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The 10 Best Miradors (Scenic Viewpoints) in Costa Rica

Costa Rica serves up outstanding scenery at every turn yet for the most spectacular and breathtaking views, gaining some altitude helps. The country’s best miradors (viewpoints) make soaking up expansive views easy. Given the many mountains and valleys that traverse Costa Rica and the array of perfectly located restaurants and lodges, you’ll find a worthwhile viewpoint to visit no matter where you wish to enjoy your adventure vacation on our shores.

The best miradors in Costa Rica?

How about we start here!

  1. Le Monastere Mirador, San Jose

A former mountaintop monastery now turned into an upscale restaurant, Le Monastere enjoys an enviable location above the lights and splendors of San Jose. Dinner and drinks don’t come too cheap but when you have THAT view, it’s definitely worth a splurge. Here, you have 270-degree views of the city, the Gulf of Nicoya and the whole Central Valley. Add to that amazingly restored architecture of the old monastery and you have a sunset match made in mirador-heaven.

  1. Mirador Tiquicia, Bebedero, San Jose

Found just a mile out of the center of Escazu, the Mirador Tiquicia is a gorgeous traditional Costa Rican restaurant with sensational views of San Jose. An evening here makes for a fantastic experience, with fabulous entertainment, amazing food and oh, those droolworthy views! This is one of the best spots for a night out if traveling with family and friends although you’ll definitely want to reserve your table as Tiquicia gets crazy busy, especially on weekends.

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  1. Mirador de Jaco, Jaco Beach, Puntarenas

This elevated viewpoint just off the 34 and north of Playa Hermosa, gifts magnificent view of crescent-shaped Jaco Beach. Easily accessible for everyone and with the added bonus of ice cream stands, the Mirador de Jaco faces the southern tip of the Nicoya Peninsula. Jaco is one of Costa Rica’s most enjoyable beaches and a fantastic watersport hub. Surfers make a beeline for the waves and young backpackers enjoy the town’s thriving nightlife. Jaco is compact but boasts everything you need for a great beachside vacay so adding a few days here at the end of your Costa Rica adventure vacation is a genial idea.

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  1. El Miro, Puntarenas

Just a short distance north of the Jaco Beach viewpoint is where you’ll find El Miro, which overlooks the beach from the east. Just a short but feisty 15-minute walk uphill to the abandoned remains of a restaurant grants you outstanding view of Jaco town AND the coast. This is a wonderful place to watch the sunset over the coast of Puntarenas and the walking trail makes for fab photography.

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  1. Mirador de Orosi, Cartago Province

For all-encompassing views of the Orosi Valley and its incredible nature, including the Rio Grande, head to the aptly-named Orosi Mirador. You’ll find Costa Rican viewpoint just a couple of miles out of Orosi town. With plenty of space and gardens to enjoy, not to mention picnic tables and BBQs, it’s a great idea to bring a picnic lunch and spend the whole afternoon here. The mirador and gardens are just off the 224, south of Paraiso, about a 45-minute drive southeast of San Jose.

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  1. Mirador Ujarras, Cartago Province

Close enough to the Orosi Mirador to visit on the same outing, the Ujarras viewpoint is an easily accessible observation deck that also overlooks the wonderful Orosi Valley. Much like its sister-mirador, there are picnic facilities here as well so it’s another great option for an afternoon out and about.

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  1. El Mirador en Alajuela Restaurant, Alajuela

With its floor-to-ceiling windows, plenty of tables and home-style cooking, this viewpoint restaurant offers many reasons to visit both for lunch and/or dinner. The views over San Jose are splendid and the family-run place takes pride in offering fantastic local food at reasonable prices. An easy place to visit from San Jose, El Mirador en Alajuela Restaurant is well worth a detour, no matter which direction you’re headed!

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  1. Mirador De Chinchona, Alajuela

With arresting waterfall and wilderness views, an extraordinary array of colorful birds and a great little soda for refreshments, Chinchona makes for a glorious stop-over when visiting the La Paz Waterfall and Gardens. This spectacular viewpoint won’t take up much of your time so it’s definitely worth a stop!

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  1. El Mirador Lodge & Cabinas, Drake Bay

This rustic and charming 2* lodging option offers perhaps the very best elevated views across Drake Bay and is quite perfect for visiting the Corcovado National Park. A contemplative spot to spend a few days immersed in nature, this lodge is simply perfect if you’re after an unplugged stint of R&R. The beach is easily accessible from the lodge and you can fall asleep to the sounds of the crashing waves. Pure magic and so affordable!

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  1. Mirador Irazu Crater

Head to the summit of Irazu on a crystal-clear day and you’ll soak up views of both the Pacific AND the Caribbean seas but that’s not the only reason to visit. The landscape of the Irazu Volcano National Parks is out of this world and the mirador gifts expansive views of the Orosi Valley below, even if the clouds don’t co-operate. Irazu is, by far, one of the most Instagrammable hot-spots in Costa Rica!

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BONUS #11 The peak of Mt Chirripo

The highest peak in the country, on a stunningly sunny day?

Yes. You get the picture.

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Hiking to the peak of Chirripo is not for the faint-hearted but the big effort needed to conquer this beast will certainly be worth its weight in mirador-gold. Although hard-core mountaineers can smash the challenge in just a single day, you do have the option of a multi-day trek, which makes the adventure all the more accessible.

See our Guide to Hiking Cerro Chirripo and start planning your adventure!

With a Costa Rica Rios vacation, spectacular views and unforgettable adventures are guaranteed. Ready to come and soak up the splendors of this incredible country? Then check out our Adventure Vacation Packages and call us to know more.

 

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5 of the Most AMAZING Zip Lines to Discover in Costa Rica

Zip line canopy tours are undoubtedly one of Costa Rica’s best known (and most loved) outdoor adventures. It figures, given the thrilling sport was actually invented here by nature researchers, who wanted to reach the remotest parts of the Costa Rica wilderness back in the 1970s. It also figures that the country that invented it is the very best country that offers it still.

Zip lining has been at the core of Costa Rica’s eco-tourism movement since the early 1990s. The country’s best zip line trails are set in pristine wilderness and, because this is Costa Rica, that precious wilderness is inhabited by some of the most unique and exotic wildlife on earth.

For the intrepid Tarzans and Janes among us, zip lining is an exciting venture: not quite as death-defying as skydiving yet with just as much adrenalin-pumping fun. What’s more, taking a zip-line tour in Costa Rica is always about immersing yourself in exceptional nature and, given the family-friendly nature of the local culture, options abound for adults and children to join in on the fun.

Here are the most AMAZING zip lines you need to discover in Costa Rica:

  1. Diamante Superman – Diamante Eco Adventure Park, Guanacaste

Diamante is the Central America’s (and Costa Rica’s) second-longest dual zip line, which means you can soar like a superhero alongside your partner, friend or intrepid offspring. For almost a whole, seemingly endless mile, you can fly like a toucan, soaking up spectacular views of the Pacific (upside down, if you wish!) the whole way across. The 2-hour course is suitable for anyone over the age of 5 (the minimum weight limit is 60lb) which is fantastic for families with thrill-seeking kids and, of course, anyone who wants bragging rights.

With bilingual expert guides, world-class safety equipment and added COVID-precautions this year, Diamante’s outstanding thrill is bound to get your Costa Rica adventure vacation to a FANTASTIC flying start.

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  1. Sky Adventures, Arenal Volcano National Park, La Fortuna

At the crossroads between a semi-active volcano, luscious rainforest and high-altitude cloud-forests, Sky Adventures enjoys the most idyllic setting. This is indeed the poster-child for Costa Rica zip line tours. Sky’s popularity is no big mystery: the convenience of its location, the ease of access and the ridiculously beautiful views, let alone the fact that you’ll be at the doorstep of one of Costa Rica’s top 2 national parks.

