Keel Billed Toucan preparing to fly on forest
Keel Billed Toucan preparing to fly on forest

You may think that Costa Rica is only for thrill-seekers and sun bathers, but it offers plenty of options to people of all ages! Throughout my travels across this great land, I've run into diverse crowds of people, and people in post-retirement - in my froggy opinion - are among the happiest. After your children have left the nest and your career has ended, what better way is there to celebrate than an adventure in the rainforest? Here are some of the most ideal things to do on your post-retirement trip to Costa Rica come and hop along with me!

Main Church in Cartago
Main Church in Cartago

Bird-watching

Did you know that Costa Rica is home to nearly 840 species of birds?! It's no wonder this is one of the best places to pick up a pair of binoculars and look to the sky. Whether you want to take a walk through forested trails or venture down a river on a leisurely boat ride, bird-watching is unparalleled here! One of the best places to visit if you love aviary species is the Caño Negro Wildlife Reserve. Depending on the season of your travels, you'll see various kinds of birds, with the largest and most diverse population during the dry season between December and April. Other great places include Monteverde and Guapiles.

Chestnut bellied Heron in Cano Negro
Chestnut bellied Heron in Cano Negro

Culture

With roots dating back prior to pre-Columbian times, culture and history is ripe throughout Costa Rica. Cartago is one of the best places for history buffs to visit for history buffs, and you'll see plenty of beautiful architecture, including the Basilica de Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles. Although this building has changed several times since it was originally constructed in 1635, it remains one of the most revered religious sites in the country. San Jose, the capital of Costa Rica, is also a wonderful place to explore my homeland's history.

Beautiful view of Playa Herradura with Los Sueños Marriott
Beautiful view of Playa Herradura with Los Sueños Marriott

Sportfishing

Costa Rica is home to some of the best sportfishing in Central America, and there are handfuls of opportunities to take to the sea! One of my favorite spots is off the coast of the Los Sueños Resort and Marina, which is home to a famous tournament so you know the fishing here is top-notch. Take note that fishing is different depending on the coast you are visiting, and seasons vary in each location as well.

I hope I've convinced you to plan a post-retirement vacation at Costa Rica hotels to explore all the wonderful things this country has to offer!

Sailfish in Southern Costa Rica
Sailfish in Southern Costa Rica