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 Ecotourism: Destinations, Activities & More

Rio celeste; Tenorio national park Costa Rica

When you think of Costa Rica, what comes to mind? If you live in the United States, Canada, or Europe, there’s a good chance it’s a form of ecotourism. Whether you’re imagining secluded beaches, towering waterfalls, soaring macaws, or bubbling volcanic hot springs, Costa Rica’s identity as an ecotourism destination has been carefully cultivated. Costa […]

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Top 10 Costa Rica Group Travel Tips

Costa Rica Group Travel

Costa Rica is among the most beautiful and exciting destinations in the world, and while it’s perfectly suitable for solo travel, the best experiences are often those that can be shared with others. If you are planning a group or family trip to Costa Rica, you won’t be lacking in available activities. From thrilling canopy […]

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Top 10 Costa Rica Family Tours

Costa Rica Hiking

If you are planning a family vacation to Costa Rica, you won’t be disappointed with the number of family activities Costa Rica has to offer. No matter what you end up doing, kids and adults will both be able to discover and be amazed by nature, and some of those activities will add just the […]

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How to Plan a Family Reunion Trip to Costa Rica

Family on Reunion Trip to Costa Rica

After the year we’ve all had in 2020, it’s no surprise that people are now eagerly looking to reunite and travel with their friends and family. Travel demand is surging as more people get vaccinated and restrictions ease. And what better way to celebrate the end of a pandemic than by a special trip with […]

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Best Costa Rica Rainforests for Tropical Vacation Tours

Costa Rica Rainforest: Corcovado National Park

Although the country may appear small on a map, Costa Rica hosts roughly 5% of the world’s biodiversity. Much of that is found in Costa Rica’s rainforest and jungles, where vast swaths of conserved land protect thousands of different species, such as jaguars, sloths, and monkeys. Costa Rica takes conservation seriously. In fact, more than […]

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Travel Restrictions to Costa Rica for Americans & More

Costa Rica Welcomes You Back (Travel Restrictions)

The coronavirus pandemic has upended life across the world, and Costa Rica hasn’t been spared from travel restrictions and Covid measures. But tourism is an important part of the local economy, and the government has prioritized reopening for visitors. As a result, Costa Rica has few travel restrictions. Americans, Canadians, and everyone else are welcome […]

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The Ultimate Guide to Costa Rica Family Vacations

Family at Arenal Volcano/Lake

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 Cities: Visitors Guide

Costa Rica's Best Cities

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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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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