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First Time in Costa Rica? Here Are 5 Must-See Spots

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Costa Rica — with its verdant rainforests, beautiful beaches, and endless opportunities to spot exotic, tropical wildlife, this Latin American nation certainly merits more than one visit. If it’s your first trip to Costa Rica, there are some sights you simply must see. Here they are.

1) Manuel Antonio National Park

Manuel Antonio National Park is one of Costa Rica’s most famous national parks for a good reason. This park is home to some of the nation’s best beaches, and offers ample opportunities for wildlife viewing, too. More than 100 species of mammals and 180 species of birds call this park home, and its many wildlife trails offer visitors plenty of chances to see them. The park opens every day at 7:00 a.m. and closes at 4:00 p.m.; you’ll want to get there early to have plenty of time to lounge on the beach, spot wildlife from the trails, and take in some of the best views. Bring your swimsuit; you’ll want to visit Playa Manuel Antonio, or the somewhat less crowded Playa Espadilla Sur, Playa Escondito, and Playa Playita. Hike up to Cathedral Point for a great view of the coast. Maximize your chances of seeing wildlife with a guided tour.

2) Tortuguero National Park

Tortuguero National Park is the place to be during the egg-laying season for leatherback turtles and green turtles. Leatherbacks lay their eggs from April to May and green turtles lay theirs from July to October. To see the turtles, you’ll have to take a tour; don’t worry, the tours are used as a means of generating funds used to protect the turtles and their habitat. You’ll have an extremely high chance of seeing at least one turtle if you use a turtle spotter, who will go out and find some turtles before leading your group to the appropriate spot to see them.

If you want to see hatchling turtles, you can do so by visiting the beach extremely early in the morning in September and October, when the young turtles hatch. Digging up nests or otherwise tampering with hatchlings could be harmful to them. Beware of unscrupulous locals who may offer you the opportunity to do so, for a fee.

3) Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Preserve

Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Preserve is home to 2.5 percent of the world’s biodiversity. The park is home to 9,000 species of plants, including more than 750 species of trees; 60 species of amphibians; more than 100 species of reptiles; more than 500 species of birds; and over 130 species of mammals. Visitors can explore 13 kilometers (8.08 miles) of trails. Hike up to the La Ventana scenic overlook, to feel the trade winds blow in from the Atlantic and gaze upon panoramic views of the continental divide. Take an early-morning birdwatching tour to glimpse species such as the three-wattle bellbird or the quetzal. Other guided tours include the Natural History Walk and the Night Walk Tour, which offers opportunities to spot frogs, bats, and other nocturnal creatures.

4) Volcán Arenal

Volcán Arenal is Costa Rica’s most active volcano, making Arenal National Park a popular stop on most Costa Rica vacations. In 2010, it entered a period of dormancy, so you may not see an eruption. Visit the nearby Chato Volcano — it’s been inactive for more than 3,500 years, and in its caldera you can see a picturesque lagoon. Spot parrots, howler monkeys, white-faced monkeys, tapir, and deer in the surrounding forest. At the end of a long day of hiking, horseback riding, or whitewater rafting, soak away the soreness in one of the park’s many natural hot springs.

5) Montezuma

Montezuma is a relaxed beach town that has held on to its off-the-beaten-path ambiance in the wake of Costa Rica’s increasing popularity with tourists. Located on the southern coast of the Nicoya Peninsula, this somewhat remote town offers quiet beaches, lots of wildlife, numerous restaurants, and laid-back vibe appealing to families, couples, and backpackers alike. Enjoy Playa Montezuma and Playa Grande, the best local beaches — Playa Grande in particular is great for surfing, and the walk out offers chances to spot wildlife and birds. Head to Cabo Blanco Nature Reserve to relax on more secluded beaches. Visitors can also swim at the nearby Montezuma Waterfalls.

Costa Rica offers some of the richest biodiversity on earth. Visitors can spot exotic animals, soak up the sun on the nation’s beaches, or enjoy the quaint, bohemian atmosphere of remote beach towns. Plan your first Costa Rica trip wisely, and enjoy all this Central American nation has to offer.

