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:

Planning the Ultimate Costa Rica Itinerary

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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

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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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Costa Rica Zip Line & Canopy Tours

Costa Rica Zip Line & Canopy Tours

The extremely popular adventure sport that gives people the opportunity to traverse from tree-top to tree-top by way of a series of cables has many different names. Most commonly it is referred to as “zip-lining” or “canopy tour.” Zip line tours in Costa Rica are one of the most sought-after activities for visitors to do when […]

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Weather in Costa Rica

Costa Rica Weather

When planning a Costa Rica Escape itinerary for clients and travelers, the first topic that needs to be addressed is the weather in Costa Rica coupled with the time of the year the travelers want to visit Costa Rica. The time of year combined with the destinations in the trip itinerary will indicate the season […]

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Driving in Costa Rica. Is it Safe?

Driving in Costa Rica | Is it Safe?

Driving in Costa Rica is a topic that is often discussed in the planning stages of a Costa Rica Escapes’ itinerary. Very rarely do we recommend or suggest that our clients handle their own driving, and if we do, the traveler(s) have asked us about the practicality of renting a car for their trip. The […]

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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

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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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