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  • Tara Woodbury

Take a Road Trip in Costa Rica!

Why does Costa Rica make a great vacation destination?

Travelers love the beauty of the small South American country, and animal lovers are in heaven here. While visiting, you must go on a Costa Rica road trip. This is one of the best ways to see many sights in one day! And it allows you to plan your day around older kids who especially may not want to get up at 7 a.m. to start their day.

Trust me; you haven't lived unless you've experienced a road trip in a country like Costa Rica. This tropical destination is home to the most photographic scenery and lively culture. Step out of your comfort zone by renting a car and hitting the road to explore the many sights of Costa Rica. Here are some great suggestions for your road trip:

San José to La Fortuna

If you're arriving in San José and taking a trip to La Fortuna, you'll find that the journey is smooth and comfortable despite all of the curves. This drive ensures views of the gorgeous national parks and fantastic wildlife. The Arenal Volcano is a popular tourist attraction. It is one of the world's most active volcanoes and erupts once every day. Seeing red-hot lava and columns of ash is a remarkable experience. After a long day of seeing all of the sights, relax at the Arenal Observatory Lodge or partake in a small bite at the Lava Lounge Bar & Grill.

Monteverde to Playa Grande

Although Monteverde's journey to Playa Grande is bumpy and steep, with roads riddled with potholes, pristine beaches, and the sight of majestic sea turtles are a sweet treat to many. Playa Grande is home to the Leatherback Sea Turtles. Between October and March, they lay their eggs. Then, between April and September, the eggs hatch, and scores of baby turtles make their way to the ocean. To witness this miracle of life and get up close and personal with the sea turtles, book a Las Balulas National Park tour. Spend the night at the quaint Hotel Las Tortugas, where you can enjoy the sun setting from your room.

Tamarindo to Santa Teresa

While the drive from Tamarindo to Santa Teresa is a little rough, you will experience breathtaking landscapes. Take a break from driving and check out one of the sopas (small restaurants) where you can enjoy authentic Costa Rican cuisine, from empanadas to patacones (deep-fried, flattened plantains).

Santa Teresa is an ideal destination for both relaxation and recreation. Try laying down a mat doing yoga or grabbing a surfboard and catching a wave from the white sand beaches. Continue your bliss at the laid-back Hotel Tropico Latino, where you can enjoy a full-service spa.

Costa Rica is a perfect spot to seek adventure! If you're ready to experience any of these unique road trips, contact me to get started on your next favorite vacation. Happy road tripping!

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