Work on a Costa Rica Extravagant Adventure Park Set to Begin

Costa Rican President Luis Guillermo Solis has recently announced that American giant Discovery Communications – owners of the Discovery and Animal Planet channels – are set to lend their name to a $1 billion dollar Costa Rica Extravagant Adventure Park, which is set to open in the Guanacaste province in 2020.

The ambitious project will cover an area of over 880 hectares, adjacent to the Liberia Airport, and will include a vast array of services and attractions. Alongside the Discovery Ranch, the estate will boast an ‘inland ocean’, a water theme park, a wellness centre, various biking, hiking and outdoor adventure options, as well as plenty of accommodation choices. Developers say the park is aimed at showcasing the very best of Costa Rican culture to the world, and it is hoped that the project will give the region a much-needed employment boost in the short and long-term, and tourism boost in the long-term. Once completed, the park is set to generate about 4,000 jobs in the immediate area.

Costa Rica Extravagant Adventure Park

Critics have been quick to question how a project such as Discovery Costa Rica could be materialised in a province of the country which routinely suffers from severe droughts, and whose locals deal with water shortages on a daily basis.  However, assurances have been made that the park will utilize water wells which already exist on the private property which Discovery purchased, and both the developers and the Costa Rican government have expressed their commitment to ensuring the park reflect the country’s fervent stance on sustainable tourism.

An Overview of the Guanacaste Province of Costa Rica

Costa Rica’s premier beach tourism destination lies less than 200 miles north of the capital, San Jose. It is a both a hub for tourism and a gateway, as visitors must pass through here to reach the north-western Pacific coastline where most of the country’s resorts are located. The Liberia airport, which is set for expansion, is swiftly becoming a convenient alternative to the main airport of San Jose, offering foreign tourists the chance to fly in and be at the beach within an hour of clearing customs.

A popular hub for surfers, kayakers, scuba divers and hikers alike, Guanacaste’s main strength is in its incredible biodiversity. Some of the most popular beaches in the country are found here, like idyllic Playa Hermosa and Playa Blanca, as well as a host of luxury resorts along the pristine stretch of coast off the Papagayo Peninsula, and a formidable mountain range brimming with volcanic calderas and lush national parks.

This is, by far, the most developed region in the country and offers a wealth of attractions and activities for those who are BIG on wishes and short on time. Infrastructure is good and traveling is ever so easy. Although some may begrudge the extensive gentrification of this part of Costa Rica, there’s no denying that the tourism boom has had a beneficial effect on the country’s economy. And besides, being the kind of exceptional country it is, finding a quiet nook for relaxing contemplation, a desolate beach or a remote hiking trail that you can have all to yourself, is always easy in Costa Rica.

Want to find out more about this and other regions of Costa Rica? The check out our range of Costa Rica adventure tours and contact us for more info.

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Costa Rica Rises Emerging as a Top Medical Tourism Destination

It’s no secret that the biggest earner in Costa Rica is tourism. People flock here from every corner of the globe to enjoy unrivaled nature-based adventures.  Yet in the last few years, people have been adding a rather ingenious activity to their tourist visit: Costa Rica is fast rising as one of the world’s top medical tourism destinations.

And that’s not at all surprising. With the sheer amount of stunning wilderness – from active volcanoes to pristine beaches, an immense number of national parks and wildlife galore, Costa Rica certainly rates as one of the world’s most relaxing and regarding destinations.

Costa Rica medical staffWhereas North American and Canadian visitors used to make up the greatest majority of medical tourists, Europeans clued up on the fact that this country offers excellent medical care at only a fraction of what they would pay at home, are also starting to visit en masse. And it’s not just cosmetic surgery they’re after. Dentistry, laser eye surgery and elective surgery are swiftly becoming popular too. And why not?

Enjoy an amazing holiday and have a medical issue resolved for a fraction of what you’d normally pay? Makes sense to us!

What is medical tourism?

It may seem odd to call medical tourism an ‘industry’, but when the global spending reaches 17 billion US dollars a year, you really couldn’t call it anything else. It is estimated that, every year, more than 10 million people fly half way around the world – or sometimes, just next door – to have a medical procedure done.

Procedures range from simple head-to-toe check-ups and bloodwork to more serious life-saving procedures like transplants and major surgeries. Cosmetic surgery is arguably the most popular and was probably the spark that ignited the industry in the first place. Breast implants, liposuction, nose jobs: name it, and you can have it done abroad faster and cheaper.

Ideal Medical Tourism Destination

For North Americans, Costa Rica comes in as a ‘half-price’ deal. Everything from medication to doctor’s fees, and all procedures, cost about 50% of what they do in the US. Moreover, it’s not just money people save, but also time. No waiting lists and next day appointments are the norm here, and considering the quality of the work and impressive health safety records, it isn’t surprising to learn that this is a soon-to-boom industry.

