When you think of Costa Rica, images of the majestic Arenal Volcano, verdant forests, and exotic wildlife come to your mind. Whether it is for the hiking trails, the picturesque lakes, and the rich flora or the friendly locals, a relaxed lifestyle, and the Pura Vida experience, Costa Rica attracts more than two million tourists every year from all over the world. So, to help you make the most out of your Costa Rican trip, here are three fundamental ways to improve your vacation time in this Central American country:
1. Take a Guide Along
Whether you are exploring the Arenal Volcano National Park or the Manuel Antonio National Park, always hire a professional guide if you want to make the most of the nature tours. Meander through the deep forests spotting sloths, white-faced Capuchin monkeys, ocelots, toucans, and red-eyed leaf frogs, on your way. A guide has first-hand experience with the forests and knows about the exact places where you can spot wildlife. Without a guide, you may not be taking the correct route and never see the animals you always wanted to watch. Instead, you may just end up crossing paths with the most visible iguana basking under the Costa Rican sun. Wild animals are likely to hide when tourists come trudging along the forest paths. Hiring a guide will let you avoid the obvious trails and take the ones to spot birds, monkeys, reptiles, and amphibians.
2. Choose a Combined Tour
If you want to see most of Costa Rica in a short time, opt for combo trips. You can book the Arenal Volcano and La Fortuna waterfall tours, the hot springs and hanging bridges tours, or combine a coffee plantation, Sarchi and OxCart, and a Poas Volcano tour for a single day. Most of these combo trips come with a meal. So, you don’t need to carry your lunch.
3. Consider a Long-Range Tour
Taking a long-range tour is the best option if you have more places to cover in less time. Instead of booking hotels in different locations, you can take longer excursions. If you love the place, we suggest investing in a vacation villa in Arenal Hill with financing options. For example, if you are staying in the Arenal region for a week or so, but don’t want to miss scuba diving or snorkeling in Guanacaste, we recommend a day tour of the place instead of booking a hotel there. It’s a long trip, but it is more convenient than checking in and out of different hotels in different locations.
Traveling to Costa Rica is fun if you know how to make the most of your trip. So, plan smart. And if you want to make this tropical paradise your second home, invest in our luxury, single-family style vacation villas. Call us at 1-844-MY-HILLS to learn more.