San Jose, Costa Rica

How to Spend One Day in San Jose

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.

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October 23, 2014 by
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Jaco, Costa Rica

Costa Rica’s Best Budget Destinations

Long a favored destination of backpackers and gap year students, Costa Rica’s spectacular landscapes and admirable eco credentials have also earned it acclaim as a luxury retreat and family holiday destination. Whether you’re traveling on a shoestring, spending a longer time in one place or just looking to get the most for your dollars – here are a few of Costa Rica’s best budget destinations.

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October 9, 2014 by
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Horseback Riding in Costa Rica

Horse riding in Costa Rica

Costa Rica has a long history with horses and whether you’re looking for an eco-friendly way to take in the scenery or just want to try something new, horseback riding in Costa Rica is sure to be an unforgettable experience.

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September 25, 2014 by
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Exploring the Sarapiqui River from San Jose

Rafting on the Sarapiqui River, Costa Rica

Running from the Central Mountain Range north of San Jose to the Nicaraguan border, the Sarapiqui River marks out one of the most idyllic regions of Northern Costa Rica, lined with tropical rainforest, sugar cane, coffee and banana plantations, and protected nature reserves. Exploring the Sarapiqui River from San Jose is easily done on a day trip, but with most tourists making a beeline for the Monteverde Cloud Forest and Arenal Volcano National Park, the Sarapiqui rainforest remains somewhat off-the-beaten-track.

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September 11, 2014 by
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Free Things to Do in Jaco

Jaco, Costa Rica

Costa Rica’s surf and party hub and the closest beach resort to San Jose, Jaco draws a steady stream of sunseekers and backpackers throughout the year, and the laid-back beach town entices many to stay much longer than intended. Whether you’re down to your last few colons or just looking to stretch out your trip, here are some ideas for free things to do in Jaco.

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July 24, 2014 by
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Market Shopping in San Jose

Shopping at San Jose markets, Costa Rica. Photo courtesy of Everjean via Flickr.

Fresh produce is the mainstay of Costa Rican cuisine and wherever you are in the country, you’ll find farmers markets heaped with a rainbow of fruits and vegetables, and bustling mercados selling everything from local handicrafts to cut-price clothing. But market shopping in San Jose is not just about picking up a bargain – it’s also a cultural experience where you can mingle with the locals, joke with vendors as you haggle over souvenirs and sample a smorgasbord of local delicacies.

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June 26, 2014 by
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