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COSTA RICA TRIP PLANNING GLOSSARY

CANOPY TOUR(S) (SEE “ZIPLINING”)
CITY-TO-CITY TRANSPORTATION-INCLUSIVE TOUR(S)

Transportation-inclusive tours are tours/activities that include transportation between two cities in their rates. These tours can help travellers save money and precious vacation time by allowing them to participate in a tour/activity en route between two destinations. Click here to view a list of city-to-city transportation-inclusive tour options in Costa Rica.

JEEP-BOAT-JEEP SERVICE (SEE “VAN-BOAT-VAN SERVICE”)
PRIVATE TRANSFER SERVICES

A popular mode of transportation in Costa Rica, especially for larger groups and/or families / tourist van transfer services in air conditioned vehicles / a form of transportation that is not shared with other travellers (ie. they are private to each specific travelling group) / a type of transfer service that is a direct one, however requests to make stops along the way are accepted by the driver (some private transfer service operators limit the amount of stop time along route to 1 hour and charge a small fee for additional stops in order to cover the cost for the driver’s time) / vehicles are typically built to carry 5-12 occupants, although depending on the group size, vehicles equipped to transport upwards of 30 passengers are also available. To learn more about transportation options in Costa Rica, please read our related blog post: Costa Rica Transportation: 10 Ways To Get From Point ‘A’ To Point ‘B’ Throughout Your Trip.

SHARED SHUTTLE SERVICES

One of the most common ways to travel from city to city in Costa Rica / tourist van transfer services in air conditioned vehicles / a form of transportation that is shared with other travellers (they are not private services specific to one travelling group) / a type of transfer service that is a direct one (requests to make stops along the way are not generally accepted by the driver, with the exception of one scheduled bathroom break / vehicles are typically built to carry 5-12 occupants (with carry-on luggage being kept with the occupant and checked luggage being stored at the back or secured to the top of the vehicle). To learn more about transportation options in Costa Rica, please read our related blog post: Costa Rica Transportation: 10 Ways To Get From Point ‘A’ To Point ‘B’ Throughout Your Trip.

TAXI-BOAT-TAXI SERVICE (SEE “VAN-BOAT-VAN SERVICE”)
VAN-BOAT-VAN SERVICE

A convenient mode of transportation between La Fortuna (Arenal) and Monteverde, Costa Rica (or vice versa) / a combined ground-boat-ground transfer service that reduces travel time between La Fortuna (Arenal) and Monteverde by crossing Lake Arenal (as opposed to driving around it). To learn more about the van-boat-van service, please read our related blog post: Your Best Transportation Options Between Monteverde And La Fortuna (Costa Rica). To learn more about other transportation options in Costa Rica, please read our related blog post: Costa Rica Transportation: 10 Ways To Get From Point ‘A’ To Point ‘B’ Throughout Your Trip.

ZIPLINING

A popular and adventurous tourism activity offered in various locations throughout Costa Rica requiring a participant to glide through the rainforest along a suspended cable high above the treetops (aka. the rainforest canopy) / ziplining tours vary in duration, length, height, speed, scenery, and excitement level / no previous experience is necessary to participate in the activity / many ziplining tours are suitable for children (minimum age limit to be verified by the tour operator. To learn more about ziplining in Costa Rica, please read our related blog post: Ziplining And Canopy Tours In Costa Rica: The Difference Between The Two.

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