Sightseeing Guidebook By Away from Home Costa Rica

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Sightseeing Guidebook By Away from Home Costa Rica

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La Fortuna a Magical Place in Costa Rica Awaiting for your visit. What to do in La Fortuna and the Arenal Volcano? La Fortuna and the Arenal Volcano have many activities to do. You can explore the main tourist attractions in the area by your own, or book a guided tour to learn more about the nature or culture of La Fortuna de San Carlos. La Fortuna is a place that offers visitors a wide range of services and a variety of attractions near the Arenal Volcano. La Fortuna Costa Rica is a town that has developed in the Arenal Volcano and is located just 2 hours from San Jose and the Juan Santamaria International airport (the main port of entry to Costa Rica). If you plan to combine your vacation in La Fortuna to the beach, less than 3 hours you can visit featured destinations such as Manuel Antonio, Jaco, Tamarindo and Samara. For more information check Arenal Volcano map. The Arenal Volcano in Costa Rica is a lush destination; better known around the world for its natural wonders that combine adventure with nature. If you want to learn more you can visit our sections of photos and videos of La Fortuna. During you visit to La Fortuna de San Carlos, you can not miss the relaxing hot springs, the majestic La Fortuna Waterfall, or the extraordinary Arenal Lake.
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La Fortuna
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La Fortuna a Magical Place in Costa Rica Awaiting for your visit. What to do in La Fortuna and the Arenal Volcano? La Fortuna and the Arenal Volcano have many activities to do. You can explore the main tourist attractions in the area by your own, or book a guided tour to learn more about the nature or culture of La Fortuna de San Carlos. La Fortuna is a place that offers visitors a wide range of services and a variety of attractions near the Arenal Volcano. La Fortuna Costa Rica is a town that has developed in the Arenal Volcano and is located just 2 hours from San Jose and the Juan Santamaria International airport (the main port of entry to Costa Rica). If you plan to combine your vacation in La Fortuna to the beach, less than 3 hours you can visit featured destinations such as Manuel Antonio, Jaco, Tamarindo and Samara. For more information check Arenal Volcano map. The Arenal Volcano in Costa Rica is a lush destination; better known around the world for its natural wonders that combine adventure with nature. If you want to learn more you can visit our sections of photos and videos of La Fortuna. During you visit to La Fortuna de San Carlos, you can not miss the relaxing hot springs, the majestic La Fortuna Waterfall, or the extraordinary Arenal Lake.
Poas Volcano National Park in Costa Rica is one of the most visited parks in Costa Rica. Sitting over 200 meters in elevation, vistors get the opportunity to experience a volcano and cloud forest all in one day. It is active and has one of the largest craters in the world. Know this colossus without traveling long distances. Not only has one of the largest craters in the world, but is located in the forests of Central Mountain Range, which boasts magnificent natural landscapes: this is the Poas Volcano National Park. Being located in the province of Alajuela, it offers visitors easy access from major cities of the country. This place lets you explore its attractions through a network of trails, especially in a cold climate tempered by a faint drizzle that most of the year is imposed. You can also enjoy the varied cuisine, worthily represented by fruits such as strawberries, as well as some dairy derivatives. You can also appreciate cultural manifestations of communities surrounding the park, such as Poasito, Fraijanes, Varablanca and San Pedro de Poás. These are all recommended stops for a complete tour.
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Poás Volcano
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Poas Volcano National Park in Costa Rica is one of the most visited parks in Costa Rica. Sitting over 200 meters in elevation, vistors get the opportunity to experience a volcano and cloud forest all in one day. It is active and has one of the largest craters in the world. Know this colossus without traveling long distances. Not only has one of the largest craters in the world, but is located in the forests of Central Mountain Range, which boasts magnificent natural landscapes: this is the Poas Volcano National Park. Being located in the province of Alajuela, it offers visitors easy access from major cities of the country. This place lets you explore its attractions through a network of trails, especially in a cold climate tempered by a faint drizzle that most of the year is imposed. You can also enjoy the varied cuisine, worthily represented by fruits such as strawberries, as well as some dairy derivatives. You can also appreciate cultural manifestations of communities surrounding the park, such as Poasito, Fraijanes, Varablanca and San Pedro de Poás. These are all recommended stops for a complete tour.
