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32 Experiences you need to have in Costa Rica before you die

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32 Experiences you need to have in Costa Rica before you die

I was able to come up with no less than 32 Experiences you need to have in Costa Rica before you die. There are probably zillion things you haven’t done in your life yet. Does your life depend on it? Probably not!

To make it easier for you, I made a bucket list of 32 experiences that you need to have in Costa Rica before you die, not because they’re lifesavers but because they will be memories for life. Ask anyone who has visited Costa Rica.

First of all, the world is full of people who have been scared to get out of their house, travel to another city, or even have a passport.

15,556,216 U.S. citizens, for example, didn’t have a passport in 2015, which is only about 0.05% of the total population. That’s about the same amount of tourists that will visit Costa Rica for the next 7 years.

That suggests that U.S. citizens travel quite a bit abroad, why else would you have a passport? The National Travel and Tourism Office of the U.S.A. states that in 2014 a total of 2,101,037 U.S. travelers visit Central America, there are no exact numbers for those who visit Costa Rica.

Costa Rica is just a bit smaller than the state of West Virginia and it’s amazing there is so much to do on such a small territory as Costa Rica.

Quite a few of those visitors, once they have been to Costa Rica, decide to purchase a vacation home in Costa Rica, invest in a property, or retire in Costa Rica as soon as they are able to sell their own home. So their vacation is important for the tourist economy, as well as mine.

32 Experiences you need to have in Costa Rica before you die
Help the pizote (coatimundi) family get across the road

I know lots of people who have been visiting Costa Rica for 40 years, starting out on a surfing trip as a kid. Many are now organizing their life in such a way that they can enjoy their retirement in a country they fell in love with.

Are you wondering what attracts all those people to come to Costa Rica for their holidays? Therefore, I made a bucket list of

32 Experiences before you die

1. Bungee Jumping

Freak out on Bungee Jumping. This is only for the adventurous. Don’t get drunk the night before and don’t have breakfast 15 minutes before you jump. Also, you might want to take life insurance, just in case.

2. National Parks

Revel in the beauties of 27 national parks and 58 wildlife refuges, in addition to 32 protected zones, 15 wetland areas/mangroves, 11 forest reserves, and 8 biological reserves before you die.

32 Experiences you need to have in Costa Rica before you die
Observe over 890 bird species all over Costa Rica

3. Lake Arenal

Tour Lake Arenal and also enjoy windsurfing, kayaking and the view of the Arenal volcano.

4.  Interact with the Locals

Have fun interacting with 4.7 million Costa Ricans, according to the Happy Planet Index they are the happiest people on the planet.

5. Volcanoes

Make a pit stop at any of the 6 active volcanoes like the Arenal volcano, the Irazu Volcano, or the Poas volcano if you like hiking. Nonetheless, you want to check if they’re open to the public before you make the drive.

6. San José

Make a historical walk through San José, the capital city of Costa Rica.

32 Experiences you need to have in Costa Rica before you die
Feed the crocodiles at the Tarcoles bridge

7. Monteverde

Visit Monteverde, for great hiking, canopy and discover the cloud forest with over 100 species of mammals, 400 species of birds, tens of thousands of insect species, and over 2,500 varieties of plants before you die.

8. Tortuguero

Tour the Tortuguero Canal and have the opportunity to enjoy wildlife, during September and October many local “guides” will offer tourists the opportunity to “help” turtle nests hatch.

9. Play Golf

Play golf on every golf course in Costa Rica before you die. Before you do, check which courses you’re allowed to play without being a member. Nonetheless, if you’re a nice enough person, you might be able to talk your way in.

32 Experiences you need to have in Costa Rica before you die
Walk the empty beaches or get a tan

10. Suntan

Get a tan at Costa Rica’s nearly 300 amazing beaches. Use suntan oil before you do. Nonetheless, if you forget, here are some tips on how to treat a sunburn.

11. Volunteering

Volunteer for a wide range of projects in Costa Rica such as Eco-Agriculture Conservation, and Teaching English. In addition, you can try Turtle Conservation, Special Needs Care, and quite a few others.

12. Waterfalls

Check out the La Paz waterfalls or any others. If you like it, purchase a waterfall property in Costa Rica.