 

Cole is one half of New Zealand's leading adventure travel blogging couple who have been wearing out their jandals around the world since 2009. He loves any adventure activities and anything to do with the water whether it is Surfing, Diving, Swimming, Snorkeling or just lounging nearby on the beach. You can follow Cole on Google+. Or consider following us via RSS Feed, Twitter, Facebook and subscribe to our Newsletter.

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To Travel Is Divine

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Everyone knows that the world of travel opens up a world of opportunities. Traveling the world allows individuals to dive into new experiences, wonderful authentic, natural foods and cuisines, great bonding with the locals and the traveling party, and a profound sense of appreciation for those that are present in different areas of the world that we live in today. Individuals can travel the world and immerse themselves in their hobbies, passions and times of rest and relaxation with the finest pipes and curated aged alcohol that the world has to offer.

We’ll profile a few great and successful people who traveled the world in this brief guide.

Phil “Shoe Dog” Knight and His Travels

Did you know that Phil Knight traveled the world at an early point in his life? He asked his dad for some money, he reached out to a friend and he hit the road. He stopped off at Hawaii where Phil Knight and his friend parted ways. Phil didn’t simply travel the world for mere pleasure.

He traveled the world in pursuit of completion. He was looking to catch and capitalize on his Stanford paper thesis of bringing home the perfect pair of shoes. Phil Knight was sort of renegade or a unicorn in this regard. Prior to the 1970s, a majority of the citizens of the United States did not step foot on to an aircraft.

Phil broke barriers and went to places such as Berlin, Paris, and Japan. He would meet some key figures in Japan and be able to start the sparks that would help him to build the empire which we all know as Nike. All of this was accomplished through his free-spirit, his sense of wandering and his needing to explore the world around him.

Surprisingly, Phil was exemplifying the simple slogan of “Just Do It” in his younger years.

Ernest Hemingway and his Many Sojourns

The great writer Ernest Hemingway was known to travel.  Ernest Hemingway used to state thing such as “there is nothing noble in being superior to your fellow man; true nobility is being superior to your former self.” As such, he was always pushing himself in many ways to try and improve in his profession.

Ernest Hemingway moved from one place to another, and every time he did, he would replace one wife with another. His experiences were much too profound and his behavior much too peripatetic for that of being one to settle down in just one place.

He started his travels with obligation, he joined the Italian front to the play the role of a healthcare worker. He then came back home, recovered and moved away to Paris, where he would work as a reporter. As a part of his work, he would cover the Spanish Civil war in the capacity of a journalist and would later publish a novel on the matter.

He would then move on and travel to London with a new wife. London treated him well but he couldn’t bear to stay stagnant in one place for too long, he met another significant other and would head over to Africa for a short while. Hemingway finally traveled to Florida and Cuba, before moving back to Idaho.

Make it a Point to Travel

Both of these individuals traveled the world and found ideas and inspiration you can too!

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Costa Rica: Your Dream Destination

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There’re countless reasons to pack your bags and head to Costa Rica on your next vacation. The country is a great choice for families, couples, friends, backpackers, and solo travelers. For many years, Costa Rica has been a hot spot destination, and the reasons are quite obvious.

Here’s Why You Should Visit Costa Rica

The People

One of the happiest places on earth is said to be Costa Rica. The people in the country live a relaxed and pure lifestyle commonly referred to as “pura vida.” Costa Ricans are very open and welcoming to visitors. It’s infectious, inspiring, and absolutely heart-warming to visit a country with people who are intent on achieving peace and happiness in life.

Beaches

Costa Rica is endowed with two coasts—to the east, the Caribbean, and to the west, the Pacific. That’s more than 1,500 kilometers of exotic beaches with sand ranging from icing sugar to cappuccino, flanked by rainforests, crashing surf, and palm trees.

The Caribbean coast is popular for its laid-back vibes, unique cuisine, reggae music, and the Rastafari culture. All in all, Costa Rica boasts of the most stunning beaches on the planet.