Sky is well set up and what we love is the sheer variety of choice – here, you can walk along a trail of suspended bridges, take an open-air gondola ride (the Sky Tram) and enjoy the thrills of a multi-active tour that combines rappelling with bridge swings, a high-rope course, canyoning and much more. The Arenal zip line tour is the return tramway trip and includes half a dozen cables set up over 650’ in the air, reaching speeds of up to 44mph. Children aged 5 and 6 will need to zip line with a guide and older kids (7-10) have the option of riding together if a guide is not available.

This is the best and most convenient choice for families adventuring together in Costa Rica for the first time. There’s an option to ‘bail out’ after the first two zips so if you’re hesitant about trying zip lining, this is a wonderful and safe first-option for you to try.

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  1. Selvatura Adventure Park, Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve

Just next door to Arenal but high amongst the ethereal clouds, Selvatura offers an altogether different sensory overload. This is the kind of place you can spend an entire day exploring. The zipline comprises more than a dozen cables (one that is over half a mile long) and 15 platforms, with a Tarzan Swing that’ll make you wish you hadn’t overindulged at breakfast. Unreal fun! The only zip line to be stationed within the world-famous cloud forest of Monteverde, Selvatura is a nature-lover’s dream. At Selvatura, you’ll get over two miles of fox-flying fun and a canopy walking tour that serves up the best close-up encounters with the unique ecosystem here.

The combination zipline, hike and swing tour at Selvatura is suitable for kids (4+) and adults alike, although weight restrictions apply (as they do on all zip line tours).

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  1. El Santuario Canopy Adventure, Manuel Antonio National Park

El Santuario’s dual zip line adventure is the longest in the country (and the whole Central American region) and located merely 20 minutes from Manuel Antonio, that spectacular pocket of wilderness treasure that tumbles into the Pacific, in the province of Puntarenas. The park is one of the best wildlife spotting destination given it’s so small and compact yet even at El Santuario, set across 500 acres of magnificent nature, your animal spotting chances are huge.

The twin zip line tour at El Santuari is phenomenal and staffed by some of the most passionate guides you’ll meet in your entire trip. They take the time needed to get everyone comfortable in their gear, abate their fears and continuously enlighten guests with info on surrounding nature and wildlife. The tour is open for anyone aged 4+, groups tours are possible (what an AMAZING wedding party activity idea!) and return transport is included in a visit.

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  1. Pacuare River Zipline, Turrialba

Turrialba is the best whitewater rafting and kayaking base in Costa Rica (and our home!) and it’s here that you can combine the best thrill-seeking adventures the country has to offer, on the shores of the world-famous Pacuare River. This is one of the least known, and most fun, zip line options in Costa Rica because it’s enjoyed in conjunction with world-class rafting. If it’s a multi-sport adventure you’re after then this is the option you shouldn’t miss!

The in-house zip line course at the Pacuare Lodge is wonderful and includes a stunning half-hour hike through the rainforest to reach the starting point. From here, tackle a maze of zip-lines for an hour, all the way back to the front steps of the lodge. This is one of Pacuare’s best hidden secrets and an absolute delight to discover when staying overnight.

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If zip lining is a new concept for you, here’s your Complete Guide to Zip Lining in Costa Rica, where we discuss the safety aspects, what you should wear and other things to keep in mind.

The wonderful thing about the zip lining in Costa Rica is that it’s such a popular and iconic activity that for every ‘famous’ course, there are several lesser-known options, located wherever verdant forests grow. And, in Costa Rica, that’s almost the entire country!

Love to give zip lining a go? Then join us! At Costa Rica Rios, we’ve been running award-winning adventure tours in this magical playground for 25 years and have perfected the art of combining the best the country has to offer. We create bespoke itineraries for families, couples and groups of friends who want to share an unforgettable experience, and a jaw-dropping zip line adventure, in the most beautiful country on earth.

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Hot-springs, Adventures & Wildlife – the Essentials of Costa Rica Honeymoon

Costa Rica adventure honeymoons are the kind of travel experiences every thrill-seeking couple dream. Spending a week ziplining, rafting, kayaking, beach-bumming, hot-spring-soaking, wildlife-watching and romancing, in one of the world’s incredible destinations, is about the only way to get married life to a spectacular start.

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Given our current COVID-pandemic situation, you’re no-doubt wondering just how long you’ll need to delay your most dreamed-about honeymoon with us. Well, we’re here to tell you, most of you won’t need to wait any longer!

Costa Rica has reopened its borders to foreign tourists, in a staggered pattern that is allowing authorities to keep new coronavirus-infections under control. At time of writing, citizens and residents of almost 50 countries worldwide (including much of Europe, Asia and Oceania) are welcome to come vacation in Costa Rica, as well as residents of 19 US states.

From November 1, residents of CALIFORNIA can join the following list of welcomed US states:

  • Arizona
  • Colorado
  • Connecticut
  • Maine
  • Maryland
  • Massachusetts
  • Michigan
  • New Hampshire
  • New Jersey
  • New Mexico 
  • New York
  • Oregon
  • Pennsylvania
  • Rhode Island
  • Vermont
  • Virginia
  • Washington, DC
  • Washington
  • Wyoming

 

Costa Rica is the first country that has made entry allowances by US state and this has been immensely beneficial, both to local tourism initiatives and to so many US holidaymakers who want – no, need – to experience an invigorating light at the end of this 2020 COVID-tunnel.

Costa Rica adventure honeymoons have begun in earnest on our shores and it’s not surprising. Given social distancing recommendations, we are honing in on bespoke and private tours to Costa Rica for the foreseeable future and honeymoons, in particular, fit the bill perfectly. By their very nature, our honeymoon all-inclusive vacations have always been bespoke and private which means nothing at all has changed.

What does Costa Rica offer for honeymooning couples?

Thanks to the insane concentration of gorgeous eco-friendly boutique lodges, Costa Rica offers oodles of romance and an abundance of nature-immersed experiences.

Seriously, for the wilderness-loving couple who just want to get away and reset their spirits, this country is tailor-made. Add to that a stunning array of natural thermal springs, iconic wildlife and fantastic outdoor adventures, and you’ve got yourself an unrivalled mix.

FUN, sea, sun, relaxation, indulgence, adventure and love…that’s the Costa Rica honeymoon package of a lifetime.

Costa Rica’s three most iconic honeymoon experiences? That’ll be the fabulous hot springs, amazing adrenalin-pumping adventures and last, but definitely not least, the chance to spot a bevy of exotic animals.

 

Honeymoon Essentials #1 – Hot Springs

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Costa Rica boasts over 200 volcanic hot springs (yes, you read that right) and, although they’re all incredibly special in their own right, a few are hand-picked for honeymooners. What do we look for when recommending hot-spring lodges for honeymoons?

  • Exclusivity
  • Privacy
  • Adults-only

There’s a time to take family-friendly adventure vacations in Costa Rica, and a time when couples just want to indulge in privacy and romance – honeymoons are definitely the latter!

The Nayara Springs is one of our favorite honeymoon hotels; a striking adults-only boutique hotel that’s nestled among luscious jungle and totally secluded, although it’s ridiculously close to both Arenal and the Manuel Antonio national parks. This multi-award-winning property has been featured in Conde Nast Traveler and Travel & Leisure and rated one of the most luxurious hotels in the world.

With its private villas complete with private hot-spring pool, indoor and outdoor showers, luxe décor and impeccable service, Nayara Springs is hard to pass up for a honeymoon indulgence. Add to that a sublime wellness spa, in-house sloth sanctuary, gourmet dining and a surrounding forest brimming with howler monkeys, toucans, butterflies and a host of other wildlife, and you’ve got a winning honeymoon combination.

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More affordable options abound and The Volcano Lodge & Springs is a prime example. Although not as luxurious as the Nayara options, this rustic and very beautiful lodge impresses with its outstanding views of Arenal from every room and offers a full-service spa, swimming pools and jacuzzies, although it is not an adults-only lodge.

Nevertheless, just know that your honeymoon budget does not have to dictate what you enjoy in Costa Rica but simply the level of luxury you wish to do it in.

See our lowdown on hot-spring experiences in Costa Rica.

