WELCOME TO DISNEY WORLD! UH, WE MEAN, COSTA RICA!

By October 9, 2017Blog

WELCOME TO DISNEY WORLD! UH, WE MEAN, COSTA RICA!

Costa Rica is the Disney World of Central America. Year after year it remains a popular tourist destination, it is home to countless activities to keep every traveller entertained, and it offers a little something for everyone, so it is no wonder why “where to go in Costa Rica” is one of the most overwhelming questions on each potential visitor’s mind. Just as millions of travellers are drawn to Disney World for its animal kingdom, cultural representations, and adrenaline-inducing attractions, Costa Rica boasts a similar sensory-driven and widespread appeal. It is no surprise that the country’s tourism industry is a $2.2 billion one, and with over 2 million foreigners visiting each year, I suppose it really is a small world after all.

So what is it about Costa Rica that makes it such a magic kingdom? Surely each visitor can be their own judge here, but I would argue that the country’s variety would be a determining factor. Variety, ranging from the type of vacation travellers are looking for (ie. fun, educational, relaxing, romantic), to the amount of money needed to enjoy a high quality vacation, to the kind of experiences visitors get out of a trip, not only adds to Costa Rica’s desirability factor but also makes vacation planning a challenging feat for most travellers. For those who know little about the country, simply narrowing down where to go in Costa Rica can be a daunting task. Fortunately, Costa Rica’s various towns and regions are as diverse as the travel population itself, so knowing the type of traveller you are and what you are looking for in a vacation will inform you of where to go and assist you in determining the best places to visit.

The following is a list of common categories that travellers tend to identify with according to their travel group demographics, travel interests, and/or travel preferences. Below each category title is a list of recommended Costa Rican towns or regions. If you are questioning where to go in Costa Rica and you find that you identify with more than one category listed below, let those overlaps represent “not to miss” areas of the country that you should incorporate into your vacation experience.

WHERE TO GO IN COSTA RICA IF YOU ARE AN ADVENTURE ENTHUSIAST

Adventure enthusiasts travel in search of those once-in-a-lifetime experiences that are difficult to obtain at home. For this reason, they need a location that not only offers a lot to see and do, but also offers unique activities that cannot be experienced elsewhere (without sacrificing experience quality).

If you identify with the above description and you are wondering where to go in Costa Rica, the following areas of Costa Rica are for you. We recommend them to travellers who want access to a variety of activities from within the same location; they are ideal for travellers with limited time in Costa Rica and/or travellers with an interest in participating in combo tours that combine two or more activities in one full day tour experience.


WHERE TO GO IN COSTA RICA IF YOU ARE A NATURE ENTHUSIAST

Nature enthusiasts travel in search of natural beauty. They take pride in the little things and aim to uncover the breadth of flora and fauna that Costa Rica is known for.

If you identify with the above description and you are wondering where to go in Costa Rica, the following areas of Costa Rica are for you. We recommend them to travellers who want plenty of outdoor activities for optimum eco-immersion and rainforest/cloud forest education; they are areas that offer a variety of accommodation types (beyond high-rise and resort hotels) including bungalows, chalets, cabins, and eco-lodges that allow visitors to experience nature in an up close and personal way.


WHERE TO GO IN COSTA RICA IF YOU ARE A FAMILY WITH YOUNG CHILDREN

Families that travel with young children do so with a list. Some of the most important questions topping that list include destination safety, transportation accessibility, transportation duration between routes, child-friendly dining options, and child-friendly activity options. While not always the case, the most popular tourist destinations in any country tend to be those that are best equipped to accommodate the needs of families travelling with young children, primarily because those destinations tend to be developed enough to offer it all. Combine these demands with the basic requirement that any destination visited by families travelling with young children must be entertaining in order to appease young critics’ interests, and you have a recipe for success. Since safe areas appeal to parents and fun/unique areas appeal to kids, ideal vacation destinations for this travel group demographic offer both.

If you identify with the above description and you are wondering where to go in Costa Rica, the following areas of Costa Rica are for you.


WHERE TO GO IN COSTA RICA IF YOU ARE A FAMILY WITH TEENS

Families that travel with teens are able to travel with greater flexibility than families that travel with younger children. Teens and pre-teens typically handle longer transportation routes better, are less picky eaters, and meet the minimum age, height, and/or weight requirements to participate in the majority of popular tours and activities. In addition, given teen/pre-teen maturity, families may be drawn to particular areas of the country that suit typical adolescent interests, such as surfing, off-roading, and/or rafting. When trip planning, it is important to incorporate a variety of activities that are appealing to the teens/pre-teens in the group; choosing areas that fail to offer new and thrilling experiences may result in a “boring” or “disappointing” vacation from their point of view.

If you identify with the above description and you are wondering where to go in Costa Rica, the following areas of Costa Rica are for you.


WHERE TO GO IN COSTA RICA IF YOU ARE A SURFER

Costa Rica is a well-known surf destination. It regularly hosts surf championships, offers plenty of coast and breaks to explore, and has a surf culture of its own (comprised of Costa Ricans and international surfers that call Costa Rica home). As to be expected, the surf culture is backed by a surf industry complete with an abundance of surf shops, schools, and camps. Lessons for beginner, intermediate, and advanced surfers are available, as are surf tours to remote beach areas offering the best surf breaks. For those looking for an authentic surf experience that is truly off the hook, taught by only the best local surf experts and world-renowned surf champions, Costa Rica’s got it.

If you identify with the above description and you are wondering where to go in Costa Rica, the following areas of Costa Rica are for you.


WHERE TO GO IN COSTA RICA IF YOU ARE A BAR-HOPPER/BACKPACKER

Costa Rica is not a party destination. For those travellers who wish to avoid bars, clubs, and discos, doing so is not difficult. However, for those who seek a more eventful nightlife, this does exist in particular pockets of the country – if you know where to look. Backpackers (regardless of whether they are bar-hoppers or not), will also benefit from the below mentioned destination recommendations as shared accommodation options (hostels and economy hotel options) are widespread, as is the general feeling of a communal travel community resulting from the younger crowd that populates most of these areas.


WHERE TO GO IN COSTA RICA IF YOU ARE AN ALL-INCLUSIVE RESORT-GOER

Although Costa Rica offers only a handful of all-inclusive resorts, the country is not known for being an all-inclusive resort destination. The majority of travellers who visit the rich coast do so with the intention of travelling between multiple destinations throughout their trip in order to take in the full Costa Rica experience that cannot be had within the confines of a resort’s property. This being said, some travellers plan to do both: spend the first half of their trip exploring the country’s many sites, and spend the last half of the vacation on-site at one resort. For those who wish to do the same, all-inclusive resort options are offered in a few different regions across the country.

If you identify with the above description and you are wondering where to go in Costa Rica, the following areas of Costa Rica are for you.