Sunday, April 1, 2012

Enjoy the 'Pura Vida' with a Costa Rica Vacation

Today's post comes from Mercy Travel, experts on Costa Rica vacations. Vist their website and be sure to check out the wide selection of Costa Rica vacation rentals at Perfect Places.

What is the perfect vacation destination?  A lot of people would answer that question with two words, Costa Rica!  

There are many reasons why this small peaceful country in Central America is an ideal destination for your vacation.  Costa Rica, named by Christopher Columbus, means “Rich Coast” in Spanish.     

Located between the Pacific and Caribbean coasts, Costa Rica is the most visited nation in the Central American region.  It is a small country, blessed with an ideal climate all year around and offers a quality of life unparalleled in the Western Hemisphere.

People who come to Costa Rica usually come back.  Some fall in love with Costa Rica and move here permanently.  Others purchase a second home away from home.

Friendly Costa Ricans will greet you with a smile and the words, “Pura Vida!” – “the pure life!” - Costa Rica, one of the most bio-diverse nations in the world and was a pioneer in ecotourism.  More than 25% of Costa Rica’s territories are protected as easily accessible conservation areas and national parks.  And it is now recognized as one of the few countries with true ecotourism. 

Two oceans, endless beaches, mystic rain forests, enchanting cloud forests, active volcanoes, awesome waterfalls, relaxing hot springs, winding  rivers, exciting white water rapids, picturesque villages, romantic sunsets, and a tropical year around climate,  all combine to make Costa Rica the most magical tourist destination you will ever experience. 

The country is easy to explore as national parks, protected areas, and favorite attractions, are easily accessible by all transportation methods. Many international airlines also offer daily connections from the United States, Europe and South America.

Other advantages of the friendly democratic country of Costa Rica include a highly educated work force, a highly developed telecommunications infrastructure, and the fact that English is widely spoken.

There is something for everyone in Costa Rica.  Azure blue oceans and abundant sea life provide opportunities to enjoy a multitude of water activities.  There is excellent scuba diving at world renowned Cocos Island, snorkeling or surfing off the mainland, plus sailing and white water rafting. Costa Rica is also viewed as one of the world’s finest fishing destinations.

Land activities include hiking, bicycling, bird watching, rain forest exploring to see exotic wildlife, white water rafting, inspecting active volcanoes, or flying through the trees on a zip line or an aerial tram.

Romance is always in the air in Costa Rica, a favorite choice for weddings, honeymoons or romantic getaways.  There is no greater joy than exploring a beach together on horseback, nothing as enchanting as swimming in a blue lagoon under a dazzling waterfall, or anything as beautiful as a breathtaking sunset sailing trip in Manuel Antonio Bay.

Many nesting beaches for the giant leatherback sea turtle can be found along the coast.  Several times a year, female turtles come ashore in large numbers for mass nesting episodes or, “arribadas”.  During the peak nesting season more than 100,000 nests may be made during a single arribada, providing one of many wildlife conservation opportunities available in Costa Rica.  

Some people are just looking for a vacation where they can relax.  Costa Rica is also an excellent place for rest and relaxation. 

Whatever one’s heart desires, can be found in Costa Rica – the perfect vacation destination.

Mercy Travel specializes in Costa Rica Vacations - Visit them on the web for more details.