Costa Rica Travel Blog

Find insider advice and local secrets in our Costa Rica travel blog. John Rabenau (co-founder) shares his knowledge to help you discover the beauty and secrets of one of the most magical places on earth…all while ensuring your trip is a breeze. Let this expert advice help you plan your trip whether you’re interested in a family itinerary for a Costa Rica family vacation, honeymoon, adventure vacation, or another itinerary that would better suit your needs.

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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How to Spend Thanksgiving in Costa Rica in 2024

Pura Vida sign

So, you want to travel to Costa Rica with family or friends. And maybe thinking to yourself, “What is Thanksgiving like in Costa Rica?” In this article, we will help you understand what happens in Costa Rica during the USA Thanksgiving celebration because this is where we see a lot of tourists come down to […]

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2024 Easter in Costa Rica (Semana Santa)

Costa Rica Cross on Beach Cliff

As a company that puts together travel itineraries to visit Costa Rica, we always say it is an excellent time to visit Costa Rica. Still, there are some holidays that we need you to be aware of that will be much more crowded or a bit more expensive as well. We have already talked to […]

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How to Spend Christmas in Costa Rica in 2024

Christmas Ornament and Sea Shell on Costa Rica Beach

“I’m dreaming of a White Christmas. Just like the ones I used to know.” ~Bing Crosby, White Christmas. Bing Crosby must not have been to Costa Rica during Christmas because the only way you would see white is on the beaches but in Costa Rica during Christmas, you will see green, orange, red, purple, yellow, […]

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