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Vacationing in Costa Rica

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Taking a vacation is a great way to unwind and forget about the pressures of you life. Do you want to take a vacation in the near future? If so, you will need to choose a location. You might want to consider taking a trip to Costa Rica. You might have never considered this tropical paradise as a vacation destination. However, you will most likely not be disappointed by any of the beautiful things that await you in this magical country. Here are a few of the many advantages of vacationing in Costa Rica.

1. The weather is outstanding

If you are like most people, you want to go to a country with warm and sunny weather. This is certainly not unusual. People who live in areas that have cold weather for a large portion of the year often want to spend their vacation time in countries that are tropical. Costa Rica has warm and sunny weather during the entire year. This means that you do not need to schedule your trip only during specific months. You can go at any time that is convenient for you.

2. It is not very expensive

You can plan on spending a lot of money if you take a vacation to places like New York City or London. However, Costa Rica is the complete opposite. The prices you will pay for your hotel, food and entertainment will be much less than many other exotic destinations that are frequented by tourists. This will allow you to stay much longer and get more value for the money you spend. If you want to get some ideas for vacation spots in Costa Rica, you can visit http://www.stayincostarica.com/accommodations/.

3. It is safe

Nowadays, people are scared to go to foreign countries because of stories in the news regarding terrorism in certain places. However, you will not need to worry about that if you go to Costa Rica. It is an incredibly safe place to visit. The major resort areas where most of the tourists stay have plenty of security. You can visit Costa Rica without fearing for your safety.

4. It is a good place for families

Some vacation destinations are better suited for adults and couples. However, Costa Rica has a wide variety of attractions that are perfect for children. In fact, many areas in the country have been created for the sole purpose of attracting families.

The Waterpark Of Choice

It is agreed and finalized.  We are going back to Schlitterbahn.  But this time, we are going to the one in New Braunfels, Texas.  My darling daughter has been telling me that she wants to go back to the waterpark where there’s a big river pool that goes around and there are children slides by the big pirate ship. So I figured she remembered our visit to Schlitterbahn in Galveston Island and wants to go back there.  I told her we are going to the same waterpark this summer but in the different location. And it will be in the next few weeks. 🙂

We decided to have our summer vacation this month because it’s not that very hot.  We do not want to go later in the summer because the heat is too unbearable.  You know how hot summer in Texas is.

So after this getaway what are we going to do next?  Well, there are many activities we can do in the summer months and most of them are outdoors.  I am planning to enroll my daughter in a swimming class or dance class when we get back from our mini-vacation.  These are a few things we look forward to.

Galveston Island Trip Day 3: Beach Day

It's beach day.  Galveston Island, Texas.

It’s beach day. Galveston Island, Texas.

It’s Tuesday and our plan today is to spend the whole afternoon at the beach.  We looked for a great place last night to hang out today but we haven’t decided where to go.  So this morning, while having breakfast at Denny’s, we asked the server where is the best place to go swimming.  The guy suggested the Stewart Beach on the East side.  So we went there.  It closes at 5:30 P.M.

Rentals:

Umbrella and chairs – $25 whole day
Parking – $8 per vehicle a day

I think the rental and parking fees are affordable.  It is better than paying an hourly parking on the roadside.

It was a very pleasant day at the beach.  Though it was a hot sunny day, it was breezy.  My darling daughter enjoyed playing with the sand – trying to build a sand castle. We brought all our beach things with us:  towels, beach toys, sunscreen, water and juice (in the cooler in the car), sunglasses, and an umbrella.  And you know what?  I lost my sunglasses when a big wave rushed over me.  After playing chase with the waves and when the tides got low, we fed the seagulls for a few minutes before heading to the shower room.  When we were on our way to the car, we saw this huge green inflatable slide.  My dear husband wanted us to try it.  So we did.  We got to slide two times for $5.  DD didn’t like it because she got scared.

Huge inflatable slide.  It was high!

Huge inflatable slide. It was high!

It was fun on the slide.

It was fun on the slide.

Ships out there.

Ships are out there.

Pigeon Forge is a Popular Family Vacation Destination

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Pigeon Forge, Tennessee is a popular vacation destination for families. This town is surrounded by the Smokey Mountains and offers plenty of family friendly activities for all ages. The Parkway is lined with gift shops selling handmade crafts from the local artisans. In many cases, visitors can watch as these talented people create their wares. After a day of shopping, one can enjoy a bite to eat in one of the numerous dinner show theaters. Down home cooking is served while guests watch an entertaining performance from singers, comedians, and actors.

Throughout the year, Pigeon Forge hosts festivals that draw in large crowds. These include music, craft, and food events as well as car shows. They feature all the country traditions that have helped make this town a favorite of so many vacationers over the years. Visitors can experience their unique flavors and sounds while spending time with family and friends.

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The biggest attraction is The Smokey Mountains National Park. The mountain range provides scenic views as well as an up-close look at nature and wildlife native to the area. There are several walking, hiking, and equestrian trails available that will give visitors a way to explore the region best. Many visitors to this part of Tennessee end their day with a stay in one of the Pigeon Forge cabin rentals such as the ones from Little Valley Mountain Resort.

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