Family Summer Vacation In Costa Rica and 10 best ways to enjoy.
Costa Rica is a natural beauty: its coastline looks out on to two oceans with over 1250 miles of beaches which 780 miles are on the Pacific Ocean and between these oceans are 32 national parks, over 60 volcanoes, 15 wildlife refuges and hundreds of protected reserves but don’t let all this information overwhelm you, Bill Beard’s experts are here to help you get the vacation you have always dreamed about with no down time and the lowest possible price. However we do travel at your pace, just tell us what it is. Our office is in La Fortuna, Costa Rica, we are open 7 days a week and you will have our 24 hour contact number.
For a small country – it’s about the same size as West Virginia– Costa Rica crams in extraordinary biodiversity. Costa Rica accounts for only 0.03 percent of the earth’s surface (has only 51.100km2). However it contains nearly 6 percent of the world’s biodiversity. Its natural wealth, both in species and ecosystems, is partly explained by its geographical position. Bill Beard’s packages and tours are ideal for first-time visitors who want to sample the country’s highlights without any fuss, taking in the Manuel Antonio National Park, which boasts gorgeous beaches as well as protected forests – home to sloths, pelicans, white-faced monkeys and anteaters – the dreamily beautiful Monteverde Cloud Forest, and the Arenal Volcano in La Fortuna, one of Costa Rica’s most picturesque. We can add easy hikes en route, a boat ride, and extra excursions including white water rafting, zip lining, waterfall rappelling, sailing, snorkeling, scuba diving, surfing, horse back riding. and MUCH MORE.
Manuel Antonio National Park
Ideas For Fly and drive
Even though we do recommend that you use our transportation with an English speaking naturalist guides we will arrange a rental car if you want more adventure but we do suggest that you don’t drive st night. Costa Rica’s roads are safer, more scenic and quieter than those of its neighbors and having four wheel drives opens up un-touristy towns and villages. You can drive to Caño Blanco to catch a boat to Tortuguero National Park (to which there is no road access) to see caiman, iguanas, river turtles and more than 320 species of birds including toucans and parrots. Next come cacao-growing areas and a stunning drive up to the Monteverde cloud forest, to see more flora and fauna and perhaps take a ride on a zip line. A journey north on the Pan-American Highway may conclude at the Rincón de La Vieja National Park, set around an active volcano, and surrounded by lush cattle-raising cowboy country. Bill Beard’s will be happy to make all the arrangements for your tours and accommodations. Here are some more tips & roadside signs you need: LEARN MORE
Parque Nacional Tortuguero is a protected wilderness area on Costa Rica’s northern Caribbean coast. Its beaches are famous nesting grounds for sea turtles, including endangered green turtles. The park’s freshwater creeks and lagoons, which can be navigated by boat or canoe, shelter caimans and river turtles. The surrounding dense rainforest is also rich with wildlife, from monkeys to many bird species. One of Costa Rica’s most popular ecotourism destinations, the canals, rivers, beaches and lagoons of Tortuguero National Park are a study of Rainforest, freshwater and marine biology. The park and small town of Tortuguero are accessible by boat or small aircraft. When people think of Rainforest, the first thing that automatically comes to their minds is Tortuguero. You will need boat transportation, accommodations and tour reservations and we will make them for you. LEARN MORE
It’s not only sloths who get to chill in Costa Rica. While many beaches are framed by jungles and wild-looking landscapes, they can still be used for the usual beach stuff: sunbathing, swimming, sport fishing, surfing, snorkelling and scuba diving. The Nicoya Peninsula is physically separate from most of the country and its balmy blue waters are a fixture on the American surf itinerary. Dirt roads are motorbike-friendly and it’s easy to move between hip Malpais and Santa Teresa and arty Manzanillo. Hotels run the gamut from ultra-exclusive boutique pads and full-service resorts to surf shacks and house lets. The food in Nicoya is probably the best in the country, with some swanky poolside restaurants around Santa Teresa. Nicoya is also considered a “blue area” with many residents over the century mark.
The Nicoya Peninsula is on Costa Rica’s Pacific coast. It comprises northern Guanacaste Province and southern Puntarenas Province. The area’s surf beaches include Playa Santa Teresa and Playa Mal País in the south, and Playa Grande, in Las Baulas National Marine Park, in the north. Leatherback turtles nest and hatch at Playa Grande. Olive ridley turtles arrive farther south at Ostional National Wildlife Refuge. Nicoya is known as a “Blue Zone: We have obtained information from Nicoya, Costa Rica on ways to live longer and be happier. This information has been translated into lessons that can be implemented into your everyday life. Have a plan de vida. Successful centenarians have a strong sense of purpose. They feel needed and want to contribute to a greater good. Drink hard water. Nicoyan water has the country’s highest calcium content, perhaps explaining the lower rates of heart disease, as well as stronger bones and fewer hip fractures.
Birds and butterflies
Most travellers tick off a few dozen birds and butterflies, perhaps a mammal or two. But Bill Beard’s birding tour is aimed at those who are serious about their binocular-usage and committed to full pro “twitcher” khaki get-up and to pre-dawn getting up, too. Taking in the tropical forests of the Carara National Park on the Pacific coast, the wetlands of the La Ensenada Wildlife Reserve and Monteverde, the guided group will expect to spot wonders such as the emerald toucanet, the long-tailed silky flycatcher and a vast array of hummingbirds, trogons, woodcreepers, manakins, tanagers and other species. The high point for many is a sighting of the resplendent quetzal, probably one of the most beautiful birds in the world.
