5 summer getaways

1. San Diego

 

San Diego is a perfect summer destination because of its perfect temperatures and vibrating attractions all over the city during this season.

If you visit San Diego you would find a lot of amusement parks, zoos, museums, beaches and aquatic centers. Every member of your family will get exactly what they want.

Check out 5 hidden gems in San Diego.

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2. Puerto Rico

Located in the Caribbean, Puerto Rico is a great place to visit during summer because of its natural attractions and warm residents.

There, you can visit the Old San Juan, the most famous place in Puerto Rico’s capital city, La Perla (a very well known and colorful neighborhood)  and a lot of natural places like Charco Prieto in Bayamón.

In Puerto Rico you can book a lot of summer tours like hiking, snorkeling, sailing and so much more. 

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3. Vancouver

Vancouver is a vibrant place with a lot of tourist attractions, parks, beaches, tours and festivals. 

If you visit Vancouver, you would be able to visit a wide variety of beaches such as English Bay, Spanish Banks and Ambleside; Camping places, Mountains to hike, Lakes and outdoor swimming pools to swim; even a couple of tours to whale watching.

Canada is a great country and Vancouver is living proof of that.

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4. Dominican Republic

Dominican is a small island in the caribbean with many iconical places such as Santo Domingo (its capital city) Punta Cana, Puerto Plata and La Romana.

This country is famous for being a paradise on earth because of the attractions you can experience there, such as Saona Island, 27 Charcos (a series of beautiful waterfalls), the 3 Eyes National Park (filled with beautiful geological formations) and the iconic El Limon, a national park with great waterfalls where you can take a swim. 

5. Saint Thomas, Virgin Islands

Saint Thomas is the first of the american Virgin Islands located in the Caribbean with a lot of history and traditions.

In this beautiful paradise you can experience snorkeling, parasailing and other tours such an Illuminated Kayak Tour, a night tour where you can see what’s under your kayak because of LED gadgets.

Also, you can visit a wide range of beaches, take a walking food tour, and hire a private boat to visit other virgin islands. 

Is there anything you can do once in Saint Thomas that you think we forgot. Feel free to comment below. 

What Not to Do When on a Road Trip

Road trips are fun, everybody knows that but, it can bring bad experiences. Here is a list of 5 tips to travel safe and enjoy your ride.

1. Resist the urge to drive without a plan

Sometimes, road trips can be spontaneous to hit the road to see where the journey leads. While this may seem like a fun idea, it would likely lead you getting lost. Try to have a general sense of where you want to go. Having a map or GPS would help you plan the route. Check out 5 apps for road trips

2. Don’t forget the emergency car kit

The risk of car problems is higher than usual during a long drive. Car troubles could even mark the end of a road trip, which is why it is important to keep at least a spare tire and jumper cables in the trunk.

3. Don’t leave without checking your car status

Be sure you check your car before starting to drive. There are a lot of car issues that you can prevent just with a quick check, but don’t forget the emergency car kit! 

4. Don’t leave your home without getting it in order

Coming back home could take you from heaven to hell. Be sure you get your home as clean and neat as you can so you can come back and rest in a good environment. 

5. Don’t forget the cooler full of healthy snacks and fresh beverages

We know you want to try new things on the road. However, you may experience difficulties finding the right food while you’re driving. You need to keep snacks and drinks for those moments. Check out 5 healthy snack ideas for your next road trip

Any other tricks you can share? Comment below 🙂

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Voluntariado en áreas protegidas: 3 opciones para contribuir con la conservación de nuestro país

Las iniciativas de voluntariado en parques nacionales y áreas protegidas son sumamente importantes ya que dotan de trabajo a organizaciones que, por lo general, manejan una cantidad muy limitada de recursos:

A continuación te presentamos algunas opciones para contribuir con estos programas:

Asociación de Voluntarios para el Servicio en Áreas Protegidas ASVO

ASVO es una organización no gubernamental, autogestionada y sin fines de lucro, con más de 30 años dedicados a funcionar como una especie de puente entre la sociedad civil y la administración de distintas áreas protegidas en el país. 

