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Jaco Suggested Itineraries

By Viator, March 2012

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 10 Ratings | Tours & Tickets

Upon arrival in the cheerfully scruffy center of Jaco (or, alternately, the luxuriously landscaped resort just north, Los Sueños), you’ll want to appreciate the view; Costa Rica’s Central ...  Read more

Hiking in Arenal Volcano National Park

By Viator, July 2014

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 1 Rating | Tours & Tickets

The best way to introduce yourself to the natural beauty of Arenal Volcano National Park is to hike one of the park’s easy-to-navigate trails, which will take you through secondary rainforest and ...  Read more

Best Outdoor Activities in Costa Rica

By Viator, April 2014

4.5 star rating: Recommended 89 Ratings | Tours & Tickets

Costa Rica may be small, but contained within its borders is a profound diversity of natural landscapes and environments — including two gorgeous coastlines, mountain ranges, rivers, waterfalls, ...  Read more

San Jose Suggested Itineraries

By Viator, June 2014

4.5 star rating: Recommended 253 Ratings | Tours & Tickets

Bustling big city or nature’s haven? Whichever way you see it, San Jose offers plenty of excitement for the first time and returning visitor alike. In fact, its obvious architecture of tall ...  Read more

Volcanoes and National Parks

By Viator, April 2014

4.5 star rating: Recommended 150 Ratings | Tours & Tickets

San Jose in Costa Rica is many things to many people. Looming skyscrapers, glitzy malls, busy businessmen and a fast-paced lifestyle is perhaps the more obvious appearance to those visiting on ...  Read more

Canopy Tours of Costa Rica

By Viator, June 2014

4.5 star rating: Recommended 35 Ratings | Tours & Tickets

It’s possible to wiz through the rain forest on a high-flying zip line, but slightly less-thrilling—though equally scenic—canopy tours offer travelers a calmer way to experience the wonder of the ...  Read more

3 Days in Arenal Volcano National Park

By Viator, July 2014

4.5 star rating: Recommended 24 Ratings | Tours & Tickets

The majestic gray cone of Costa Rica’s most famous volcano, Arenal, has the frustrating habit of veiling itself in thick clouds about 80% of the time. That’s why clever travelers plan to spend a few ...  Read more

Ziplining in Costa Rica

By David J , February 2013

More than a quarter of Costa Rica is covered in rainforests, and one of the best ways to explore these enchanting ecosystems is via a zipline. First developed by American scientists, who wanted to ...  Read more

Bird watching in Costa Rica

By Zoe Smith , United Kingdom, February 2013

Costa Rica is teeming with exotic wildlife with lush rainforests populated with everything from exuberant monkeys to menacing crocodiles; sloths slinking in the shadows and jungle pathways misted ...  Read more

Carara National Park

By Zoe Smith , United Kingdom, January 2013

Costa Rica is full of nature reserves and wildlife parks, but one of the most popular is the Carara National Park, an easy day trip just 2 hours drive from San Jose and a key attraction for cruise ...  Read more

New Year’s Eve in Costa Rica

By Zoe Smith , United Kingdom, December 2012

New Year rituals in Costa Rica might be a little different from North America or Europe, but one thing remains the same – it’s the biggest celebration of the year. Although many Costa Ricans opt to ...  Read more

Christmas in Costa Rica

By Zoe Smith , United Kingdom, November 2012

Festive celebrations begin early in Costa Rica, with the start of ‘Las Posadas’ (the ‘inns’) nine days before Christmas and three dramatic parades taking place around the country. ‘El Carnival’, ...  Read more

Costa Rica in Rainy Season

By Paige , Nicaragua, November 2012

Everyone knows that the best time to visit Costa Rica is in dry season, from mid-December through April or so, when the sun is shining and prices are at a premium. Or is it? Costa Rica is a popular ...  Read more

La Fortuna Waterfall

By Paige , Nicaragua, November 2012

Though Arenal Volcano is no longer spewing lava, the neighboring town of La Fortuna remains a great base for all sorts of activities, including hiking, horseback rides, canopy tours, spelunking and ...  Read more

Traveling With Children in Costa Rica

By Paige , Nicaragua, October 2012

Friendly and beautiful, Costa Rica is a fine destination to introduce children to the adventure of travel. Though still a developing country, it boasts some of the best tourism infrastructure in ...  Read more

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