Manuel Antonio contains a charming combination of the rain forest, beaches, and coral reefs. These beaches are the most beautiful in the country, lined with lush forest, and the snorkeling is excellent, too. The forest is home to sloths, iguanas, the rare and adorable squirrel monkeys, white-faced monkeys, and millions of colorful little crabs. The trail that winds around Punta Catedral features some spectacular views. The park is easy to reach, south of the town of Quepos, and is near a good selection of hotels and restaurants.
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Manuel Antonio
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Manuel Antonio contains a charming combination of the rain forest, beaches, and coral reefs. These beaches are the most beautiful in the country, lined with lush forest, and the snorkeling is excellent, too. The forest is home to sloths, iguanas, the rare and adorable squirrel monkeys, white-faced monkeys, and millions of colorful little crabs. The trail that winds around Punta Catedral features some spectacular views. The park is easy to reach, south of the town of Quepos, and is near a good selection of hotels and restaurants.
Monteverde is one of Costa Rica most visited placesWhat wonders await you in Costa Rica? The animals of National Geographic (such as sloths, toucans, and kinkajous). The coffee that you get from the café on every corner starts as a red berry — glistening like a ruby on an emerald bush. From pristine beaches, to tropical forests, and rugged mountain terrain, there is almost no landscape that Costa Rica can't offer you, but the crown jewels of the outdoors are the nation's cloud forests. Why Visit Monteverde Costa Rica? You'll feel like you're on top of the world, but really, you've reached the central point of the nation's continental divide. In Monteverde, Costa Rica, the sun-kissed faces of beach dwelling locals are replaced by the warm smiles of farmers, artists, naturalists, and outdoor enthusiasts—particularly in the small yet pleasant town of Santa Elena. Situated at 4,662 ft (1,440 m) above sea level, Monteverde, Costa Rica is a lot like the United States' Pacific Northwest region — evergreen due to the precipitation and moisture-filled clouds which hover over the horizon on an almost daily basis. Monteverde's cloud forests are the byproduct of fog (a thick, low-hanging cloud) tangling amongst the leaves and branches of the forest canopy. When these water-based clouds come into contact with solid plant material, the plant absorbs what it needs and the remaining water condenses and drips down — layer by layer, organism by organism — until it reaches the forest floor. Tens of thousands of diverse insects. 2,500 species of plants (420 are strictly orchids). 400 varieties of birds. Over 100 types of mammals. There is more than one way to enjoy the beauty of Costa Rica's cloud forests, so whatever your energy level or ability, you won't find yourself excluded from this experience. Hike down forest trails; choose a canopy tour with a suspension bridge; or take aerial photographs from the vantage point of a sky tram — there is an option for you. There are a variety of indoor museums and gardens and community experiences. You might have heard about the famous journey to reach the town of Santa Elena and the gateway to Monteverde — it can be bumpy, as large sections are still unpaved and the terrain is not friendly to any vehicle that is not a 4x4 or lacks clearance. Some people refer to the bumpy ride as a "Costa Rica massage.” It’s best to leave the driving to a professional who is familiar with Monteverde’s landscape, so be sure to book transportation services along with your accommodations and tours. The beauty of making the trip to Monteverde, Costa Rica is that you will not only see but feel the contrast from the lower elevations. As you ascend, there are multiple transitions of temperature, moisture, vegetation and terrain. Perched upon the divide, weather is influenced primarily by the Pacific and its predictable salty dryness (and occasional showers in the rainy season). However, at the top of the divide, the warm wet Caribbean winds create the almost continuous source of moisture that fuels this unique habitat.