Mediante un convenio con el Sistema Nacional de Áreas de Conservación SINAC, ASVO promueve el voluntariado en conservación, investigación y educación en más de 20 áreas protegidas en todo el país.

Para participar de sus programas, podés comunicarte por whatsapp al número (506) 8307-2431 o al correo electrónico info@asvocr.org

Área de Conservación Tortuguero ACTo

El Área de Conservación Tortuguero ofrece espacios de voluntariado en dos áreas silvestres: el Parque Nacional Tortuguero y el Refugio Nacional de Vida Silvestre Barra del Colorado para 4 categorías de voluntarios: miembros de organizaciones nacionales, miembros de organizaciones internacionales, miembros de organizaciones locales e individuos particulares. 

Para aplicar podés llenar el formulario en https://acto.go.cr/voluntariado/ o escribiendo un correo a sara.zuniga@sinac.go.cr con el lugar donde deseas realizar el voluntario, fecha y aptitudes personales que pueden aportar al programa.

Servicio Voluntario SINAC

El Sistema Nacional de Áreas de Conservación SINAC, también tiene su propio servicio de voluntariado mediante el cual podés colaborar con su trabajo en varias áreas silvestres protegidas. 

La categorías de voluntariado son las mismas de ACTo (organizaciones internacionales, nacionales, locales e individuos).

Para coordinar tu voluntariado, podés comunicarte con Luis Fernando Castillo Vindas, encargado del programa de voluntariado, al (506) 2522-5500 o el correo fernando.castillo@sinac.go.cr

5 magical waterfalls in Costa Rica you should visit

Costa Rica is one of the most famous places to visit because of its beautiful beaches. However, there are some magical places that not everyone thinks about first when planning vacations in Costa Rica: waterfalls. 

Here are our picks for your next trip to Costa  Rica:

La Paz

La Paz is probably the most accessible waterfall in Costa Rica. Just 60 mins ago from Juan Santamaría National Airport and 90 min from San José, this is the perfect place to share a beautiful day with family and friends surrounded by nature.

There you will walk through 3 great waterfalls and a wildlife refuge where you can find wild cats, birds, snakes and a lot of other wild animals.

Rio Celeste

 

Rio Celeste is a physics miracle you must see if you visit Costa Rica. The union of two rivers causes a physics phenomenon that colors the water with a bright turquoise tint. 

The park is about three and a half hours but the beauty of this place and the other attractions near Rios Celeste makes the experience worth it. 

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Nauyaca

Located near Dominical beach, Nauyaca is one of the most famous places for adventurous people nowadays. You can reach the waterfalls by walking, horseback riding or on a truck. 

Nauyaca has two gigantic waterfalls where you can take that amazing photo you need for your instagram feed or having a bath in the cold waters of the second waterfall. 

Llanos de Cortes

Llanos de Cortes is a perfect place to go with family. Located in Guanacaste, this waterfall is super accessible and has a huge pool with a shallow pool. 

Llanos de Cortes is the oasis you need in the middle of Guanacaste high temperatures.

Del Toro

Del Toro is one of the highest waterfalls in Costa Rica, with more than 270 feet over an extinct volcanic crater. 

This amazing place is just a couple of hours away from San José, the best way to reach it is by car and near you can also find trails and a hummingbird garden.

Have you already visited Costa Rica? Let us know if you have another recommendation below in the comments.

4 places you can’t miss out in Orlando

Orlando is well known for being a great place to visit in the United States. While many people think of Orlando as only a family destination, here are some of the alternative places you can’t miss there.

Kennedy Space Center

 The Kennedy Space Center is the perfect place to visit with your family because of the wide variety of educational Exhibits, Attractions & Shows. 

There you would find a lot of activities such as interactive projections, the rare opportunity to chat with former NASA astronauts and see the largest collection in space travel memorabilia.

Orlando Museum of illusions

 

The Museum of Illusions in Orlando is a brand new place to visit, that offers you more than 50 visual illusion attractions that prove that what we see is not always the truth.

