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Oct 18, 2019

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Heading south to a lush, tropical destination with warm waters and sandy beaches is the perfect getaway at any time of the year. There's nothing better than stretching out, enjoying the bright sun and the sound of the waves crashing. Well, for a little while anyway. But do you really want to spend your entire vacation listening to water noises and shaking sand out of your shorts?

How about adding some unforgettable experiences to your next vacation? See historic sites, explore natural wonders, and encounter rich and diverse cultures – all while surrounded by the beautiful landscapes and climate you've been dreaming of.

Here are some exciting, sunny spots to consider for your next trip that can offer you fantastic beaches plus a whole lot more to enjoy.

Costa Rica.

  Costa Rica is a tropical paradise boasting over 1,200 kilometres of beautiful shoreline on the Caribbean Sea and the Pacific Ocean. That makes this small Central American country an ideal destination for beach lovers as well as snorkellers and scuba divers. The warm waters are home to dolphins and whales, countless species of tropical fish, as well as a vast array of other sea life and coral. 

It is the natural beauty in particular that sets Costa Rica apart from most other tropical vacation spots. This is true on land as well as in the waters. Nearly a quarter of the country is made up of national parks and wildlife preserves allowing travellers to visit unspoiled cloud forests, rainforests, jungles, mountains, valleys and volcanoes as well as the beaches. See monkeys, macaws, and sloths up close, and capture unforgettable photos of tropical birds, humpback whales and sea turtles. It's no wonder that Costa Rica has become the destination of choice for adventurers, nature lovers, and eco-tourists.

Eco-tourism has become such an important industry for the country that great efforts have been made to preserve the natural environment at the same time as creating an inviting destination for visitors to enjoy. Costa Rica is a safe, friendly place to visit, with great food and a culture that is as warm as the climate.

Transat Costa Rica. 

For a hassle-free way to experience an unforgettable Costa Rica vacation, Transat is offering all-inclusive trips to this tropical hot spot. Stay at a fabulous resort, and choose your own adventures from exploring waterfalls, misty crater lakes or deserted, jungle-fringed beaches. Whether you ride horseback on the beach, kayak along hidden coves, or hike up a mountain trail, this country is a tropical wonderland you'll never forget. Other packages include the option of spending time soaking up the sun on the beach as well as immersing yourself in the historical and cultural riches of the capital city of San Juan.

Already dreaming of Costa Rica? Check out the exciting vacation packages available now! And don’t forget, a CAA Travel Consultant can help arrange the perfect Costa Rican getaway for you.

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Bordering on the southwest of Costa Rica is the country of Panama. With Columbia on its other side, Panama is the southernmost country in Central America. This nation is home to a bustling, world-class cities, stunning beaches, and tropical jungles – as well as the famous canal.

Who hasn't dreamt of sailing along the Panama Canal as it divides two continents and connects two oceans? Exploring this historic waterway will be an experience you'll never forget. The canal runs 65 kilometres from the port of Colón on the Atlantic coast to the capital, Panama City on the Pacific. Along the way it passes Gatún Lake which is teaming with wildlife including fish, monkeys and rare tropical birds. Panama's jungles cover roughly 40 percent of its land area and are home to an abundance of tropical plants and animals – some of which are found nowhere else on earth.

Whether you're looking for some quality time with a good book on the beach, snorkeling, or scuba diving – or you'd rather hike up a dormant volcano, zipline through the jungle, or explore an exciting multicultural city, Panama has it all.

Transat Panama. 

To help you experience all that Panama has to offer in comfort and style, Transat is offering a variety of all-inclusive vacation options for the region. Packages include your flight, accommodations and a host of excursions to make the most of your trip. From fine dining and cultural experiences to aquatic activities or thrilling adventures, there is an adventure that is just right for you.

Find out more about the exciting all-inclusive Panama travel options available now. A CAA Travel Consultant can help with choosing your resort, fun activities to experience while you’re there and provide all-round expert travel advice.

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