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:

Top 10 Best Hot Springs in Arenal/La Fortuna

Tabacon Hot Springs Waterfalls

Costa Rica is not your typical tropical getaway. There is more to the country than just the palm tree-lined beaches and the warm Pacific and Caribbean waters. While Costa Rica is relatively small, it is home to roughly 5% of the world’s biodiversity, meaning the country is teaming with a wide array of flora and […]

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Monteverde vs Arenal: Which is Best for Your Costa Rica Trip?

Blue skies at Arenal Volcano

When you think of Costa Rica, you probably imagine towering volcanoes, palm tree-lined beaches, and jungle canopies teeming with sloths, monkeys, and other exotic wildlife. If you’re planning a trip to Costa Rica, chances are you’re considering visiting one of Costa Rica’s famed cloud forests to view the nation’s exotic flora and fauna. Travelers pressed […]

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Costa Rica with Kids: Babies, Toddlers, Big Kids & Teens

Family on vacation in Costa Rica with Kids

Costa Rica is a child’s wonderland. Slow-moving sloths, brilliant rainbows, ocean waves, smoking volcanoes, thrilling zip-lines, magical forest sounds, beautiful beaches, and a family-friendly culture all make Costa Rica a memorable place for a family with children to spend a family vacation. This article will share our best tips for traveling to Costa Rica with […]

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Horseback Riding in Costa Rica

People horseback riding on beach in Costa Rica

Costa Rica’s sandy beach trails, gravel farm roads, and curvy mountain passes make it an ideal terrain for horseback riding tours and an opportunity to experience nature at a gentle pace. This article will share details about where to go horseback riding in Costa Rica, when to go, and how to make sure it is […]

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The Traveler’s Guide to Tabacon Hot Springs

Tabacon Hot Springs Waterfalls

In a country with six active volcanoes and hundreds of dormant ones, it is no surprise that hot springs abound. Tabacon Hot Springs is one of the nicer hot springs resorts in Costa Rica and definitely worth a visit if you plan to be in the area around Arenal Volcano. Benefits of hot springs Medical […]

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Costa Rica Language & Communication Guide for Travelers

Watiress/hospitality staff in Costa Rica ready to speak Spanish or English

While Spanish is the principal language spoken in Costa Rica, it is relatively easy to travel around the country using English. Here at Costa Rica Escapes, we have hosted all kinds of travelers: from first-time-passport-users with very little Spanish to lifetime travelers with extensive experience in Latin America. The good news is that there are […]

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Types of Lodging in Costa Rica & Recommended Options

luxury lodge room in Costa Rica

Along with booking flights to Costa Rica, choosing your lodging, activities, and transportation are the other primary details. Choosing the right lodging is no small detail, however, so let’s dive into your options so you can choose which is best for your trip. This article will discuss different places you can stay in Costa Rica. […]

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