Infinity rooms, reverse gravity rooms, miniature rooms and much more are waiting for you and your group. You won’t believe your eyes!

Aquatica 

If you like water parks, Aquatica is the place you can’t miss when you visit Orlando. There you could find high speed water slides, wave pools and a lot of water rides.

Aquatica is a perfect place to visit with family but you won’t regret it if you visit it with a group of friends too.

The Everglades

If you like outside and wildlife tours, the most famous swamps in the world are waiting for you. 

In the Everglades you can take airboat tours to go birdwatching and see a lot of different animals such as alligators, manatees and more.

Do you know other places that must be in this list? Feel free to comment below.

5 incredible National Parks to visit in California

If you’re a nature lover and also like hiking, California is one of the first places you should have in mind when you plan your trip to the United States. Let us give you 5 beautiful reasons:

Yosemite National Park

With more than 3000 square kilometers, Yosemite is one of the greatest reserves of the national parks system.  There you can see the biggest redwoods in America and visit the beautiful granite cliffs of El Capitan and Half Dome, carved by massive glaciers around three million years ago.

Also, if you’re a fan of adventure, you would be able to practice hiking, rafting, rock climbing and wildlife watching.

Joshua Tree National Park

Joshua Tree is probably one of the more famous parks in the USA. Named after the magnificent trees that abound in there.

There, you would be mesmerised by the shiny rock formations and the beautiful sky. Also, because of the lack of light pollution, you can see the Milky Way, as you haven’t seen it before.

This park is 125 miles from Los Angeles and offers you about 10 campsites where you can experience the adventure of your lifetime. 

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Death Valley National Park

This desert is well known for its high temperatures that makes life almost impossible but, if you visit it in winter or spring, we are sure you will love it.

This place was known for the presence of gold, which attracted many people in 1800 but nowadays, is famous for its vibrant colors and a wide variety of wildlife.

Devils Postpile National Monument

Located in the Sierra Nevada Mountain, this beautiful land is famous for its huge columns of basalt rock, formed by ancient volcanic eruptions. 

The geography of Devils Postpile makes it a great place for a hiking adventure, attracting hundreds of hikers per year, looking for the 100 foot Rainbow Waterfalls and the Mammoth Lakes.

In summer, you will also find festivals and many people looking for a nice place to practice swimming.

Channel Islands National Park

Also known as the “America´s Galapagos”, this park is a group of 5 islands located along the coast of Santa Barbara. 

Channel Islands is the home of more than 2000 species of flora and fauna, 150 of them only found there. 

In summer, you can watch dolphins and humpback and blue whales. Autumn there, is famous for kayaking and diving tours.

Do you know a national park that we missed? Feel free to comment below!

New Year, new Economy Rent a Car locations!

We decided to start big this 2021 at Economy Rent a Car and that´s why we have new and exciting destinations available that you can discover with an Economy vehicle.

From caribbean destinations like Guam to exotic places like Turkey or Morocco, this are some of the new cities where you can rent a vehicle with us:

Oranjestad, Aruba

The beautiful island of Aruba awaits for you to travel through their coastlines with one of our finest vehicles. You can observe our fleet in Aruba at this link. 

Tamuning, Guam

This island small in size but huge in attractions is now part of the large Economy Rent a Car worldwide network. If you are interested in renting a vehicle in Guam you can check our vehicles at this link. 

Italy

We now have two more locations available in one of the most important touristic destinations, not only in Europe, but worldwide: Naples and Ciampino.

If you are curious about our fleet in this locations you can see it by clicking on this link. 

Marrakech, Morocco

At this exotic destination you can appreaciate the beauties of the moroccan culture. We have a wide selection of vehicles at Marrakech and you can check it by clicking right here.

Izmir, Turkey

Izmir is the perfect destination if you like history and culture. And now you can discover even the last detail of it in a Economy Rent a Car´s vehicle. What choices do you have? Check our fleet here. 

Aguadilla, Puerto Rico

 

We have several amazing vehicles options for you at this caribbean pearl. Check our vehicle selection right here.

What are you waiting for? Aventure into any of this amazing destinations with the security of driving an Economy Rent a Car vehicle. We have the perfect car for you. 

