The trouble with bucket lists is that there are 1001 places you would add if you knew more about them. I’ve been chatting to a couple of traveling friends recently about Costa Rica, and they have raved about the place. And that has left me with a dilemma – should I put it on my list of must-see places or not? I haven’t quite made up my mind just yet, but I thought I would share what I have found out. Ready? Then let’s dive in – the water’s nice and warm, apparently.
Beautiful beaches with white-gold fine sand and crystal-clear water. Those words alone are enough to make a lot of people I know drop everything in an instant and get on the phone to their travel agent. But then you find out Costa Rica has volcanos, rainforests and some of the most incredible waterfalls on earth. I like to think I’m an adventurous traveler, and this sounds like the perfect place for me. In fact, it’s ticking every box.
One thing that a lot of travel guides fail to mention is how the local population welcome holidaymakers and travelers. It’s such an important point – I’ve been to many beautiful places in the world that have been somewhat soured by an unfriendly welcome. But I have guarantees that the Costa Rican people are ever so friendly – and they cook some mean food, too.
For surfing fanatics, my friends have recommended a place on Playa Tamarindo, which is great for beginners, intermediates, and God-level surfers alike. Is www.tamarindosurfacademy.com the best Costa Rica surf school? I can’t tell you that yet, but at some point in the future I might well find out. Regular readers of this blog will know that I have a love of surfing – even if I don’t get to ride the waves all that often these days. So, when I do get away with a board in tow, I like to find somewhere that caters for all levels of experience.
If you want a break from the adventure and watersports, then there’s plenty going on in Costa Rica to satisfy you. I’ve been recommended two places in particular. Firstly, Santa Teresa – it’s soaked in hippy vibes and is a very easy-going place that sounds perfect for a relaxing day taking in the local atmosphere. For a more bustling experience, check out the nightlife in Jaco. There’s an enormous range of nightclubs and beach bars that keep going until the early hours, and, according to my friends, has something of a heady atmosphere.
So, will I put Costa Rica on my bucket list? It’s tempting. But I can say that if I ever finish my current traveling goals, I’m going to have to add to the list. And, there’s an excellent chance that Costa Rica just might be on there. Have you ever been? I’d love to hear about your experiences if you have, so make sure you get in touch and let me know. You might even persuade me to change my mind!