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Happy New Year 2016

Happy New Year

I say football… The Rose Bowl! More seriously (I think!), what is so incredibly different between a day changing at one second past midnight from December 31st to January 1st versus the day changing at one second past midnight on any other day? Is it all about new beginnings? Reflection? or merely a new calendar? What is so different between a universal new year and each of our own new year (AKA our birthday)?

This ubiquitous behavior must be tied to something that is profoundly more meaningful than the mere symbolism by which we keep chronological score of our lives, as most of us fail at our  resolutions – living healthier, better, longer, and skinnier lives with more money in our designer purses (or pockets).

The reality… nothing changes on New Year’s Day… except our calendar! Nonetheless, we are fascinated by the fireworks that seem to be a prerequisite of good luck rituals, resolutions, and other celebratory behaviors that give us hope of a brighter future.

Perhaps the most significant (in my opinion) aspect of New Year’s traditions is the reflection, hope, and good intentions that fill our hearts, minds, and even our souls.

 We do not learn from experience; we learn from reflecting on experience!

-John Dewey

 So, as you bring in the New Year, Exquisite Air Charter’s wish for you is that you reflect on your life and the lessons that have presented themselves to you and make one of your resolutions to be more present during the experiences that have the power to fuel your growth. I wish you the ability to be more positive along your journey so that you can find the blessings in every lesson – learn to replace thoughts like, “why did this happen to me?” with thoughts like, “what opportunities might come from me not getting what I wanted!”

Life is what you make it so let’s choose to make it a happy one!


How would you feel about a Costa Rican getaway? You’d be surprised how much this is a kids’ trip. Costa Rica is very warm all year around. Tortuguero is no exception! Tortuguero is located on the northern, Caribbean side and is a national park and rain forest. This amazing national park is like a zoo where you can walk among native creatures including toucans, monkeys, turtles, and more. Unlike many rain forests, Tortuguero is easy to get to. Tours often depart San Jose via bus to this tropical region. Many companies offer all-inclusive packages that include transportation, meals, lodging, and more! Your Exquisite Air Charter representative will gladly assist you in setting up a visit to Tortuguero.

Costa Rica Sea Turtle

Costa Rica Sea Turtle

We highly recommend a walking tour into the village of Tortuguero, kayaking smaller canals, and guides canoe rides to get close to local animals. Most of all, the evening turtle tour is not to be missed!

Costa Rica Turtle Nesting

Costa Rica Turtle Nesting

Sea Turtle nesting is most available to visitors during the months spanning from July through October; with hatching generally taking place near Christmas time. Special guides are available through many lodges who will take small groups to view, up close, nesting female sea turtles. A strong patrol presence exists in the evenings to prevent poaching and education is available through the local Sea Turtle Conservancy; explaining just how important the sea turtles are (especially the endangered green turtle).

There are so many opportunities for amazing, up-close, interaction with the animals when visiting beautiful Costa Rica but perhaps Tortuguero is the epitome of opportunities for interaction and education when associated with rain forest animals in Costa Rica. Whether you arrive via a private jet or other – Tortuguero is a great place to visit!