Historic architecture in Barrio Amon, San Jose. Photo courtesy of ElTico68 via Flickr.

Barrio Amón, San Jose’s Oldest District

Just northeast of downtown San Jose, Barrio Amón offers a characterful alternative to the bleak office blocks of the center, with its striking colonial buildings, tranquil parklands and chic assortment of cafes, restaurants and bars.

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February 19, 2015 by
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Where to stay in San Jose

Where to Stay in San Jose

With its central location and transport links to all of Costa Rica’s major sights, most travelers pass through San José at some point during their trip, and there’s a huge range of hotels, guesthouses and hostels to suit all budgets. Whether you’re studying Spanish in the capital, want to sample San Jose’s legendary nightlife or have just one day to take in the highlights; here are a few tips for where to stay in San Jose.

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February 19, 2015 by
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Canyoning in Arenal Volcano National Park

Arenal National Park, Costa Rica

Whether horse riding through remote jungle trails, zip-lining through the treetops, hiking around an active volcano or paddle-boarding on Lake Arenal, Arenal Volcano National Park offers seemingly endless opportunities for outdoor activities, and the rugged park is also one of the best places for canyoning in Costa Rica. A mix of rappelling, rock climbing and swimming, using ropes and climbing harnesses to safely navigate through narrow canyons and waterfalls, canyoning in Arenal Volcano National Park is a non-stop rush of adrenaline and best of all, anyone with reasonable fitness (and over 13 years old) can take part, even if you have no previous experience.

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February 12, 2015 by
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Outdoor Adventures in Guanacaste, Costa Rica

Outdoor adventures in Guanacaste, Costa Rica

Costa Rica’s ever-changing landscapes have long been a natural playground for adventurous travelers and few regions offer as much variety as Guanacaste, where the palm-fringed beaches are hemmed in by sweeping cloud forests, a string of dormant volcanoes and swaths of verdant rainforest. Best of all, the northwestern province is on the doorstep of some of Costa Rica’s most famous National Parks, so whether you want to hike through the wilderness, scale a volcano or soak in a thermal spring, there endless opportunities for outdoor adventures in Guanacaste.

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January 22, 2015 by
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Costa Rica for Chocolate Lovers

Costa Rica for chocolate lovers

Costa Rica is more famous for coffee beans than cocoa beans, but the country also has a history of cacao production dating back to pre-Colombian times and the cocoa bean was once so important that the native Chorotega people used it as currency and proclaimed it ‘a gift from the Gods’. Today, cocoa plantations are dotted all around the country and with sustainable chocolate factories, chocolate-tasting workshops and chocolate tours, Costa Rica is a great place for chocolate lovers to indulge their sweet tooth.

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January 22, 2015 by
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Discovering Lake Arenal

Kayaking on Lake Arenal, Costa Rica

With the misty cone of Arenal Volcano looming on the horizon and miles of lush forest hemming its banks, Lake Arenal is as striking in real life as it is on the postcards. Starting life as a small crater lagoon lying within the Arenal Volcano National Park , Lake Arenal was expanded in 1979 and is now Costa Rica’s biggest lake and an important hydroelectric dam, as well as a popular tourist attraction.

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January 15, 2015 by
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