The good life in Costa Rica, floating on the Rideau, Zooming: The Travel Club
FOR CANADIAN travellers, Virtuoso, a recognized network of advisers and trend spotter for high-end experiential travel, highlights Costa Rica as the No. 1 Top Adventure Destination and the No. 4 in Top Global Destinations in its 2018 Luxe Report. And why not? Hiking, birding, canopy climbing, whitewater rafting and rainforests, this country of less than five million has all the physical activity you can handle. Add in some luxury hotels, and you’ve got the perfect vacation for Canadians who want adventure with all the creature comforts.
Nayara Springs, for instance, offers views of the Arenal Volcano from the comfort of spacious bungalows with private plunge pools – fed by mineral hot springs and where you can ponder which of the six on-site restaurants at which to dine. www.nayarasprings.com
Prefer wildlife over volcanoes? The Gaia Hotel & Reserve in Manuel Antonio Beach puts you closer to the infamous white-faced capuchin monkeys in the national park (remember Marcel on Friends?). And, like him, they are cheeky and can tell you’re packing food at 30 metres! www.gaiahr.com —Arlene Stacey For more on Costa Rica and Nayara Springs, go to everythingzoomer.com/costa-rica-living-la-vida-rica.