Family Itinerary for Costa Rica: Rainforest, Beach, and Volcano

You’ve heard all about Costa Rica’s amazing wildlife and lush rainforest, and have booked your family’s flights to Costa Rica. You know you’re ready to create some amazing memories together …

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Palo Verde National Park: A Wildlife Tour Through Guanacaste’s Wetlands

Costa Rica has an amazing diversity of wildlife, though sometimes it can be hard to find. This is especially true in the Guanacaste region. Many visitors arrive in this part …

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Playa Avellanas: Sun, Surf, and Fun in Guanacaste

Costa Rica’s Guanacaste region is well known for its beaches. Although places like Tamarindo and Playa Flamingo get most of the hype, there are some amazing lesser known beaches as …

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Playa Dantita: A Serene White Sand Beach in Guanacaste

Some of the most beautiful beaches in Costa Rica require a bit more effort to visit. Their remote location keeps away the average beachgoer and gives those willing to explore …

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Car Seats in Costa Rica

Traveling to Costa Rica with young kids takes a little extra planning. You have to think about what to pack, how best to get around, and other important logistics. One …

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Planning a Family Vacation to Costa Rica: Essential Tips and Info

Last Updated: September 28, 2020 As any parent knows, taking a trip with the kids is always an adventure. Routines are inevitably disrupted and everything that is familiar changes. But …

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A Rainforest Tram Ride in Jaco

Costa Rica’s rainforests are amazing to hike through, and if you have read some of our national parks’ posts, you’ll see why. But viewing the rainforest, in all its grandeur, …

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Virtual Field Trip to Costa Rica – Part 2

In Part 1 of our virtual field trip to Costa Rica, we had you discover wildlife through guidebooks and trail cameras, taught you how to make homemade beans (yum!), planted …

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Virtual Field Trip to Costa Rica – Part 1

At home wishing you were in Costa Rica? Even from afar, there are meaningful ways to connect with and learn about the country’s rich culture, abundant wildlife, and diverse ecosystems. …

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Manuel Antonio Activities Guide

If you’re visiting Manuel Antonio during part of your Costa Rica vacation, get ready for fun! Manuel Antonio is best known for its amazing wildlife and there are excellent tours …

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Best Beaches for Families in Costa Rica

Costa Rica is famous for its miles of coastline along both the Pacific Ocean and Caribbean Sea. While most visitors want to experience the country’s tropical beaches, many don’t realize …

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La Paz Waterfall Gardens: Wildlife Up Close

If you’re coming to Costa Rica to see as much wildlife as possible, there are several ways to do so. Our favorite always has been to trek through as many …

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Family Travel: Why Costa Rica is the Perfect Destination

If you’ve been considering taking the kids overseas for the first time, you may have some reservations. We often hear from parents asking if Costa Rica is a good destination …

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Manuel Antonio Catamaran Cruise

Last Updated: January 21, 2020 If you’re visiting Manuel Antonio on your next trip to Costa Rica, you’re no doubt looking forward to spotting wildlife in the national park, doing …

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The Famous Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve

Monteverde has several reserves to take in the area’s abundant nature, but one of the most popular is the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve (Reserva Biologica Bosque Nuboso Monteverde). This reserve …

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Curi-Cancha Reserve: Avoiding the Crowds in Monteverde

Even though Monteverde is a remote destination, hundreds of thousands of tourists still visit each year. In fact, during the height of the dry season, its parks and reserves can …

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Belen Waterfall: A Hidden Swimming Hole Near Samara

Part of Costa Rica’s allure are the many off-the-beaten-path activities that can be found with a little bit of exploring. One such activity is the Belen Waterfall near Samara. This …

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Packing List for Traveling with a Baby to Costa Rica

Last Updated: September 28, 2020 Packing for your vacation can be stressful in itself but adding a baby to the picture takes it to a whole new level. Luckily, Costa …

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Samara Trails: Exploring the Tropical Dry Forest

The town of Samara in Costa Rica’s Guanacaste region is probably best known for being a chilled-out beach destination. But in the hills above the sand-sprinkled streets is an amazing …

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Traveling with a Baby in Costa Rica

