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latinamerica Left: Pacuare Jungle Lodge in the Turrialba Valley. This photo: Copa de Arbol Beach & Rainforest Resort in Drake Bay. COSTA RICA A Trio of Detours We’ve explored beyond Costa Rica’s hotspots and found three areas that should be on your radar. carla hunt LONGBAR at The D Las Vegas Casino Hotel. Certainly, with more than two million visitors a year, Costa Rica has taken its place as the most sought-after vacation and adventure travel destination in Central America. Statistics from the Costa Rica Tourist Board show that the cloud forests of Monteverde Biological Reserve, the high-adrenalin activities around Arenal Volcano National Park, and the beaches and rainforests of Manuel Antonio National Park sit atop the long list of most-popular destinations for incoming visitors. That leaves, of course, a country full of other places that equally deliver the kinds of experiences clients expect of a Costa Rica vacation: nature-oriented, romantic, adventurous, relaxing and involving. “Without doubt, understanding clients’ expectations is the number one guideline in planning client travel to Costa Rica, or any destination for that matter,” says Aaron Daker, marketing director for Costa Rica Experts. “But specifically in Costa Rica, as important to what clients see and do is where they stay. Many attractions that visitors take as day trips are really places well-suited to an overnight or two, and, in Costa Rica, the client with a special interest—birding, river rafting, wellness or romance—will almost always find a memorable and often luxurious place off-the-beaten-track.” 92 march 2013 92-94 LA CostaRica.indd 92 Leigh Ann Cloutier, president of Rico Tours, agrees. “Part of the reason that Costa Rica is such a successful repeat travel destination is that superb new lodgings in lesser-visited corners of the country lure visitors back.” She gives as an example the Monte Azul Boutique Hotel that adds luxury at the gateway to Chirripo National Park in the south, as well as the recently opened Copa de Arbol Beach & Rainforest Resort on Drake Bay. “Copa offers important features for our clients in the southern Pacific’s Osa Peninsula: air-conditioned accommodations, gourmet meals, easy access to a good beach, and well positioned for excursions to Cano Island and Corcovado National Park.” We’ve zeroed in on just three of the many detours one should take in Costa Rica. guanacaste north Guanacaste province, which came into its own with the opening of the international airport at Liberia, is cowboy territory, dominated by giant cattle ranches. Today, a Guanacaste vacation combines easily the white beaches fringing the crescent-shaped bays that distinguish the northern Pacific coast with the more 2/20/13 3:35 PM

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Recommend March 2013

Editor's Notes/Agent Speak
Hotel Desk: Fairmont Hotels & Resorts
Tour Talk: Travel Indochina
Safaris in Southern Africa
Un-Cruise Adventures in Alaska
Alaska is Celebrating in 2013
"Hard Rock" Chicago-Style: Rock out in the Windy City
Mexico Destination Weddings & Honeymoon Planner
Girldfriends' Getaway at Eden Roc, Miami Beach
Kyushu: The Rising Sun of Japanese Destinations
The New All-Inclusives in Jamaica Claim Their Turf
RIU Punta Cana
Costa Rica: A Trio of Detours
Touring Central & Eastern Europe

Recommend March 2013