Category: Free Things To Do

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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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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