel resort villa with breathtaking views, and you can’t wait to begin the evenings’s itinerary of fine dining and some nightlife fun into what will become the best vacation getaway of your life!
Welcome to Costa Rica!!
Symbolic to Costa Rica’s living principle, Pura Vida, meaning “pure life” is the adopted guiding life principle of the Costa Rican culture. So fitting is the Pura Vida mantra and the country’s tagline: Costa Rica – No Artificial Ingredients.
History / San Jose
Costa Rica, meaning “rich coast” is officially the Republic of Costa Rica. Located in Central America and bordered by Nicarragua to the north and Panama in the south, the Caribbean Sea and the Pacific Ocean flank the country in its east and west regions.
Since attaining its independence in the mid – 19th century, Costa Rica has become one of the most stable, prosperous, and progressive nations in Latin America. Known for its progressive environmental policies, being the only country to meet all five criteria established to measure environmental sustainability. It is ranked fifth in the world, and first among the Americas.
For international travelers looking to experience the vibrant, bustling hub of the capital city of San Jose, known for being a mecca of tourism with the country’s historical sites and museums. Favorite tourist attractions include the National Theatre of Costa Rica, Arenal Volcano, and Celeste River for its water sports adventures.
The largest city in the country with a population just over 288,000, San Jose remains the pillar of national government, the focal point of political and economic activity, and the major transportation vein of this Central American nation.
The north pacific region is the oldest area in the country, and it features the Province of Guanacaste. By far, the most popular destination in all of Costa Rica and referred to as the goldcoast throughout the country, Guanacaste is known for its laid-back, no-worries style residents, the serenity of its beautiful surroundings, and world famous surfing. This province boasts the country’s most spectacular beaches and hotel options.
The area receives very little rainfall, leaving the people to enjoy tropical weather from November to April, and resulting in striking forest landscapes and rich wildlife.
The Buena Vista tour will take you above and below the cultural rich tropical rain forests for your daytime excitement. While the thermal volcanic Hot Springs Spa is the perfect place to unwind from a day of exploring and adventure.
Just twenty minutes south is the exciting town of Tamarindo. A great choice for excellent dining options and its chilled-out party scene.
Guanacaste offers guests a fabulous lineup of hotel resort brands that are the best in the country, and ranked among the finest in the world. Here are just a few to consider…
Located in the exciting beach town of Tamarindo is the Cala Luna Hotel. Ranked the sixth best boutique hotel in the country, it features access to the secluded Mongosa Beach. Its ego – chic design suites is complimented with villas with private pools and warm service. Its all-inclusive meal plans serves up scrumptious choices for guests daily.
Rounding out the top five spot is the J W Marriot Resort & Spa. Nestled on Guanacaste’s goldcoast, the Marriot features many beautiful pools on its magnificent landscape with spacious, elegant villa suites with private viewing decks. Offering guests a superb list of dining options, the Marriot brand does not disappoint.
Ranked the number one hotel resort in all of Costa Rica, is the Westin Playa Conchal. Located on Guanacaste’s pristine white sandy beach, this all-inclusive resort features an assortment of daily activities, several fine dining restaurants matched with its exquisite 5-star service. Spectacular views from luxurious villa suites makes the Westin Playa Conchal the perfect stay for everyone!
Water Sports Adventures
If you’re a lover of extreme water sports, Costa Rica is known for its thrilling water adventures of whitewater rafting, kayaking, and its world famous surfing activity of Guanacaste and Tamarindo. Another island favorite is high diving into the pristine blue river waters.
Continuing your journey into the north pacific domain visitors will discover Costa Rica’s impeccable ecotourism culture, presenting perhaps the most majestic rain forest preserve in the world.
Of course, the most popular social culture activity in the country is its beach life. Costa Rica prides a beautiful network of beaches with glorious waters sought after from around the world. Favorite tourists spots include the beaches of Conchal, Tamarindo, and Flamingo, among many others.
Tamarindo Beach is rated fourth on the list of Costa Rica’s ten best beaches. Known for being an authentic beach town with many great places to dine and its exciting nightlife party scene. Tamarindo Beach offers a variety of thrilling water sports for everyone, featuring its world class surfing activity. Its day ending sunsets are considered the best in the country.
The residents and visitors of Tamarindo Beach go about their daily activity fun fully embracing the Pura Vida lifestyle.
Flamingo Beach is regarded as one of the most beautiful ocean properties in all of Costa Rica. Rated second on the country’s best beach list, Flamingo Beach features white sand and is perfect for a day of swimming and snorkeling. The Catalina Islands just off the coast is popular for diving and deep sea fishing.
The area is a favorite among vacationers and investors alike, mainly made up of dining options, condos, and luxurious homes, the spectacular landscapes of Flamingo Beach is considered some of the most beautiful photography in Costa Rica. Both Elizabeth Taylor and Linda Carter are former residents.
Rated the number one beach in Costa Rica is Playa Conchal Beach. Located on Guanacaste’s magnificent goldcoast, this palatial ocean property features crystal like white sand composed of millions of tiny crushed shells that rustle beneath your feet. Just 45 minutes from Liberia International Airport, Playa Conchal is bordered its stunning resort landscape of restaurants, shops, and the majestic greens of its golf course.
The turquoise waters is a favorite tourist attraction for a fun day of swimming and snorkeling. Just a short walk into the neighboring town of Playa Brasilito visitors will find an assortment of dining options, hotels, shops, and bars for their liking.
When you’re in Costa Rica, you have to visit Playa Conchal Beach and stroll along its glorious waters, among its Pura Vida lovers. Still undecided? Consider these visiting gem facts if you will:
- In 1949 the country permanently abolished its army, becoming the first of a few sovereign nations without a standing army.
- The New Economics Foundation (NEF) ranked Costa Rica first in 2009 as the happiest place on Earth and once again in 2012.
- NEF also ranked Costa Rica the greenest country in the world in 2009.
- In 2012 the country’s legislature became the first to ban recreational hunting in the Americas as the popular measure was approved by a wide margin.
- 2007 the Costa Rican government announced plans for Costa Rica to become the first carbon – neutral country by 2021.
So, planning your next getaway? Maybe, you’re thinking about catching some waves in a new place? Or, hanging out by the pool at a fabulous resort? Or, partying with new friends in a tropical paradise?! How about a round of golf on a majestic landscape course?
Maybe you’re in the mood for some ziplining above a rich rain forest, yelling, “kowwa bonga”!! Maybe, you want to do it all? Like me!
Put it on your ‘To Do Now List’! Book a flight and come experience the tropical paradise that is Costa Rica – no artificial ingredients. See you there!