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Honeymoon Essentials #2 – Adventure

When it comes to outdoor adventures, Costa Rica does it better! The birthplace of the zipline and one of the world’s best whitewater rafting and kayaking destinations, Costa Rica is an active couple’s ideal mecca. Here, thanks to the abundance of nature and year-round idyllic climate, you can satisfy your adrenalin-needs, no matter where you go.

What’s the hottest item on most honeymooner’s menu? Without a doubt, it would have to be whitewater rafting, which Costa Rica offers in spades. Extreme adventurers choose the Tenorio River and its necklace of almost two-dozen rapids or the more challenging Pacuare River, which offers so many Class III and IV rapids that you can enjoy a multi-day rafting experience with an overnight stay in a river-based nature lodge.

Canyoning is also immensely popular and it’s something that’s also on offer even near Arenal, so you really need not venture far to enjoy some adventure.

Want more? You got it! On Costa Rica honeymoons, you can horseback ride and take surfing lessons, head off snorkeling or Scuba diving on a remote island or enjoy an exciting volcano hike. How about a stint of ADV riding and mountain biking? Yes, we have that too. And don’t forget: no matter where you choose to spend your honeymoon in Costa Rica, there’s bound to be a zip line and hanging bridge tour nearby.

On Costa Rica honeymoon adventure tours, you can choose to be as active as you like and it’s the sheer array of choice that makes this such a beloved travel destination.

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Honeymoon Essentials #3 – Wildlife

When it comes to spotting wildlife in Costa Rica, it’s essential to take a guided tour of wilderness reserves because your chances of actually seeing animals, among the thick jungles and forests, will be much higher. Many people erroneously believe that because Costa Rica is so biodiverse and brimming with animals that you’ll see them popping up all over the place but that’s simply not the reality. Animals love their seclusion and privacy as much as honeymooning couples, so your chances of seeing animals are higher if you are on a private guided hike.

First up, you should know about the most iconic wildlife you’ll want to see in Costa Rica and then you ought to note that remote eco-lodges, the kind that are embedded in nature and away from nearby villages, offer the chance for close-up encounters on a daily basis.

Bird lovers will love the Monteverde Cloud Forest (home to the rare and endemic resplendent quetzal) as well as Braulio Carrillo National Park which is lesser-known and lesser-visited. For astonishing wildlife experience, however, you do need to move slightly off the well-trodden path: the most rewarding wildlife encounters in Costa Rica are found in its remotest regions, namely the Tortuguero National Park, the Corcovado National Park (Osa Peninsula) and the Curu National Wildlife Refuge in the Nicoya Peninsula.

Ironically enough, the Manuel Antonio National Park, one of the most visited in the whole country, can be a phenomenal place to spot animals, due to its diminutive size and consequential higher concentration of animal inhabitants. The trick here is to organize your visit for the very early morning, when the bus-loads of tourists have yet to arrive.

During COVID-times, Costa Rica has cut the daily national park visitor numbers in half, throughout the country. There’s simply never been a better time to visit!

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As we love to say to honeymooning couples, at Costa Rica Rios, why not start as you’re meant to go on?

Check out our inspirational honeymoon and adventure Costa Rica itinerary ideas and don’t forget to tell us what you want to experience, so we can plan a unique itinerary to suit your personal budget and desires.

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Spotlight on Santa Teresa – Costa Rica’s Dreamiest Seaside Hot-Spot

Finding a dreamy seaside spot for a few days of R&R is ridiculously easy in Costa Rica although with the kind of international fame some beaches boast, finding a quieter beach may be a challenge. Santa Teresa is one of many beaches in Costa Rica just off the tourist radar: established enough to offer an abundance of activities and choices yet far enough from the tourist trail that it feels remote and uncrowded.

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Where is Santa Teresa Beach?

Nestled on the southern end of the wild western coast of the Nicoya Peninsula, Santa Teresa is one of Costa Rica’s most Instagrammable treasures. This kind of paradise will need some effort to reach but – trust us on this – it’ll be worth every mile covered.

How to Get There – To reach Santa Teresa from the capital, San Jose, you’ll need to take a short flight (20min) to the town of Tambor in the peninsula proper and, from here, enjoy a ridiculously scenic half-hour drive across the southern tip of Nicoya. Better still, if you plan your adventure vacation around Arenal, Manuel Antonio and Turrialba, you’ll already be half-way to the Nicoya Peninsula, a thrilling adventure hub of its own accord. See all the great activities available in Nicoya. Once there, you can take private transport to Santa Teresa for your seaside vacay and fly back to San Jose.

 

What’s special about Santa Teresa?

Everything about Santa Teresa screams ‘paradise’ and although this once sleepy village has evolved into a thriving destination in its own right, complete with gorgeous eco-resorts, luxury villas and amazing restaurants, it still hasn’t lost that old-world appeal. Santa Teresa may be tipped to be the next up-and-coming ‘it’ beach in Costa Rica but it’s still a long way away from the at-times over-built and over-crowded northern Pacific coast.

Away from the mainland and the busloads of tourists, you’ll discover a side of the country that’s still laid-back, rustic and immensely idyllic. Framed by exotic wilderness and stretching out to the horizon, Santa Teresa Beach attracts surfers, families and discerning travelers who just wish to get away from it all for a while. With year-round perfect temps and glorious sunshine (accentuated by magnificent storms in rain season), a still-unpaved main road and countless hidden coves and nearby highlights, Santa Teresa is the kind of place that’ll make you fall in love with Costa Rica.

Many expats started off just like you: visiting for a few days and, essentially, never leaving. They’ve built beautiful homes on the hills behind the beach and have opened up bars, cafés, restaurants and lodges, offering some seriously luxurious comforts and indulgences that simply didn’t exist in Santa Teresa 20 years ago.

And that’s what makes this beach the dreamiest seaside hot-spot in Costa Rica.

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Relax, Unwind and Immerse Yourself in Pristine Nature

Surfing, yoga and organic produce have become Santa Teresa’s best calling cards and they’ve helped attract a young, vibrant, laid-back crowd of outdoor enthusiasts.

Here are some of the amazing things to do in Santa Teresa:

Wellness & Yoga – Devoid of mega-resorts yet filled with a smattering of excellent hotels and lodges, the whole area around Santa Teresa is tailor-made for relaxation. Here, you’ll find a few exceptional wellness spa hotels that are a treat to visit after a full day of surfing, as well as yoga retreats that’ll reset your rhythm – from multi-day course to day classes, everything’s on offer and all in the most idyllic setting of all.

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Surfing – Santa Teresa is now home to a few excellent surf camps, given it’s also home to some of the best surf breaks in the whole country. Private, couple and family lessons are available, if you don’t wish to commit to a whole week of practice.

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Hiking – Just a few miles south of Santa Teresa is the Cabo Blanco Absolute Nature Reserve that covers over 3,000 acres of land wilderness and 4,000 acres of marine habitat. The reserve boasts two fantastic hiking trails, the longer one (6miles) guiding you to a jaw-dropping beach lapped by crystal-clear water. Head here early (this is the reputed hottest part of the country) and take a guide to spot elusive wildlife – capuchin monkeys, wildcats, anteaters and deer inhabit the reserve.

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Beach hopping – This area of the Nicoya is home to four splendid beaches, all linked by the one dirt road. Aside from Santa Teresa (still the best base to explore them all), you can visit Mal Pais, Playa Hermosa and Playa Carmen. Hermosa boasts calmer waves that are perfect for beginner surfers.

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Snorkeling – Isla Tortuga (Turtle Island) is a great snorkeling destination, one of the best for families. Usually, day-trippers head here from the mainland but you can easily visit from Santa Teresa, given the island is just off the southern tip of the Nicoya Peninsula. See the Highlights of Isla Tortuga Day Cruises.

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Fishing – Mal Pais is the fishing capital of the region and you can enjoy a one-day fishing trip in search of tuna, grouper, snapper and jack.

