Boomer Traveler: How to Start Your Trip in Costa Rica

Third of a series on what makes Costa Rica a great place to start traveling by Doris Gallan

Many people, when thinking of traveling to Costa Rica, imagine one of two extremes: a very young surfing-bungee-jumping-party-all-night crowd or very old rocking-chair-sitting-canasta-playing-golfing-all-day seniors. The truth is that there are likely as many active seniors as there are sedentary youths.  And there are many different activities to choose from, such as exciting tours around cloud forest or relaxing walks around the variety of locations in this Central America country.

But where do fit in this picture? Costa Rica offers so many activities – for people of all ages – that you will have an embarrassment of choices whether you are looking to do little more than relax or get active.

There is nothing like a beautiful white sand beach to sit and read a good book while getting some rays. But, if you get bored, you might consider one of the many surf schools to learn how to catch some waves. Before you set out, check on the level of difficulty based on the size of those waves so that you don’t attempt to learn at advanced-level beach.

The cloud and rain forests offer gorgeous scenery which you can enjoy while sitting on the balcony of your hotel or hostel. If you want to get active, there is a myriad of trails you can walk – with or without a guide – to spot wildlife. When you decide to be more daring, consider going zip lining: the thrill of being suspended in a harness hundreds of feet above the forest as you zip across small valleys is indescribable. Should this be a bit too much for you, you can go in tandem with a staff member who controls the speed and braking for you so you can just enjoy the ride.

The many volcanoes dotting Costa Rica provide another type of scenic backdrop to lakes, towns and forests. You can view these from you hotel, or a boat on Lake Arenal, or climb the volcano on foot or by horseback. Guided tours provide the opportunity to learn about the flora and fauna as you make your way up and some stop at waterfalls to swim or hot springs to soak. The most active volcano in Costa Rica – Arenal – may even provide you with a lava-spewing show of nature’s force.

No matter their age, Baby Boomer Travelers to Costa Rica will find so much to see, do and experience that they’ll find themselves returning many times to try to take it all in.


Doris is a Baby Boomer living in Costa Rica. She and her husband traveled around the world for 26 months visiting 40 countries on six continents (including Antarctica). You can read more about their travels and get travel tips at Follow Doris on twitter @dorisgallan.

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