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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Costa Rica’s Southern Pacific Coast: Regional Snapshot

If you’re looking for peaceful seclusion and abundant nature, Costa Rica’s southern Pacific coast is the perfect place to find it. With lush rainforest, spectacular biodiversity, and generally little development, …

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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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Costa Rica’s Central Valley: Regional Snapshot

Home to almost three-quarters of the country’s population, the Central Valley is Costa Rica’s cultural and economic center. Long ago, farmers used oxcarts and horses to traverse the surrounding green …

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Costa Rica’s Caribbean Coast: Regional Snapshot

While often overlooked, Costa Rica’s Caribbean coast has a lot to offer visitors. It has some of the country’s most scenic beaches, with turquoise water and a wild jungle backing. …

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Traveling to Costa Rica During Covid-19: Entry Requirements, Protocols & What to Expect

Last Updated: September 24, 2020 With borders beginning to reopen around the world, travel as we know it has certainly changed. But what is traveling to Costa Rica like during …

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Central Pacific Coast, Costa Rica: Regional Snapshot

With miles of beach, lush rainforest, and abundant wildlife, Costa Rica’s central Pacific coast is a favorite among visitors. Some come for surfing, which is plentiful up and down the …

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Guanacaste, Costa Rica: Regional Snapshot

Guanacaste is a region in northwestern Costa Rica famous for its beaches and plentiful amenities. Sometimes called the “Gold Coast,” this area has some of the country’s most beautiful beaches. …

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Costa Rica and the Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Last Updated: September 28, 2020 The novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) is a hot topic these days for travelers. We’ve had many readers and clients inquire about how Costa Rica is dealing …

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Jaco Restaurant Guide

Last Updated: September 3, 2020 Jaco is a beach town with a lot going on. For first timers, the options for restaurants can be almost overwhelming. You’ll find everything from …

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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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Renting a Car in Costa Rica: Clearing Up the Confusion

If you’ve looked into renting a car for your trip to Costa Rica, you may be uneasy about the details. Maybe you’re unsure about the process of renting. Maybe you’re …

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Mosquito-Repellent Clothing for Costa Rica

Post Updated: May 21, 2019 Along with Costa Rica’s gorgeous tropical environment comes some unfortunate pests. Mosquitoes and other biting insects are found throughout the country and are particularly bothersome …

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Shuttles in Costa Rica: How They Work and When to Use Them

Updated February 21, 2020 Transportation is usually one of the most stressful parts of a planning a trip to Costa Rica. There is so much conflicting information about road conditions, …

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La Fortuna Hotel Guide: Where to Stay Near Arenal Volcano

La Fortuna is a destination for almost every type of traveler. It offers a huge selection of lodging that ranges from budget-friendly hostels to mid-range hotels with volcano views all …

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Paso Canoas: Costa Rica and Panama’s Biggest Border Crossing

There are several reasons why you might be planning to cross the border between Costa Rica and Panama. Many people do this just to explore another part of Central America, …

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Manuel Antonio Restaurant Guide

Last Updated: September 30, 2019 Deciding where to eat in Manuel Antonio can be overwhelming. With over 75 restaurants tucked away in town and dozens more in nearby Quepos, knowing …

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10 Daypack Essentials for Costa Rica

Whether you are hiking one of Costa Rica’s rugged jungle trails or planning a relaxing walk in a national park, having what you need readily available can make a good …

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Road Conditions of Specific Routes in Costa Rica

Last Updated: September 29, 2020 If you’ve read our article on Driving in Costa Rica, then you’ve already learned the basics of what to expect when out on the road. …

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Driving to Monteverde: Best Routes and Road Conditions

Updated: February 2, 2020 Monteverde is one of Costa Rica’s most unique destinations. This humble mountain town, best known for its cloud forests, is far removed from any other tourist …

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Monteverde Hotel Guide

Monteverde may be a remote destination in Costa Rica, but once you arrive, you’ll find a long list of things to do and places to stay. In this post, we’ll …

