About John Rabenau

John Rabenau has been working in the eco-tourism & adventure travel industry in Costa Rica since 2002. He has worked in a variety of capacities from Outdoor Educator & Principle Guide to Itinerary Design Manager & Business Owner for numerous organizations. He has grown Costa Rica Escapes into one of the most reputable Costa Rica travel agencies since its creation in 2006, hosting more than 5,000 people with custom vacation itineraries.

All articles by John Rabenau:

Visiting Manuel Antonio National Park

Manuel Antonio National Park in Costa Rica is home to one of the most gorgeous landscapes in the world. Offering a myriad many white sand beaches, mystical coves, tropical rainforests rich with diverse vegetation among the backdrop of mystical mountains. This place is paradise…and we can book your family vacation or custom tour/day trip here […]

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Traditional Costa Rican Food

Traditional Costa Rica Food: Casado!

The one word that can generally be used to describe the food in Costa Rica is fresh! The vast majority of the ingredients found in traditional Costa Rican food while on your family vacation, honeymoon, or even a destination wedding will most likely come from within the country and even the area where you are […]

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Costa Rica Volcanoes & Mountain Ranges

Costa Rica Volcanoes & Mountain Ranges

Costa Rica’s physical size is relatively small, however, this country (with no military) seems to have an endless supply of places for visitors and travelers to experience. With 912 miles of coast and multiple mountain ranges, determining where to go in Costa Rica can be an endless quest. There truly is something and somewhere for […]

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Facts About the Zika Virus & Traveling to Costa Rica

The current state is that Zika is a mild disease that affects a very small percentage of travelers (most concerning for pregnant women), has been declining greatly in Costa Rica, and the disease is relatively easy to avoid if properly informed. A family vacation, honeymoon or adventure trip to Costa Rica is supposed to be […]

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Breathtaking Beaches in Costa Rica

costa rica beach family

When people think about Costa Rica, more often than not what comes to mind is an image of a sandy, white, endless beach with palm trees blowing in the wind, waves lapping onto the shore and gorgeous sunsets melting into the horizon. It is no doubt that Costa Rica has some of the best and […]

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Rafting Costa Rica’s Pacuare River!

Rio Pacuare (River): Costa Rica White Water Rafting

If you can only do one thing in Costa Rica… With so many unique, adventure activity choices in Costa Rica, it is very easy to find something for everyone. While it doesn’t happen often, travelers passing through the country can have limited time or resources and are faced with the problem of limited time in […]

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5 Costa Rica Coffee Plantations to Tour

Costa Rica Coffee Plantation Tours

It’s been two centuries since Costa Rica, with its fertile volcanic soil, tropical climate, and high-altitude hills, has been producing coffee, which has given the country the expertise, vision, and knowledge to earn recognition as one of the best places in the world for growing coffee. That’s why it came as no surprise to coffee lovers when, […]

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Types of Transportation & Lodging in Costa Rica

Costa Rica has worked hard to develop a very stable, high quality with excellent service tourism industry. Therefore, when it comes to transportation and lodging, visitors can expect it all. Regarding lodging, you can choose from extremely luxurious and exclusive lodges to very basic backpacker hostels and everything in between. When it comes to transportation […]

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Costa Rica Family Travel Guide

This family guide to Costa Rica travel is intended to answer common questions that we think first come to mind when you decide to plan a family trip to Costa Rica, and we help guide you to other content where we have gone more in-depth about the information that you are looking for. At Costa […]

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17 Costa Rica Facts for Kids

Costa Rica Facts for Kids

If you’re planning a trip to Costa Rica with children, you need to have a lot of fun facts to present to your kids. The following facts about Costa Rica will make your children more excited and interested in your trip, and who knows, they might even have the answer to a random question of […]

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Costa Rica with Kids: Travel Advice

Costa Rica with kids means adventure in the jungle, ocean, river, mountain, city, and more, in a country the size of West Virginia. Therefore, everything is reachable if you have the correct plan and the right advice. At Costa Rica Escapes, we love the idea of families visiting Costa Rica for an unforgettable trip (we […]

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Costa Rica with Toddlers

Costa Rica Collection (Days 5-8)

Traveling with toddlers means looking at the world as if it were for the first time. You are sure to see them enjoy each new thing like it is the most amazing they have ever laid their eyes on, therefore you don’t need anything too big or glorious to keep them interested and entertained. Traveling […]

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Beginning Birding in Costa Rica

Have you ever heard of bird watching, bird lists, big years and binoculars, and felt out of place but somewhat intrigued? Birding certainly can elicit a wide range of images. Perhaps it’s your neighbor’s laid-back weekend hobby; or your co-worker’s focus every time she goes on vacation; or even your uncle’s everyday obsession. But what […]

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Things to Do in Costa Rica with Kids

If you are planning your family vacations (or holidays) in Costa Rica, you will not be disappointed with the number of family activities Costa Rica has to offer. No matter what you end up doing, kids and adults will be able to discover and be amazed by nature and some of those activities will add […]

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