Today Standard Goldman, Editor of Sketchandtravel and Bookpleasures is pleased to have as a visitor Erin Van Rheenen, the specialist on traveling to Costa Rica and the writer of Living Abroad in Costa Rica. Great day Erin and also thanks for approving our invite to be talked to. I’ve been taking a trip considering that I can bear in mind, beginning at the age of 3, when my moms and dads relocated us from Portland, Oregon, to Lagos, Nigeria. That is living abroad job lasted 2 years, and also ever since I’ve stayed in lots of areas, consisting of Ireland, Mexico, New York (an international capital in its very own right), Guatemala, Ecuador, and most¬† recently, Costa Rica. I’ve taken a trip throughout the Americas and Europe, and have a running checklist of locations I still intend to check out.

I’m additionally the writer of Living Abroad in Costa Rica Ecotourism, an overview for individuals that are thinking about relocating to that nation. The very first version appeared in Winter 2004, and offers visitors honest and also extensive info on reality, migration, business environment, exclusive and also public colleges, expat social life, and Costa Rican background and also society. I define thoroughly the different components of the nation, attempting to provide individuals a concept of what it would resemble to live there.

I’ve been talked to on CNN and also on numerous radio programs, have made numerous book shop looks, and run a side company assisting individuals to prepare their retreat to Costa Rica. I really feel that having stayed in several nations provides me a wider point of view– I can much better value what’s special to costa rica ecotourism destinations, like its political and also financial security, and the reality that virtually 25% of its region is reserved in nature books and also national forests. Much more total details (including my Top Ten Favorite Places in Costa Rica) can be discovered on my website, Living Abroad In Costa Rica.

How simple is it to take a trip from the United States, Canada?

Costa Rica is right in the center of the Americas, at the northern end of the slim isthmus that links North and South America. Of the 7 nations that comprise Central America, Costa Rica is the 2nd tiniest (El Salvador is the tiniest). In spite of its small dimension (it concerns the dimension of West Virginia), Costa Rica has 2 gorgeous coasts (the Pacific and also the Atlantic, likewise called the Caribbean), lavish rain forests, energetic volcanoes, and fantastic experience traveling alternatives like rafting, treking, and browsing. It’s very easy to reach costa rica ecotourism packages from North America. It’s a three-hour trip from Miami, 5 hrs from New York City, 7 hrs from Los Angeles, and 8 and a fifty percent hrs from Toronto. You do not require getting a visa– a legitimate ticket suffices. When you get here in Costa Rica, they immediately mark your key with a visa great for 90 days.


I can not visualize a much better location for love. Costa Rica is risk-free and also comfy yet still splendidly unique. You can not defeat it for all-natural appeal, excellent weather condition, which easygoing ambiance that makes every little thing a great deal much more enjoyable. The traveler framework is established sufficiently that you’ll have the ability to understand your every impulse. Wish to obtain wed barefoot on a white sand coastline at sunset, lanterns lighting your method to the church?

Not trouble. I’ve come across pairs wedding at the base of rumbling falls, the spray so drenching the wedding celebration that every person ended up in their undergarments. Or individuals celebrating a marriage in a forest lodge, near the edge of an energetic volcano, or thousands of feet over the treetops, clipped right into zip lines on among the ever-popular cover scenic tours. I also became aware of one pair that wed in matching toucan clothing. With those beaks, it needs to have been hard for the bridegroom to kiss the bride-to-be.