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:

Costa Rica Cities: Visitors Guide

While most visitors come to Costa Rica for the country’s endless beaches and natural beauty, the majority of Costa Ricans themselves live in cities or their surrounding metropolitan areas. With a population of just over 5 million people, Costa Rica won’t wow tourists with the size of its cities. The country’s most populous city, San […]

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The Best Places to See Sloths in Costa Rica

Baby brown-throated three-toed sloth

Sloths are among Costa Rica’s most iconic animals. Don’t just take my word for it. In recent years, Costa Rica’s TV advertising campaigns in the United States have featured anthropomorphic sloths doing everything from singing a cover of “The Lion Sleeps Tonight” to explaining why Costa Rica is one of the happiest countries in the […]

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Where to Honeymoon in Costa Rica & What to Do!

Couple walking on beach during sunset

When considering where to honeymoon in Costa Rica, newlyweds will find a variety of tropical, romantic honeymoon destinations and activities to choose from.  Knowing your interests and priorities will help you narrow it down. Is Costa Rica a Good Honeymoon Destination? With white-sand beaches, vibrant rainforest, world-class luxury resorts, and secluded boutique hotels, Costa Rica […]

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Costa Rica Spring Break Vacation Guide for Families

Family on beach

Spring break can be the perfect opportunity to enjoy a family trip somewhere new. Costa Rica is a popular spring break destination for many reasons: it has warm weather and excellent beaches, it’s readily accessible from the United States, and it caters to tourists while retaining an authentic feel — unlike, say, Cancún. If you’re […]

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The Best Waterfalls in Costa Rica

Rio Celeste Waterfall

Bordered by two oceans and full of tropical rainforest, it’s no surprise that Costa Rica has a plethora of picturesque waterfalls. The country’s beauty is no secret. During an episode of “The Simpsons” earlier this month, the family was on vacation trying to get the perfect Costa Rica waterfall picture. After all, as Marge Simpson […]

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Things to Do in Costa Rica


Costa Rica is a pretty small country, but there is such a variety of things to do and places to go that it is always hard to choose where to go. We will give you here a series of suggestions in each one of the five regions of the country. What is the best thing […]

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How Much Does a Trip to Costa Rica Cost?

A week-long vacation in Costa Rica can cost anything from $1400 to over $2500 per person. The price of the trip will be affected primarily by the type of accommodation you choose, and the kind (and the number) of activities that are included in the tour. Meals and transportation can also affect the cost of […]

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A Complete Guide to Costa Rica Currency for Vacationers

Costa Rica currency

It has been more than 400 years since Christopher Columbus first made landfall in what is now Costa Rica, and his influence is still commemorated throughout the country. Even the Costa Rican currency, the Colón, is named after the European explorer. Of course, you don’t need a lesson in Spanish colonization to understand Costa Rica’s […]

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Planning the Ultimate Costa Rica Itinerary


First-time travelers to Costa Rica are often surprised at the wide variety of destinations, experiences, and attractions to be found in such a small country, which can make the task of planning the ultimate itinerary seem daunting. There are so many gorgeous beaches, tropical forests, national parks and tours that it can be hard to […]

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The Ultimate Guide to Costa Rica Family Vacations


A trip with your family is a big deal, nobody wants unexpected problems of any kind, but we all want pleasant surprises. That is why we dedicated time to create the (simpler) Costa Rica Family Travel Guide for you to find all the necessary information, to make your Costa Rica trip pleasurable. This Ultimate Guide […]

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Costa Rica Rainy Season

Costa Rica Tree Frog (Rainy Season)

If you think “rain in a tropical country,” you might be discouraged to plan your trip to that destination. Let’s be honest, when you take a vacation all you want is perfect weather and amazing experiences. The thing is that Costa Rica during the rainy season can be precisely that, perfect weather and amazing experiences […]

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Best of Costa Rica in 7 Days: Itinerary Tips

Costa Rica in one week.

The tiny Central American country of Costa Rica is one of the most biodiverse places on the planet. Unlike larger, more homogenous countries, its relatively small size and striking geographic diversity make it possible for visitors to experience an impressive array of life zones in a well-planned Costa Rica one week itinerary. With the right […]

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Best of Costa Rica in 10 Days: Itinerary Tips

Costa Rica Itinerary 10 Days

With its hundreds of miles of beaches, dozens of national parks and incredible biodiversity, Costa Rica is an ideal destination for anyone who loves the outdoors. Whether you’re coming as part of a family vacation, taking your honeymoon in Costa Rica or enjoy the thrill of adventure tourism, the country has something for everyone. If […]

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Planning a Trip to Costa Rica

Planning a trip to Costa Rica shouldn't cost a waterfall of stress

What’s Your Style? As you start planning your trip to Costa Rica, we suggest that you begin by reflecting on your past travel experiences. Review your top two or three travel experiences and further reflect upon how you prepared yourself for those adventures. What amazed you? What would you do differently? Keep in mind that […]

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