Holidays To Costa Rica? No Problem We Have All The Tips For You!
In case you don’t know it was Christopher Columbus that discovered Costa Rica and the native people living there in 1502. After that the Spanish started to colonize it. Costa Rica means rich coast and it comes from the mistaken belief that gold could be found there in abundance. There never was much gold found but the name stuck. It was in 1821 that Costa Rica joined with other Central American Countries in declaring their independence from Spain. But for Costa Rica true independence didn’t come until Costa Rica broke away from the Confederation of other Central American Countries in 1838.
Unlike many other Central American Countries Costa Rica has been a free and independent democracy since 1899. It has a President and a congress and both are elected to four year terms. Its government is similar to the United States but its President and executive branch have more power than in the American system of government.
The whole country is about the size of West Virginia and it covers 19,730 square miles. The capital of the country is San Jose and there are 2.1 million people who call San Jose home. The terrain is rough and rugged and they have many dormant volcanoes and a few active ones. The country of Costa Rica has a tropical climate and in the summer time the rainfall can be very heavy but you will find that the temperatures are always in the 70 to 90 degree range and there are beautiful rain forests just simply filled with all kinds of wildlife. You’ll find everything from jaguars to tree sloths. And if your into bird watching you’ll be simply amazed at the beautiful colorful tropical birds found in the rain forests. If you like monkeys you’re in for a treat because you’ll see plenty.
You will hear the people there called Ticos and Costa Ricans. The total population of the country is just above four million persons but it is growing at about two percent a year. It is largely a Roman Catholic country and you will find some of the most beautiful Catholic churches in the world in some of Costa Rica’s larger cities. Spanish is officially the language but except for in the more remote parts of the country you will find most people know at least some English. The literacy rate in Costa Rica is one of the highest in Central or South America. 96 percent of the people of can read and write.
Holidays to Costa Rica has become one of the most popular holiday destinations and among the most popular relocation destinations in the world. More and more Americans go for holidays to Costa Rica and decide they never want to leave. The most popular job to get for an American is teaching English. The people of Costa Rica are very interested in learning and many want to learn English. Americans are also coming here in large numbers to start businesses. You will find a lot of Americans operating businesses aimed at tourists.
You will find that the beaches there are the most beautiful in the world and believe it or not but one of the hottest new sports is white water rafting. Another sport that people from all over the world are falling in love with is riding zip lines through the tree tops of the rain forests. You have not lived until you have tried it. And it’s completely safe.
If you love to snorkel and live to fish and if that’s you then you need to come to plan a vacation soon. You may head for holidays to Costa Rica and decide you never want to leave. The amount of different species of fish who make the waters here their home is amazing. Once you put on a mask and snorkel and look below the surface of the waters of Costa Rica you will be ruined for life. Because no other place in the world will ever be able to compare.
Spectacular Costa Rica Fishing – Your Guide to Where and When to Go
If you cannot wait to get away from Old Man Winter, a Costa Rica fishing trip may be just what will recharge your batteries! There are several packages for holidays to Costa Rica available on-line for sportfishing. With dozens of fishing world fishing records to its credit, Costa Rica is said to have the best ocean fishing in the world.
Sure, you can dip a line in a a little frozen lake or stream by your house. Those little crappies and sunnies were fun when you were growing up. Long-johns, parkas, and electric socks and sitting for hours on end over cold ice, your butt numb from cold and sitting in a little ice shack all day.
You are a big kid now. Is it not time to have big kid fishing? Trade in shoveling snow ’til your back aches, a runny nose and depressing weather for shorts and a funny looking tropical shirt. Put away your Chapstick, get out your suntan lotion, head to tropical beaches where you can be fishing in crystal waters with not a care in the world.
Do not know where or when to take that Costa Rica fishing trip? No worries. Here is the straight skinny.
Start with the basics. Just a couple of hours south of Miami lies Costa Rica. With about 780 miles of coastline on two great oceans, it is a salt water fishing mecca. So many places to fish, where to begin?
Here is an idea. Follow Columbus. More than 500 years ago, that famous explorer landed on the Caribbean coast in a place so incredible he named it—-Costa Rica—the Rich Coast. It was filled with fish, thick with sea turtles. Since it was good enough for Columbus, it is good enough for you, intrepid fisherman.
On the Atlantic coast, you will find the world-famous Tortuguero National Park and Barra del Colorado fishing waters up to the Nicaragua border. The seas here can be very choppy but when the waters are flat, this is fishing paradise! From May to November, the silver fighting tarpon is bountiful here, and they can attain weights of to 150 pounds. If you are very lucky, you might land a rare Atlantic sail. This is also a great place for large snook. Jack Crevalle, guapote, giant grouper, and tripletail can also be caught here. And, be sure to visit the world famous green sea turtle nesting beaches at Tortuguero.
To get to either Barra del Colorado or Tortuguero National Park, you will have to go by boat because there are no roads. This is wilderness country. Typically, people travel to Limon, a small Caribbean community, charter airplane, car, or express bus, then head north on watercraft.
But—and this is a secret—some of the absolutely best tarpon fishing anywhere in the world now has a road right to it! Literally just a few kilometers from where Columbus made landfall is a place that some fishermen call the “mother lode” of tarpon and snook fishing. Check out Gandoca-Manzanillo Wildlife Reserve along the southern Caribbean coast of Costa Rica, nearly at the Panama border.