Last Updated: September 28, 2020 Since having kids, we have learned a lot about family travel in Costa Rica. We have a series of articles on family travel on this …

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Montezuma Waterfalls: Best Ways to Access

If you’re visiting Montezuma on Costa Rica’s Nicoya Peninsula, chances are you’ll be heading to the Montezuma Waterfalls at some point during your trip. This set of three waterfalls is …

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Best National Parks in Costa Rica

  One of the things that makes Costa Rica unique is the amount of protected land it holds. Beginning in the 1960s, Costa Rica started putting parcels of land aside …

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A Gold Mining Tour: Hunting for Treasure on the Osa

In a recent post, we let you know about a fantastic rural tourism project in the town of Dos Brazos de Rio Tigre on Costa Rica’s Osa Peninsula. While the …

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Corcovado’s El Tigre: Hiking and Activities from Puerto Jimenez

On our most recent trip to Puerto Jimenez on Costa Rica’s remote Osa Peninsula, we found ourselves with very few options for day trips, especially hiking. The Herrera Botanical Gardens …

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The Whale Tail at Uvita’s Marino Ballena National Park

Nature works in mysterious ways. And one really interesting oddity of nature is the so called whale tail that juts into the Pacific Ocean on Costa Rica’s Southern Pacific Coast. …

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Viento Fresco Waterfalls: A Refreshing Stop Between La Fortuna and Monteverde

La Fortuna and Monteverde are two of Costa Rica’s top destinations, and many people visiting one will often travel to the other. But those who have driven this beautiful but …

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Arenal 1968 Trail: Hiking Historic Lava Fields

Early one morning in July 1968, an unassuming green mountain in northern Costa Rica suddenly awoke and became the legendary Arenal Volcano. If you are visiting the town of La …

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8 Things to Do in Dominical

Last Updated: October 30, 2019 Dominical is probably best known for its waves, which draw surfers from all around the world. But there’s a lot more to this quirky beach …

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The Painted Oxcarts of Sarchi

Long before eco-tourism vans took to the roads of Costa Rica, there was another much simpler mode of transportation: the oxcart. Brightly painted with intricate designs, these original wagons or …

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Whale Watching in Costa Rica

Costa Rica is probably best known for its wildlife on land. Monkeys, sloths, birds, and butterflies often steal the show and for good reason. But what some forget is that …

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Spotting Costa Rica’s Most Spectacular Wildlife at Sirena Ranger Station

One of the things that Costa Rica is best known for is its spectacular wildlife. Just about everywhere around the country you can see a myriad of neotropical birds and …

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Costa Rica Wildlife Guides: Our Picks

  One thing that continuously amazes us about Costa Rica is the amount of biodiversity packed into this small country. Even after living here for over two years, we still …

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Los Chorros Waterfalls: Grecia’s Natural Jets

Many of Costa Rica’s natural wonders are hidden among remote tangles of jungle or at the end of long dirt roads. But sometimes these magnificent attractions are sitting right in …

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Playa San Josecito: Hiking and Snorkeling near Drake Bay

If you’ve read our destination guide on Drake Bay, you know that it is a nature-lover’s paradise where the jungle meets the sea. And while guided excursions and tours are …

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Tortuguero National Park: A Wildlife Hot Spot

Costa Rica has nearly 30 national parks, but if you’re a wildlife enthusiast, there’s one that stands out against all the rest. Tortuguero National Park, located in the northeastern-most part …

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Birding in Carara National Park

Only a short drive from one of Costa Rica’s most popular and developed beach towns is an oasis of nature. Carara National Park, just north of Jaco, not only has …

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Rincon de la Vieja National Park: Volcanic Vents and Tropical Forest

Costa Rica’s Guanacaste Province in the northwestern part of the country is a popular spot for surfers and beachgoers alike. But many visitors to this relatively flat and dry coastline …

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7 Off-the-Beaten-Path Things to Do Near Manuel Antonio

Manuel Antonio is one of Costa Rica’s most popular destinations. With a gorgeous beach, lush rainforest, and tons of wildlife, it is no surprise that it’s a favorite among visitors. …

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Best Waterfalls in Costa Rica

