Here is our Top 10 List of things to do in Costa Rica in 2014. If you don”™t live here and want to come and visit, we have some green season values at our sustainable luxury hotels and lodges prepared for you.
- Climb the country”™s highest mountain. The Chirripo. It raises 3,820 Meters above sea level and on a clear day it is possible to see the Caribbean Sea on to the east and the Pacific Ocean to the West. But you need to be in good shape. The hike is 22 km up,up,up”¦ Combine this adventure with a visit to the Osa Peninsula.
- Costa Rica qualified for the soccer world cup in Brazil. They will be taken on former world champions Italy, England and Uruguay in their first round matches in June. If you don”™t want to go all the way to Brazil, enjoy the game in a local pub or a beachfront restaurant with the Ticos. Great atmosphere guaranteed.
- See the whales in the south of Costa Rica. Between September and November is the best time to see whales in the southern Pacific zone of Costa Rica at Bahia Ballena National Park.
- If you are Costa Rican. Vote! On February 2nd, Costa Rica elects a new President and a new Parliament. It looks like the campaign might heat up in the next weeks as the outcomes seem to be quite open.
- Take a surf lesson. Santa Teresa on the Nicoya Peninsula is the beach where you are quite likely run into a Hollywood celebrity. Why not take a surf lesson here?
- Plan to see an ” arribada” of giant sea turtles. No better place to visit than Ostional on the Nicoya peninsula near Nosara. Thousands of sea turtles arrive between September and December each year to lay their eggs.
- Visit Nicaragua, Costa Rica”™s neighbor to the north. Nicaragua is an upcoming tourist destination that makes a great combination with a visit to Costa Rica. A bit more ” raw” and rustic. Definitely for the more experienced traveler.
- Visit the FIA in San Jose. Plan to spend a few days in the country”™s capital. This is the country”™s biggest art festival. Dance, theater, music, art will take over parts of the city from April 5th through the 14th. Not to be missed.
- Go on a local pilgrimage. The week leading up to August 2nd, thousands of Costa Rican”™s walk (sometimes from hundreds of kilometers away) to the Basilica in Cartago to honor the country”™s patron saint, the ” Virgen de los Angeles”.
- Become an expert in organic coffee. Costa Rica produces some of the world”™s best organic highland coffees. Take a tour and find that perfect cup”¦
The Cayuga Collection consists of eight eco lodges, eco resorts, and sustainable hotels in different regions of Costa Rica and Nicaragua. All of them specialize in creating the symbiosis of sustainability and luxury always providing a sense of place taking into account local culture and customs.