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

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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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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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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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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