The resplendent quetzel, arguably the most beautiful bird in the world.
Monteverde is a town in mountainous northwestern Costa Rica. It’s renowned for its biodiverse forests in the clouds. The famous Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve shelters countless wildlife species, including jaguars, ocelots and the colorfully plumed resplendent quetzal. The reserve’s marked trails cut through ferns and orchids, and way overhead, suspended bridges allow walks above the forest canopy. As Central America’s most adventure-focused destination, Costa Rica has become a favorite with younger generations. A very enjoyable experience in the area is to travel between Monteverde and Arenal Volcano by boat across Lake Arenal with spectacular views of the volcano: LEARN MORE
The Tempisque Palo Verde River Wildlife Boat Tour will take you to the entrance of the Palo Verde National Park. The best bird watching for aquatic species is found right here, as the park is favored by many migratory birds as they escape the cold winters in North and South America. The area’s density gives it a rich mix of mammal, amphibian and reptile life, including many crocodiles, howler & white faced capuchin monkeys and scarlet macaws.The lowlands and marshes create the perfect conditions for the largest concentration of waterfowl and wadding birds in all of Central America. This is a bird watchers paradise as well as a perfect spot to see lots of crocodiles.
After the scenic drive you will board motorized river canal boats and cruise the Tempisque River and the Palo Verde River where the two rivers converge. Experienced River Boat Guides will stop to get you close to animals, birds, and crocodiles.Watch as crocodiles slide in from the banks and glide through the water, see many varieties of birds, and look for monkeys, bats, and other wildlife.Costa Rica’s teeming biodiversity can leave even seasoned fans of flora & fauna feeling a bit dizzy. and one of the solutions for that is to visit the La Paz Waterfall Gardens – site of the world’s largest butterfly gardens, wildlife, trout pond, beautiful hiking trails, five waterfalls and the most beautiful and unusual accommodations, with spectacular views that you could possibly imagine.
Families and other fauna
Costa Rica is great for the best kind of family holiday – that is, one that incorporates lots of outdoor fun, a bit of eco-minded education and some memorable encounters with wildlife. Bill Beard’s is unlimited in what we can have in your itinerary throughout the entire country. Waves, Whales and Waterfalls, humpback whale-watching, a river trip aboard a boat on the Rio Tempesque, hiking at the foot of the Arenal volcano and enjoying the world famous hot springs, a canopy tour and ziplining through the rainforest and some beach time at the Manuel Antonio National Park. You will see monkeys, sloths and iguanas, as well as lots of hundreds of birds. Costa Rica has 967 species and the list of things you can do and see just goes on and on
This is a highly accessible national park, and you can follow a paved road to the wheelchair accessible visitor’s center near the top. The visitor center has information about the history of the volcano and current information about the geomorphic processes that shaped the ecological attraction. Other amenities include a cafe, restroom facilities, and a very informative museum.
Walking just 15 minutes from the visitor’s center, the main crater offers a spectacular view. At almost a mile (1.6 km) in diameter, the crater’s rain-fed sulfuric pool still bubbles and emits smoke into the air. The last major eruption was in 1917 and that was the first one since 1910. visitors can still see geysers explode into the air up to 820 ft (250 m) high. Chances of getting wet are pretty remote as the crater descends almost 1,000 ft (300 m) and is one of the largest active volcanoes in the world.
Standing on the rim, visitors often smell the sulfur in the air, which at times has proven to be acidic enough for the park to close. It is from this crater that the effects of acid rain can be seen on the vegetation surrounding the landscape. Around the huge main-crater is the beautifully blue-green colored Botos Lake (Laguna Botos) and on the opposite side, the von Frantzius cone.
Scuba Diving & Snorkeling: Scuba Diving in Costa Rica is world class. We operate daily diving from a boat to local dive sites, Catalina & Bat Islands. We book live aboard diving to Cocos Islands. We offer daily “Discover Diving” courses that are one day with two dives and full certification courses that are 4 days as well as all advanced courses and NITROX. Snorkeling may be done on the dive boat, particularly if some of the family are scuba diving, then it becomes a special treat. We also have snorkeling from a sailboat that is a sunset cruise with snorkeling, eating, drinking, fishing or just relaxing on the boat in the sun waiting for it to set and that is usually around 6 pm. We pick up at all major hotels and some that are not so major.
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Sublimely beautiful Costa Rica has something for everyone. The treats range from exciting adventure to leisurely relaxation, and everything in between that we can add to your diving package. Furthermore, tourists can sample the laid-back national lifestyle that ticos (the name the Costa Ricans call themselves) refer to as ‘Pura Vida’ – ‘pure life’: no stress, no hassle. All this, combined with unsurpassed natural beauty and a developed and accommodating tourist industry, makes Costa Rica a wonderful place to visit and vacation.
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Our Reservation Office Is Located In La Fortuna, Costa Rica In The Shadow Of Arenal Volcano, behind the Catholic Church, Near The World Famous Hot Springs.
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