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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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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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Taking the Puntarenas-Paquera Ferry

Last Updated: February 6, 2020 With Costa Rica’s zigzagging roads and spread out destinations, getting from point A to point B can be either half the fun or the most …

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Safety Tips for Your Next Trip to Costa Rica

Many people visiting Costa Rica are uneasy about safety. They have heard about violence in other areas of Central America and are unsure of what to expect. Rest assured that …

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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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Costa Rica and Mosquitoes: Tips to Prevent Zika, Dengue, and More

Last Updated: May 21, 2019 Although Costa Rica has some amazing wildlife, not all creatures in its rainforests are postcard worthy. In fact, some, like the mosquito, are dreaded because …

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A Taste of Costa Rica: 7 Traditional Foods to Try

Last Updated: May 7, 2020 For many, traveling means not only visiting somewhere new, but also diving into the culture. And food is one of those defining parts of a …

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Crossing the Rio Sereno Border Between Costa Rica and Panama

If you plan on traveling to Costa Rica’s neighboring countries by foot, bus, or car, you’ll want to know about its border crossings. Costa Rica has several borders or fronteras …

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Best Time to Visit Costa Rica

Last Updated: June 15, 2020 If you live somewhere that gets cold, you probably can’t wait to plan your getaway to Costa Rica. But when is a good time of …

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Simple Spanish for Visiting Costa Rica

If you are worried about not speaking Spanish for your upcoming trip to Costa Rica, you’re not alone. We remember those days too and hear from lots of others who …

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Money Matters: Currency, Exchanging Money, and Tipping in Costa Rica

Last Updated: March 5, 2020 If you’re a first time visitor to Costa Rica, you probably have some questions related to money. Maybe you’re wondering about the best way to …

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Best Hotels Near SJO Airport

Last Updated: March 5, 2020 With crazy flight schedules and lengthy drive times between most destinations and the airport, sometimes an overnight near Costa Rica’s SJO (Juan Santamaria International) Airport …

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Weather in Costa Rica: What You Need to Know

Last Updated: September 29, 2020 So your favorite weather app is telling you that in Costa Rica, it is pouring buckets and shooting lightning bolts every single day. Of course …

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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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Driving in Costa Rica: What to Know Before You Go

Last Updated: June 15, 2020 Driving in Costa Rica can be intimidating for a first- or even second- or third-time visitor. When we traveled to Costa Rica as tourists, we …

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Cost of Traveling in Costa Rica

Traveling to Costa Rica might cost more than you think. A lot of people expect that because Costa Rica is in Central America, it will be extremely inexpensive. While the …

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Getting to Tortuguero

Last Updated: February 21, 2020 In our last post, Tortuguero Off the Resort, we shared some amazing things to do in Tortuguero and also suggested where to stay and eat. …

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How to Spend 1 or 2 Days in San Jose, Costa Rica

San Jose, the capital city of Costa Rica, is filled with rich history and culture. Not only that, but it has a hip urban vibe and an array of restaurants …

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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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Packing for Costa Rica: The Essentials

Last Updated: February 21, 2020 If you’re reading this post, you’ve probably bought your tickets and are getting excited for your trip to Costa Rica! You likely have a good …

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Why You Should Visit Costa Rica in the Rainy Season

Most people traveling to Costa Rica come during the dry season. When we visited as tourists, we did the exact same thing. All we wanted was sun and clear blue …

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Sigma 18-250mm: A Great All Around Travel Lens

What would a travel website be without captivating photos? We wondered that ourselves recently when we found our go-to zoom lens suddenly out of commission. It all happened on a …

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6 Great Eats Around Lake Arenal

Anyone who has driven around Lake Arenal on their way from La Fortuna to Monteverde knows about all of the crazy signs. Every couple of miles, there’s a random, handmade …

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How to Save on Travel in Costa Rica

Although Costa Rica is less expensive than many destinations in North America, Europe, and the South Pacific, it isn’t as budget friendly today as it once was. Like all great …

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