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What Makes the Caribbean so Special?

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The Caribbean tends to have much better/drier weather conditions from May to October than the Pacific Coast, just perfect for the rainforest-beach combo experience. The jungle is lush and everything is vibrant green as we do get some rain, but never too much to interfere with your adventure activities. If you are open minded and accepting of the unexpected (weather wise) you can enjoy rain a lot! There is nothing better than a downpour while you are walking in the forest (umbrellas free), or just watch the rain fall from your terrace/hammock. (Book or coconut in hand!) Being the low season you can usually find the best deals when searching for travel to Costa Rica.

In the Caribbean there are so many things to do and ways to connect with the local people and nature, just take a look at our National Geographic award winning trip Undiscovered Caribbean Adventure. Besides cooking lessons, dancing lessons, visiting rural communities by boat and hiking/walking in the Kekoldi Reserve, the Caribbean is surrounded by exuberant nature and a vibrant culture. This region plunges you into the rhythm of the tropics and time seems to slow down as soon as you leave Braulio Carrillo National Park and head for the Southern Caribbean. Cahuita National Park, Gandoca-Manzanillo Wildlife Refuge, the Sloth Sanctuary and the coral reefs are not to be missed while visiting the Caribbean. As well as Punta Uvita beach, a small piece of paradise close to the Shawandha Lodge.

For many years different ethnic groups have shared the region harmoniously, each one maintaining its own identity. Communities like Keköldi and Yorkin represent the indigenous Bribrí culture, while Puerto Viejo, Cahuita and Manzanillo are inhabited predominantly by people of Afro-Caribbean descent. Mestizos from all over the country have sought refuge and work in the area, and more recently, people from all over the world have bought land near the coast, seeking an alternative lifestyle. If you decide to visit this area, as with any other region of the country I suggest to visit the Caribbean at a relaxed pace, without prejudices, and be ready to savor every moment of your adventure.

There is something for everyone on the Caribbean Coast, jump into the magic of this area and travel to Costa Rica… You won’t regret it!

 
Your friendly Tica,
 
Grettel Calderon
Got questions about traveling to the Caribbean? Ask me!

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