Things to Do

Costa Rica has bewilderingly diverse landscapes, flora, and fauna-more so than any other place on Earth. From rainforests to dry temperate forests, volcanos to soaring mountains, white sand beaches to sparkling blue lagoons, prehistoric leatherback turtles to spider monkeys - Costa Rica has something for everyone.

In the Guanacaste region where Playa Flamingo and Villas Casa Loma are situated there are many things to do. Guanacaste has an abundance of beautiful beaches and a dry climate with pleasant weather. The place has a lot to offer to tourists by way of wonderful natural scenery and exciting activities including surfing, zip lining, tree top canopy walks, snorkeling, scuba diving, horseback riding, hiking, fishing and a host of other options.

One of the most popular things to do in Guanacaste is visit the many parks and wildlife sanctuaries in the region. You should definitely go to Rincon de la Vieja Park. You can go hiking in this place and travel through its landscape covered with waterfalls, volcanic craters, geysers and a lake. This is a fascinating place. It would be sheer pleasure to explore this wonderful area.

Arenal Volcano National Park is famous for its large active volcano which often puts on a spectacular display of fireworks at night. Beside the volcano is also a beautiful lake that makes for scenic drives and spectacular vistas. There are plenty of adventures that you can engage yourself in while you are in the area including a visit to Tabacon Resort hot springs, the most famous of all the hot springs in the area.

The Pacific coast, particularly in Guanacaste, has some of the best surfing in Central America. Tamarindo is less than a 30 minute drive from Villas Casa Loma and provides a perfect beach to learn to surf, whilst Playa del Coco offers advanced surfers the chance to surf at Witches Rock and Ollie's Point. Playa Grande is a tranquil white sand beach that is home to the largest nesting site for the leatherback sea turtle on the Pacific coast, as well as, one of the best surfing waves in the Guanacaste Province.

Zipline or canopy tours give you a bird's-eye view of the forest, move you across canyons and show you scenery that can't be viewed from the ground. Ziplining has been described as "being as close as you can get to flying across the top of the jungle." Participants don a harness with a caribiner that is attached to a wheel on a cable strung between trees. You push off from a platform on one tree and zip along the cable to a platform on another tree. You can be anywhere from 20- to 80-feet off the ground and, literally, flying between the trees at a height in jungles where birds and monkeys hang out on the branches.

You can try your hand at white water rafting in the many rivers that flow through the region. You can also try kayaking both in the rivers and the ocean. Lake Arenal in the Guanacaste region has been ranked as one of the best wind surfing spots in the world.

Guanacaste is also an excellent area for fishing. It is an excellent place for deep sea and inshore fishing where its waters are teeming with acquatic life. Some of the common game fishes are: wahoo, tuna, mahi-mahi, sailfish, roosterfish and many more. Bird watching is also a popular tourist activity in the area. You can try to sight the quetzal, one of the most colorful and elusive local birds. Besides this, there are a number of other exotic birds in the forests of the region.

The place is also great to indulge in snorkeling or scuba diving. There is a beautiful marine life to see. The warm water supports a wide variety of flora and fauna. You can dive into the tranquil blue waters of the sea and view the exotic aquatic life.

A new world leader in eco-tourism, Costa Rica is also earning a reputation as a home for world-class golf. Proudly, we offer some of the world's least crowded golf courses. Carefully tucked into the natural surroundings, our courses vary from rolling fairways, lined with rare tropical hardwoods, to open links style nestled between mountains and flowering valleys with challenging greens overlooking sandy beaches and ocean. Golfing in Costa Rica is a unique experience! Blessed with near perfect weather, majestic mountain peaks and volcanoes, secluded coastlines, luxurious golf resorts and a passionate and friendly people, it's no surprise that Costa Rica has now become a premier golfing destination.

By making Villas Casa Loma your base for your Costa Rican getaway you have so many options at your fingertips!

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