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Rica with a Little Less Costa - Page 2

Written by Jonathan Hiltz
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Costa Rica has long been Central America’s destination of choice for travelers and expatriates from around the world. It’s a paradise that easily meets the needs of any vacationer and has the unique advantage of being able to offer a lot for a little – if one knows where to find a good deal. So put those sandals on for this spectacular getaway in the sun, because the only shoestring needed here is a budget.

Here are some of the best ways to enjoy the ‘rich coast’ at bargain basement prices:



4. All you need is Lava

Rica with a Little Less Costa, budget travel costa rica, Jonathan Hiltz

Picture (c) Bruce Cole

In Costa Rica there are five active volcanoes and over one hundred dormant or inactive ones. The big five that are still belching and bubbling are Irazú, Poás, Turrialba, Arenal, and Rincón de la Vieja. These monsters are all incredible to look at and have been designated in a national park. For a small fee, hikers, bikers, walkers, and gawkers can travel through the rainforest and up the sides of the volcano to get some exercise and some of the best eco-tourism that the world has to offer. A couple of the volcanoes have hot springs and pools alongside them. Resorts such as the famous Tabacon along the Arenal volcano, allow swimmers and bathers to enjoy the steaming watery oasis by purchasing a day pass without having to stay at the resort itself.

These parks usually have many other activities such as bird watching, zip-lining, and white water rafting if you have some extra cash. Costa Rica has 25 national parks and all of them have a myriad of things to see and do without breaking the bank.


5. Surf and Turf

Costa Rica is known for some of the best surfing on the planet and has many ‘surf retreats’ and camps. These places usually cater to a young crowd and offer excellent prices and the opportunity to learn one of the most popular (and challenging) sports in the world.

The area of Tamarindo is best known as the prime surfing location in the country and some say the world, due to its long estuaries, rocky inland and excellent waves. These retreats usually offer great packages and can also cater to many other activities that travelers want to embark on.


Tastes Great, Even Fat Free

Rica with a Little Less Costa, budget travel costa rica, Jonathan HiltzAll things included, Costa Rica is one of those amazing places where a dollar can stretch further, while still allowing travelers to maintain a quality vacation. The country’s people, culture, hospitality, and adventure ensure that the trip won’t be thin, even if your wallet’s not fat.

©Jonathan Hiltz

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