Enjoy clean eating – The abundance of organic smoothie bars in Santa Teresa gives away the game: this town is all about super fresh, locally-sourced produce. All the restaurants here will tempt you with their delights, which feature vegan, vegetarian, pescatarian and plenty of delicious meaty dishes for the carnivore among you. Head to The Bakery for a filling morning bagel before hitting the beach, treat your tastebuds to a fresh taco ceviche at La Cevicheria for lunch and enjoy a sunset cocktail at Manzu, where the home-made guacamole has become legendary.

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Soak up the sunsets – Santa Teresa’s sunsets are as famous as her yoga retreats – when there’s nothing between you and those amazing burnt-orange horizons, life doesn’t get any better.

 

Best Places to Stay in Santa Teresa Beach

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Florblanca – One of the finest accommodation choices here, Florblanca is a dreamy honeymoon retreat and one of Santa Teresa’s best wedding destinations. Just 10 secluded luxury villas, fine gourmet dining, a bevy of wellness treatments on offer, yoga and pilates lessons and impeccable service.

Red Palm Villas This adults-only retreat is another honeymoon gem, offering the ultimate in privacy and exclusivity – the two-floor beachside villas are out of this world and make it ideal for destination wedding events. There’s no restaurant but private chef services are provided.

Latitude 10 Just 10 luxury casitas and an open-air clubhouse make up Latitude 10, one of the most striking rustic luxury choices in Santa Teresa. The outdoor showers and bungalow terraces make you feel at one with the surrounding wilderness – an excellent barefoot romance luxury choice!

Blue Surf Sanctuary With direct beach access, daily yoga and surf classes, spa treatments and a laid-back, totally chill vibe, this boutique hotel is the key to a totally unplugged Santa Teresa vacation.

Tropico Latino An excellent family-friendly choice in Santa Teresa, Tropico Latino offers room options to suit various budgets, spa services, yoga classes, two swimming pool and brilliant child services.

 

Despite the excellent services and amenities offered in and around Santa Teresa, this glorious village is still one of Costa Rica’s hidden gems and given it’s framed by untouched wilderness, a stay is always a nature-infused, soul-reviving experience. Whether you wish to end your Costa Rica adventure vacation in Santa Teresa, or make your visit reason alone to visit us, rest assured this tropical corner of our paradise will offer a lifetime of incredible memories.

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NEWSFLASH: Costa Rica to Welcome ALL US residents from November 1!

Fantastic news out of our idyllic shores this week: Costa Rica will reopen its borders to tourism for ALL US States (as well as Canada and Mexico) from the 1st of November. The news comes after the country was the first in the world to welcome US tourists based on their residency.

The first wave of Costa Rica border openings for US citizens occurred back in September, when the government announced it would welcome residents of Connecticut, Maine, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York and Vermont. More US States have been added to the list in the last month and we’re ecstatic to know that the country will open up to the whole of the US as of next month.

 

Moreover, there will be an in-between allowance added, with residents of Georgia, Florida and Texas allowed in as of mid-October.

 

As was the case with the previous openings, some conditions do apply. All US tourists must:

 

  • All travelers must have tested negative in a COVID-19 PCR test up to 72 hours maximum prior to flight departure time from the country of origin
  • Hold travel health insurance with COVID-specific clause for extended medical & living expenses
  • Fill in a Health Certificate before entering the country

 

You can buy COVID-specific insurance once you arrive in Costa Rica but most tourists choose to purchase a policy beforehand, through their travel agent, to save time upon arrival.

 

Costa Rica Reopens Completely to US tourism: Why The Sudden Change?

Costa Rica has handled the COVID-19 pandemic remarkably well, implementing harsh restrictions from the get-go. This has helped the country keep an impressively low record of infections and deaths. This was also the reason why Costa Rica has taken such a unique approach to its border reopening: yes, the country relies heavily on US tourism, in particular, but it also wanted to find a balance between keeping the economy churning and keeping COVID infections within acceptable (and handleable) limits.

 

The idea behind the staggered reopening was to ‘watch what happened’ and, since borders were first opened to the outside world in August, no ‘external’ infections have ever been detected. This means that no foreign tourist has brought the virus with them into Costa Rica, which is amazing news!

 

What is the COVID Situation in Costa Rica, Right Now?

As with most other countries around the world, second-wave infections have been increasing in Costa Rica. However, numbers remain manageable. As of right now, just over half the ICU beds and almost 30% of moderate-care beds are being used to treat COVID patients in the country, and the health system has never been stretched to capacity at any time during the pandemic.

 

What Does the Reopening Mean for Costa Rican Tourism?

Although US tourists do make up a huge chunk of the tourism income in Costa Rica, the restrictions in flight numbers and world-wide travel bans mean the country will still only receive about 50% of the usual high-tourist-season crowds.

 

High-season in Costa Rica usually starts in December (until about April), coinciding with dry season and international holiday periods.

 

What if You Want to Visit Before November 1?

Residents of the following US States can visit before November 1. However, they will need to show proof of residency upon entry:

 

As of October 1: New York, New Jersey, Maine, Connecticut, New Hampshire, Vermont, Maryland, Virginia, the District of Columbia, Colorado, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Wyoming, Washington, Oregon, Arizona, New Mexico, Michigan, Rhode Island, California, and Ohio

 

As of October 15: As mentioned above, Texas, Georgia and Florida residents allowed

 

As of November 1: ALL US citizens

 

Caveats:

  • If you’re from an allowed State but can only fly to Costa Rica via a non-allowed State right now, you can still enter the country, provided your layover lasts no more than 18 hours.

 

  • US citizens who hold Costa Rican residency are allowed back into the country, no matter the State or country they’re coming from. If the origin is in an allowed country/State, or you have spent the last 14 days there, then you won’t have to quarantine. However, if you’re flying in from a currently unallowed State/country, then you will have to self-quarantine for 14 days.

 

Confused? You’re not the only one! There seems to have been a lot of confusion at airports all over the world in regards to Costa Rica’s allowances. Read this insightful Tico Times article for a detailed breakdown of the rules, at time of writing.

 

At Costa Rica Rios, we are eagerly awaiting the start of tourist season and are thrilled to know that we can welcome back all US tourists, as well as citizens from a myriad of other countries.

 

Ready for the adventure vacation of a lifetime?

 

Make 2020 the year you adventure in Costa Rica and you’ll remember it for all the right reasons!

 

Contact us to know more.

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Costa Rica Family Adventure Vacations – The Best Kid-friendly Activities

Family vacations and thrilling adventures don’t usually go hand-in-hand…unless you visit Costa Rica. The eco-adventure capital of the world is a sensational playground and the array of adrenalin-pumping outdoor sports means adults, and their thrill-seeking kids, can have the absolute adventure of a lifetime, without compromising on ANY of the fun.

Check out this awesome slide-show and see why, when it comes to family adventure vacations, Costa Rica does it better!

From exhilarating canopy ziplines to safe and exciting whitewater rafting, volcano climbing, horseback riding, snorkeling, surfing, ATV riding, hot springs, hanging bridges tours and the crowd fave, wildlife-spotting hikes: if you’re an active family and love the great outdoors, Costa Rica will well and truly get you hooked.

Here are just some of the best kid-friendly activities in Costa Rica!

Zipline, hike, hanging bridges and aerial tram – Arenal Volcano National Park

The most famous park in all of Costa Rica offers the ultimate introduction to Costa Rica family adventures: kids love nothing more than to squeal with delight at the almost two-mile-long zipline course (and so will you) and to discover the astonishing beauty of the Arenal rainforest. Here, you can soar up high and soak up spectacular views of the park’s namesake lake and volcano, both on foot across ethereal hanging bridges and on open-air gondolas.

If you’re planning your first-ever visit to Costa Rica, we suggest you start with a full-day of outdoor fun in Arenal. The ziplines are super safe and kids (ages 6 to 12) have the option of ziplining with a local guide if they’d feel more comfortable in company.

Canyoning – La Fortuna Waterfalls

Canyoning is the ideal adrenalin rush for the whole family and in La Fortuna, the base-point for waterfall adventures, is where you’ll find the most incredible gorge trail that’ll see you all rappelling alongside waterfalls up to 200ft deep. Refreshing (yes, you will get drenched!), soul-reviving and totally addictive, canyoning is an incredible way to immerse yourself in nature and conquer sensational waterfalls and rock walls.

