Are you looking for a great vacation in an exotic locale with stunning natural beauty, miles of pristine beaches, wildlife, snorkeling, kayaking, nature walks and even zip lining through a tree top canopy? Check out Costa Rica.
We arrived in San Jose and spent 2 days in Monteverde in the cloud canopy. Walking on the suspension bridges through the rain forest made you feel small in the lush greenery but one with it all. The smells of moist ferns, the sound of howler monkeys in the distance and the touch of rain- vertically and horizontally were exhilarating.
Then we boarded the Pacific Explorer in Los Suenos and spent the next 10 days cruising the Pacific coast, visiting national parks, deserted islands, botanical gardens and transited through the Panama Canal under the guidance of four highly educated naturalists. We swam, snorkeled, hiked, and took photography walks with Dennis Finn, a professional photographer, who helped us see this beautiful place through light, color and composition. My point and shoot camera never pointed and shot so well!
Costa Rica is clean and the food fresh and healthy. We had our hepatitis A shots and prescriptions for ciprofloxin to be prepared for traveler’s diarrhea. We used 30 % DEET to prevent mosquito bites but didn’t need malaria prophylaxis. We actually saw very few mosquitoes and bugs in general. I did get a bite in the water that might have been a small jelly fish and used After Bite Extra right away and it worked instantly. Most everywhere we went people spoke or understood English or my limited Spanish.
So consider Costa Rica. Check with your local travel clinic to see what you would need as it will vary based on your exact itinerary and planned activities. Pura vida!