You will find the Retalhuleu department in the Pacific Coast of Guatemala. It is not very well known among travelers but it is a very important area for being a very rich for agricultural activities. But there are a couple of places that you can visit if you want a fun day in the area.
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Here are some things that might interest travelers:
• The ruins of a Mayan city called Takalik Abaj.
• Deserted beaches.
• Central America’s largest theme park (Xetulul).
• Guatemala’s Largest Water Parks (Xocomil).
• Museo de Arqueología y Etnología.
Locals refer to this department with the name of “Reu”, so don’t expect to hear the word Retalhuleu too often. This area is one of the most important producers of 2 of the main products for the economy of Guatemala: sugar cane and coffee. So as you drive through the department all you will see along the road side are sugar cane plantations, huge trucks, a couple of small ranches, and tons of roadside hotels with sparkling swimming pools and pleasant outdoor restaurants.
There are also a couple of good tour options for nature lovers in the area, some are:
• Mountain biking to Champerico along the old railroad tracks that were once used to transport bananas.
• Kayaking in Manchón Guamuchal Wetland Reserve.
• Hiking to Chicabal Volcano and Laguna Chicabal.
• Coffee tours in one of the many plantations of the area.
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This is not one of the most popular regions of Guatemala among travelers. But as you can see it has many things to do and places to visit. So if you have the time definitely check it out!
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This region is a region known for being home to the largest portion of preserved land in national parks of Costa Rica. Some other things you will find in it are: the highest mountain in Costa Rica, Mount Chirripo; Pavones, one of the longest left surf breaks in world; and Corcovado National Park, one of the most biologically diverse places in the world.
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What places can I visit in the Osa Peninsula?
This is a laid back town where you will be able to experience walking barefoot or swinging in a hammock in this cool seaside village. So if you want to relax this is the place for you. But if you are a beginner surfer I wouldn’t recommend it because of the strong wave currents.
This is a secluded spot of Costa Rica popular among nature lovers and eco-tourists. You can only access it by plane or by boat and sometimes by taxi. Don’t be surprised by how remote this place is because locals want to preserve the natural environment of a natural world. For me this was the best thing about it.
This is also a secluded place of the Osa Peninsula, Puerto Jimenez is a beautiful place where you will find dirt roads, well developed tourist infrastructure, luxurious hotels, a variety of restaurants and lots of great tours. You should definitely try sports fishing here.
It is famous for its left point break. It is one of the longest surf breaks in the world and is the pride of Pavones. It has been recorded to last up to three minutes on a slow, south swell. So surfers this is your call!
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Which of these beautiful beaches of Costa Rica caught your eye? For me it was Puerto Jimenez and the sport fishing tours.
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A great way to learn about the place you visit is to visit museums. They will tell you the stories of the place in an interesting way. However, regular museums tend to be boring for kids (and most adults) because they don’t really understand what the place is about and they are not allowed to do anything but walk. That is why it is important to find places that keep kids entertained and to get them to learn too. The good news is that there are museums in Florida for kids.
2 Kids Museums in Florida:
Boca Raton Children’s Museum - This is an interactive museum in Boca Raton that was created to teach kids about science, history, arts, humanities, but most importantly they target all their expositions to develop creative and critical thinking skills in their little visitors.
There are many events and work shops available for the whole family held throughout the year. So make sure to check their schedule to see if there is an event on the dates you will be in the area.
Schoolhouse Children’s Museum - This museum in South Florida is dedicated to teaching kids about the history of early Florida Pioneers. This is a two story building filled with exhibits and special areas for workshops and classes.
Don’t miss the opportunity to see how the first colonies of Florida looked like, how they lived and how they managed to survive in an unknown land. Also make sure to ask for their free weekly programs.
NOTE: This is wheelchair accessible and accommodates people with special needs.
There are two fun options for places to take your kids to. I really think that these places are great for taking a short break from the main touristy stuff and enjoy some family time.
Guatemala is a Central American country with many beautiful destinations which are also filled with an amazing amount of exotic species of animals. You can see most of them as you travel along on the northern area of the country.
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Here is a list of some of the most commonly seen:
1. Quetzal: Quetzals are beautiful exotic birds and Guatemala’s National Bird, but because of all the illegal hunting and the destruction of their habitat they are in the list of the to be extinct animals unless things change. In Guatemala it can be found in El Biotopo del Quetzal, Baja Verapaz.
2. Spider Monkey: In Guatemala they are commonly seen in the northern region of Peten and in Alta Verapaz. Spider Monkeys are curious animals that live mainly in the tropical forests. But again the destruction of their habitat is reducing its population rapidly and in some places they are almost extinct.
3. Toucan: The Toucans are these colorful and abundant tropical birds that can be found in tropical forests of Central America. In Guatemala it is commonly seen in the areas of Petn and Alta Verapaz.