As with the zipline, kids can be guided down with an instructor, leaving you worry-free to also enjoy the thrill of a lifetime.

Craving a bigger thrill for your active family? Then you need to learn all about our unique canyoneering tours!

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Whitewater Rafting – Various destinations

You may have heard that Costa Rica is world-renowned for whitewater sports, with the rafting and kayaking rated among the best in the world. This is due to the country being blessed with over a dozen major rivers, creating a maze of river-based activities that suit all ages. Here you’ll find Class II rapids that are ideal for beginners and families with young children, all the way to rapids Class IV and V for families with thrill-seeking teens.

Whitewater rafting rewards in a multitude of ways: not only does it offer amazing thrills but it also gives you a chance to travel down a river that’s immersed in pristine rainforests and, in Costa Rica, you know that those forests are chock-full of wildlife. On a tour (which can be half-day, full day and even multi-day) you can make plenty of rest stops to enjoy refreshing swims.

For families with kids aged 8 and above who are trying out rafting for the very first time, we’d usually recommend the Balsa or Savegre River, both offering mild Class II and III rapids and both framed by luscious rainforest packed with wildlife. If you have slightly older kids and want to experience even bigger thrills, then hone in on the Sarapiqui, Tenorio and Pacuare rivers, the last one offering outstanding overnight rafting trips thanks to its impressive length.

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Wildlife-spotting Hike – Manuel Antonio National Park

Manuel Antonio is a small and compact national park that tumbles into the Pacific and offers perhaps the best and easiest chances to spot a lot of unique exotic wildlife in Costa Rica, including sloths, monkeys, toucans, iguanas and much more. A guided hike is your best bet to get the most out of your visit, as local naturalists guides are champions at spotting elusive animals.

For the highest chances of seeing the greatest variety of wildlife, we suggest you plan your visit early in the morning, a time when the forest is cool and animals are more active. And don’t forget to pack your bathers! Manuel Antonio is home to some of the most idyllic beaches in the country and you’ll want to extend your visit to enjoy a glorious swim in the Pacific. For those with more time, the Corcovado and the Tortuguero national parks offer the kind of immersive wildlife experiences that’ll blow you away.

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Surfing – Various Destinations

Water-based sports in Costa Rica aren’t just limited to rivers – this magnificent country is also renowned worldwide for its wicked surfing beaches. Although many are seriously world-class and unsuitable for families with small kids, there are plenty more which are in protected coves that are perfect for beginner surfing lessons.

Private surfing lessons can be enjoyed on one of Manuel Antonio’s calmest beaches and this is the best option if you’d love to squeeze even more adventures out of your visit. With a professional and experienced guide at hand, families can enjoy a group surf lesson together, in one of Costa Rica’s most beautiful beaches.

If you have time to explore further check out Playa Samara, in the Guanacaste Province (northern Pacific coast), which also boasts gentle waves and is considered one of the best family-friendly beaches in the country. A myriad of surfing schools offers beginner lessons for kids and adults alike, and you’ll find a nearby calm river where you can also enjoy stand-up paddle boarding and kayaking.

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Snorkeling, Isla Tortuga – Nicoya Peninsula

The magic of Costa Rica’s underwater world isn’t just the domain of SCUBA divers: snorkelers can also tap into this incredible ecosystem. The most family-friendly snorkeling destination is Isla Tortuga (just off the coast of the Nicoya Peninsula) an island framed by turquoise waters inhabited by sea turtles, rays, dolphins and a flurry of colorful fish like angelfish, morays, porcupine fish and so much more. An Isla Tortuga day-trip usually includes a morning snorkeling stint and a free afternoon to enjoy the picturesque sandy beaches, where you can rent kayaks, enjoy a banana-boat ride or simply kick back and relax.

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Costa Rica family adventures are easy and relaxed yet filled with an abundance of active pursuits no matter how young your kids may be. This is, by far, the best and most convenient family adventure destination on earth: the local culture is family-oriented and if it seems like all the best activities are aimed specifically at young and old alike, that’s because they truly are.

Who we are & what we do: Named one of the world’s best adventure travel companies in the world by National Geographic, we are Costa Rica’s leading company for all-inclusive adventure vacations. We’ve been at this gig since 1995 and have planned countless unforgettable itineraries for couples, family and single travelers alike.

During COVID-times, we’re running private bespoke tours for adventure-seeking families, which leaves us the freedom to plan a trip suited specifically to YOUR desires and budget.

Want to know more? Then check out our most popular itinerary ideas for family adventure vacations and call us to know more!

 

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Guide to an Unforgettable Eco-friendly Honeymoon in Costa Rica

As more people heartily adopt a greener lifestyle, choices are going beyond recycling and reusing: curbing carbon-emissions when travelling and making sensible choices abroad are all becoming part and parcel of our sustainable dream. If we all do things just a little better, and a little greener, we’ll be able to enjoy living in this magnificent planet of ours for much, much longer.

Eco-friendly honeymoons are the latest trend to hit the tourism scene and, as far as we’re concerned, it’s one of the most worthwhile ‘fads’ that’s ever been concocted. Costa Rica being one of the world’s foremost eco-tourism destinations is naturally at the forefront of most people’s minds, the sheer number of sustainable tourism initiatives, lodges and activities offering adventure-seekers plenty of guilt-free pleasures.

 

What is an eco-friendly honeymoon?

Adventure honeymoons are nothing new yet eco-honeymoons take the journey one step further: this is about having the absolute thrill of a lifetime, in pristine nature, whilst leaving as minimal a footprint as possible. In essence, it is to honeymoon responsibly in a stunning place, where your visit directly benefits the wellbeing of the local population and helps protect the environment.

Here are a few ways you can plan your own eco-friendly honeymoon in Costa Rica:

 

Eco-lodges and eco-resorts abound in Costa Rica: go small and go local

Costa Rica boasts a variety of accommodation options and this includes oversized all-inclusive resorts that can take over entire towns. Although there are certainly benefits to larger resorts (which hire many locals and buy large quantities of local produce) mega-resorts can also place a great amount of stress on the local environment. Moreover, they can also afford to offer greater saving (given the sheer number of rooms) so they tend to make local lodges less competitive, and that’s the biggest downfall of all. Some are also foreign-owned, which means the largest chunk of profits is taken out of the country.

Smaller, family-owned eco-friendly lodges abound in this amazing country, many of them constructed in a section of private wilderness reserve. They’re usually built of sustainable material, are totally self-sufficient and place very little stress on the environment, bar their initial construction. The kind of sustainable practices smaller lodges can implement are simply not sustainable on a very large scale and, besides, they also help spread tourist crowds over a much larger area.

The benefits of impact-spreading are several and are easy to understand this is imagining a lone beach crammed with 500 tourists looking out for nesting turtles, versus 50 separate beaches, each with only 10 spectators. A lone beach can absorb the impact of 10 visitors with ease whilst no beach can cope with 500. ‘Spreading out the love’ is better for the environment and its endemic wildlife, as was made obvious during the overcrowding events of 2015.

 

Keep your travels to a minimum, once you arrive

On an eco-friendly honeymoon to Costa Rica, you’ll want the emphasis to be on the wilderness, so you may want to choose to stay near one of the major national parks or wildlife reserves. A very effective sustainable option is to minimize your carbon emissions by choosing to explore one region thoroughly, rather than visiting several regions and driving or flying between them.

 

Plan an all-in-one destination wedding and honeymoon vacation

Destinations weddings have been popular in Costa Rica for years and, for very obvious reasons, it’s a great option to extend the vacation to include an adventure honeymoon whilst here, rather than fly somewhere else. Not only is this a brilliant way to cut costs but it also greatly reduces your carbon emission and that of your closest friends and family members, as many will coincide their yearly vacation to fit in with your impending nuptials. An all-in-one deal for you and the environment!

