Why Costa Rica Should Be On Your Bucket List
No matter what type of traveler you are, Costa Rica has something to offer for every visitor. Whether you’re more into beaches, adventure, luxury, or sustainability, you’ll find whatever floats your boat in Costa Rica. And that is just the beginning…Get ready to put Costa Rica at the TOP of your bucket list Peachers.
Home of Ecovillages & Sustainable Lodges
Costa Rica has been the iconic destination for participating in some of the best ecotourism. Because of so many visitors wanting to experience getting back to nature, many Eco-Villages have set up accommodation for tourists! This has been a fantastic way to employ local workforce, have a lower environmental impact, and promote sustainable tourism for greater conservation of the area!
Fortunately, there are many ecovillages and sustainable stays in Costa Rica for our conscious travelers or those looking for more of a granola experience. So what exactly is an ecovillage…
An ecovillage is an intentional, traditional or urban community that is consciously designed through locally owned participatory processes in all four dimensions of sustainability (social, culture, ecology and economy) to regenerate social and natural environments.Global Ecovillage Network
If that may be a little too alternative, we have some other great recommendations we visit along our Costa Rica Tour. The Drake Bay Wilderness Resort and Savegre Lodge are some of our favorites that make sustainability a priority WITHOUT skimping on luxury!
Costa Rica may not be the biggest country, but don’t let that fool you as it is PACKED with biodiversity. In fact, it holds 5% of the world’s biodiversity. From jungles, rainforests, coral reefs, cloud forests, and volcanoes it is like the best natural theme park. It as well is home to over 500,000 species of animals like scarlet macaws, howler monkeys, colorful butterflies, humpback whales, iguanas, sea turtles, sloths, and a rainbow of birds. No wonder why this place was deemed one of the best spots for ecotourism! That also means that Costa Rica is quite delicate. Costa Ricans don’t mess around with their natural wealth as sustainability has become one of their top priorities to conserve their pura vida identity. As travelers, it’s up to us to help contribute to their conservation efforts and tread lightly.
When we say Costa Rica is a natural playground, we mean it. For those daring there are many opportunities to get your pulse pumping with river rafting, fishing, ATV driving, scuba diving, tubing, horseback riding, and even zip lining. In fact, the first time I visited Costa Rica with my family we went white-water rafting and maybe one of the most memorable part of our trip. We had a quick crash course, put our safety gear on, and shipped off down the river. We had to learn quick with switching paddles when hearing “Left! Right!” that ultimately left us TIPPING the raft. We may have gotten wet (and bruised), but is still our favorite memory we talk about to this day.
Packed With Parks
Did you know around 30% of Costa Rica is dedicated to national parks? Makes sense as there are 27 national parks and over 60 volcanoes within the country. Visiting these parks are a great way to see Costa Rica’s biodiversity and contribute to conservation efforts. Many of these parks depend on tourist dollars to keep them running and providing protection to the parks. Some of the parks we take our Peachers include the Corcovado National Park and Irazu Volcano National Park.
Beach Boys & Babes
For those travelers who prefer the beach, Costa Rica’s got that covered. Costa Rica has more than 800 miles of shoreline on both the Pacific and Caribbean sides. The underdeveloped coastlines of Costa Rica set the stage for luxurious resorts, spas, ocean activities, and of course surfing. Costa Rica is known for year round surf with refreshing temperatures. What’s better than a little R&R on vacation? Or hang ten with the locals? Sign us up!
Ready to Add Costa Rica to Your Bucket List?
This is a fundraiser for Blue – Green Connections, a nonprofit based in Dunedin, Florida, working toward Sustainable Use of Our Land and Waters. A donation of $300 at checkout is required to join this adventure – 100% of this donation goes directly toward the nonprofit and is tax deductible.