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Design Your Own Adventure in Costa Rica

Planning a trip to Costa Rica—where your choices are virtually endless—can be overwhelming. Here, some options for Central America's jungle-and-beach paradise, whatever your interest.

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Inspired by: 5 Costa Rica Itineraries — by Rich Beattie, Published Mar. 2006

Hotels (10)

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    Angel Valley Farm Bed & Breakfast

    At the San Ramon Angel Valley Farm Bed & Breakfast, Beth Frischberg—of Washington, D.C.'s Tabard Inn—demonstrates healthful, modern fare like cocon

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    Gaia Hotel & Reserve

    Avid environmentalists, this small, five-star luxury boutique hotel on the central Pacific coast won the award for Leading Green Hotel for Central

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    Sea Turtle Conservancy

    The Sea Turtle Conservancy in northeast Costa Rica is the oldest turtle research facility in the world. Founded in 1959 by Dr. Archie Carr in an ef

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    Aguila de Osa Inn

    Perched on a remote cliff-top and reachable only by boat or seaplane, Aguila de Osa has sweeping views of Drake Bay—arguably Costa Rica’s most gor

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    Lapa Rios

    If the idea of open-sided, thatched-roof bungalows with netted teak beds, private decks with hammocks, and secluded outdoor showers stirs you, you’

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    Hotel Punta Islita

    At nearly 15 years old, Hotel Punta Islita is a granddaddy of Costa Rica’s eco-resorts.  This attentively run mainstay shares its crescent-shaped s

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    Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica at Peninsula Papagayo

    Take Four Seasons pampering (chilled towels delivered to your pool chaise), cross it with the charm of location (just north of the Nicoya Peninsula... More
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    Finca Rosa Blanca

    Chosen by the Rainforest Alliance as a standard-setter of sustainable tourism in 2010, Finca Rosa Blanca, in the central highlands of Costa Rica, o

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    Inn at Coyote Mountain

    Once upon a time, when travelers came to Costa Rica, they expected to eat freshly caught  seafood but little else of note. Then, in 2004, this eco-

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    Named for the frangipani flower, with rock waterfalls and tropical landscapes, Costa Rica’s Florblanca is an ideal Nicoya Peninsula getaway for bea

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Activities (3)

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    Thomson Family Adventures

    For the super-active family with older kids, the company has introduced teen-focused itineraries that include surfing, photography, and salsa danci

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    Active travel (cycling; walking; sea kayaking; rock climbing) paired with unexpected cultural experiences (storytelling in Ireland; a game of boule

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    Costa Rica Expeditions

    The oldest and most reputable adventure outfitter in the country (founder Michael Kaye left his native New York to open the biz in 1978), Costa Ric

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Similar Trips (4)

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  • A Stress-free Trip to Costa Rica's Nicoya Peninsula

    Costa Rica, Peninsula Papagayo, Nicoya Peninsula

    Have you ever felt that the endless planning, maneuvering, and (not least) paying required for a relaxing vacation tends to cancel out the "relaxing" part?Problem solved: journey to Costa Rica’s Ni


  • Eco-Travel in Costa Rica

    Costa Rica, Santa Teresa, Central and South Pacific Coast, San José, Tortuguero

    In the country that more or less invented eco-travel, you’ll find lush jungles, enormous turtles, untouched beaches—and rapidly expanding luxury-resort developments.

  • Affordable Beaches in Central & South America

    Chile, San Pedro, Placencia, Venezuela, Santiago + Around

    Intimate resorts in Buchupureo, Chile, and Ambergris Caye, Belize prove that sand, surf, and lovely lodgings don't have to break the bank.

  • Galápagos Islands with Kids

    Costa Rica, Quito, Galapagos Islands

    Theres still a primordial place where birds, lizards, and sea lions have no fear of people. Follow in Darwins footsteps and take the ultimate family adventure: a cruise of Ecuadors extraordinarily ...


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