 

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Offset your carbon footprint before you fly to Costa Rica

Air-travel has been recognized as a huge contributor to climate change but your Costa Rica honeymoon need not be riddled with guilt if you offset that amount of carbon emission you just can’t help create. Aside from these 20 Ways to Offset Your Carbon Emission, you can calculate your trips’ carbon expense and purchase carbon offset credits from an accredited provider. You’ll find all the details in the link.

Costa Rica’s proximity and short flight-times are another great reason to choose this as your eco-friendly honeymoon destination. Rather than taking a long-haul flight, you could be in a matter of a few hours, not only avoiding jetlag but also reducing your overall travel footprints.

 

When in Costa Rica, eat only locally produced food

The longer an ingredient has to travel, the larger the carbon emission so it figures that eating local food is about the best decision you could make on your Costa Rica honeymoon. Luckily, Costa Rica is a truly delicious destination, with an abundance of fresh produce grown in just about every region. You’ll certainly find imported goods in all major cities and tourist center but if you avoid the imported goods, you’ll help entice local shopkeepers to only stock and serve local fare.

Eating local, in Costa Rica, is anything but boring.  Scour our culinary archives for fantastic gastronomic inspiration.

 

Shop wisely – the most sustainable souvenirs to bring home

Yes, it’s lovely to bring home ‘only memories’ but, sometimes, we want something a little more tangible. Eco-friendly choices include local produce (vacuum packed for travel), wooden artefacts (made of sustainable materials, of course) and anything that is hand-carved, hand-weaved and hand-made. Steering clear of mass-produced gear in large-scale markets and buying treasures directly from the artisan will ensure your souvenir is made locally. Find more tips here.

 

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Think small: sometimes, small gestures can have the biggest impact

Packing a few cloth shopping bags will help you avoid the ubiquitous plastic bags that seem to be the bane of our planet. Not all destinations in Costa Rica have great recycling facility so leaving packaging behind isn’t necessarily helping the environment – that’s just leaving more rubbish behind. What would help is if you had a few bags of your own to store fruit, souvenirs and whatever else you buy along the way, thus avoiding having to collect an unmentionable number of plastic bags. It’s also worthwhile to bring your own water bottle: tap water may be unsafe to drink in many places but most lodges and hotels will have filtered taps from where you can refill your daily stash.

 

When honeymooning in Costa Rica – buy less, do more

Aside from sustainable souvenirs, there’s probably no need to pack your suitcase with stuff you neither need nor will ever use, so why not spend your time (and holiday funds) on immersive experiences instead? Costa Rica is home to amazing sustainable farms and wildlife refuges that are open to the public and they gift unique experiences. You can get a behind-the-scenes look at local organic farming and enjoy up-close animal encounters, all the while directly helping local business owners trying to do right by their land and wildlife – a real win-win. Moreover, you can enjoy a plethora of stunning adventures in nature, be it ziplining, whitewater rafting, kayaking, horseback riding, hiking, mountain biking and more – all sustainable activities that promote the country as a superb adventure destination but aren’t causing overwhelming stress on the environment. This is particularly true of more remote locations, away from the most visited hubs like Manuel Antonio and Arenal.

 

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Take guided tours – learning is part of the eco-tourism movement

Many consider ‘learning’ part and parcel of eco-tourism: alongside fun and adventure, there needs to be some kind of enlightenment to make the whole trip worthwhile. Education is key in sustainable tourism because only through a spread of awareness can issue be tackled, head-on. The latest disastrous fires in the Amazon, and the ensuing backlash, have been an excellent example of this: speak out and loud and we’ll collectively force governments to act to protect our planet!

Choosing guided tours means you’ll learn a whole lot more about the places and people you meet than you otherwise would, were you to travel independently. Moreover, you’ll have access to a host of off-the-path destinations, events, cultural experiences and culinary discoveries thanks to your local contact. This is why those farm and wildlife refuges are important to visit, not only rewarding: you won’t just see attractions but you’ll learn so much about them too.

 

Why choose Costs Rica Rios?

We get frustrated and disappointed by greenwashing as much as everyone else and have seen, first-hand, how so many enterprises have no sustainable practices to show for all their flamboyant claims.

At Costa Rica Rios, we have always been committed to sustainable eco-tourism, before the whole ‘trend’ ever took off. We operate our business out of Turrialba (away from the most visited and developed region of the country), only purchase produce from local growers and help support the local recycling efforts, which are quite impressive in their own rights. We also employ local guides and only use lodges and hotels with proven track-records of sustainable practices. We also understand that, sometimes, it’s about the little things: the biodegradable soap to launder our gear, the recycled paper in our offices and the obsessiveness with which we clear our picnic sites on each and every excursion.

At the end of the day, we appreciate that a single person (or agency) will not change the world but, together, we have a shot at protecting its future. Every sustainable choice will help us all get there.

See our collection of Costa Rica Rios Honeymoons and contact us to know more.

 

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Bespoke Family Vacations in Costa Rica – Adventure with Peace of Mind

In desperate need of a family vacation? We hear you! We also understand the hesitation many families are feeling, right now, when it comes to travel.

To adventure or not to adventure?!

Well, a family adventure vacation in Costa Rica is always the answer, of course, although planning a trip that’ll give you thrills, relaxation, quality time and peace of mind in COVID times may seem a bit more challenging.

But it needn’t be.

 

Private & Bespoke Family Adventure Vacations – What Are They All About?

At Costa Rica Rios, we’ve loved nothing more than to bring people together, from all walks of life and every corner of the planet, to enjoy a mind-blowing adventure together in the wilds of Costa Rica. Yet given the current pandemic we’re all living with, and the various travel restrictions and social distancing requirements, we’ve had to shelf our group package tours. At least for a little while, until our planet heals.

Instead, we’ve intensified the experiences we love best and created a bevy of bespoke, private family adventure itineraries.

When you travel solely with your family, you keep your social bubble mostly intact and, right now, this is the best way to ensure an adventure with peace of mind. Plus, you are placed squarely at the wheel, which means we plan an itinerary that’s tailor-made for you: your desires, levels of activity, children’s ages and vacation budget.

With private ground transfers and private guides ready to show you the time of your life, and striving to keep you as safe as can be, there’s simply no reason to miss out on all the fun.

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Costa Rica Is Open For Family Adventure Vacations!

As of September, Costa Rica will be welcoming back tourists with open arms. Citizens of various countries will be allowed to enter, as well as residents from (so far) 11 US states, namely:

  • Colorado
  • Connecticut
  • Maine
  • Maryland
  • Massachusetts
  • New York
  • New Jersey
  • New Hampshire
  • Pennsylvania
  • Vermont / Virginia
  • District of Columbia

Although any new chance to travel is an exciting prospect, you’ll no doubt have many questions in regards to family adventures in Costa Rica. We’ve surprised potential guests these last weeks, who were astonished to learn that, in Costa Rica:

  • adventure activities are available,
  • national parks are open,
  • eco-lodges are operational and
  • restrictions are few and far between

Costa Rica has been implementing openings since May and, in effect, never enforced a complete, country-wide lockdown. The localized restrictions we’re seeing other countries adopt now, Costa Rica has been doing since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic – which means that restrictions in the various cantons have been ebbing and flowing.

Here’s why Costa Rica has been winning plaudits for its handling of the COVID-19 pandemic.

On bespoke family adventure vacations, we have the freedom to redirect you to the safest and least-affected areas, so you won’t suffer any restrictions once you arrive. All our national parks have reopened and, given tourist crowds are at a minimum, they are all blissfully uncrowded.

You may want to steer clear of all-inclusive mega-resorts, mind you, but that’s not what we offer here at Costa Rica Rios anyway. To really immerse yourself in nature and soak up the essence of the country, we’ve always preferred smaller, family-run lodges, the kind that are nestled in pristine jungles, teeming with wildlife. Kids love waking up to howling monkeys and protecting their breakfasts from pesky exotic birds. They cherish space, nature, animals and thrilling adventures like kayaking, rafting, ziplining, ATV riding and horseback riding.

Most of all, they cherish quality family time, in peace and quiet and an overcrowded, oversized resort simply can’t deliver the same level of family intimacy.

