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Costa Rica ("Ouachita Living" article)

Updated: Jan 28, 2021

Costa Rica should be on every travelers’ “Top Ten” destination list because it literally appeals to every type of traveler. It is also amazingly easy to navigate and extremely safe for tourists. A vast majority of the population speak English and U.S. currency is welcomed. While visiting this gorgeous country, you will hear and see the term “Pura Vida” all day long. It is used by the locals to convey greetings, goodbyes, and everything in between. The term’s literal translation is the “Pure Life” or “Simple Life.” Before leaving the country, visitors will come to understand and appreciate the significance of the term and will be using it as much as the locals.

Costa Rica possesses some of the most beautiful beaches to lounge around and soak up the rays. Some beach resorts step up the seaside experience by providing snorkeling equipment, lighted paddle boards, and boogie boards to resort guests at no additional charge. For those true beach bums, various resorts offer their guests food, beverage, and waiter service while they are relaxing in paradise.

Travelers who enjoy hiking and wildlife should look no further than Manuel Antonio National Park. A local guide will escort visitors through the park, assist them in spotting the local wildlife, and provide information on the local flora and fauna. Visitors can even book a nighttime jungle tour to observe Costa Rica’s nocturnal wonders. An unforgettable experience is to reserve a resort that is located within the park. Guests can enjoy a morning cup of Costa Rican coffee on their balcony as they watch the monkeys, macaws, and sloths begin their day. One such resort is Tulemar Resort, which is home to The Sloth Institute of Costa Rica. The institute hosts the Sloth Walking Tour for resort guests for a small donation.

Adventurers and anglers will thrive in this coastal rainforest. Costa Rica has some of the best offshore and inshore fishing available to travelers. A local guide can help the most experienced or beginning anglers hook a sailfish, marlin, or the famous roosterfish. Some of the local restaurants will even cook your fresh catch or visitors can even arrange a private chef to prepare the catch at their resort. For more information on fishing excursions, please visit If fishing is not the adventure of choice, Costa Rica offers ATV excursions, kayaking, white water rafting, ziplining, and so much more.

For those travelers who want a slower pace, they can enjoy the thermal pools and great views of Arenal Volcano. Guests can schedule a coffee tour at one of the many coffee plantations around Costa Rica, such as Hacienda Alsacia. For all you foodies out there, consider a spice tour which will allow you to purchase local spices for yourself or as souvenirs. Many of the excursions will include a typical Costa Rican meal in the ticket price.

Did you know Costa Rica is currently welcoming U.S. travelers? The country is doing an outstanding job of implementing and adhering to COVID-19 safety measures to ensure travelers are well protected during their visit. Currently, they are requiring a specified amount of traveler’s medical insurance, which can either be purchased from an international company, or through the National Insurance Institute (INS) or Sagicor of Costa Rica. INS and Sagicor policies are pre-approved and guaranteed to be accepted by Costa Rican authorities. If purchasing an international policy, please review the Costa Rican policy requirements to ensure adherence. In addition, a completed health pass must be filled out 48 hours before boarding your flight and is available at

So, grab your passport and prepare for your Costa Rica adventure today!!

Written by: Amy Marble, Owner of Blue Marble Travel

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