4. Montezuma Oropendola: This is a common bird in Central America. In Guatemala it can only be seen in the northern region of Peten. If you are coming to Central America this magnificent bird called Montezuma Oropendola is something you can’t miss.
5. Olive Ridley Sea Turtle: They love open ocean inhabitant so you will never see them near reefs. We have all heard that Sea turtles are on their way to be extinct. Even the Olive Ridley Sea Turtles known for having the largest population around the globe. In Guatemala you can see them nesting in Monterrico.
6. Armadillo: Armadillo’s habitat is moist soil near the creeks and streams near which it generally lives and feeds. These armored little guys can be found from northern Argentina to the southern United States. In Guatemala the most common place to find them is in La Sierra de las Minas, that is in the department of El Progreso.
7. Vampire Bats: When we think of bats the first thing that comes to our mind is an image from Hollywood’s monsters. But the real vampires are a lot different and have nothing to do with Dracula. Vampire Bats live in a range that covers Mexico, Central America and part of South America. In Guatemala it’s preferred habitat is the tropics.
8. Ocelot: In Guatemala these guys can be found in the Tikal National Park. Many people confuses these cute felines with domestic cats because of their tiny bodies. In fact they are taken as pets by some locals.
9. Rat: They are the second most successful mammal in the world. Brown rats are one of the best known and most common animals in the world. In Guatemala just as the rest of Countries of the world they are mostly found in populated areas.
10. Capuchin Monkey: They can be found in forest and mangrove habitats up to 2,100m elevation. They are always around jumping from tree to tree. These small and inquisitive monkeys are the easiest to observe in the wild. These monkeys can be found in the northern region of Guatemala.
11. White Lipped Peccary: It is widely considered the most dangerous peccary. They are also the big and aggressive brothers of the collared peccary. They have even killed jaguars when trying to defend themselves. It is commonly found in Sierra de las Minas, El Progreso in Guatemala.
12. Brown Basilisk: They are native to Panama, Belize, northwestern Colombia and Costa Rica. In Guatemala, this species is widespread, found practically anywhere where there is a water source. This species can be found in tropical and subtropical wet, moist, and dry forest habitats. Brown Basilisk have the nickname “Jesus Lizard” because when fleeing from a predator, they are very fast and can even run on top of the water.
13. Spectacled Caimans: Al though they are one of the smallest crocodilian species these guys are fierce predators. It can be found in much of Central and South America. It lives in a range of lowland wetland and riverside habitat and can tolerate salt water as well as fresh. In Guatemala you can find them in Monterrico, Santa Rosa Department.
14. Black Hawk: Generally these birds are found lowland habitats, with a source of water nearby. These are successful predatory birds with a mysterious touch. They inhabit from the Southwestern United States through Central America to Venezuela, Peru. In Guatemala it can be found around the Caribbean coasts.
15. Black Necked Stilt: The Black-necked Stilt is an abundant shorebird of American wetlands and coastlines. It is found in estuaries, salt ponds and emergent wetland habitats. It is found through Central America and the Caribbean. In Guatemala they are commonly seen in the southern coasts.
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These are just a few of the many animal species you might find when traveling in Guatemala. So keep your eyes open you might be able to see even more.
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This area of Costa Rica has so many beautiful white sanded beaches, it is said that this area has some of the best beaches of Costa Rica. Because of its natural beauty it has attracted the touristic industry in the way of five star hotels, golf courses, luxury spas and fantastic restaurants. It is also home to some of the most famous surf breaks of the country.
Because of its popularity is one of the most accessible areas of the country. Plus it is surrounded with attractions like: the scenic Tempisque River Bridge, vibrant mud-pits of Rincon de la Vieja and the impressive diving specks of Coco Island.
The area has a great weather of around 80°F year round. But the best months to come here are between November and May.
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Things you can’t miss in the different areas of the North Pacific Region:
The Gold Coast
* Excellent resorts and spas
* Santa Rosa National Park
* Surf camp and professional surf instruction
* A tour to see the endangered leatherback turtle lay her eggs on Playa Grande
* Getting a hole-in-one at one of Costa Rica’s best golf courses
Liberia and the Surrounding Area
* Take a dip in the mud pits at Rincon de la Vieja
* The Sabanero (cowboy) culture and horseback riding. Take hacienda ranch tours where the greater part of the country’s cattle thrive is located.
* Rincon de la Vieja, active volcano
Southern Nicoya Peninsula
* Glorious sunsets at any one of the peninsula’s beaches, many of which are secluded and often deserted
* The Olive Ridley sea turtle at Ostional Wildlife Refuge
* Surfing in Malpias, or surf lessons in Samara
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This region, just as all the other regions of Costa Rica is a beautiful gem filled with fun things to do waiting for travelers and adventurers. So don’t you miss it!