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What Kind Of Adventures Can Your Family Have In Costa Rica?

With decades of experience planning fantastic family vacations in Costa Rica, we believe we’re in the right place to offer an incredible array of planning inspiration.

We’ve planned adventure trips for families with active teenagers and smaller kids; for families who want to get way off the beaten path and those who’d love to splurge a little. Itineraries chock-full of adrenaline-pumping sports and others which balance the fun with incredible wildlife spotting and relaxing beach days.

Costa Rica offers her magnificent canvas and we partner with you to create the most unforgettable picture.

Something, just like this, perhaps…

Here are three of our most popular itineraries which are currently offering amazing deals:

Family Favorite Adventure Vacation – 7 nights, from $ 1,175 per person

The two most popular destinations in Costa Rica in one totally exhilarating bundle!

Our Arenal and Manuel Antonio adventure is perfect for families visiting Costa Rica for the first time. Family Favorite includes visits to the two megastar-national-parks, overnight accommodation in two gorgeous lodges and a bevy of active sports, including a hanging bridges and aerial tramway tour, whitewater rafting, canopy zipline, horseback ride, waterfalls, surfing lesson and guided wildlife-spotting hikes. The days can be as jam-packed or laid-back as you like and for every activity we suggest, you’ll have at least half-a-dozen more from which to choose.

 

Wildlife & Beaches – 7 nights, from $2,100 per person

For a fully immersive wilderness experience, we take you to the remote and spellbinding Osa Peninsula, amongst the wildest corners of Costa Rica. This is the most wildlife-enriched region and one of the most biodiverse on earth. For lovers of unique animals and pristine jungle, the Osa is simply perfect. This tour includes an internal flight, a snorkeling trip to Caño Island and a naturalist-guided hike in the world-renowned Corcovado National Park.

A once-in-a-lifetime adventure for discerning, wildlife-loving families.

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Best of Both Worlds – 9 nights, from $ 2,300 per person

The most popular family adventure vacation in our midst, our Best of Both Worlds really packs in a crazy punch although, as with all our adventures, can be customized to suit.

We start this adventure on the right note, by catapulting you down the thrilling Pacuare River, on the kind of whitewater rafting adventure that has afforded us a National Geographic nod of approval. Our adventures just keep on comin’ as the week progresses and, meanwhile, we’ll still serve up the most spectacular scenery in the country: the breathtaking peak of Arenal Volcano and the incredible delights of Manuel Antonio. For an extended family vacation that includes it all, this adventure is unsurpassed.

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The above three phenomenal itineraries are just a taster of everything possible in Costa Rica. See our full range of family vacations and start planning a once-in-a-lifetime adventure of your own.

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How to Plan a Costa Rica Adventure Honeymoon in COVID-times

As Costa Rica announced it will reopen its borders to tourists from September (see the latest reopening updates) we’ve been fielding endless questions from couples who’ve had to postpone their adventure honeymoon vacation due to the COVID pandemic. As luck would have it, we’re actually heading into the perfect adventure months here, at Costa Rica Rios – September is when our whitewater rafting and kayaking tours usually take off, a time when we indulge in wild river action after two months of copious rains.

In September 2020, thanks to the you-know-what-pandemic, we’re having to re-plan many of our tours and, to satisfy government regulations and keep all out precious guests and guides safe, are currently only offering private and bespoke tours for honeymooning couples and families – or groups of friends traveling within their own social bubble.

Adventure-seeking couples will undoubtedly be the least affected of all our guests. Our honeymoon tours, by their very nature, are all about romance, adventure, fun, exclusivity and utterly amazing experiences – usually taken in remote areas and staying in cozy lodges, well away from tourist crowds.

Our adventure honeymoons, in essence, are always private & bespoke so planning your visit with us in COVID times isn’t going to be any more difficult!

 

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Here’s the where, what and how of planning your bespoke adventure honeymoons in Costa Rica during COVID-times.

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WHERE can you enjoy safe adventure honeymoons in Costa Rica?

Costa Rica has reopened all of its national parks with restricted visitor numbers (down 50%) which means as long as you plan ahead and book your visit with us, you’ll get all the spoils minus all the crowds. It’s really a win-win.

Right now, honeymoon adventures around the Arenal and Manuel Antonio National Parks are proving to be immensely popular. These are usually the two most-visited national parks in the country and 2020 offers the unrivaled chance to experience them in relative solitude.

For couples who wish to be totally immersed in pristine wilderness, and have the adventure of a lifetime, we can plan Off-the-Beaten-Path Honeymoons that include the wildlife-enriched Osa Peninsula. This kind of itinerary delivers the best adrenaline-thrills, coupled with exquisite tropical glamping in one of two of the most distinctive jungle lodges in the country.

For the ultimate adventure and an itinerary chock-full of exhilarating activities, we can also plan adventure honeymoons that include Turrialba, our favorite base for river-based exploits. There’s simply no better place for extreme canyoning, whitewater rafting and kayaking,

This is just a taste of all we can offer: see our complete range of adventure honeymoons in Costa Rica for more itinerary inspiration.

 

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WHAT activities can you enjoy on Costa Rica Adventure Honeymoons?

Costa Rica is one of the world’s best honeymoon destinations for adventurous couples. Traditionally, honeymoons are taken to exotic and romantic destinations but Costa Rica manages to take that up a notch.

In this hub of eco-friendly tourism, an exotic and romantic honeymoon can include any and all of the following:

  • Ziplining
  • Mountain biking
  • Whitewater rafting
  • Whitewater kayaking
  • Hiking
  • Canyoning
  • Rappelling
  • Horse riding
  • Snorkeling
  • Scuba diving
  • ATV riding
  • Waterfall chasing
  • Wildlife spotting
  • Thermal-pool soaking
  • Volcano climbing…

…and just about every other super fun outdoor activity you can think of!

We usually fill every single day of our adventure vacation packages with a mind-boggling abundance of all the above-mentioned activities, given our guests want to squeeze every exhilarating moment out of their Costa Rica visit. On our adventure honeymoon itineraries, however, we are mindful to include a little more ‘downtime’, just so couples can enjoy the gorgeous lodges, startling beaches and indulgent spas.

It’s this beautiful and unique fusion of experiences that makes Costa Rica ideal for honeymoons: the country is simply tailor-made for romantic yet thrill-filled experiences.

 

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HOW can you plan a bespoke adventure honeymoon, in COVID-times?

With private ground transfers, a bespoke itinerary and dedicated guides, your adventure honeymoon in Costa Rica will arguably be the safest way to travel in COVID-times. We can dodge any crowd that might descend on specific spots, make last-minute changes and basically work hard to keep you safe AND happy.

Tailor-made honeymoons are also genial when you have specific wishes: some couples prefer the super-hot deals of Green Season Honeymoons whilst others want to visit certain parts of the country at the very best time of year. Whatever the case may be: simply tell us when you want to honeymoon with us and what activities you’d most like to do – we can then guide you to the best places to visit, also taking your honeymooning budget into account.

When you Build Your Own Honeymoon, you’re in charge of the pace of the itinerary the intensity of the activities and the kind of lodges you’d love to stay in. The rest, you can simply leave to us.

Trust that with our comprehensive knowledge and experiences, we’ll plan a stunning honeymoon itinerary that’ll get your married life off to a (zip)flying start!

Need more destination inspiration? Discover the most exquisite remote lodges in Costa Rica you need to know about as well as our varied honeymoon adventures:

Hot Springs & Wildlife ** Our currently offering the best value honeymoon around – only $1,300pp!

Adult Only Honeymoon

Pure Luxury

Volcanoes, Jungles & Beaches

Barefoot Romance

We’re proud to be the adrenaline-giving team behind Costa Rica Rios, a National Geographic top-pick for Best Adventure Travel Company in the world. We have world-champion athletes and rafters in our midst and pride ourselves with offering the best and safest adventure tours in Costa Rica. When you honeymoon with us in COVID times, you’ll be in the best hands in the business.

