John Andersen

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Of all the places on earth one of the most luxurious and affordable vacation destinations available today can be found in a little country in Central America called Costa Rica. With its various climate changes, mountainous regions, beaches and valley floors Costa Rica offers the modern traveler lots of exciting day trips and activities. The amazing natural setting coupled with low prices make Costa Rica a great place for both vacationers and for longer stays, or permanent living situations.
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When you are looking for a place to wind down, the first place to check out is the Arenal Volcano region. Arenal Volcano is an extremely popular area to visit due in part to the massive active volcano, complete with lava flows you can watch at night and the nearby lake offering fantastic fishing and windsurfing. One of the major attractions to Arenal is the natural hot spring resorts including Baldi Hot Springs and the world class Tabacon. At these fantastic hot springs you can enjoy soaking in the naturally hot flowing water, heated by the volcano, while downing an ice cold beverage at one of the many swim up bars.
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Afterwards wrap up your day by following the hot springs soak with a host of spa services, including a full body massage, and then enjoy a fantastic dinner there to complete the evening. If you don’t plan on staying at one of the resorts like Tabacon Hot Springs the nearby town of La Fortuna has everything you need including ample lodging, markets, dining and in particular a great al fresco restaurant serving delicious meals.
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Not far from the capital city of San Jose in the heart of Costa Rica is an awesome adventure awaiting you high in the mountains. La Paz Waterfall Gardens is an incredible location that captures the natural beauty of Costa Rica’s excellent tropical climate and densely packed rain forest teeming with a large variety of wildlife and flora.
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At La Paz Waterfall Gardens you can walk down the amazing nature trail and into an aviary filled with birds, parrots and toucans. Further down the nature trail is another large area with lots of intricate butterflies and cocoons waiting to hatch. There are colorful humming birds sipping a drink of sweet nectar from one of several feeders. There is no shortage of beautiful plants at Waterfall Gardens, including many types of orchids.
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