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Tips for Traveling to Costa Rica

Costa Rica is one of the most beautiful and friendly destinations in the world. This Caribbean paradise features a few peculiarities that are a miss on other famous travel spots. The first deserving mention is it is a great place to fall sick and be taken care of! That may sound a mockery but the country is famous for its world-class health care system. In fact, Costa Rica is among those countries that picking up popularity for ‘medical tourism’. However, there are frequent outbreaks of malaria and dengue fever in Costa Rica and so you must take enough precautions to keep yourself safe from potential threats.

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Here are a few most important tips for those having a plan in place to visit Costa Rica.

Be concerned about your safety

A visit to wild zones is one of the main attractions for the Costa Rica bound vacationers. However, before your arrival there, you have to reach and travel around the civilized areas. And you must take caution as the country has a bad record for the highest traffic accidents in the world. As a part of caution, you should avoid a branch or pole jutting out of the road. It is there to warn the pedestrians or car drivers that an open sinkhole or manhole is nearby.

Vehicle options for exploring

Taking a ride in bus or car will be a safe choice. Make sure that the cab is red in color and has a yellow triangle. If you doze off in the bus, you could find your baggage missing after waking up. Take a great deal of precautions against theft. There are always some rough drivers and pilferers in every country but Costa Ricans are usually very good, kind and amicable.

Natural calamities

Mother Nature has its plenty of creations in Costa Rica. There are active volcanoes in the country and you need to know their natural warnings of likely eruption. If you want to visit Arenal volcano, I would suggest you not to get closer to its peak, there is a chance of accident. The same warning applies if you want to camp in a natural ravine or quarry. The camper could open out to a deep river or gully and all are not lucky to survive.

Costa Rica beaches are a big draw for the tourists but no life guards are there. If you cannot swim against a tide, maintain a safe distance from water. These territories are home to crocodiles and bull sharks. So be on high alert as these stealthy predators ambush and attack all on a sudden.

Stray dogs and jaguars are a common find in the jungles. In general, jaguars don’t attack human beings. But make sure not to approach stray dogs. And you must not touch the colorful dart frogs; they have poisons on their back. Admire beauty of the jungle creatures from a distance.

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Tips for Travelling to the Dominican Republic

The Dominican Republic is seated on the Caribbean Island of La Espanola. From the geographical perspective, the country shares the island with Haiti. It is the second largest island nestled in the archipelago of the Antilles. The Dominican Republic is also nicknamed as ‘Quisqueya’ by people of this beautiful island. It means “mother of all lands” and is originally used by the native Taino for La Espanola.

For most of the foreign travellers, mention of Dominican Republic reminds them of beaches, hotels and resorts. However, there are always more to it. Santo Domingo, which was founded way back in 1496, is the first city in the modern world. This old city paves way for the monumental route and its colonial area has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. If you are among those who want to visit this great country, you are in the right place. I will share some great travel tips with you to make your journey funnier and bigger a party.

All imaginable kinds of luxury are available in every resort in the Dominican Republic. However, most of these expensive resorts are located in Puerto Plata and Punta Cana. However, if you are in favour of more thrill and adventure, the country has a rich blend of picturesque landscapes and cultural blends to be intimate with. The country, which is still the most unknown territory on the island, receives footfalls from only a few visitors. Despite a very depressed economy, the country has all natural makings especially in terms of landscape diversity to mesmerize the visitors.

The country features a host of contrasts. After you arrive here, you cannot help but be charmed by its natural beauty. Visit the highest peak of the Caribbean and also walk along the first paved road, the first hospital, the first university and the first street of the New World in this less developed country. The diversity in landscape texture is very contrasting but extremely interesting.

There are plenty of Spanish heritage sites including some extraordinary monuments which mark the first events of colonial history in the earlier phase. The Tainos, natives of the island during the pre-Columbian era, are credited with creations of original and amazing art objects made from different kinds of materials including amber, wood, leather, mud, larimar etc.

It is important for the visitors to know the culture of Dominicans. It will help you mix with them more freely. Some of their most popular traditions are fighting cocks, the Carnival and dance, Bachata and Merengue in particular.

An extensive variety of most delicious dishes will be a bonus for your trip to the Dominican Republic. These cuisines have strong influence of Taino, African and European culinary traditions and are rich in flavours.