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Subject: What Is The National Symbol Of Wildlife In Costa Rica?
(Posted on Dec 28, 2013 at 11:14AM )

los suenos costa ricaEvery year travelers settle along the Central Pacific coast, delighting in the endless parade of birds, mammals, reptiles and fish that passes by. The region is brimming with wildlife, hosting a delicate ecosystem that has no equal.

How can the country choose only one animal, therefore, to be its national symbol?

It wasn’t easy - but in 1995 the White Tailed Deer became the wildlife representative of Costa Rica.

The White Tailed Deer is a large creature, with a striking red coat and spiked antlers. Its massive hoofs allow it to effortlessly scale the diverse terrain, and its signature white tail serves as a way to alert the herd when danger is near. It’s a powerful and graceful animal.

Those visiting Los Suenos - whether for sport fishing or family adventures - should try to catch a peek of the White Tailed Deer. They’re found deep within the rain-forest or along the mountain reserves.

Contact Costa Rica Vacation to learn more about this national animal. Ask us also about our accommodations, charter cruises and special promotions.
Subject: What Is The National Labor Symbol Of Costa Rica?
(Posted on Dec 27, 2013 at 02:57PM )

los suenos costa ricaCosta Rica is famed for its terrain. Its endless mountain paths and forested roads draw tourists from across the world.

They also, however, once proved difficult to conquer.

Before the steam-powered engine roared to existence, Costa Rican merchants were forced to travel on foot - through sand, salt and silt. Transporting goods bordered on the impossible, and the economy was perpetually stalled.

The ox-cart changed this.

The ox-cart - a ruggedly designed wagon - effortlessly moved through any area, adapting to the Central Pacific’s many jungles, beaches and mangrove lanes. It became an essential tool to local exporters, allowing them to cross borders and exchange goods. Through it the country's wealth, and global presence, expanded dramatically.

And this is why it was declared the national symbol of labor in 1988.

The ox-cart represents Costa Rica’s progress, as well as its past. Be certain to look for these vehicles on any sport fishing or family vacation. They’re found throughout Los Suenos - brightly painted and proudly displayed.

Contact Costa Rica Vacation to learn more, as well as to secure lodgings and charter tours.
Subject: What Is The National Tree Of Costa Rica?
(Posted on Dec 26, 2013 at 10:33AM )

los suenos costa ricaCosta Rica is a country drenched in green. Every path and peak is covered with ancient trees, all deep-rooted and lush. 

And among them is the national tree: the Guanacaste.

Find this towering option in Los Suenos, Jaco and Manuel Antonio. The Guanacaste is a spectacular tree, a legume noted for its mushroom-crown leaves and massive trunk. It rises up to 164 feet in the air and features vibrant colors. Its black bark strikingly contrasts the white sand and pebbled roadways.

The Guanacaste became Costa Rica’s national tree on August 31, 1959. Its resilience and beauty perfectly captured the country’s wild terrain, and it has since become a symbol throughout the Americas.

While planning a trip to the Central Pacific - whether for sport fishing, charter cruises or family-friendly activities - be certain to find the Guanacaste tree. It helps to shape the unique landscape of Costa Rica.
Subject: What Is The National Flower Of Costa Rica?
(Posted on Dec 24, 2013 at 11:18AM )

los suenos costa ricaFlowers dot the Costa Rica landscape, splashing electric colors and heavy perfumes. Every region sees an explosion of pollen and petals each year.

There is one flower, however, that seems to rise above the rest - the Guaria Morada.

The Guaria Morada, or orchid, is a purple plant that thrives along the Central Pacific shore. It's renowned for its vibrant colors and delicate shape, and its blooms are often found winding their way up trees. This is an epiphyte species, which enters a symbiotic relationship with its surroundings and helps to sustain the environment through intense pollination.

This is, perhaps, why it was declared the national plant of Costa Rica in 1939. It perfectly captures the country’s conservational spirit.

When planning a Los Suenos vacation consider more than resort rooms, charter cruises and family packages. Think instead of the striking Guaria Morada and spare time to find it.
Subject: What Is The National Bird Of Costa Rica?
(Posted on Dec 23, 2013 at 12:03PM )

los suenos costa ricaCosta Rica is renowned for its wildlife. Within its many rain-forests and cloud-covered summits are mammals, reptiles, insects and birds. It hosts over 5% of the world’s total bio-diversity and remains a natural wonder.

It would seem impossible, therefore, to choose only one animal to represent the country - but it has been done. The Yiguirro, or Thrush, is the national bird.

Travel to the Central Pacific (which includes Los Suenos, Jaco and Manuel Antonio) to spy this striking creature. The Thrush is a yellow-plumed bird with a broad chest and green-tinted bill. It is among the most recognizable animals in Costa Rica and is known for its soft chirping. It was declared the national bird in 1977 and has become a popular figure in books, songs and more.

