Costa Rica Vacation Ideas

Costa Rica Vacation Ideas
If you're planning a vacation to Costa Rica, you'll find many options to suit your interests. If you enjoy hiking, consider taking a tour of some of the many volcanoes around the country, some of which are still active. If you love scuba diving, you can plan your vacation around the many Costa Rica dive sites and see beautiful reefs and incredible sea life.

Scuba Diving

Costa Rica is extremely popular for scuba divers. You'll find large reefs along the Caribbean coast at Cahuita National Park although it is the waters of the Pacific where some of the best diving can be found. Culebra Bay and Bat Islands are popular spots if you want to look for sharks or manta rays. Santa Catalina Island is another good dive site for spotting big fish. Cocos Island is another popular dive site. Visibility at Cocos Island is great year round and in the water surrounding the island it is not uncommon to see dolphins and hammerhead sharks. Undersea Hunter offers dive trips to Cocos Island.

Undersea Hunter Group
#SJO 314, 1601 NW 97th Ave.
P.O. Box 025216
Miami, FL 33102-5216
(800) 203-2120
http://www.underseahunter.com

Cruise

You could take a cruise to Costa Rica. Adventuresmith Explorations offers cruises that depart from Miami, take you along the Panama Canal, past stunning coastlines in Panama to Costa Rica. In Costa Rica, they make stops at Gulfo Dulce, which is a popular spot for kayaking. While there, keep an eye out in the nearby mangroves for colorful birds such as the scarlet macaw and fiery-billed aracari. Other stops include the Osa Peninsula at Corcovado National Park, where there is fantastic snorkeling and you should be on the lookout for dolphins, turtles and manta ray. Cruises also stop at Manuel Antonio National Park, which is a great place to look for exotic animals like the three-toed sloth and howler monkeys.

Adventuresmith Explorations
3090 N Lake Blvd. # 5
Tahoe City, CA 96145
(530) 583-1775
http://www.adventuresmithexplorations.com

Volcanoes

According to the website Go Visit Costa Rica, Costa Rica has more than 200 volcanic formations that date back more than 65 million years. The volcanoes around Costa Rica are one of the most popular tourist attractions in the country. Poas Volcano is the most easily accessible volcano, located in Poas National Park. Out of the three craters there, one is still active and has a boiling acid lake. Arenal, located in Arenal National Park is a perfect cone shaped volcano and is the most active volcano in Costa Rica. Many companies offer volcano tours. Rainforest Tours is one popular company that offers tours to Arenal and Irazu volcanoes.

Rainforest Tours and Adventures
921 E. 29th St.
Hialeah, Fl 33013
011 (+506) 2296-7074
http://www.rainforesttours.com

Article Written By Shiromi Nassreen

Shiromi Nassreen has been writing professionally since 2005. She specializes in travel and outdoor topics, and her articles have appeared in various print and online publications, including "DISfunkshion Magazine" and Matador Travel. Nassreen holds a Bachelor of Arts in theatre studies from Rose Bruford College of Speech & Drama.

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