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Monteverde
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Monteverde is one of Costa Rica most visited placesWhat wonders await you in Costa Rica? The animals of National Geographic (such as sloths, toucans, and kinkajous). The coffee that you get from the café on every corner starts as a red berry — glistening like a ruby on an emerald bush. From pristine beaches, to tropical forests, and rugged mountain terrain, there is almost no landscape that Costa Rica can't offer you, but the crown jewels of the outdoors are the nation's cloud forests. Why Visit Monteverde Costa Rica? You'll feel like you're on top of the world, but really, you've reached the central point of the nation's continental divide. In Monteverde, Costa Rica, the sun-kissed faces of beach dwelling locals are replaced by the warm smiles of farmers, artists, naturalists, and outdoor enthusiasts—particularly in the small yet pleasant town of Santa Elena. Situated at 4,662 ft (1,440 m) above sea level, Monteverde, Costa Rica is a lot like the United States' Pacific Northwest region — evergreen due to the precipitation and moisture-filled clouds which hover over the horizon on an almost daily basis. Monteverde's cloud forests are the byproduct of fog (a thick, low-hanging cloud) tangling amongst the leaves and branches of the forest canopy. When these water-based clouds come into contact with solid plant material, the plant absorbs what it needs and the remaining water condenses and drips down — layer by layer, organism by organism — until it reaches the forest floor. Tens of thousands of diverse insects. 2,500 species of plants (420 are strictly orchids). 400 varieties of birds. Over 100 types of mammals. There is more than one way to enjoy the beauty of Costa Rica's cloud forests, so whatever your energy level or ability, you won't find yourself excluded from this experience. Hike down forest trails; choose a canopy tour with a suspension bridge; or take aerial photographs from the vantage point of a sky tram — there is an option for you. There are a variety of indoor museums and gardens and community experiences. You might have heard about the famous journey to reach the town of Santa Elena and the gateway to Monteverde — it can be bumpy, as large sections are still unpaved and the terrain is not friendly to any vehicle that is not a 4x4 or lacks clearance. Some people refer to the bumpy ride as a "Costa Rica massage.” It’s best to leave the driving to a professional who is familiar with Monteverde’s landscape, so be sure to book transportation services along with your accommodations and tours. The beauty of making the trip to Monteverde, Costa Rica is that you will not only see but feel the contrast from the lower elevations. As you ascend, there are multiple transitions of temperature, moisture, vegetation and terrain. Perched upon the divide, weather is influenced primarily by the Pacific and its predictable salty dryness (and occasional showers in the rainy season). However, at the top of the divide, the warm wet Caribbean winds create the almost continuous source of moisture that fuels this unique habitat.
A wide and wild range of species live in this 2,300 acre resort where nature and luxury living are perfectly balanced. PLAYA CONCHAL Take a nap in the sand or swim in the turquoise waters. The Golden Coast awaits you. WILDLIFE REFUGE Get acquainted with the species that make Guanacaste unique. BIKING TRAILS Gear up for an exhilarating tour in the heart of the jungle. Reserva Conchal sits in front of one of Costa Rica’s most beautiful beaches, an idyllic setting to feel the pulse of nature and a peaceful place to make new friends. We share a sense of pride in taking care of the natural environment while arranging every detail to ease your way into the tropics. A walk around your new home can be a small tour of the natural beauties Costa Rica has to offer.
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Playa Conchal
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A wide and wild range of species live in this 2,300 acre resort where nature and luxury living are perfectly balanced. PLAYA CONCHAL Take a nap in the sand or swim in the turquoise waters. The Golden Coast awaits you. WILDLIFE REFUGE Get acquainted with the species that make Guanacaste unique. BIKING TRAILS Gear up for an exhilarating tour in the heart of the jungle. Reserva Conchal sits in front of one of Costa Rica’s most beautiful beaches, an idyllic setting to feel the pulse of nature and a peaceful place to make new friends. We share a sense of pride in taking care of the natural environment while arranging every detail to ease your way into the tropics. A walk around your new home can be a small tour of the natural beauties Costa Rica has to offer.
Located right along the gorgeous shores of the North Pacific Coast, Tamarindo, Guanacaste is a favorite spot of tourists and locals alike,especially those seeking an exceptional beachside vacation.While Tamarindo is a fairly small beach town, its culture more than makes up for its size. With lots to do and see, it’s one of the most popular spots for those seeking to vacation in Costa Rica, and with good reason! Tamarindo is best known as a great beach and party spot! It offers easy access to exceptional Costa Rica surf spots such as Tamarindo, Playa Grande, Playa Negra, Playa Avellana and Playa Langosta, so it’s very popular with both experienced and beginner surfers.
