Experience the Unexpected - Panama & Costa Rica
Even though it’s officially wintertime, for some it’s always summer in their hearts. If you belong to this category of summer luster, then perhaps this article will provide some inspiration, and why not some motivation to consider a summer-like destination you hadn’t in the past.
Begin by entertaining the idea of a focal city in the Pacific that uniquely blends a metropolitan, modern aura with a historic, colonial centre filled charm and character. Now, imagine cruising through its aquatic border, to the richest coast in the world and you’ll also be able to explore a place filled with striking natural beauties beyond anticipation. Venture on a visit to Panama and Costa Rica and experience the unexpected of a summer escape even in the ...dead of winter.
With average winter temperatures of around 28 degrees celsius, Panama and Costa Rica are ideal places to visit when the majority of the western world is burdened by rain, sleet and snow. If that isn’t reason enough, then here are some more that will keep you on the edge of your seat.
Reasons to visit Panama city - The city of contrasts
The historic district of Casco Viejo is a UNESCO World Heritage site, and is also the first European settlement on the Pacific coast of the Americas. The unusual combination of architecture creates a vibrant amalgam of buildings which will absolutely enchant you. Spanish, French and American styles are blended together amidst other colonial era landmarks that will grab your attention, such as the Metropolitan Cathedral Church and the neoclassical Presidential Palacio de la Garzas.
At the same time, Panama city boasts a very modern side, with a series of glass skyscrapers creating an almost New York-esque skyline, which is in complete contrast to the older, more genuine Casco Viejo region. The modern side of Panama also has a vibrant nightlife and strong commercial centre, and these two very different sides of the same city will instil a riveting sense of traveling through time.
The Panama canal is an iconic feature of Panama for the very simple reason that it connects two massive bodies of water: the Pacific and Atlantic oceans. A conduit for international maritime trade, the passage through this epic scheme of waterways, locks and passages has been listed as the number one tourist attraction for the region. Informative and fascinating, and embraced by thick, verdant shores brimming with indigenous wildlife, it is an experience for all ages.
Reasons to visit Costa Rica - The richest of coasts
Most of the reasons to visit Costa Rica have one common denominator: sheer natural beauty. Heaving with wildlife reserves and refuges, it is extremely wealthy in its fauna and flora biodiversity. A global hotspot for ecotourism, it harbours all sorts of animal groups and families, one interesting fact is that it is considered the hummingbird capital of the world with around 26 species living across its emerald green rainforests.
It is home to immaculate, pristine, untouched beaches with crystal clear waters and the purest, sandy shores. Playas Golfito, Biesanz and Manuel Antonio are three of the best to discover while Costa Rica’s rivers are also a true sight for sore eyes; be sure to venture out into Rio Celeste found in the Tenorio Volcano National Park.
The mellow temperatures, the exotic physical landscape and all the treasures hidden therein allow for the adventurer in each traveller to come to the surface. There are a myriad of activities to combine while unravelling all the unfathomable mysteries of Costa Rica’s aquatic world, its numerous mountainous regions and its thick forests. Horseback riding, walking or hiking, kayaking, surfing, white water rafting are only a few!