If like me you are looking for something more than just a beach vacation, have you considered Costa Rica for your next trip?
Costa Rica is one of the most advanced countries in the world to travel, with high literacy rates, a booming “Health Tourism” industry and service levels to rival the most advanced of tourist destinations. Did you know this small country is a firm favorite with Americans choosing it as their home away from home, with more Americans choosing to live in Costa Rica, than Costa Ricans (affectionately known as Ticos) moving over here to the USA?
Having been lucky enough to spend quite some time discovering this beautiful country, I have found that the best way to really get the most out of limited vacation time and a desire to see as much as possible of the country is to take an Escorted Tour. Apple Vacations Escorted tours, are pre-organized and take you to all the most important tourist attractions of the area of the country you have chosen to visit and have a local knowledgeable guide that speaks fluent English accompanying you. Tours can be booked for various durations from 3 night to 7 nights and there is something to suit everyone. You can even book a group!
For example for arrivals into San Jose, the more active traveler will love the 4 night FULL ADVENTURE PACKAGE, where zip-lining, canyoning, mountain biking and white water rafting are all included. MANUEL ANTONIO NATIONAL PARK allows you to explore one of the most beautiful and scenic areas of the country at a leisurely pace. The 5 night NATIONAL PARKS OF COSTA RICA tour visits the most famous national parks Costa Rica has to offer, and includes a visit to a coffee plantation, a butterfly farm as well as the world renowned Tabacon Hot Springs at the base of the Arenal Volcano. Finally, for those of you that are looking for something more off the beaten track, the CARIBBEAN COAST allows guests to spend 5 nights exploring this exotic coastline of Costa Rica.
If after your tour you have a few more days to relax and unwind then my suggestion would be to tag on a stay at a beach hotel. The All Inclusive Doubletree Puntarenas by Hilton, just a two hour transfer from the city of San Jose is the perfect option. A modern beach front, all inclusive property with four restaurants, 7 bars and a wide variety of activities means you wont be bored, but also is the perfect place to disconnect for a few days before heading back home to show all your friends and family the wonderful photos you will be sure to have taken during your Costa Rica adventure.