Lea and I are doing an internship at CRS Tours and we spent our last weekend at the Caribbean Coast. We started off on Saturday and took the bus to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca. This small village has many restaurants, hotels, souvenir shops and small beaches. Right now its rainy season which is why you can find a lush green environment. At night the atmosphere is relaxed and positive. You can enjoy the sound of reggae music while drinking a delicious cocktail right at the beach.
Few vacation destinations offer the stunning natural beauty of Costa Rica, where vast stretches of white sandy beaches give way to lush tropical forests and misty mountain peaks, and where whale watching, marlin fishing, zip-lining, snorkeling, orchid hunting and sunbathing are tempting diversions. Ideally located only a few steps away from the ocean on Playa Flamingo, The Palms is a beautiful luxury villa community that combines the benefits of a villa with the amenities, pampering services and conveniences of a resort hotel.
Costa Rica has focused on tourism since the late 80s and therefore it is now a famous destination among travelers thanks to its unique concentration of biodiversity that it is protecting through the national parks and protected areas network, covering more than 25 % of its territory. As thus, you can find various places to visit and hotels to sleep in, however some of them can be a bit dodgy.
Costa Rica is one of the best places in the world for whale watching since the waters surrounding the Osa peninsula offer one of the longest migrating seasons in the world. Humpback whales from the southern hemisphere migrate to Costa Rica from august to October and the north American populations come there between December and April, which makes up a total of 8 months during which humpback whales swim in Costa Rica waters. Moreover, out of the 76 whales and dolphin species in the world, an estimated 25 migrate to Costa Rica during the winter months to mate and give birth.
A recent article published by fox news and American travel agency Austin-Lehman Adventures puts Costa Rica as number one wildlife destination in the world and it's easy to understand why. With 5 % of the world's biodiversity on a territory covering 0.03 % of the land surfaces of the Earth, a variety of habitats ranging from medium to high altitudes mountains (3,820 m), rainforest, dry forest cloud forest and even mangrove forest to two coasts (Caribbean and Pacific) with radically different climates, Costa Rica is indeed one of the best places in the world to spot abundant wildlife.
The Manuel Antonio National Park (Spanish: Parque Nacional Manuel Antonio) is located south of Quepos on the Pacific coast of Costa Rica. From Costa Rica´s capital city San José it takes about two and a half hours to reach the 132 kilometres away park.