13. Turtles

Watch the turtles nest at 6 destinations.

32 Experiences you need to have in Costa Rica before you die
Get surprised by the monkeys in a National Park

14. Nightlife

Live it up in the nightlife of San Jose (don’t do anything stupid). In other words, also use your brain.

15. Whale Watching

Get a kick out of watching the whales in Dominical.

16. Scuba Diving

Go scuba diving and also snorkeling in the Pacific or the Caribbean.

17. Retirement Property

Look for and then purchase a retirement property in Costa Rica.

32 Experiences you need to have in Costa Rica before you die
Go crazy on adventures like horseback riding

18. Museums

Explore the Gold Museum, the National Museum, in addition to 35 other museums in Costa Rica.

19. Fishing

Try the incredible fishing in Costa Rica’s coastal waters. After that, you can get a chef to cook your catch for you.

20. Surf

Have a ball or be radical at the best surf spots in Costa Rica. After that, you can try windsurfing on Lake Arenal.

21. Crocodiles

Feed the crocodiles at the Tarcoles bridge near Jaco Beach. After that, and if you like the adventure, you should try the Tarcoles River Crocodile Safari tour.

22. National Theater

Pay a visit to Central America’s grandest theater, the National Theater in San José, an imitation of the Paris Opera, built with money raised by a tax on coffee exports.

32 Experiences you need to have in Costa Rica before you die
Find out how coffee grows

23. Rafting

For the daredevils, white water rafting is a must, although there are some easy rivers for beginners. Try the Pacuare, Balsa, Sarapiqui, Saveegre, Pejibaye, Naranjo and Tenorio rivers.

24. Theater

Catch a play at the Little Theater Group Costa Rica before you die. There are many more theater options if your Spanish is good enough. In addition, maybe you should also check on concerts, and dance.

25. Barra del Colorado

Go fishing and also hiking in Barra del Colorado in the Limon province. When you do, check out my friend Dan Wise’s Rio Colorado Lodge.

26. Adventure

Go crazy on other adventures like horseback riding and rappel, in addition to climbing, ATV tours, mountain biking, or bouldering. However, you might want to get travel insurance before you do.

32 Experiences you need to have in Costa Rica before you die
Hike in the rainforest

27. Gamble

Gamble at the casinos of Costa Rica, you will find them in most large hotels. Try, for instance, the casino at the Sheraton in Escazu. So afterward, you can enjoy any of the fine restaurants in the area.

28. Soccer

Watch a soccer game at the famous National Stadium, built by the Chinese Government.

29. Rollerskate

Visit the Music roller skate rinksalon de patines – in San Pedro. For instance, disco retro 70’s and 80’s might be fun for you to do when you’re in San Jose.

30. Birding

Observe over 890 bird species recorded in a thousand different places all over Costa Rica. In other words, birdwatching is one of the most favorite things to do amongst residents and visitors.

32 Experiences you need to have in Costa Rica before you die
Now you’re ready to enjoy this view to die for

31. Coffee Tour

Find out how coffee grows. In addition, how it is roasted and served at one of the many coffee tours.

32. Calypso

Finally, ride the Calypso catamaran to Tortuga Island or Coral Point private reserve.

Experience a few of those awesome things to do that we have on this bucket list before you die. If the 32 options are not enough, check more fun and adventurous things to do. I’m sure you’ll be ready to purchase a vacation home or retirement home in Costa Rica. We would appreciate your business of course.

In conclusion, we are the only MLS with affiliate partners from coast to coast, so I am pretty sure that we can assist you to purchase that property in paradise that you are looking for. Contact us now.

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Your West-side of San Jose real estate agent, covering Escazu and Santa Ana, Rohrmoser and Ciudad Colon. If you are looking to buy a home in Costa Rica or invest in a condo anywhere in the Central Valley or looking for any property for sale in Escazu or Santa Ana, you need to contact Costa Rica real estate agent Ivo Henfling. Ivo has been selling Costa Rica real estate on the westside of San Jose, in the locations of Rohrmoser, Sabana, Escazu, Santa Ana and Ciudad Colon for over 20 years and can show you hundreds of happy buyers of real estate in Escazu and those other areas. For Ivo, a deal is not a good one unless both buyer and seller are happy.

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