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Costa Rica Escapes

Costa Rica Explorations & Escapes uses it's developed, local relationships and extensive expertise to create unique travel experiences. We are a full-service, boutique, Costa Rica vacation itinerary provider with offices in both the US & Costa Rica.

Costa Rica Escapes has built an expansive network of quality-focused, local partners made up of similar, boutique-style outfitters and properties. These proven partners allow us to provide our travelers with an unforgettable, customized travel experience throughout Costa Rica. We definitely expose our travelers to the more popular & well-known destinations, but we always avoid the large crowds. We like to expand our traveler's knowledge by educating them and encouraging them to venture off-the-beaten-path to visit the lesser-developed areas of the country.

We offer our travelers creative options for their trips to make their trip special. We have a wide collection of hand-selected, upscale properties that we use throughout the country. Our travelers can also choose to stay in an authentic "homestay" or private homestay house rental where they are able to interact and live with a Tico Family in a natural environment.

We host multi-day, white-water rafting excursions, private mountain biking or canyoning adventure, as well as service projects, and organic farm tours. We seek unique adventures and have found a great deal of success exploring the southern regions on both sides of the country like the Pacuare River, the Osa Peninsula, and Southern Caribbean Coast.

Featured trips & expertise

Beautiful Rio Celeste in Tenorio National Park
Best of Costa Rica - 14 Days

This two-week itinerary includes many of Costa Rica's greatest hits. You'll venture into the country's most beautiful national parks and enjoy zip-lining adventures, nature hikes, beach excursions, and more. All the while you'll spot exotic animals as you traverse some of the most virgin rainforest landscapes in Central America.

Arenal Volcano
Family-Friendly Arenal and Manuel Antonio National Park- 9 Days

Fun for the whole family, this itinerary covers two of Costa Rica's most famous areas. Arenal and Manuel Antonio are some of the best representations of Costa Rica; Arenal area features one of the most famous volcanos in the country, surrounded by lush tropical rainforest, while Manuel Antonio National Park is renown for its white sandy beaches and vast diversity of tropical plants and wildlife.

Red-Eyed Tree Frog
Costa Rica National Parks Adventure - 14 Days

A whopping 25% of Costa Rica's total area is protected. This is a conscious effort to preserve the nation's abundant natural treasures in the form of various national parks. To this end, we've created a dream itinerary for intrepid nature lovers that includes the four best parks in the country. So clear two weeks off your calendar—it's time to experience Costa Rica to the fullest extent.

Arenal Volcano
Arenal Expedition Self Drive Tour - 4 Days

This itinerary is one of the shortest, yet action-packed option, for travelers looking for a compact Costa Rica experience. Zip-line, rappel and horseback ride your way throughout the Arenal region and enjoy some of the best natural views the country has to offer.

Whitewater rafting down the Pacuare river
Costa Rica Adventure: Whitewater, Beaches & Volcanos - 8 Days

Explore Costa Rica's amazing natural scenery through a thrilling series of activities including whitewater rafting, kayaking, zip-lining, and more. This tour will take you to a wide range of coasts, jungles, and rivers, all while keeping your adrenaline pumping.

Costa Rica Essentials: Self-Drive Tour - 14 Days

In this two-week tour, you can experience Costa Rica's main attractions as well as its lesser-known marvels. Drive along coasts, rainforest roads, and hills to discover the natural sights that make Costa Rica the most visited country in Central America.

Recent Trip Reviews for Costa Rica Escapes

Costa rica family vacation - 6-day itinerary, Costa Rica - Oct 15 - Oct 22, 2018

Traveler: Claudia S. - Local specialist: John Rabenau

We were very pleased by the places and lodging chosen for us by John. We particularly loved the remoteness of Mawumba Lodge and then later the accessibility of Shahwamda Lodge to to the Jaguar Rescue Center, where we were able to see baby sloths, and eat the best swordfish ever at Pura Gula restaurant. Our guide Umberto was professional and knowledgeable, and our drivers--Ronnie, Patricia, and Jose--were wonderful ambassadors of their country.

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Costa rica national parks adventure - 14 days, Costa Rica - Jul 1 - Jul 18, 2018

Traveler: Ioana T. - Local specialist: John Rabenau

We had a wonderful 18 day vacation thanks to John and his great organization of our trip. This was our first visit to Costa Rica and we experienced a bit of everything - diving, visiting rainforest parks, zipline, white water rafting, horse back riding. Communication with John was very fast and efficient--both when planning the trip as well as throughout our itinerary. He booked for us places that matched very well our travelling & vacation style. I would highly recommend using the services of his company when planning Costa Rica vacation.