In Need of a Tropical Haven?

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Most of us could use a tropical haven or getaway about now.  How about beautiful beaches, lush rain forests, volcanic wonderlands and culturally embracing local people?  This is Costa Rica!  Wouldn’t it be wonderful to travel there and let go of the 2020 stress?

It was in the late 1990’s that I first experienced Costa Rica.  I traveled to San José to conduct a site inspection for an incentive group I planned to bring there.  Immediately I fell in love with the country as my DMC escorted me throughout a vast majority of this beautiful country.  Costa Rica is relatively small, positioned such that it extends from the Pacific Ocean to the Caribbean, spanning a total of 200 miles.  Also, Costa Rica is comprised of 7 Provinces, each unique in their culture and beauty.

Alajuela, “The Land of Mangoes”. This province is known for Arenal and Poás, two active volcanoes.  Both are spectacular.  The Arenal volcano is one of the most active volcanoes in the world and at night you can witness fiery eruptions and see flowing lava.  It is quite spectacular.   

Cartago is home to the Irazú volcano, another magnificent active volcano with five craters positioned at over 11,000 feet above sea level.






Guanacaste is drier and known for its cattle ranches and gorgeous beaches.  Some of the best beaches in the world are here as well as numerous luxurious hotels.   Also, the Daniel Oduber Quirós airport is in Guanacaste.










Heredia is where you tour coffee plantations and learn the process of growing, harvesting and roasting coffee beans.  Costa Rican coffee is wonderful, and I always leave the country with their exquisite coffee packed in my bag.  You can also raft or tube the the Sarapiqui River, known for its exhilarating rapids.   












Limon offers dense jungles, mountains and beaches with a wide variety of vegetation, flora and fauna.  It is also home to the Tortuguero National Park, another highlight of visiting Costa Rica.

Puntarenas, the “Pearl of the Pacific” boasts over 500 miles of Pacific coastline down to the Panamanian boarder.  Many cruise ships dock here.

San José is the capital of Costa Rica and home to the Juan Santamaria Airport.  From here day tours to other provinces is quite accessible.  It is also known for its culture and architectural design.  It is also home to a major airport, the Juan Santamaria.

Visit one or all of the provinces.  Experience Arenol and Poás, dip into volcanic hot springs, river raft, sunbathe on the beaches, take a rain forest canopy tour or if you’re brave enough, zip lineand see incredible wildlife throughout the country (I have seen monkeys, sloths, numerous birds but the most memorable was a yellow eyelash viper.  I loathe snakes but this one was so beautiful that I thought when it was coiled up, it resembled a yellow rose.) 
























I have now experienced Costa Rica several times.  I love the rain forests and pristine beaches.  The local cuisine is amazing. Moreover, the local people, the Ticos, are friendly and welcoming.  Also, you will feel safe in Costa Rica.  It is part of their culture and surprisingly without an army.  Once I forgot to pick up my laptop bag at the San Jose airport.  To my surprise, upon returning to the airport, the security office had my bag and laptop.   The only thing missing was a bag of candy.  The security officers slyly  laughed, admitting they couldn’t resist.

I cannot fully describe the beauty and marvelous wonders this country has to offer.  I hope to return for more memorable experiences.  Costa Rica is also a great destination to play hard but also to relax and rejuvenate.  Trust me, you will leave feeling renewed and spirited.  Please consider taking your group incentive, meeting or even yourself to Costa Rica.  Soon we all hope to be back to normal traveling but in the meantime, check this link for Covid restrictions and guidelines for traveling to Costa Rica – Covid restrictions and guidelines

You will also find a plethora of information on the following websites.  Happy exploring and planning!


Costa Rica CVB



Julie Martinez, CMP, CMM is a meeting, event and incentive planning specialist providing consulting, strategic planning and on-site management.  She is a member and contributor of I-Meet, the online business community for people who plan meetings and events. Please connect with her on LinkedIn and follow her Twitter.

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    Julie 1 year ago

    Planners must keep the vision and keep planning. Travel in all its glory will return and we have so many fabulous destinations to choose from.

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