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Travel To Costa Rica - Rich Experience

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Hello Travelers  travel forum, if you guys consider new experiences and foreign cultures, Costa Rica might be a the best option.
You will finally experience, how its like to be Rich, inside an Amazinly beautiful & Green Mountain Country.


Costa Rica What to Do

Costa Rica has successfully marketed itself as one of the top nature tourism destinations in the world. A very well developed tourism infrastructure, large areas of undisturbed rainforest, excellent luxury hotels and beautiful beach resorts mean that Costa Rica has the makings of a very cheap trip to Latin America

Flights are reasonable -- I paid roughly $370 from Atlanta, Georgia, on short notice -- and if you're smart, so are meals.
 


Sodas, small roadside stands which have minimal seating but maximum eating capacity, serve traditional "Tico" dishes such as gallo pinto, a religiously devoured dish of rice, beans and alternating spices, or chicharrones, a typical fried meat dish. Cheap and delicious, they're a great way to dine your way through the country for just a few dollars.

And in Costa Rica, even indulging is cheap: For the most part, top-flight restaurants won't cost you more than $25 a person.

I was able to save some money by traveling with my friend Adrian. But even if you don't know anyone in Costa Rica, you can experience the authentic Costa Rican Tico style without going broke. Just follow me.

South to San Isidro

First thing to do upon arriving in the capital, San Jose, is head south. As in all tourism-driven countries, there are decidedly more expensive and increasingly non-indigenous sections of country, the north being the perpetrator here. For us, San Isidro, a small city in the southern part of the country, was our first travel forum.

We drove, but if you don't want to shell out a few hundred dollars for gas and the weekly rental of a car, buses are cheap and trustworthy. The quickest route to San Isidro is along the Pan-American Highway, a winding, throttled roadway through mountains and rainforest.

Spinning through the fog and rain, our car pumping along, the silhouette of valleys along cliffs edge on either side of us, I began to ask myself when this trip would level out. As we approached our destination and the pulsing lights of the city in the valley below burgeoned, I had my answer.

San Isidro sits amidst the hills on the edge of Chirripo National Park. What seems like a sluggish little town proves otherwise, as the center of the city is vibrant and rhythmic, bustling with people, shops and a multitude of restaurants. The main square, at the base of the town's largest church, is attractive with its surrounding cafes, markets and stores.

Particularly appealing is the Central market, open every day but Sunday until 5 p.m. The true character -- and cheapest meals -- of San Isidro are uncovered here, where bakeries, food stands and sweet shops act as a culinary history of a people . The empanadas, ceviches and plates of rice and beans -- with their Spanish roots -- were especially tantalizing.

 

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The next day, we headed off toward the coast, but not before stopping to take a trip through the rainforest on horseback to Nauyaca Waterfalls. For $45, Don Lulo's Nauyaca Waterfalls provides the horse, escort and grub.

I admit I'd never been on a horse before, and the lack of control I felt at first wasn't altogether pleasing. Despite some startling missteps by my horse, Yogi, I felt safe most of the time, and the trip was capped off with an amazing lunch of chicken, beans, rice and batidos, a popular Costa Rican drink consisting of fruit blended in water or milk.

From the falls, we shot to Dominical, a small surf enclave with a rugged unmarked beach. We checked into Tortilla Flats, a hotel that sits 20 feet from the beach. For $20 a night, its location can't be beat, even if its spartan rooms left a bit to be desired.


The town has a bounty of small eateries. With multiple choices, including a sushi restaurant and a Mex-American bar, we chose a small deserted soda to dine in. The open air and scanty seating assured us that this was the place locals -- and thus fine indigenous food -- could be found. We were right.

Costa Rica What to Do Wildlife in Manuel Antonio

Last Stop: Manuel Antonio. This resort town sits on the edge of a national park. Frequented by movie stars and everybody else, the main road is lined with fancy hotels and restaurants. But the beauty of the place is that it's not a one-note town. Scattered amongst the resorts are affordable accommodations that don't skirt quality. At Villas El Parque, one such lodging, our room's expansive views of the ocean were enthralling.


A variety of restaurants, from tourist traps to small gastronomic gems, litter the mountainside. El Avion might be of interest, as it's built around an old C-123 that was the sister plane of the one at the center of the 1980s Iran/Contra affair. Salvaged from the San Jose airport in 2000, it now acts not only as a novelty but also as a nightclub.

The park itself is the main draw. Though it is smaller than most other national parks, its assortment of wildlife is astounding. You've got to be quick to catch a glimpse of the endangered squirrel monkey or a colorfully brilliant toucan. If a slow pace is more your style, lovably indolent sloths abound.

I suggest hiring a tour guide. For a minimal fee, their quick vision and knowledge of the park's life forms will no doubt ease any reluctance you might have about not going it alone. For a day's worth of fun, you won't spend more than $25 a person.

For the week, I struggled to spend $300 in this tiny country, ironic when one considers that the English translation, Rich Coast, was coined when Spanish explorers came ashore in the 1500s and found natives wearing gold bands in their ears.

Depending on your budget, anything from zip-line tours to windsurfing and scuba diving to climbing the edge of volcanoes can be accomplished in Costa Rica. The Tico lifestyle is enticing. A relaxed and languid pace reminds you of exactly what life is about having fun -- and how not to go broke trying to discover it. Costa Rica What to Do



  Sometimes we work to hard to earn money, and forget what we work for......
Having fun is one of the best investment you can do with your money.




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I worked in San Jose, but after reading this article I now know how much I missed of the rest of the country-- especially along the coast.  I will say though, working in San Jose was fabulous, with nice people, clean accomodations, good transport in the city, great food, and interesting night-life!  Will have to plan a trip back real soon.

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I must say anyone would love to go their as this place is so exotic  and the nature hood of this amazing one would love to stay forever.

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Sometimes it best to enjoy and have fun for all the money you have earn, that's the only way to pamper your self. Costa Rica is a great place to be.

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beachouse

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really Costa Rica is te [lace that makes you feel rich and feel like heaven..

if you visit here you must yearn to come back again and again..

Its like heaven to stay there and te best place in Central America  to enjoy the natural beauty.


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Costa Rica is nice place for holidays. Currently I am visiting India. Can you suggest what the best time to visit Costa Rica is?


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Pura Vida Costa Rica!

One of the best travel destinations ive been in..

 

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holidayguy

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THe beaches look very lovely...ideal for couples and honeymoon tours.


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blueblack2010

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Love Costa Rica! Great food and people!


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Great article. I love Costa Rica. 


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