Known as a destination of natural beauty and unique wildlife, Costa Rica offers more than just adventurous activities. The focus here is on Pura Vida, or living the good life, so why not learn its secrets and enjoy a little relaxation along the way?
Here are five ways to experience relaxation when visiting Costa Rica.
Experience Coastal Bliss
A coastal vacation is a relaxing way to have fun and revive yourself at the same time. It can bring your family closer together and provide various activities for children and adults alike. Watch your kids snorkel as you enjoy the feel of the silky sand against your skin, or submerge yourselves together and seek out unique marine life.
In Nosara, head to the beach for a leisurely walk to the tide pools or rent a kayak. Enjoy incredible sunrises and sunsets, especially at Tamarindo Beach or the quieter Playa Avellana. There are also plenty of oceanfront hammocks to lull away the afternoons.
Soak in Thermal Hot Springs
A unique feature of Costa Rica is its volcanic make-up, including many accessible all-natural thermal hot springs full of relaxing and therapeutic properties. Surround yourself with nature as you soak away the stress of days past in one of these unique locales.
Head for the town of La Fortuna and the Tabacón thermal hot springs. These mineral-rich springs are luxurious, offering 25 different pools with varying temperatures for you to choose from. For a more intimate experience, choose the smaller mineral-rich hot springs in Arenal.
Immerse Yourself in Nature
Costa Rica may be small, but within its borders lie 12 different climates, resulting in various opportunities to immerse yourself in nature. Venture to Monteverde in the central highlands and be surrounded by lush rainforest full of fantastic flora and fauna. Take in views of volcanoes or seek out waterfalls.
Hiking in nature is another way to disconnect and unwind. Enjoy the sites surrounding you as you make your way toa waterfall, a hot spring, or back to your eco-lodge. See how much wildlife you can spot at the Manual Antonio National Park, with 100 mammal species and 200 bird species within its boundaries.
Enjoy Unique Spa Treatments or Yoga
For true Costa Rica relaxation, experience the ultimate pampering at one of the resorts throughout the country. From the coastal shores to deep in the rainforest, unique spa treatments abound. Choose a mud wrap, coconut oil or volcanic stone massage, or an aromatherapy experience complete with locally grown vanilla.
Yoga is another way to create relaxation in your mind and body. Slip into a few classes or join a yoga retreat for a few days. You'll find these everywhere, from beach resorts to rainforest eco-lodges.
Experience the Culture and Food
Turn your focus to learning about and experiencing the unique culture and food while relaxing in Costa Rica. With a mixture of Spanish colonial influence, indigenous origins, and splashes of other immigrant cultures, the Costa Rican people are truly unique. Enjoy learning about their artistic traditions and sway to the sounds of their uplifting music.
Enjoy refreshing jugos naturales, the popular drink of fruits blended with water or milk. Try the various traditional Costa Rican dishes. With so many different local fruits and vegetables, even your children won't turn up their noses at trying new things.
Costa Rica offers plenty of options for you and your family to rest, reset and recharge. To make it even more relaxing, let me help you plan the perfect vacation. The only thing you'll have to do is determine what relaxation means to you, and I'll do the rest.