Think of the world’s great beer-drinking nations and Costa Rica probably wouldn’t even cross your mind, but the capital has spearheaded a self-proclaimed ‘craft beer revolution’ in the past few years and today, San Jose has plenty to offer beer loving travelers. For a long time the only beers worth mentioning in Costa Rica were the ubiquitous Cerveza Imperial and Pilsen, but today beer drinkers can choose from a steadily increasing range of locally produced brews and there’s even a Microbrewery Beer Festival held in April in Avenida Escazu.
I’ve been on more than one ATV adventure during my travels, so it only seemed fitting to do one at the base of Volcano Arenal in La Fortuna, Costa Rica. I jumped at the chance to go on the Costa Rica ATV Adventure Tour from Arenal. With the rain \forest, streams, and close-up view of the conical volcano I knew it would make for a good outing. In this case I was looking as much forward to swimming in a cool, natural pool with waterfall and seeing toucans and other wildlife as I was riding the ATV.
As the feasts and celebrations of Christmas come to a close, the Costa Rican capital will be getting ready for the biggest festival of the year – the legendary Fiestas de Zapote. Held around the Redondel Bullring in San Jose’s Zapote district, the festivities take place throughout the last few days of December and typically run until January 5th – a triumphant goodbye to the past year, complete with live music, traditional rodeos and a huge fun fair.
As one of the world’s most biodiverse countries, Costa Rica’s kaleidoscopic wildlife is a huge draw for travelers and nature lovers will find plenty to get excited about in the Arenal Volcano National Park.As one of the world’s most biodiverse countries, Costa Rica’s kaleidoscopic wildlife is a huge draw for travelers and nature lovers will find plenty to get excited about in the Arenal Volcano National Park.
It might be freezing in the United States and Europe, but over in Costa Rica, the ‘dry season’ from December through to April is one of the busiest times of year. Escape the cold back home for one of these top winter sun destinations in Costa Rica.
With so much to see and do in Costa Rica, it’s not surprising that the capital often gets relegated to a stopover and the truth is, with a bit of forward planning, you can easily take in the highlights with one day in San Jose.