Top hospitals in Costa Rica are staffed, for the most part, by US-trained surgeons, doctors and nurses. This makes most visitors feel appeased, especially those who don’t speak Spanish. Return visitors also often mention that post-operative recovery in Costa Rica is phenomenal. Booking a 10-day luxury resort stay after their procedure being among the most popular options. The country even boasts post-surgery rehab resorts aimed specifically at medical tourists’ recover and rehabilitation.

Costa Rica medical viewImagine…having much-needed-surgery AND enjoying a vacation in Costa Rica whilst saving a small fortune? It’s no wonder this kind of tourism is going through the roof!

Medical tourism is set to bring in an enormous amount of cash-flow in Coast Rica’s economy, and will be especially beneficial to the medical industry. The already-strict guidelines for recognized practitioners give visitors peace of mind and help the nation’s health-care levels continue to improve. A great bonus which will also help the health-industry reach more of the country’s own inhabitants, some of whom still suffer from poor medical access.

Want to find out more? Then take a look at Costa Rica’s medical tourism directory site for estimates and offers. And discover yet another reason to visit this most beautiful country.

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Part II: Costa Rica Vacation – Accommodation to Suit All Tastes and Budgets

Costa Rica accommodation Los LagosOne of the main reasons so many people love holidaying in Costa Rica is that the range of accommodation, spread out throughout every province, is simply superb. Whether you’re on a tight budget or looking forward to an enviable splurge, you’ll find a wide range of accommodation options no matter where you wish to go.

Here are just a few of our fave picks. It’s just a taste of the kind of hotels and lodges you can expect to find in this magnificent country.

Alajuela Province: Maquenque EcoLodge – Amazing value-for-money

Costa Rica Maquenque Eco LodgeTravelers who explore Costa Rica with a rental car will find the tranquility of Maquenque, along with its breathtaking setting, absolutely blissful. Set on 60 hectares of outstanding wilderness, this EcoLodge is quite unrivalled, most especially given the affordable rates.

The collection of tree houses and bungalows, all set within pristine surroundings, grant a ‘middle-of-nowhere’ Costa Rica experience, yet still provide all the mod-cons to keep comfort and luxury at a premium. The in-house restaurant serves amazing food, the pool is perfect for a refreshing dip, and the chances for nature walks and canoeing in the lake add that extra active incentive. Although lounging in a hammock and listening to the cacophony of sound compliments of the resident birds is certainly not a shabby way to spend the day…

Cartago Province: Hotel Villa Florencia – Mid-range

Costa Rica Hotel Villa FlorenciaWith Turrialba Volcano as a stellar backdrop, Hotel Villa Florencia is a wonderful choice if you wish for some rest and relaxation in quiet rural surroundings. Renowned for its great service, delicious food and top amenities – including a delicious pool in which you’ll want to while away an entire afternoon, Villa Florencia is a small, cozy, tucked-away haven that’s just a perfect base for sightseeing, hiking and jungle walks. This mid-range hotel is less than an hour out of San Jose and offers a plethora of day trips and activities, so if you wish to spend a few extra days here you can indulge in great coffee plantation tours and a visit to the nearby Guayabo archaeological site.

Guanacaste Province: Rio Perdido – Splurge

Costa Rica Rio PerdidoRio Perdido is one of those resorts that’ll make you want to go back home, pack your most cherished belongings, and move to Costa Rica for good. It’s really that beautiful. If you’re looking for that special splurge during your Costa Rica vacation, you really couldn’t do any better than this place.

From the floodlit pools tucked below elevated wooden bungalows, to the attention to detail evident in every room, this eco-friendly complex is set in the heart of a riverside forest and boast only 20 bungalows over an area of more than 600 acres. This isn’t just experiencing nature: it’s living, breathing, smelling and hearing it at every turn. The 5* service and amenities are top-notch, and the convenient 1hr shuttle from Liberia Airport make it an easy place to reach. Want to totally detox and recharge when visiting Costa Rica? This is the place you’ll want to spend the last few days in the country, we assure you. And because this is Costa Rica, a ‘splurge’ here will cost about half of what you’d expect. Seriously! Check out these amazing rates and see for yourself. Why does everyone love vacationing in Costa Rica? Because luxury, adventure, comfort, and wilderness, costs barely a fraction of what it does anywhere else.

At Costa Rica Ros, we strive to include accommodation in stunning eco-lodges and hotels which reflect our environment-loving credo and gift you a totally unforgettable experience. Check out the wonderful accommodation we include in our tours and discover how easy, convenient and affordable it is to combine adventurous explorations and memorable stays in beautiful lodges.

Part I: Costa Rica Vacation – Getting Here is Now Faster…and Cheaper!
Part III: Costa Rica Vacation – Family Adventure Vacation
Part IV: Costa Rica Vacation – Wedding and Honeymoon

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