June 11, 2018
Spring Break 2018 – the time you’ve been waiting for since Christmas is on its way at last! All those furtive mind trips you made while drowning in coursework – it’s time to make them come true. In a matter of days, the best deals will dry up and the airfares will go through the roof. There’s no more time to lose.
First things first: where will you go? Unfortunately, for some folks (including us), it takes forever to reach a consensus. Then, on the eve of spring break, in a moment of panic, the decision is made, which sometimes turns out to be a disastrous leap of faith.
If you are tired of the done-to-death destinations and want to have a crack at something new for Spring Break 2018, then look up Costa Rica. This little Central American paradise is where many spring breakers who seek a difference are making a beeline for. But since you are short of time, let us do it for you.
1. It’s as green as can be.
The first thing that strikes you about Costa Rica is the lush greenery – a sight for sore eyes, especially if you’re landing from a city with a fast-shrinking tree cover, say, Chicago, Dallas, or Detroit. The country, only the size of West Virginia, takes up less than 1% of the planet. Yet, it is home to 5% of the earth’s total stock of biodiversity – which is a lot, as you’ll soon discover once you set foot in this country.
A large part of this Latin American enclave consists of protected land divided into biological reserves, wildlife refuges, and national parks, all of which are central to its conservation efforts. The Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve, Carara National Park, and Corcovado National Park (named by National Geographic as the most biologically intense place on earth) are some examples. Trills of birds fill the air in these places and the forest floor teems with charming wildlife.
Another distinct natural feature is the volcano. Volcanos big and small, many dormant and some active, dot the length and breadth of the country. Arenal Volcano, the most imposing of them all, Irazu Volcano, partially shrouded in clouds, and their surrounding craters are geological wonders hikers love to visit for an out-of-the-world experience.