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Surrounded by tropical turquoise waters, beautiful beaches, amazing natural landscapes, and welcoming residents describes almost every Caribbean island. In addition to the popular destinations of Jamaica, Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico, the region has many lesser known islands offering experiences that even the large islands can’t match. For example, Martinque, offers island-wide races that utilize the Yole boat, an indigenous craft only used here. Then there is Anguilla, this tiny eastern Caribben island only 35 square miles has no chain stores or restaurants, no casinos, and, for the most part, no crowds. However, it does offer scenic cliff-side vistas, upscale and luxury resorts, and a many variety of true fine-dining options. Did you know that mixed marriages created today’s unique racially mixed Jamaican people and are the basis of Jamaica’s national motto, “Out of Many, One People.”?
Did you know that Costa Rica literally means “pure life”? But beyond its simple translation, it’s a way of life… that describes the culture of Costa Rica. Did you know that the term Pura Vida comes from a 1956 Mexican movie, “ Pura vida” that came to Costa Rica in 1956? It was directed by Gilberto Martinez Solares.
Ticos are well aware of their natural treasures: it is on its way to becoming the first carbon neutral nation by 2021. Costa Rica is home to 5 percent of the world’s biodiversity, and locals are serious about protecting this magnificent environment. Nature lovers can explore over 100 national parks, reserves, refuges and protected lands – which makes up about 25 percent of the country’s land. Catch site of a scarlet macaw in Corcovado National Park, hang out with mantled howler monkeys at Manuel Antonio National Park or get lost in the beauty of native magnolias in Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve.