Costa Rica: The Greenest Tourist Destination
Costa Rica has so much to offer travelers. While in Costa Rica you can go on a canopy tour, white water raft, bungee jump, scuba dive, do some bird watching, go on a coffee tour, go wind surfing, do some hiking, go on a nature cruise, visit the hot springs, sight see the breathtaking waterfalls or volcanoes, visit the amazing beaches, or even attend one of the many festivals. Costa Rica celebrates 3-6 festivals every month of the year. Decide on the month you are planning to travel and find out where the festival will be celebrated in the area you are visiting. They are well worth checking out.
Costa Rica has the best sports fishing in the world according to many. There are Roosterfish, Dorado, Red snappers, Wahoo, Mackerel, Sailfish, Marlin, and Yellowtail Tuna to catch. The billfish are what have made the waters of Costa Rica so popular to fish in, but the sailfish the most plentiful. There are copious amounts of fishing tour companies to choose from if you want to do a little fishing. Most will have catch and release policies.
In 2007 Costa Rica declared that they would become the first carbon neutral country by the year 2021 and are well on their way. The new economics Foundation has declared that it is also the greenest country in the world. Costa Rica is also the only Latin democratic country.
When traveling here you will want to make sure your visa is in good condition and doesn’t expire within the next 6 months. It is common for officials to not accept a damaged visa or one that will expire in that 6 month window. There is also a departure tax of $26.00 per person when leaving the country.
The water in Costa Rica is for the most part safe to drink from the tap, but with all water your body is unfamiliar with you may notice a little disturbance until your system is used to it. If you plan on renting a car, be sure to check about their deposit policy. It is common for rental car companies in the area to hold a large deposit on your credit card. If you do not have much room to spare you may be short on money. Drinking while driving is also legal, but it is illegal to be intoxicated while driving. It is a good idea to have this in mind when navigating the streets. If you are unfortunate to have an accident while in Costa Rica, do not move your vehicle before the police and the insurance company show up. The police will ticket you for the accident and you will have voided your insurance.
Costa Rica has many different types of tours to explore the country with. Going on a few while you are visiting will allow you to see all the best focal points of the country. It is very easy to find tours that will also package travel, food and lodging with great price discounts.