Costa Rica Vacations

GREEN GETAWAYS FROM COAST TO 'RICH COAST'

Ecotourism's origins may be hard to pinpoint, but there's little disputing that Costa Rica - a diverse land teeming with natural wonders - has become one of the world's most sought-after green destinations.

How serious are Costa Rican authorities about doing right by the environment? Almost one-fourth of Costa Rica is protected, and much of the protected areas serve as national park land where visitors can explore the rainforests, volcanoes, rivers and beaches firsthand. Costa Rica also plans to become the first country to go carbon neutral, a goal expected to be accomplished as early as 2021.

But whether your idea of "going green" includes recycling your daily paper, riding a bike to work, or wearing your favorite St. Patrick's Day shirt, you'll find plenty to see and do here. Adventurers may choose to grab a paddle and raft Class IV river rapids; surf, scuba or fish in the Pacific; explore a rumbling, lava spewing volcano; interact with some amazing wildlife (sea turtles, capuchin monkeys, basilisk lizards, butterflies); or zip-line through a rainforest canopy.

Others may find peace in more tranquil pursuits, such as sunning on a secluded beach; touring a coffee plantation; taking a nature walk; shopping for a bargain in the city; or visiting a one-of-a-kind mosaic church.

In Costa Rica, there are countless ways to live out your vacation fantasies - without worrying how big of a carbon footprint you've left behind.
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Taranova - Villas Palmas
San Jose La Uruca CR
Taranova - Villas Palmas is a small 13 unit complex centrally located in San Jose, Costa Rica only a few blocks from a Casino, shopping plaza and restaurants. Most of our guests find that Villas Palmas is a perfect location to use as a home-base to eco-tour the country of Costa Rica! Most tours leave early in the morning and do not return until early evening. (Rain forest, jungle tour, white water rafting, volcanoes, hot spa, coffee plantation, beach, etc). This is a City Resort and is approximately 2 hours from the coast. There is a small unheated pool at the resort with no other amenities on site. Staying at Villas Palmas is a great way to see the beauty of Costa Rica while staying at a conveniently located, friendly complex!

Check-in Time: 16:00
Check-out Time: 10:00
Check-in Days: Sunday

Important Information
  • No smoking in units: could result in forfeiture of the unit and/or other penalties.
  • Pet Information: Animals are not permitted; could result in forfeiture of the unit and/or other penalties.
  • Confirmation is required upon check-in at the resort.
  • There is a small unheated pool at the resort with no other amenities on site. This is an older urban resort and is not built or outfitted in North American standards. The units are large but there are no additional amenitites at the resort.
  • Parking Restrictions: Limited parking onsite
  • The resort does NOT recommend renting a car for this location. Parking and driving is challenging in the country.
  • Mandatory fee: Security deposit is 100.00 U.S. dollars. Only Credit Cards accepted
  • Mandatory fee: Utility surcharge is 50.00 U.S. dollars. Cash only is accepted.
Ecoplaya Beach Resort
Guanacaste COSTA RICA
Located on Bahia Salinas in the Guanacaste Province, it is known for its large natural areas and beautiful beaches. In our hotel, enjoy fully equipped four star Villas, bar and restaurant, also explore the lush pristine beaches in the area, or let yourself be surprised by the fabulous tropical dry forest and active wildlife. We are a fabulous choice for those who love the peace of nature and the beautiful landscape of the beaches.

Check-in Time: 14:00
Check-out Time: 12:00
Check-in Days: Sunday

All-Inclusive: Optional
This resort offers an all-inclusive option that must be paid directly to the resort.

Important Information
  • Pet Information: Animals are not permitted; could result in forfeiture of the unit and/or other penalties.
  • Fees or deposits are charged for some amenities.
  • To view the All Inclusive Fees you will be responsible for paying upon check in, click on the AI Fees tab above or visit RCI’s “All inclusive” website WWW.RCI.COM
  • The resort is completely ecological and this can be sometimes very difficult for some to experience. It is 1:45hr away from Guanacaste downtown. The path use to get to the resort is not finished and its not accesible. When you get to the resort you will find that is in the middle of beaches and forest. During the summer, the resort has water shortage.
  • A lot of wild life living around the hotel. It is very common to find raccoons, monkeys, lizzards, etc People traveling to the resort should know that no luxury could be found. And all of the normal life will be found 1:45hr away at Guanacaste.
  • The best way to travel to this resort is to get there and try to enjoy nature.The resort will offer some excursions. All of the meals are given at the resorts restaurant. There is no way to find restaurants nearby. There is no grocery store or souvenir store on site.

