Summer Wanderlust: Costa Rica Kelly Lo June 20, 2014 Be Happy, Travel From cooling your feet in the clear waters of The Cook Islands to camping under the Milky Way in New Zealand, summer is the time to seize the moment and go on a much deserved siesta. Where will you go? We at Fitness Luxe firmly believe in working hard and playing harder, summer is the best time to play! If you’re drawing blanks on where to go on your next great adventure, why not try Costa Rica? Here are just a few things you can do in this tropical paradise: Best All Around: Arenal Volcano National Park Photo taken by Andrew Morrell. The majestic Arenal and its smaller inactive sister Chato are one of the most active volcanoes in Costa Rica. Take an invigorating hike through lush rain forest trails and lava fields which are 3.4 and 2 km respectively. The National Park also offers sky treks, horseback riding, river rafting, and waterfall rappelling. At the foot of the volcano, you can indulge at luxurious hot spring resorts or shop and see the sights at the friendly town La Fortuna. Rafter’s Paradise: Turrialba Photo taken by Michael Cariaso The little town Turrialba is rich with delicious cuisine, culture, and wildlife. An adrenaline junkie’s heaven, Turrialba offers a wealth of outdoor activities including volcano hiking, horseback riding, and most importantly, rafting. With two incredible powerhouse rivers, Turrialba is famous for its white water rafting. If you enjoy a challenge, Turrialba is the place to go. The Lap of Luxury: Manuel Antonio Photo taken by Aleks Ivic The best beaches in Costa Rica are preserved in Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica’s smallest national park. With a sprawling strip of restaurants, spas, and luxury resorts outside, Manuel Antonio is a popular tourist spot. It may be hard to find a spot on the beach. “Little Hawaii”: Playa Avellana Photo taken by Richard Kelland. The locals call this surfer’s haven “Little Hawaii” for a reason. Playa Avellana’s waves can reach up to eighteen feet, an ideal destination for experienced surfers. Sun Soaking: Punta Islita Photo taken by Ryan Sandridge. An article about Costa Rica would not be complete without a nod to its perfect beaches. Punta Islita boasts brilliant sunsets, golden sunshine, peaceful seclusion, and luxury.