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Tamarindo Beach Costa Rica
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Located right along the gorgeous shores of the North Pacific Coast, Tamarindo, Guanacaste is a favorite spot of tourists and locals alike,especially those seeking an exceptional beachside vacation.While Tamarindo is a fairly small beach town, its culture more than makes up for its size. With lots to do and see, it’s one of the most popular spots for those seeking to vacation in Costa Rica, and with good reason! Tamarindo is best known as a great beach and party spot! It offers easy access to exceptional Costa Rica surf spots such as Tamarindo, Playa Grande, Playa Negra, Playa Avellana and Playa Langosta, so it’s very popular with both experienced and beginner surfers.
acó Costa Rica: From Sunny Shores to Thrill Seeking Experiences.Known for its lively energy with a carefree party atmosphere that is much beloved by local Ticos and travelers alike. Jacó is a beach town with a little something for everyone! ocated an hour and forty-five minutes from San José on Costa Rica’s Central Pacific, Jacó beach is full of friendly locals, exceptional aquatic activities, lots of restaurants and memories waiting to be made. In addition to its beaches and unique atmosphere, Jacó has an animated nightlife scene, so it’s perfect for tourists looking for something fun to do after the sun goes down. Check out popular bars, clubs, and other party spots after spending a day on the beach. Many people plan a getaway weekend or special event like a bachelor party in Jacó, giving it a reputation as one of the best party towns in the world. If you’re more of a morning person, consider taking a surf lesson and surf the waves at Playa Jacó or taking a hike through one of the nearby nature preserves like Carara National Park, where you’ll encounter hundreds of native and exotic species of wildlife and foliage. You may also enjoy trying your hand at something more adventurous such as surfing, horseback riding, an ATV tour, ziplining, or even rappelling down a waterfall.
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Jaco
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acó Costa Rica: From Sunny Shores to Thrill Seeking Experiences.Known for its lively energy with a carefree party atmosphere that is much beloved by local Ticos and travelers alike. Jacó is a beach town with a little something for everyone! ocated an hour and forty-five minutes from San José on Costa Rica’s Central Pacific, Jacó beach is full of friendly locals, exceptional aquatic activities, lots of restaurants and memories waiting to be made. In addition to its beaches and unique atmosphere, Jacó has an animated nightlife scene, so it’s perfect for tourists looking for something fun to do after the sun goes down. Check out popular bars, clubs, and other party spots after spending a day on the beach. Many people plan a getaway weekend or special event like a bachelor party in Jacó, giving it a reputation as one of the best party towns in the world. If you’re more of a morning person, consider taking a surf lesson and surf the waves at Playa Jacó or taking a hike through one of the nearby nature preserves like Carara National Park, where you’ll encounter hundreds of native and exotic species of wildlife and foliage. You may also enjoy trying your hand at something more adventurous such as surfing, horseback riding, an ATV tour, ziplining, or even rappelling down a waterfall.
Known as one of Costa Rica’s many beautiful national parks, the Carara National Park lies two hours from the capital of San Jose along the road between Puntarenas city and Playa Jaco in Puntarenas province. Located on the Pacific coast some 20 km south of Orotina, this national park is a very important ecological transition zone. Bordering the Pan-American Highway, this park is unique as the Amazonian and Mesoamerican ecosystems converge here to form a distinct biological reserve where the climates of the Pacific dry north meet the humid south coast. Located on the Pacific coast some 20 km south of Orotina, this national park is a very important ecological transition zone. Bordering the Pan-American Highway, this park is unique as the Amazonian and Mesoamerican ecosystems converge here to form a distinct biological reserve where the climates of the Pacific dry north meet the humid south coast.
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Carara National Park
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Known as one of Costa Rica’s many beautiful national parks, the Carara National Park lies two hours from the capital of San Jose along the road between Puntarenas city and Playa Jaco in Puntarenas province. Located on the Pacific coast some 20 km south of Orotina, this national park is a very important ecological transition zone. Bordering the Pan-American Highway, this park is unique as the Amazonian and Mesoamerican ecosystems converge here to form a distinct biological reserve where the climates of the Pacific dry north meet the humid south coast. Located on the Pacific coast some 20 km south of Orotina, this national park is a very important ecological transition zone. Bordering the Pan-American Highway, this park is unique as the Amazonian and Mesoamerican ecosystems converge here to form a distinct biological reserve where the climates of the Pacific dry north meet the humid south coast.
Here in Costa Rica, at the foot of a spectacular volcano, something magical is taking place — something much bigger than coffee. Hacienda Alsacia is located on the slopes of Poás Volcano, less than one hour away from Costa Rica’s capital, San Jose. The scenic 240-hectare coffee farm has become Starbucks global agronomy headquarters.
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Hacienda Alsacia - Starbucks Coffee Farm
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Here in Costa Rica, at the foot of a spectacular volcano, something magical is taking place — something much bigger than coffee. Hacienda Alsacia is located on the slopes of Poás Volcano, less than one hour away from Costa Rica’s capital, San Jose. The scenic 240-hectare coffee farm has become Starbucks global agronomy headquarters.