  Over the last 21 months, we’ve been fortunate to see some incredible waterfalls in Costa Rica. At times, it seems there’s one around every corner. Even just a simple …

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San Gerardo Waterfall

Hidden among the quiet forests of San Gerardo de Dota lies a little-known waterfall, the San Gerardo Waterfall. Sometimes called the Rio Savegre Waterfall, this beautiful cascade is just an …

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A Jungle Night Tour with Tracie the Bug Lady

As the sun sets on the jungle of Drake Bay, the forest comes alive. Where only a few hours earlier there were birds and monkeys to see, suddenly a whole …

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Playa Blanca: A White Sand Oasis Near Jaco

When you think of beautiful beaches in Costa Rica, you probably think of the shell-filled Playa Conchal, the pristine Playa Flamingo, and maybe even Playa Punta Uva with its caramel-colored …

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Making Organic Chocolate at La Iguana Chocolate

Among fields of pineapple and palm is a different kind of farm trying to bring back a lost art: the art of making chocolate. La Iguana Chocolate, set in the …

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Rainmaker Conservation Project: Unspoiled Nature Near Manuel Antonio

Last Updated: October 4, 2019 Everyone knows about Manuel Antonio’s famed national park, but if you’re looking for something more off-the-beaten path, there’s another great option. Rainmaker Conservation Project located …

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A Riverboat Adventure on the Tarcoles River

Last Updated: August 21, 2019 The Tárcoles River winds from the mountains of the Central Valley down the Pacific slope and eventually drains into the Gulf of Nicoya. Though spanning …

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Llanos de Cortez Waterfall

Last Updated: October 3, 2019 Visiting a waterfall is on almost every traveler’s wish list. But for those heading to the northwestern part of Costa Rica, especially the beaches of …

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The Big Cats of Las Pumas Rescue Center

Last Updated: October 3, 2019 Costa Rica is home to six different kinds of wild cats. Although thousands of visitors take to the country’s hiking trails each day, the chances …

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A Classic Costa Rican Coffee Tour at Cafe Britt

When our friend Lauren (a.k.a. the Altecocker) was visiting Costa Rica on her 55th home exchange last year, we knew that we had to make the trip to San José …

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Diamante Waterfall and Cave

Last Updated: February 10, 2020 Costa Rica has many amazing waterfalls but we know of only one with a secret cave where you can stay the night. Located in Costa …

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Tirimbina: An Eco-Treat in Sarapiqui

As we cover more of Costa Rica, our travel planning has become much more spur of the moment. This was especially true for our most recent road trip. The weekend …

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Catarata del Toro: A Hidden Gem in Costa Rica

If you’re visiting Poas Volcano or the northern lowlands around Puerto Viejo de Sarapiqui, be sure to take a day trip to the stunning Catarata del Toro. We happened upon …

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Visiting the Beautiful Nauyaca Waterfalls

Costa Rica has plenty of stunning waterfalls but probably the most spectacular, in our eyes, are the Nauyaca located in the mountains of the southern zone. With two sets of …

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The Enchanting Rio Celeste

Set in the mountains in rural northwestern Costa Rica, the Rio Celeste (Blue River) and waterfall is a breathtaking natural wonder that one has to see to believe. The brilliant …

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Hacienda Baru Wildlife Refuge

If you’re visiting Costa Rica’s central Pacific coast, be sure to plan a trip to Hacienda Barú. This wildlife refuge, which encompasses an impressive 330-hectare swath of land along the …

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Corcovado National Park

Known as the largest lowland rainforest remaining on Central America’s Pacific coast, Corcovado National Park is a must see for the dedicated nature enthusiast. The 161-square mile parcel hosts the …

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Hiking in Arenal Volcano National Park

Looming over the town of La Fortuna, Arenal Volcano is one of Costa Rica’s five active volcanoes. Originally thought to be dormant, this volcano unexpectedly sprang to life in 1968. …

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Manuel Antonio National Park: Hiking, Wildlife, and Beautiful Beaches

Last Updated: October 22, 2019 If you’re looking for picturesque beaches, wild jungle, and up-close encounters with wildlife, Manuel Antonio National Park is for you. Our first visit to Manuel …

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