The Costa Rica Travel Blog is the current traveller, will-be traveller, has-been traveller, and should-be traveller's guide to everything Costa Rica. Information, stories, news, and advice written by the Pura Vida! eh? Inc. team; Costa Rican insiders, outsiders, and everywhere-in-between-siders.

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Is Costa Rica’s Tortuguero Worth Visiting?

Is Costa Rica’s Tortuguero Worth Visiting?

Costa Rica’s Tortuguero is a bit of a strange brew. Like straight black coffee short of sugar or milk, it is either loved by many for its distinctiveness or merely put up with by others. Just as those who appreciate coffee for its natural flavour […]

How To Make A Day Trip To Monteverde From La Fortuna (Arenal) Or Vice Versa

How To Make A Day Trip To Monteverde From La Fortuna (Arenal) Or Vice Versa

This blog post is going to be a bit of a hypocritical one. Once and a while travellers ask us for our advice in doing something that we secretly wish they wouldn’t do. Like parents coaching their adolescent children through the process of choosing a university or college to […]

Which Costa Rica Beach Is Best For You? What To Know About The Central Pacific Beaches.

Which Costa Rica Beach Is Best For You? What To Know About The Central Pacific Beaches.

Choosing a coastal beach area (or more than one) to visit during your Costa Rica trip can be a stressful, time consuming, and pull-your-hair-out frustrating part of vacation planning. As mentioned in our related post Which Costa Rica Beach Is Best For You: What To […]

Should You Visit La Fortuna (Arenal), Monteverde, Or Both Destinations During Your Costa Rica Vacation?

Should You Visit La Fortuna (Arenal), Monteverde, Or Both Destinations During Your Costa Rica Vacation?

ARE YOU GAME? Building a Costa Rica vacation itinerary is a lot like playing Tetris. The object is to arrange each piece so it falls perfectly into place in accordance with all of the other pieces. Pieces cannot overlap each other, so careful attention must […]

Costa Rica Destinations: Common Name & Location Misunderstandings

Costa Rica Destinations: Common Name & Location Misunderstandings

As we suggest in our blog post Costa Rica Hotel Tip: Can you name your Arenal or Monteverde hotel?, Costa Rica is notorious for using repeat words and phrases to describe different items (did you know that there are more than 20 accommodation options around the […]

Where To Go In Costa Rica: Determining the Best Places To Visit During Your Trip

Where To Go In Costa Rica: Determining the Best Places To Visit During Your Trip

Costa Rica is the Disney World of Central America. Year after year it remains a popular tourist destination, it is home to countless activities to keep every traveller entertained, and it offers a little something for everyone, so it is no wonder why “where to […]

Why You Should Visit La Fortuna (Arenal) During Your Trip To Costa Rica

Why You Should Visit La Fortuna (Arenal) During Your Trip To Costa Rica

Most travellers who choose to visit Costa Rica do so with the intent to immerse themselves in a culture different than their own. With tourism booming in Europe, Mexico, and the Caribbean, part of Costa Rica’s appeal is its rawness, evidenced by its many pristine […]

The Most Time And Cost Efficient Way To Visit Tortuguero And Raft The Pacuare River During Your Time In Costa Rica (Part 1).

The Most Time And Cost Efficient Way To Visit Tortuguero And Raft The Pacuare River During Your Time In Costa Rica (Part 1).

Travellers interested in experiencing two of Costa Rica’s greatest tours – cruises through the Tortuguero Canals and rafting on the Pacuare River – are faced with the challenge of best incorporating both activities into their trip plans without wasting precious vacation time and money. Although […]

Which Costa Rica Beach Is Best For You? What To Know About The Northern Pacific Beaches.

Which Costa Rica Beach Is Best For You? What To Know About The Northern Pacific Beaches.

With a total of 1228km of coastline to offer, it is no wonder Costa Rica is known for its countless beach destinations. It is also no surprise that travellers have a hard time deciding on which beach town to visit, since there are so many […]

Which Costa Rica Airport Is The Best? Comparing Costa Rica’s San Jose (SJO) And Liberia (LIR) Airports

Which Costa Rica Airport Is The Best? Comparing Costa Rica’s San Jose (SJO) And Liberia (LIR) Airports

Depending on where you will be travelling to Costa Rica from you may prefer to fly into and out of the San Jose airport (i.e., the Juan Santamaria International Airport, or “SJO” for short given its airport code), into and out of the Liberia airport […]

Spots For The Soul: Great Places To Find Peace In Costa Rica

Spots For The Soul: Great Places To Find Peace In Costa Rica

At some point during your travels (in costa rica, or elsewhere in the world) you have likely experienced a moment that undoubtedly affected you. Whether the moment was forever life-changing or simply triggered an emotional response at the time, you probably still remember it. You […]

I’m Going To Monteverde, Not Santa Elena, So Why Do Both Towns Keep Popping Up During My Research?

I’m Going To Monteverde, Not Santa Elena, So Why Do Both Towns Keep Popping Up During My Research?

Confusion over what and where Monteverde is, what and where Santa Elena is (and even what and where Cerro Plano is), is all too common. We regularly have the following conversation with travellers: Pura Vida! eh? Incorporated:  A visit to Monteverde is an excellent choice! We […]