Sunday 7 March 2021

Costa Rica Is An “Overrated” Destination, Says Huff

Thrill-seeking kayakers negotiate a perilous suspension bridge soaring over Costa Rica’s Savegre River, near Manuel Antonio National Park. Photograph by Lucas J. Gilman/Aurora Photos

In his article David Landsell, published on Monday April 8, 2013 in the Huffington Post, includes Costa Rica in the list of the “10 Terrible Overrated Destinations (And Where To Travel Instead).

Landsell writes, “Have you ever traveled somewhere that everyone told you was the absolute best, only to find yourself wondering: Is that all there is? It happens. Sometimes, the destination in question is trading on a dated reputation it no longer deserves. Other times, you’ve fallen victim to hype, manufactured by the travel industry, gleefully perpetrated by those whose job it is to report objectively. The end result? You’ve now wasted precious vacation time and money.

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Here are ten overrated places I’ve encountered, some all too frequently, during nearly fifteen years as a travel writer. If I never see any of them again, I won’t mind at all.”

Landsell is a contributing editor at, a website that offers travel tips.

In Landsell’s list Costa Rica is ranked six.

According to Landsell,  “Some people are burdened with the need to be unusual. These are the people who won’t stop banging on about Costa Rica. People who can’t accept that we have a place like this belonging to our own country. In this magical place, filled with exotic flora and fauna, the roads are better, things are a little tidier, most people speak English (not that there’s anything wrong with Spanish), the food is actually interesting and they have really great umbrella cocktails. Maybe you’ve heard of it?

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“Instead, try This place is called Hawaii. You’re welcome”, Landsell recommends in lieu of Costa Rica

As of Wednesday night the Huffington Post article had 46.602 Likes on Facebook and shares more than 6.500 times.

Costa Rica Is An “Overrated” Destination, Says Huff Post

Landsell added destinations as Buenos Aires and the Caribbean, based on their experience, having been a “victim” of the industry and deceived by the reputation of a place “that no longer deserves”:

10. Buenos Aires
9.   Ashville
8.   Berlin
7.   Chicago
6.   Costa Rica
5.   Colorado
4.   Vancouver
3.   the Caribbean
2.   San Francisco
1.   Austin

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