Quintessential Costa Rica Experiences for First-Timers

If you've never been to villa vacation rentals in Costa Rica, you have yet to experience the best of Central America.

If you've never been to villa vacation rentals in Costa Rica, you have yet to experience the best of Central America. The culinary traditions and magnificent landscapes are only some of the countless things you and your loved ones have the chance to witness during your luxurious getaway. Luckily for you, many of the country's most sought-after experiences are located right around the corner from a number of villa rentals, giving you more than enough time to go for nature walks in Monteverde, feast on mouthwatering fare in Liberia and zipline through the rainforests of the north.

Close Encounters with Nature
Santa Elena and Monteverde are two charming villages situated between two vibrant cloud forests. This area is popular among both budget backpackers and high-end tourists alike, so you can share your unique experience with people from all walks of life. Like so many Costa Rican towns, Santa Elena and Monteverde have always been communities that practice organic farming and sustainable living practices, and while you're here, you can give yourself a pat on the back if you happened to choose an environmentally friendly villa rental.

While you're taking a leisurely walk through the cloud forests, you can test your bravery by walking along a suspended bridge before arriving at the Bat Jungle or Butterfly Garden - both of which will give you the rare opportunity to get up close and personal with Costa Rica's wildlife.

Drive Along the Arenal Route
If you've managed to rent a car while staying at a luxury rental in Costa Rica, you may want to take full advantage of your automobile and take a road trip along the Arenal Route, which winds through stunning and lush forests before arriving at the Arenal volcano. This conical volcano looks almost perfectly symmetrical from every angle, and the cast wilderness surrounding the slopes will turn any Costa Rican getaway into one for the memory books.

Up until 2010, Arenal was the most active volcano in Costa Rica and regularly emitted lava and smoke. Today, on a clear day, you can still see smoke rising from the peak and covering the top of the mountain with a cloud of sulphuric debris.

Eat the Best Taco You'll Ever Have
OK, so you might think that the best tacos are in Mexico, but if you find yourself craving the dish in Costa Rica, you're in good hands. Katie Gard, a travel writer who recently took a trip to Costa Rica, swears that she had the best taco of her life in the city of Liberia. This tiny restaurant, bearing just the word "Tacos" on its front door, was empty when she walked in, but as soon as she sat down she knew she was going to have a fantastic culinary experience. If you're up for an adventure, be sure to order a round of Costa Rican beer along with your chorizo-filled taco and say "salud" to what very well may be your most wonderful vacation yet.

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