Deserted beaches for miles, crystal clear waters, and when the tarpon are in, fabulous fishing. Fishing is good year-round here but the best months for tarpon typically are March, April, May and September through October. And, If you come between March and July, you will also be able to see the sea turtles nesting.
Another great place for a Costa Rica fishing vacation is its North Pacific coast. This area is known as the “Gold Coast” because of its amenities and is conveniently reached. Simply fly into nearby Liberia International Airport where you will be just a short drive away from your waiting boat. You will find the fishing centers of Tamarindo and Flamingo with miles of great beaches and lots of Costa Rica attractions. If you are in search of sailfish, visit this coast between May and August for the best fishing, though these fish are here year-round, too. From August to October, you might find large schools of different tuna species with some weighing up to 400 pounds and many exceeding 60 pounds. Catch the shoreline-dwelling roosterfish here November to March not far from the Papagayo Resort. You also have a good chance of battling large marlin, wahoo, and brightly colored dorado fish.
Many visitors fishing in Costa Rica are looking for billfish and these beauties are very common along the Central Pacific coast. Drive to world famous Los Suenos Marina or the little town of Quepos and charter into the offshore waters to catch marlin and sailfish. December through April is the best time to catch these fighters. The vibrant dorado fish is often found here May to October while trolling. Closer to shore, folks commonly catch snapper, snook, roosterfish, and wahoo. Tuna are offshore.
Finally, for many, Costa Rica fishing paradise is found on the southern Pacific coast down to Panama, off Puerto Jiminez, Golfo Dulce, and Drake Bay. When the water is warm, sails and marlin are abundant. Inshore, you will likely run into roosters, large snapper, wahoo, and amberjack. The Golfo Dulce is reported by charter operators to offer the finest inshore fishing in Costa Rica. This is because it contains many small coves and is very rocky, giving fish a great place to hide. There are lots of kinds of fish here, including large groupers, delectable sea bass, and the toothy barracuda. Sometimes, you will have hundreds of porpoises around your boat as they follow the bait fish.
Of course, you can only catch the Big One if you are fishing for the Big One. So, turn off your computer, bid your comrades a fond adieu, and take that long needed Costa Rica vacation.
Long story short, over the last twenty years or so there has been much construction and expansion and the sleepy little coastal towns of twenty years ago are largely gone. But in the interior and more remote locations of the country you can still find sleepy little villages and even places where very few people have even walked. So you want to visit now before it changes anymore.
But Really, Why Go For Holidays To Costa Rica?
Because Costa Rica goes out of the way to protect its natural beauty and resources. Both present and future generations (meaning you) can experience portions of a natural environment similar to what Columbus saw hundreds of years ago.
Costa Rica has become something of a South American “Mecca” for tourists. Which might explain why Hollywood stars such as Bran Pitt and Angelina Jolie love spending time there.
A few real estate investors refer to it as “the Switzerland of Central America” because of its political stability and native beauty. The high standard of living enjoyed by many who retire here from different parts of the world — called “expats” a.k.a. “expatriates”– is very attractive too.
But most of the activities you’ll want to enjoy in Costa Rica (listed in the pages of my free ebook) will somehow immerse you within the natural beauty of this country and its people.
Costa Rica is world famous for its active volcanoes, rain forests, cloud forests, waterfalls, wildlife, spectacular views, temperate weather and friendly people.
Hundreds of thousands of visitors come to Costa Rica each year because of one main reason: though this country covers just .03% of the earth’s surface … it features nearly 6% of the planet’s biodiversity.
Costa Rica invites you to come, see, and experience its ecosystem. All it asks in return is that you don’t harm its natural wonders in any way … so future generations can enjoy them.
Ahhhh … Costa Rica’s Natural Wonders. How does one even begin to list them?
Take butterflies, for example. There are more species of butterflies in Costa Rica than there are on the entire continent of Africa.
Or, how about birds? There are over 850 species of birds — more than in all of North America.
Costa Rica has 112 volcanoes … 7 of them are active (with the famous Arenal being the most active). Arenal is also the most popular attraction among all of Costa Rica’s tourist sites.
And that’s just where it starts …
— 1,200 types of orchids
— 4,000 sorts of insects
— 160 species of amphibians
— 130 kinds of freshwater fish
— 220 array of reptiles
— 9,000 types of plants
— 1,600 kinds of salt water fish
— 208 mammal species
— Volcanoes (active and dormant)
— Cloud forests
— Rain Forests
— Wetlands and Swamps
— Mangrove trees
— 850 species of birds
— 1,000 species of butterflies
The best time to visit Costa Rica is actually when it’s “summertime” in North America. Why? Because June, July and August fall into Costa Rica’s “green” (i.e. rainy) season. Prices are much lower than December through May … when most travelers visit the country.
But what about the rain? Don’t worry about it.
It usually only rains for a couple of hours in the afternoon. Morning are usually sunny. And most evenings are clear, warm … and romantic.
So instead of visiting the same old summer vacation spots in North America — Go for holidays to Costa Rica and experience a world-class vacation in an exotic destination this summer. The beautiful beaches, rain forests, and the diving adventures of a life time are waiting on you!
Visit the Central America destinations category to learn more about other tourism opportunities available in Central America!