My Trip to Beautiful Costa Rica

Costa Rica is a truly beautiful destination and discovering this tiny Central American country was a truly relaxing experience. It is a little taste of paradise, and its hotels and sites are all built around ensuring its visitors that they all have a truly magical experience. My eight day vacation was perfect for sinking into my time in Costa Rica and not sweating the details. My excursions and adventures took me door-to-door and the hotels I stayed at provided me with all the amenities I could wish for.

I flew into Costa Rica where I was greeted by my VIP greeter who was waiting to assist me with my luggage and get me on my way to La Fortuna. When I arrived at Arenal Springs Ecoresort, I officially switched into vacation mode. I had a relaxing evening sipping cocktails on my hotel room terrace while enjoying the beautiful views of the tropical gardens and the Arenal volcano.

On my first official day of my vacation, I took hike up to the Arenal volcano. The massive volcano dominates every view from anywhere in the region but in order to see it in all its glory I took a short hike through the rainforest during the late afternoon up to the observation clearing. It was an amazing up and close view of this natural wonder and made for a wonderful experience. After I’d taken in the volcano, it was off to the Baldi Hot Springs to enjoy the geo-thermally heated waters mineral waters. I could still hear the volcano rumbling in the background as I relaxed in the warm waters. The hot springs came complete with a swim-up bar and dinner buffet to enhance the experience.

Day two and three of my trip were spent on the water. First up was white water rafting on the Rio Balsa, where professional guides took me and my group through class II and class III rapids. The fun and exciting adventure ended up with us in some tranquil river pools in an isolated rainforest river canyon where we enjoyed our lunch. During the afternoon, I spent my time lazing by the pool and working on my tan. The next day it was back to the water for a jungle riverboat ride through the wilds of the Rio Frio and the seasonal Lago Cano Negro. This wetland refuge included some of the best wildlife viewing in all of Costa Rica, including aquatic birds, monkeys, sloths, caiman, turtles, and bull sharks.

One day four of my trip I switched hotels, moving to the beach of Playa Panama in Guanacaste, where I lazily hung out on the beach and went for a swim in the ocean. Day five included a snorkeling adventure above a vibrant coral reef. I saw thousands of colorful tropical fish along Costa Rica’s pacific coast, as well as a large sea turtle. My second last day consisted of zip-line activity through the tropical dry forest canopy. It was fun zipping through the tree tops next to monkeys, birds, and other wildlife.

My last day in Costa Rica was a lazy one, spent on the beach enjoying the paradise of my surroundings. Costa Rica is a beautiful and relaxing destination that still allows for some adventures and definitely fun activities. I loved my time in Costa Rica, and was sad to have to go home.

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