Category: Free Things To Do

Discovering Lake Arenal

January 15, 2015

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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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Fiestas de Zapote, San Jose

November 20, 2014

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Parades in San Jose, Costa Rica. Photo courtesy of Bruce Thomson via Flickr.

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.

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Costa Rica’s Best Budget Destinations

October 9, 2014

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Jaco, Costa Rica

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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Free Things to Do in Jaco

July 24, 2014

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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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Market Shopping in San Jose

June 26, 2014

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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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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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