About Costa Rica Escapes

Costa Rica Escapes has used extensive knowledge and local relationships to create ideal Costa Rica vacations since 2006. We’re not just a typical Costa Rica travel agency! Our specialty is producing authentic & personalized travel experiences, whether it’s a romantic honeymoon, a group of friends seeking high adventure, or a family that wants to integrate into the culture. We will combine your individual travel needs with our many years of local knowledge (and local relationships) to design your ideal Costa Rica Escape!

Costa Rica Escapes is able to customize any of our itineraries or create a unique vacation that will meet your needs. Whether you like adventure or want to take it easy, whether you would like a private guide or to tour independently, we work with any type of budget to help you explore the exquisite country of Costa Rica. We can make your dream trip happen for you.

Escape the Ordinary & Experience Genuine Costa Rica!

Review our Costa Rica itineraries. All trips are customizable!

We also plan destination weddings in Costa Rica and can provide custom itineraries based on your specific travel interests.


John Rabenau

John is co-founder and Director of Marketing and Sales for Costa Rica Escapes. He currently lives between Park City, Utah, and Turrialba, Costa Rica.

John has been leading groups of all ages on authentic vacations and service-learning trips through Costa Rica and Central America since 2006. He has worked for The Costa Rica Rainforest Outward Bound School, Breakthroughs Abroad, Serendipity, and various other organizations throughout North and Central America.

John is a St. Louis, Missouri native and received his business degrees from Miami University in Oxford, OH. He put his incredible business sense and entrepreneurial skills to work and started Costa Rica Escapes, which has grown into one of the industry’s top boutique Costa Rica travel itinerary providers today.

Molly Alden

There is no doubt that Molly’s passion in life is teaching. Throughout her career, she has worked in myriad settings with countless types of people. Her experience ranges from teaching preschoolers about sea stars at the New England Aquarium to instructing adults in an English Language School in Costa Rica.

Molly was born and raised in Indianapolis, Indiana, received her degree in psychology from Miami University and her Master’s Degree in teaching from Boston College.

After her schooling, Molly set off to Costa Rica to use her skills. She fell in love with her surroundings and couldn’t get enough of the people, nature, and culture. When John approached her about the idea of co-founding Costa Rica Escapes, she jumped on the opportunity. Using her love for designing curriculum and meeting the needs of each of her travelers, Molly has been Director of Operations since its inception.

Why Costa Rica Escapes?

Costa Rica Host Families, Laundry Services & MoreCosta Rica Escapes is an organization that customizes itineraries for authentic family vacations, adventure travel trips, and honeymoons throughout Costa Rica. Using our local knowledge and expertise, we identify your unique needs and collaborate with you to design the perfect itinerary for your travels.

Once you have decided you want to vacation in Costa Rica, contact us to begin the process.

You will speak to an experienced Trip Specialist who will pinpoint the perfect combination of destinations, hotels, activities, and transportation for you. We will take care of all of your reservations and will send you a detailed itinerary that will walk you step-by-step through your vacation, so you will be prepared for your journey.

Costa Rica Escapes has acquired first-hand knowledge throughout its years of working and living within the country of Costa Rica. We have personally experienced each of the towns our itineraries visit and has carefully selected the most authentic and reputable hotels, tour operators and transportation providers. We want to make sure that you are comfortable, safe and well taken care of as you experience genuine Costa Rica at your own pace.

Trip Options

While any Costa Rica travel agency can book flights to a resort, Costa Rica Escapes prepares itineraries and customized trips for each customer’s unique interests. View our favorite itineraries for a variety of trip types, then contact us to design a customized trip to fit your needs. We also offer customized Trips for couples, small groups, your family and even a honeymoon!

Costa Rica Honeymoon Escapes

Costa Rica is the perfect place to travel to for your honeymoon. It is affordable, safe, and a short flight from your home. If you like adventure, just want to relax on the beach, or are interested in the diverse wildlife, Costa Rica is the place for you. Contact us for more information on Costa Rica Honeymoons.

Costa Rica Homestays & Spanish Language School

Are you or your family or friends are looking for a cultural immersion component to your vacation? Yet another way that we go beyond a typical Costa Rica travel agent approach, we can help place you with a Costa Rican family and sign you up for Spanish classes at a local Spanish Language School. You can also participate in a service project upon request! There is no better way of experiencing the country than actually living within an authentic Costa Rican community. Check out our Costa Rica Homestay & Spanish itinerary for more information or contact us to plan your reservations today!

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