 

5 healthy snack ideas for your next adventure

Whether you’re going for a beach or hiking day, it’s good for you to bring your own snacks. In this article we’re going to tell why and provide with ideas for the snacks of your next adventure.

Preparing and packing your own snacks may help you to save money and to keep up with your diet or your lifestyle. Remember that traveling requires a lot of planning for all to go the best way possible. Check out these tips to take care of your health on your next trip.

Let’s go with ideas for your next adventure!

1. Veggies and Fruits

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You can take them chopped in cups or as smoothies:

  • Cauliflower florets
  • Broccoli florets
  • Baby carrots
  • Snap peas
  • Celery sticks
  • Radishes
  • Cherries
  • Clementines
  • Apples

2. Lemon Basil Hummus

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Ingredients

  • 2 15.5 oz cans chickpeas (also known as garbanzo beans), rinsed and drained, juice reserved
  • 3 tbsp. tahini
  • 1 cup (packed) fresh basil leaves
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled and quartered
  • 2 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil, divided
  • salt and pepper to taste

Take a look how to prepare hummus.

3. Cheese Popcorn

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Ingredients

  • 1 full-size bag microwave popcorn (alternatively, you can use 1/2 cup of whole kernels on the stove to make your popcorn)
  • 1/4 cup cheddar cheese (grated)
  • 6 tablespoons butter (melted)

4. Oven-Dried Sweet Potato Chips

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Ingredients

  • Two large sweet potatoes
  • Salt and pepper
  • Spices.

5. Vegan Wraps

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Ingredients

  • 1 flour tortilla
  • 3 tablespoons of hummus
  • 1/4 avocado (sliced thin)
  • 1/3 cup alfalfa sprouts (or a few leaves of green lettuce or both)
  • 2 to 4 tomato slices
  • Cucumber slices

What’s your favorite travel snack? Let us know!

6 tips to become an eco-friendly tourist

Every time we traveled we kept something of each destination in our hearts. However there should be no sign of our passing in the destination we are visiting. That´s why we like to share with you this 6 tips to become an eco-friendly tourist:

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1. Support the local economy (besides the Economy office 😉 )

Buy local products and support the families involved. In the process you will absorbe the culture of the destination.

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2. Don´t take anything from your destination

Either plants or animals, despite how beautiful they might be it could unbalance, not only your ecosystem but also the one you are visiting.

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3. Visit national parks so your expenses impact directly on their budget.

Many national parks are sustained mostly by their own income. So buy tickets, t-shirts, anything that can help them staying alive.

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4.Use natural resourses with moderation.

From tap water to air conditioning, the more moderation you have the more you will contribute.

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5. Eat local

By consuming local products you will contribute with the local development, besides local products have no importation and associate expenses, with less impact on the environment.

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6. Choose travel companies that respect the human rights and the environment.

Esta es una excelente forma de disminuir el impacto ambiental de tu visita. This an excellent way to make a direct impact on the preservation of the destination you are going to visit.

Our vehicles are always maintained in excellent condition, which decreases the environmental impact. To rent one of our vehicles in any of our 100 locations in more than 30 countries around the world you can do it through our website: www.economyrentacar.com.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Get to know Cyprus in a vehicle from Economy Rent a Car!

One of the most exotic destinations in Europe is Cyprus. Known by it´s beautiful mediterranean beaches, this country will make you want to return as soon as possible. Economy Rent a Car has 2 offices in this beautiful country: Paphos and Larnaca.

We are located in both Larnaca International Airport and Paphos International Airport.

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Paphos

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Vehicles

At this link you can observe the vehicles we have available for you at our offices in Cyprus: https://www.economyrentacar.com/vehicles/larnaca-car-rental

Policies

Everything you need to know to rent a vehicle in this location you can read it here: https://www.economyrentacar.com/policies/larnaca-car-rental

Remember that your best rent a car option in Cyprus will always be Economy Rent a Car. You can rent your car at our website, calling at 2299-2000 or at any of our customer service numbers. Count on us!