* The all-inclusive fees are for reference only. The actual fee amounts can be obtained directly from the resort.
Jaco Bay Condominiums and Condo Hotel – 5 Nights
Provincia Punta Arenas, CR CR
The Jaco Bay project is located in the Jaco area, a sector that has developed as one of the top tourist destinations in Central America because of its proximity to the capital, only 90 km away from San Jose. A unique concept designed to provide class and comfort, thinking about your rest and that of your family with the most extensive and impressive pool area, surrounded by relaxing gardens, volleyball court, jacuzzi and children's playground. A new and contemporary construction with 6 towers total. Services: Daily cleaning, 24 hour security, private parking, business office and conference area only with previous reservation, private tour guide, Car Rental, Laundry Services, Reception, Masseur, Wireless Internet access throughout the resort and organization of private events. There is a mandatory US$40 per unit, per week housekeeping fee. All units have a living and dining room, fully equipped kitchen, laundry room, cable TV, telephone, air conditioning and safe.

Check-in Time: 15:00
Check-out Time: 12:00
Check-in Days: Sunday

Important Information
  • Pet Information: Animals are not permitted; could result in forfeiture of the unit and/or other penalties.
  • For information on tours and transfers: 506/2290-1454 or by email to: hcersosimo@ramadajacobay.com
  • For information on tours and transfers please contact: 506/2290-1454 or by email to: hcersosimo@ramadajacobay.com
  • Mandatory fee: Mandatory Cleaning Fee is 40.00 U.S. dollars. Per week.
Eat...

Hit up a 'soda.' The Costa Rican equivalent to an American diner, the soda is a great place to fill up on Tico food (lots of rice and beans) while hardly putting a dent in your wallet.

Get a fruit snack. San Jose's fruit vendors are easy to spot: just head to the corner of the nearest downtown street. Then stock up on mangoes, palm nuts and more.

Cafeteria 1830. This 24-hour patio café, located at the Gran Hotel in Costa Rica, is a great place to enjoy a beer or a late-night snack and watch the world go by.

Play...

'Zip' through the forest. Zip line tours through the rainforest canopy are exhilarating. The only downside: you'll be moving so fast, you won't have time to take in all the wonderful views.

Ride the white water. Take a two- or three-day trip down the Pacuare River, where, with the help of professional guides, you can tackle Class III and Class IV rapids.

Explore...

Manuel Antonio National Park. Stunning panoramic views fill visitors' cameras regularly at this beautiful park near Quepos. But the monkeys, including the endangered squirrel monkey, steal the show.

Arenal hanging bridge. Suspended bridges such as this one put you in the line of sight of the majority of the rainforests birds, reptiles and animals: in the canopy.

Arenal volcano. Don't miss out on the opportunity to witness an active volcano as it rumbles and spews lava daily. Nighttime views to see the glowing lava are most popular, although daytime visits have their own rewards.

Follow the turtles. Sea turtles nest on both coasts at various times of the year, and many of the nesting beaches have been protected as national parks. Places where you could see a leatherback, Pacific green or other type of sea turtle include: Santa Rosa National Park, Las Baulas National Marine Park, Tortuguero National Park or the Ostional National Wildlife Refuge.

Shop...

One word: Coffee. Tourism pumps more money into the Costa Rican economy than anything else, but the coffee bean is the rich, aromatic runner-up. You can purchase a one-pound bag for less than $5 at any supermarket.

Boutique Annemarie. This two-floor shop at the Hotel Don Carlos offers a large selection of leather goods, paintings, jewelry and other products you'd have to visit several stores to see.

Avenida Central. This street mall, located west of the Plaza de la Cultura, offers several stores that sell clothing for the entire family.