 

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The Best and Safest Destinations for Costa Rica Adventure Vacations

The latest news out of Costa Rica is that, from September, residents from several US residents will be welcomed to visit, adding to an ever-growing list of permitted visitors. You can get more details on our COVID Update – Costa Rica to Welcome Back US Tourists blog. Given you’re probably busting to start planning your thrill-filled adventures in our beautiful country, we thought we’d update you on the best and safest destinations you can visit.

But first…

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What have we been up to, at Costa Rica Rios?

All of Costa Rica’s national parks reopened at 50% capacity on the 1st June and we have enjoyed an increase in travel-freedoms ever since. The first COVID-19 wave was held at bay due to swift government action and although some cantons are experiencing a slight increase in infections right now, due to greater movement of people, there’s nothing to suggest it cannot be controlled. In fact, the latest border reopening measures are testament to the Government’s handling of the pandemic: Costa Rica still rates among the best pandemic responders in all of Latin America.

On our end, we have endured the lockdown as best we could, along with everybody else. Of course, it has been heartbreaking to have essentially missed the height of the 2020 tourist season (December to April are traditionally peak travel season here) but we’re simply ecstatic to be allowed to start adventure tours again in September.

For now, we’re concentrating our efforts on tailor-made adventures for couples, families and anyone traveling with their own private social bubble. Our Build-Your-Own Adventure Packages are not just the safest way to experience Costa Rica, right now, but they offer the enviable chance to plan everything exactly as you want it without the need to share your spoils with anyone else. You can choose the destination, the activities, the pace and the level of luxury you desire, how much contact you’d like with others (include village visits or stay solely in stunning remote lodges) and will have the benefit of private transport and your own private guides. Private tours are a no-brainer in 2020-2021 and, given we plan your trip based on your budget, they also don’t need to be more expensive than organized group tours.

If that’s not all, we have the best destinations of Costa Rica at our doorstep! Now is the time to hone in on all those magical spots that are world-famous and normally chock-full of tourists. Visit Costa Rica from September, 2020, and you can include a visit to the big-name attractions and feel like you have them all to yourself.

Ain’t that grand?

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The Best and Safest Destinations for Costa Rica Adventure Vacations

Outdoor activities are allowed all over the country and there are no isolation restrictions for residents from permitted countries/US States, which means once you land and clear customs, you can get out and start your adventure, pronto! We’ll be right there to pick you up and safely guide you through your long-awaited, adrenaline-packed journey.

Here are our suggestions for amazing adventures:

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Turrialba, Cartago Province

Our main base for whitewater adventures, Turrialba is a small and charming village nestled in the Central Valley and is a phenomenal base-point for outdoor adventures like kayaking, rafting and mountain biking. We normally run many of our tours from here because it’s not as crowded as more famous hot-spots so we can offers our guests a truly immersive Costa Rica wilderness experience. Only an hour or so out of the capital, San Jose, Turrialba is also home to a handful of glorious eco-lodges: small, familial and inviting places that ensure you won’t ever need to dodge big crowds.

Famous all over the world, the Pacuare River flows right next to Turrialba and it’s here that adrenaline-junkies can get their ultimate fix. We’re talking world-class whitewater rafting and kayaking here! If you’ve never tried either sport before and simply wish to learn and have an absolute ball, then we’ll guide you down the Pejibaye River instead, which offers Grade II and III rapids that are ideal for novice water-sport enthusiasts.

The truly amazing thing about Turrialba is that you can stay put in one lodge and take day-adventures or, better still, pack up for a multi-day watersport trip down the river, stopping each night in remote lodge camps so you can explore surrounding jungles, spot wildlife, swing on a hammock, tackle a thrilling zipline and count all your lucky stars. You can add some mountain biking and canyoning adventures, as well as a sweet snorkel expedition on a remote Caribbean beach. The options are so many from Turrialba and that’s why we love the place so much!

Take a look at this Turrialba itinerary suggestion.

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Arenal Volcano National Park

Arenal is the Costa Rica of postcards: that one arresting peak, and park, that everyone wants to see on their first-ever visit. The only issue with Arenal is that, at the height of tourist season, it can get insanely busy. Now, we’re normally super apt at planning visits to dodge the crowds but, this year, we won’t even have to. This is the best year to visit the most famous sights in the country so if Arenal has been on your wish-list forever, now’s the time to make your move.

Take a hike in this jewel of wilderness with a naturalist guide and you’ll find the place will come alive, right before your eyes. There’s a ton of fun stuff to do from here: take a 2-hr walk along a series of breathtaking suspended bridges, right in the heart of the luscious jungle; hike as close as you can to that eye-popping volcano crater, rappel down show-stopping waterfalls, whitewater raft down the exhilarating Sarapiqui River or take a slower paddle down the Penas Blancas River, keeping an eye out for sloths, monkeys and a flurry of exotic, colorful birds. And that’s just the start!

There’s a reason Arenal Activities are among the most-coveted in all of Costa Rica – get here before the big tourist crowds return.

Here’s how we combine adventure and romance in Arenal, on our Luxury Honeymoon tours.

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Manuel Antonio National Park

The wildlife hub of western Costa Rica, Manuel Antonio is a splendid place to get totally lost in nature. Cascading right into the Pacific, with its startling rainforest and even more startling beaches, Manuel Antonio is the perfect one-stop wonder. The park truly has a little of everything that makes Costa Rica so famous: the animals, the scenery, the jungles, the peaks and all those powdery sandy beaches that just scream tropical paradise.

Rated one of the world’s most beautiful national parks, Manuel Antonio’s treasure is that it’s small and compact so the eye-popping experiences are intense. Over 100 species of mammals call this place home, as well as almost 200 distinct species of exotic birds. Normally, the park is closed on Mondays and has daily number restrictions in place. This is the one place that can feel crowded so don’t miss your chance to experience this gem of a place whilst visitor numbers are still so low.

Wildlife lovers will have a field day at Manuel Antonio, spotting sloth, squirrel and white-faced monkeys, iguanas, toucans, coatis (and so much more) meandering one of the four hiking trails that traverse the park. Beach-bums won’t know which beach to visit first: all of them framed by pristine wilderness and all of them magnificent.

Learn more about the magic of Manuel Antonio and see how many thrilling adventure sports you can do from here. You can also follow our Best of Both Worlds itinerary to see how easily you can include adrenaline-pumping activities with the stellar delights of the jungle and beaches of Manuel Antonio.

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Corcovado National Park, Osa Peninsula

The remote and unspoiled Osa Peninsula is the ideal hub if you want to take your social distancing game up a notch or two. Wild, isolated and resplendent beyond words, the Osa is home to the last remaining tropical lowland rainforest in Central America, and an astonishing amount of unique wildlife. Here, in the heart of the Corcovado National Park, it’s all about amazing animals in their natural, raw surroundings and an adventure in this incredible corner of Costa Rica is, for many, a life-changing experience.

Just a few select remote Corcovado eco-lodges offer you the chance to experience and explore this extreme wilderness region in absolute comfort and luxury. This off-the-beaten-path haven takes some effort to reach but, once there, you’ll never want to leave. Lodges only accessible by boat, amazing culinary experience, wellness treats and days spent hiking and taking river trips – everything about Corcovado will restore your soul.

For active explorers, the options are nearly endless. On the Osa Peninsula, you can go SCUBA diving and snorkeling as well as kayaking, canyoning, paddle boarding and horseback riding. There are mountain biking trails and ziplining tours; sportfishing expeditions and multi-day camping trips. The chances for unforgettable fun are out of this world!

Learn more about the Osa Peninsula and ask us about options for visiting on your next trip abroad.

 

 

The COVID-19 pandemic has had devastating effects on the tourism industry in Costa Rica, as has been the case all over the world. Yet as we move forward and upwards, preparing for what we will hope will be a bumper tourist season starting at the end of the year, Costa Rica is absolutely roaring to go.

We hope our bespoke tour suggestions will help jump-start your trip planning. If you’d love to know more about these and other safe destinations in Costa Rica, simply drop us a line or call us.

 

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