Be sure to look for the Yiguirro while on vacation in Los Suenos. These birds fly near the coast so seeking them out during a charter cruise or family outing won’t be a challenge.

The Thrush represents Costa Rica’s incredible wildlife and national pride.
Subject: How Many National Parks Are In Costa Rica?
(Posted on Dec 20, 2013 at 03:19PM )

los suenos costa ricaEcotourism is the defining force of Costa Rica’s economy.

Each year brings fishermen, surfers, hikers and adventurous families - all wanting to sample the rich terrains and endless outdoor activities. They come to the Central Pacific, seeking out rain-forests,  beaches and more.

This is never a challenge: because Costa Rica boasts 28 national parks (many centered within the Los Suenos, Jaco and Manuel Antonio areas). Almost 15% of the entire country is protected, with private reserves, nature trails and ecological study centers dotting the coast.

This is why ecotourism flourishes in Costa Rica. Travelers find themselves surrounded by natural beauty. Their favorite outdoor tours - from sport fishing to charter cruises, rafting to zip-lining - are all contained within one region.

Discover Costa Rica’s many national parks. Book a Los Suenos tour today and begin exploring!
Subject: What Is The Average Temperature In Los Suenos?
(Posted on Dec 19, 2013 at 03:39PM )

los suenos costa ricaA vacation is defined by many things - such as proper lodgings, outdoor activities and budget-saving deals and discounts.

These details mean nothing, however, in the wake of bad weather. Endless storms and swelters can undo even the most painstakingly planned trips, and travelers too often find themselves huddling in their hotel rooms instead of enjoying world-class attractions.

That’s never a concern in Los Suenos.

This tropical region boasts an 81°F average temperature, with a humidity level that rarely drops below 85% and breezes that never disappear. The climate is hot, heady and ideal for family vacations, sport fishing trips, charter cruises or other outdoor adventures.

It should be noted that Los Suenos does experience a rainy season. From April to November there will be storms, especially toward the Manuel Antonio region. These storms tend to occur in the early morning or the late evening, however, and can be easily avoided.

Create an unforgettable vacation. Choose Los Suenos for its steady temperatures and endless activities.
Subject: Readying A Passport For Costa Rican Travel
(Posted on Dec 18, 2013 at 07:51AM )

los suenos costa ricaPassports are more than scraps of paper and ink. They instead serve as keys to other countries, allowing travelers to discover what waits just beyond a border. They are essential.

They can also be frustrating. 

Trying to secure a passport can often prove challenging. There are endless regulations, all which force travelers to familiarize themselves with visa extensions, entry laws and customs expectations. Earning a valid document can be difficult.

This is why - before heading to Los Suenos, Manuel Antonio or Jaco - all tourists should visit their local agencies. These departments offer resources and support, streamlining the passport process. Contact:

Australian Passport Information Service

Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade

Setanta Centre

New Zealand
Department of Internal Affairs

United Kingdom
Identity and Passport Service

United States
U.S. State Department

Rely on these passport agencies while planning the perfect sport fishing trip or family vacation.

Click here to reserve lodgings once all passport matters have been resolved, and click here to schedule a celebratory charter tour.
Subject: Are There Any Vaccination Requirements For Entering Costa Rica?
(Posted on Dec 16, 2013 at 10:21AM )

los suenos costa ricaCosta Rica holds a promise of adventure. Its wild scenery and summer climate inspires many a traveler, and millions flock to the Central Pacific each year for explore the endless jungles, coves and canals.

Millions also try to prepare for those explorations with unnecessary shots and vaccinations.

According to Frommer’s, Costa Rica has no major medical requirements. Tourists are instead able to cross the border without a fear of disease or unknown pathogens. No shots are needed, and no prescriptions are warranted.

This is a source of relief to those visiting Los Suenos. Trying to create the perfect fishing vacation or family retreat seems impossible when the threat of vaccinations loom. No longer fret about needles, pills or injections, however. They’re not needed.

Traveling just became far easier.

For more information about the vaccination requirements for Costa Rica click here.

Start planning a worry-free vacation. Click here to reserve accommodations and click here to charter a deep sea tour.
Subject: Is Tipping Necessary While In Costa Rica?
(Posted on Dec 15, 2013 at 07:51AM )

los suenos costa ricaSocial customs are often difficult to master, especially while traveling.

Those trekking through Los Suenos may find themselves uncertain of what to do - even with such a simple act as tipping. Is it required? Is it expected?

According to Frommer’s, the answer to both of these questions is no.

Tipping is not a general custom in the Central Pacific. Due to the high national taxes, Los Suenos goods do not require extra compensation. Travelers instead may use their discretion, choosing to reward exemplary service if they wish. There is no policy in regards to amount (though using local currency is strongly recommended).

To learn more about tipping click here.

To find tip-worthy charter crews, sport fishing trips or family excursions contact Costa Rica Vacations.
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