Costa Rica has become quite a popular destination for family travelers and the adventure minded over the last 10 yrs or so. The people there are so very friendly and they love American tourists! You can use the US dollar, everyone speaks English as well as Spanish and wears a big happy smile. It’s also a budget friendly place to vacation. The beaches are nice but the real draw are the activities and the adventure aspect of this lush tropical country.
I escorted a business group of travelers to the Guanacaste region on the west coast back in May and we had a blast staying at the new RIU Palace Costa Rica Resort. These folks were from various walks of life and a variety of ages but they collectively experienced about every type of activity that was offered in the region. Of course, we pampered them with a brand new fabulous resort.
There were both quiet and active pools with sun shades over the loungers, many restaurants ranging from Asian to Italian food, bars everywhere, on-site activities and a wonderful Spa. The temperatures in the Guanacaste region range between 84 and about 92 degrees all year. During the months of May through November, you will see rain several times a week but it never lasts very long. While at the resort, everyone enjoyed the all-inclusive package that included all beverages including alcoholic, unlimited snacks and meals.
I arranged a variety of off-site activities for the group that included a group Sunset Catamaran Snorkel trip that was really incredible. We had an open bar and they served us a tasty lunch, played great music and entertained us throughout the trip. One of the crew even went snorkeling with us and brought up creatures for us to touch and hold including a live starfish, a porcupine fish and a purple octopus that my sister held in her hands. It was weird to watch the little suction cups grip her fingers when they pulled it off. CREEPY!! People floated around on noodles and totally enjoyed themselves while they bonded and chatted over adult beverages. Those beverages always seems to make people “chat” more. That works for me - it’s my job to make sure everyone is very happy during these escorted trips.
When the off-site activities started, people headed into the rainforest for zip lining, hot springs swimming, volcano viewing, horseback riding, surfing, ATV trips, white water rafting and hiking through the howler monkey infested trees. It was crazy!! Crazy - FUN!!
I don’t think I’ve ever had 46 people be so active each and every day. They had the biggest smiles on their faces and REALLY enjoyed themselves. They went WILD! The folks that remained at the resort filled their days with Spa activities, shopping, wonderful swimming and enjoying the breezes and sunshine of Costa Rica.
Additional activities that can be enjoyed are golf, rock climbing, diving, sightseeing and shopping for native crafts and pottery, historic touring, bird and animal watching. The creatures that climb the trees and walk through the rainforests of this country are wild looking. I can imagine the “birders” going nuts here with all the crazy colored birds to look at like the parrots and toucans.
Different times of the year lend to different experiences. This is where a travel agency like Travel Lovers can help you. If you want to go during Christmas time - book very early. It’s a “wildly” popular time to go for families. The wet season vs the dry season offer other options. The main point is that Costa Rica is an AWESOME destination and you can enjoy so many experiences and adventures here in a safe and friendly atmosphere. I’d go back tomorrow ad I’d like to thank Alan at TAM Travel in Liberia for helping book all these wonderful and wild activities for my group. I can’t wait to take another group to visit this area and I’m sure we’ll go WILD again in Costa Rica!
If you have any questions, contact Laura. I love to share!!