When looking for a Costa Rica Resort, one cannot overlook Los Sueños Resort and Marina. Located on beautiful Herradura Bay on the Central Pacific coast, this 1,100-acre oceanfront resort is minutes from Jacó Beach and within driving distance of all the adventure that makes Costa Rica so popular. Luxury amenities and unparalleled Costa Rica accommodations give this resort character, comfort and style. Costa Rica’s Los Sueños Resort offers a number of standout features that separate it from the rest: Marina, Golf, Beach Club, Restaurants, Luxury Accomodations and other amenities.
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Los Sueños Resort and Marina
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When looking for a Costa Rica Resort, one cannot overlook Los Sueños Resort and Marina. Located on beautiful Herradura Bay on the Central Pacific coast, this 1,100-acre oceanfront resort is minutes from Jacó Beach and within driving distance of all the adventure that makes Costa Rica so popular. Luxury amenities and unparalleled Costa Rica accommodations give this resort character, comfort and style. Costa Rica’s Los Sueños Resort offers a number of standout features that separate it from the rest: Marina, Golf, Beach Club, Restaurants, Luxury Accomodations and other amenities.
La Paz Waterfall Garden is located in the central part of Costa Rica very near to the Poas Volcano and thirty kilometers north of Alajuela. Visiting the La Paz waterfall is a great day trip to make from San Jose. It is known to locals as Catarata de La Paz, meaning The Waterfall of Peace. La Paz is 37 meters tall (121 feet) and is fed from the La Paz River to maintain the steady flow of water over the falls. This waterfall and surrounding trails are very well taken care of, making it an ideal location for families who want easy-moderate hiking. You can also admire many birds and butterflies in the surrounding gardens
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La Paz Waterfall Gardens Nature Park
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La Paz Waterfall Garden is located in the central part of Costa Rica very near to the Poas Volcano and thirty kilometers north of Alajuela. Visiting the La Paz waterfall is a great day trip to make from San Jose. It is known to locals as Catarata de La Paz, meaning The Waterfall of Peace. La Paz is 37 meters tall (121 feet) and is fed from the La Paz River to maintain the steady flow of water over the falls. This waterfall and surrounding trails are very well taken care of, making it an ideal location for families who want easy-moderate hiking. You can also admire many birds and butterflies in the surrounding gardens
Rio Celeste is well known for it brilliant blue waters, making it a famous attraction in Costa Rica. The blue water comes from a mix of volcanic rock within the water and it’s almost impossible to capture how luminescent the water really is in a photo. Seeing it first hand is the only way to truly admire the waterfall. The falls drop down 30 meters (100 feet) into the vibrant sky blue pool. Moreover, there are trails all throughout Tenorio Volcano National Park that are highly maintained. The Rio Celeste Waterfall is located not far from the small town of Katira.
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Rio Celeste y Los Teñideros
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Rio Celeste is well known for it brilliant blue waters, making it a famous attraction in Costa Rica. The blue water comes from a mix of volcanic rock within the water and it’s almost impossible to capture how luminescent the water really is in a photo. Seeing it first hand is the only way to truly admire the waterfall. The falls drop down 30 meters (100 feet) into the vibrant sky blue pool. Moreover, there are trails all throughout Tenorio Volcano National Park that are highly maintained. The Rio Celeste Waterfall is located not far from the small town of Katira.
One of the most well-known waterfalls in Costa Rica is the La Fortuna Waterfall, close to the nearby town. La Fortuna Waterfall is also very near the Arenal Volcano and Cerro Chato. The falls itself branches off of the La Fortuna river and then has a sudden drop of 75 meters (250 feet) in the middle of the jungle. Hiking down La Fortuna is a task in itself but well worth the walk to swim in the river below. The entrance to the waterfall is easily reachable by car.
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La Fortuna Waterfall
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One of the most well-known waterfalls in Costa Rica is the La Fortuna Waterfall, close to the nearby town. La Fortuna Waterfall is also very near the Arenal Volcano and Cerro Chato. The falls itself branches off of the La Fortuna river and then has a sudden drop of 75 meters (250 feet) in the middle of the jungle. Hiking down La Fortuna is a task in itself but well worth the walk to swim in the river below. The entrance to the waterfall is easily reachable by car.