Costa Rican Lifestyles and Activities
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 There is an exceptional quality of life in Costa Rica. You've likely heard somewhere that Costa Rica is ranked the Happiest Place on Earth. The Pura Vida lifestyle translates to a population of happy, laid back, stress-free people. This is way of life is contagious- just spending time in Costa Rica and adapting to their way of life has a positive effect on your well-being.

 

And, there  is much to offer those seeking a new and safer place to live. Costa Rica is not so strict, prices are not so high, and people are not as anxious and tense like too many other stressed-out cultures.    You will experience relaxed living conditions, yet enjoy modern comforts of civilized society, as well as plenty of cultural diversity within the well-educated population. 

 

The varied climates you find in Costa Rica offer much in the way to suit many temperature preferences.  These climates are also highly conducive to the abundant thriving of plants and flowers – a veritable gardener’s delight.  This combination of nearly perfect environmental conditions, along with a splendid assortment of natural resources, easily encourages folks to seek out and enjoy their favorite outdoor activities.

 

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The plethora of National Parks and Reserves to visit in Costa Rica could take months to explore on their own.  One of the most popular is Manuel Antonio, which has white sand beaches outlining a lush rain forest with an ample supply of exotic bird and animal inhabitants.  Other National Parks include Santa Rosa (large tracts of dry, tropical forest), Corcovado (considered to be the most biologically intense place on earth), Arenal (the country’s most active volcano is located here), Barra Honda (pre-Columbian limestone caves), Tortuguero (its beaches are the main nesting area for the Green Sea Turtle), the Carara Biological Reserve (where you find a rare collection of animal and plant species), plus many others.   

 

Culture is not forgotten, either.  There are 31 museums, featuring many archaeological treasures, which are located country-wide in an effort to preserve all aspects of Costa Rican heritage.  Fourteen theatres, including the magnificent 110-year-old National Theatre, often host world-class performances throughout the year.  In the larger cities you will find a number of art galleries, plus more than 60 movie theatres, The country also boasts three symphony orchestras, including the famed National Symphonic Orchestra, considered to be one of the best in Latin America.

There is no shortage of dancing and nightlife which is available in many forms, depending upon the venue.  Discotheques and tropical dance halls are abundant, particularly in the larger towns and cities.  There are a multitude of fine chefs, insuring that exquisite dining meets international standards in French, Italian, Japanese and Chinese cuisines.  Of course, it's always easy to find a fine Spanish restaurant offering more native foods that will please any palate, where the menu is as diverse as it is delicious. 

 

  

Hiking

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Best to stay on one of many trails unless you're

with a professional guide  

 

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Rock Climbing

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Country's highest peak at Cerro Chirripo is

3,832 meters above sea level

 

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White Water Rafting

National Geographic calls the Pacuare River one of the world's top 10 river trips! !

 

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Horseback Riding

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Riding is the perfect way to view the mountains, 

rainforests, beaches and lots of wildlife   

 

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Biking

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Popular transportation for Tico's

and great fun for visitors

 

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Boating

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Exploring the coastal areas by boat

can be the ultimate experience

 

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Surfing

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Surfing lessons can be a family affair 

 

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Sailing

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Need fair winds?  Go to Costa Rica!

 

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Swimming

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Swimming, collecting seashells or

just catching a few rays...it's all here 

 

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Nature Tours

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 It's not unusual to find a couple of monkeys watching you  

 

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Canopy Tours

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A more challenging way to enjoy the country's scenery

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Deep Sea Fishing

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Champion sailfishermen hook a

Dorado off the coast of Quepos 

 

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Fresh Water Fishing

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Small rivers resemble those found in the western US,

but wait 'til you see the fish        

 

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Diving and Snorkeling

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A diver's dream with over 700 species of saltwater fish ---

then there's the plant life

 

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World Class Golf

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Great tees, nice fairways, beautiful greens

and challenging course ratings  

 

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Tennis

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Even tennis tournaments find a following in Costa Rica 

 

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Soccer

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A country where World Cup dreams begin and never end

 

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Rodeo

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The national roping champion sometimes works here 

 

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Daydreaming

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Another dreamy afternoon in Dominical

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Beach Fun

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Walking the shoreline, building sand castles

or just a friendly game of volleyball

  

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Dining

 What did you have for breakfast? 

Formal or Informal dining --- world class chefs and service 

 

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Shopping

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From farmers markets to the upscale boutiques

 

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Dancing

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Elegant "Tica's" show traditional dance --- 

but disco's attract the evening crowd 

 

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Cultural Events

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What could be more important to Tico’s than Independence Day

 

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Jogging

 

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Unlimited opportunities to stay in shape

 

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Rain Forest Tours

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Exploring in one of the many protected areas   

 

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National Parks

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One of the "most biologically intense places on earth"

says National Geographic 

 

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The Arts

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The National Theatre is but one of many venues for the Arts

 

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Bird Watching

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Wonderful photo opportunites await serious Watchers

 

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Gardening
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  Rich, fertile soil gives even amateurs professional results

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Whale & Dolphin Watching
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  Virtual marine playgrounds just offshore

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In Costa Rica, National Geographic Adventure says “…you’ll strain yourself trying to do it all…” and National Geopgraphic Traveler dubs recreation options “…dizzying”. From the stunning white beaches and mangrove riddled wetlands of Parque Nacional Marino – the nation’s preeminent nesting site for leatherback turtles – to the nightlife of Tamarindo or the nearby Robert Trent Jr. golf course at Playa Conchal, Punta Playa delivers it all: surfing, sailing, sportfishing, snorkeling and scuba, horseback riding, hiking, caving, canopy tours, treetop walks, white-water rafting, birding, fine dining in virtually any cuisine, wilderness adventures for the whole family – and more! 

 With all of this to do, you might just retire here!

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