Category: Free Things To Do

Costa Rica’s Best Hikes

April 3, 2014

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Hiking in Arenal Volcano National Park. Photo courtesy of marianne muegenburg cothern via Flickr

From hazy cloud forests to barren lava fields, Costa Rica’s dramatic landscapes make it the ideal destination for hikers and with such a variety of terrain, adventurous types will find plenty to pique their interest. Whether you want to scale an active volcano or enjoy bird watching in the rainforest, here are some of Costa Rica’s best hikes.

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Cheap and Free Things to Do in San Jose

March 6, 2014

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San Jose, Costa Rica

Whether you’re backpacking on a tight budget or just looking to stretch your colones a little further, there are plenty of cheap and free things to do in San Jose. Here are a few ideas.

1. Take a walking tour
Even if you can’t afford a guided walking tour of San Jose, you can still enjoy a DIY tour of the city’s sights. Start at the central Plaza de la Cultura, from where landmarks like the neoclassical National Theater and the Museo de Oro (Gold Museum) are easy to find, then head further afield to explore the grand mansions of Barrio Amón or stroll through the picturesque España Park.

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Best Honeymoon Spots in Costa Rica

May 16, 2013

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Costa Rica is one of the most popular Central American destinations for newlyweds. It’s not hard to see why. With its world-famous beaches and rainforests, it’s the perfect spot for couples looking to relax or explore. In fact, Costa Rica has been ranked in the world’s top ten honeymoon destinations by Brides Magazine, the Signature Travel Network, Ask Men and Elle.

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Costa Rica’s Most Beautiful Beaches

April 4, 2013

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Costa Rica is home to pristine rainforests and some of the most colorful and exotic creatures on the planet, but it is the country’s beautiful beaches that draw the most visitors. Assaulted by crashing surf, crowded and full of activities, or just plain secluded, Costa Rica offers a variety of coastline.

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Bird Watching in Costa Rica

January 24, 2013

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Bird watching in Costa Rica is a hugely popular activity and with over 850 species of birds crammed into such a small geographical area, it’s easy to see why. The diversity of birds is thanks to the varied habitats spanning the small country – the cloudforests of Monteverde; the verdant lowlands of the Osa Peninsula and the Talamanca Mountains, Central America’s tallest range, offer up everything from the elegant Jacamar to the striking yellow–chested Keel-billed Toucan.

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Sarchi: The Handicrafts Capital of Costa Rica

July 26, 2012

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A handicraft in Sarchi, Costa Rica. Photo courtesy of Carlos Reusser Monsalvez via Flickr.

In the misty coffee-growing altitudes of the Central Valley is Costa Rica’s colorful crafts center, Sarchi. You’ll know you’ve arrived to the sprawling village, scattered throughout the rolling foothills of the Cordillera Central, when you begin to see beautiful hand-carved furniture displayed in front of pretty family homes and workshops along the side of the road.

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