Turtles

One of the most emotional experiences in this paradise is seeing turtles lay their eggs and watching the hatchlings make their way to the ocean. Different turtle species nest at different times of the year on the Caribbean and Pacific sides of Costa Rica.

With a bit of research and planning, you can ensure your visit corresponds with the nesting time of these beautiful sea creatures. The Tortuguero National Park, which is on the Caribbean coast, is a major nesting site for turtles. The nesting season in the park is from April to October with over 600 turtles laying eggs along the 30-kilometer beach stretch.

Surfing

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Surfers adore Costa Rica: the water is warm all year round, the surf is great on both the Pacific and Caribbean sides, and the breaks and swells are amazing. There are lots of surfing retreats and schools along the coasts. Whether you’re a seasoned pro or an excited beginner, Costa Rica has all the waves you need.

Volcanoes

Costa Rica sits on an area with high volcanic activity, to be specific, the Pacific Ring of Fire. Out of 122 volcanoes, the country has 4 active ones. Arenal, the most famous volcano, was active until 2010. Since then, it hasn’t spewed any lava but it constantly smokes which makes for breathtaking views. There are also hot springs around mt. Arenal where tourists can go soak in the hot springs or swim in the warm baths while sipping Pina coladas.

Adventure

Thrill seekers and anyone who craves adventure is in for the time of their lives. The country is famous for its kayaking, cliff diving, skydiving, scuba diving, zip-lining tours, white-water rafting, and other adrenaline-pumping escapades. Rest assured there is something for everyone.

The diversity of the country’s climate and terrain give life to some of the best adventure-filled activities anywhere.

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5 Places You Must Visit If You Ever Go To United Kingdom

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If you are visiting the United Kingdom for the first time in your life, and you don’t know what to do. Don’t worry; you have come to the right place. Following we are going to mention a few awe-inspiring places you better visit if you ever set foot on English Soil.

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These are literally the best tourist attractions in the UK.

The Stonehenge

It is 10 miles North of Salisbury on the Salisbury Plan. This is perhaps Europe’s most treasured prehistoric monument. There are around 250 objects that show how megaliths carried out their daily appears. Once you have walked the stones, you better see the replicas of Neolithic Houses with their daily use tools. Well, you can go inside the circle during normal visits, you will need a special book to get to the site. If you are really interested, you can find a deal here.

The Tower of London

A Prison, Palace and Treasure vault, you name it. This menagerie and Observatory has everything. This is the primary reason why The Tower of London is perhaps considered the most important building in all of England. There is enough history to keep you busy for hours. White Tower is the centerpiece which was built around in 1078 by William the Conqueror. It houses exceptional exhibits like Line of Kings and a stunning display of royal armor.

It also houses Crown Jewel exhibits including Yeoman Warder Tours and the Royal Mind. Tourists can also see the daily about of prisoners and where they used to be executed. This historic landmark covers 18 acres of real estate you should explore.

The British Museum

The British museum perhaps has the finest collection of artifacts, more than 13 million artifacts from all over the world including countries like:

  • Egypt
  • Greece
  • Roman Empire
  • China
  • Babylonia
  • Assyria
  • And from Various Parts of Europe

Among its vast and impressive collection, the most ancient artifacts are Elgin Marbles of Parthenon from Athens and the Rosetta Stone. If you want to see the best collection of Ancient Egypt Artifacts somewhere outside of Cairo with a fine collection of Roman artifacts, then you must visit The British Museum.

Historic Yorkshire

The Yorkshire stands in the center of York which is surrounded by timbered homes and shops. If you want to see medieval halls and churches, you better visit this. The romantic streets are matched with town walls with more history than a history book.

If you happen to be there, you better visit the National Railway Museum, it’s among the most visited attractions in all of United Kingdom. Yorkshire has some of the most beautiful and historic towns of England, including Durham and Beverley.

Gregorian City

If you can’t spare much time then you better only visit the Bath, a beautiful city has the Roman Baths, built thousands of years ago. The city is also known for its Georgian Townhouses which are located at the Royal Crescent.

More than 500 of the buildings here have significant historical value. The architecture inspired generations to come.

 

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