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If you made it to our site you probably know that Costa Rica is a place well worth visiting. A few things that have made it the popular adventure vacation hub of the Americas are its easy access from major airport hubs in the US, super friendly people, amazing lush vibrant rainforests, incredible views, perfect year-round climate, most delicious fruit and coffee you will find anywhere and a long list of adventurers for all ages and levels.

While we here at POC obviously could talk all day about Costa Rica, we have our top two reasons that people looking for an adventure trip should make Costa Rica their next stop. Oddly enough the first one doesn’t have anything to do with an adventure which means it’s gotta be good. Our number one reason for visiting Costa Rica is the people! You have to meet the Ticos and get to spend some time with them either as your guides or a visit to the local areas. Our second reason is the Pacuare River. Voted one of the most scenic rivers on the planet we can not say enough about it. 

There you have it. While we could write a book on this topic, we just think meeting some of the happiest people in the world and rafting one of the best rivers in the world should be enough to get you to start looking for flights to Costa Rica.

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  • Costa Rica’s Natural Beauty
  • What To Do In Costa Rica
  • Food & Cuisine of Costa Rica
  • Is Costa Rica Safe?

A country only the size of Vermont yet more bird species than all of North America, filled with lush tropical rainforest, volcanos, and waterfalls you quickly start to understand why Costa Rica has become known as one of the most biodiverse places on the planet.

Costa Rica is located in the perfect part of the tropics and with constant elevation change it makes a perfect home for much different flor & fauna. You will wake up to the sound of howler monkeys, toucans, macaws, and sloths in almost every part of Costa Rica.  While the conditions are perfect it can not be ignored that the Costa Rican government and people have been a country dedicated to conservation for the last 60 years. Because of this, you will find more lush forest as compared to all other Central American countries.

Along with its biodiversity, you will also find some of the most breathtaking views from perfectly cone-shaped volcanoes, delicately groomed coffee plantations, remote crystal clear waterfalls, and beautiful beaches on two different coasts.

When traveling in Costa Rica there is so much to do and you will want to do it all. It’s like hitting every ride at Disney but the only difference is the 13,000ft mountains and volcanoes between each ride in Costa Rica. In a week it is simply not possible. So here is what I think you must do when visiting Costa Rica.

 

You are probably thinking we are going to say raft the Pacuare River or go ziplining or learn to surf. Well, we think all those are a must,  but the one thing that has to be done is get to know some locals. The best part about Costa Rica is its people. Make an effort to get to hang out with some Ticos. You will remember those moments as much if not more than the actual zipline or rapids. Going on tours is a great way to hang out with Ticos as you will have guides.

Costa Rica has grown in tourism and is where it’s at because of the natural communication skills and happy well-being of its people. If you bring anything back from Costa Rica pack some of that in your suitcase

One of the best parts of traveling to another country is trying new foods and Costa Rica is no different. My most interesting food which most of you will know has and always will be the famous “Mamon-Chino”. 

It is a small fruit that looks like COVID-19 on the outside and an eye-ball on the inside. We call it the eye-ball fruit and they are great for picking up bags on the side of the road and snacking on during long car rides.

Your first question when traveling somewhere is to know if it is safe for you and for your family. Today I’m going to try and answer the question for you: Is Costa Rica safe? Ironically I often have Costa Rican’s ask me if the US is safe with all the school and mass shootings?

Instead of saying yes or no I am just going to use personal data. I have lived here for 20 years and my retired parents have lived for 10 years, and a cousin has a house on the beach for 10 years. That’s a total of 40 years of immediate family data. 

During that time my cousin had copper electrical cables stolen from his house, my parents had copper electrical cables stolen from their house, and I was mugged and had my wallet and phone stolen. Not bad for 40 years and my mugging I was asking for. I was on a beach I should not have been on after hours. Rookie mistake and I paid for it.

The reality is 99% of people will come to Costa Rica and not have any safety issues. The other 1% will talk about their unfortunate situation and it can be a rabbit hole of negative reviews. Just like any foreign country, be alert and listen to the suggestions from travel guides and reviews on the area on where and what you can and should do? Or even better take the stress out of traveling and just book a POC adventure and let their guides and drivers lead you on a safe and fun adventure from start to finish.

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POC Camp

The POC camp is an extension of the POC lodge and while the POC Lodge is located with vast views of the Pacuare River Canyon the POC Camp is down on the river’s edge. While it might not have the view of the POC Lodge it sits on one of the calmest sections of the river making the POC Camp home to one of the river Pacuare’s best spots for taking a swim and relaxing on the river’s edge.

POCsito is a favorite among so many of our guests. It is a glamping experience with some of the important comforts of home.

POC Lodge

Started in 2011 is the POC lodge. If you haven’t figured it out by now POC lodge is our own lodge and what we like to call the “baby” of the P.O.C. Adventure Company. We wanted a lodge on our favorite part of Costa Rica which is the Pacuare River and with the help of locally harvested supplies and labor, the POC Lodge was born.

 

This is a 180-acre property that runs over 1 mile of the Pacuare River. Our goal has always been to offer as much comfort as possible without steering too far away from our roots of just roughing it on the river’s edge. Our lodge has hot water, a splash of luxury in the rooms, and 5-Star service and attention to our guests.

Our favorite part about the lodge is that we built a short hike up from the river’s edge. We know we have the best views of the Pacuare River canyon and unfortunately pictures don’t even do it justice.

Arenal Paraiso, Arenal

Have you ever wanted to stay the night at the base of an active volcano? Well here is your chance. The Arenal Paraiso is located at the base of the Arenal Volcano with breath-taking views of the perfectly cone-shaped volcano.

Here at Arenal Paraiso’s, you will enjoy the beautiful property which offers much more than just a view. The property has numerous bungalows that offer a splash of luxury while surrounded by lush tropical rainforest. After a day of adventure, you will love making your way back to relax or hang out in the pool at Arenal Paraiso.

Shawandha, Caribbean 

Located at the edge of the white sandy beaches of Costa Rica sits the Shawandha lodge.  A perfect blend of eco-style luxury along with the sounds of the ocean and vibrant ambiance of the rainforest.

Shawandha lodge is set up with individual bungalows made out of local wood. You will be sure to wake up to the sound of the local residents such as the howler monkeys and green macaws. After your day of adventure, you will have a chance to relax and enjoy the beautiful swimming pool at the Shawandha Lodge.

Hotel Villa Florencia, Turrialba

Located in the valley of Turrialba surrounded by sugar-cane plantations and views of the smoking Turrialba Volcano sits an old plantation home that has been renovated into a beautiful small hotel named Villa Florencia.

This is a great hotel with a beautiful pool and plenty of space to take long morning or afternoon hikes. The Villa Florencia hotel is a chance to enjoy luxury while feeling like you stook back in time. While you are in the valley don’t forget to look up as the Turrialba Volcano can often be seen doing small eruptions from across the valley.

Casa Turire, Turrialba

Casa Turire has been one of our favorites since we started. The grounds are some of the lushest you will find anywhere in Costa Rica. Casa Turire sits in the valley of Turrialba surrounded by mountains and the beautiful Turrialba Volcano. The most amazing part about Casa Turire other than its great restaurant and home-made sugar cane ice cream is that it sits on a peninsula surrounded by Lake Angostura offering great morning hikes, birding, or SUPing around the lake.