Of the numerous natural biological reserves, national parks and Costa Rica wildlife refuge places in Costa Rica, two noteworthy locations stand out:

  1. Cano Negro Wildlife Refuge
  2. Carara Biological Reserve

Both are part of our Costa Rica itinerary and are great examples of the kind of biodiversity Costa Rica is renowned for.

Cano Negro Wildlife Refuge

Established in 1984, the 25,000-acre Cano Negro Wildlife Refuge, along the Rio Frio River, is the epitome of tropical refuges and can be very humid. Yet this Cano Negro Costa Rica wildlife refuge receives the least amount of rainfall.

Cano Negro Wildlife Refuge is more or less “off the beaten path” and can only be explored via a Rio Frio tour by boat. The Cano Negro region is home to one of Costa Rica’s richest areas for biodiversity. The Wildlife Refuge tour is truly a nature lover’s tour where visitors can view up close (and in their natural surroundings) exotic Costa Rican wildlife such as caimans, three-toed sloths, turtles, water walking lizards, unique tropical birds, and many species of playful mischievous monkeys.

The Cano Negro wetlands is in the Alajuela Province in the northern part of Costa Rica and home to thousands of species of birds, butterflies, reptiles, mammals and amphibians, plus hundreds of migratory birds. Tourists find the lora and fauna in this Costa Rica wildlife refuge to be simply incredible. Visit this Costa Rica Guide page for more info on the Cano Negro Wetlands.

Laguna Cano Negro is amply fed during the rainy season by the Rio Frio River and is an ideal place to spot many species of wildlife while on a Rio Frio cruise. Marshes, forests, and grasslands blend together to provide the perfect home to jaguars, tapirs, cougars, peccary, and ocelots. There are also many species of monkeys for which the area is famous. Mantled Howler monkeys, Geoffrey’s Spider Monkey and the White Headed Capuchin are notable among these.

During the summer rainy season, the Rio Frio overflows its banks flooding the majority of the this Costa Rica wildlife refuge. As the waters recede during the dryer season many small ponds and lagoons are created providing the ideal home for a great number of migratory birds such as spoonbills, ibis, ducks, cormorants, and a wide variety of storks and Anhinga. Notable migratory waterfowl include the Nicaragua Crackle, Snail Kite, Whistling Duck, Green Backed Hero, and the Blue Winged Teal.

Carara Biological Reserve

Located just 30 miles from San Jose, the capital of Costa Rica, Carara National Park is a hugely popular destination for anyone vacationing in Costa Rica, especially those who love bird watching.

Like the Costa Rica wildlife refuge we just mentioned, bird watchers love Carara National Park, especially since the area is dryer than most Costa Rica rainforests. The forest here is more open, making it easier to spot rare birds and other indigenous wildlife including keel-billed toucans and boat-billed herons, plus two-toed sloths, armadillos, frogs, and many species of Costa Rican monkeys.

Many tourists come to Carara Biological Reserve in Costa Rica to enjoy a jungle river cruise along the Tarcoles River, where it is also not uncommon to spot many river crocodiles or the rare and endangered Scarlet Macaw.

August through to October is the considered the wet season for bot Carara National Park and Cana Negro, the most famous Costa Rica wildlife refuge. The driest months are between December and April, but even the driest months can be quite humid under the forest canopy. However, the Tarcoles River cruise is well worth it.

All Inclusive Costa Rica Tours by Caravan

Cana Negro, the Costa Rica wildlife refuge, and Carara Biological Reserve are both featured activities on Caravan’s all inclusive Costa Rica tours. These are very affordable, fully escorted 9-day tours and include all meals, ground transportation, hotel accommodations, and all activities and gratuities.

To see what others have to say about their Can Negro Costa Rica wildlife refuge experience, refer to the Caravan Costa Rica tour reviews page.

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Our Caravan Costa Rica itinerary has been carefully constructed to offer something for people of all ages and interests. Because of this, Caravan Costa Rica tours are our most popular all inclusive vacations.

Our fully guided Costa Rica tour packages are ideal family vacations and many are suitable for senior travel or for group travel as well.

Come experience all the natural wonders and tropical majesty that this tiny Central American country has to offer.

Itinerary for All Types of Travelers

The best Costa Rica itinerary will include visits to Costa Rica’s many unique offerings. Travel with Caravan and witness tropical rainforests, fantastic white sandy beaches, active volcanoes, pristine waterfalls, and Costa Rica’s exceptional National Parks. Come experience exotic Costa Rica wildlife plus amazing fauna and flora, up close.

Professionally guided by our experienced Costa Rica tour operators, these travel packages will suit most travelers’ needs. They offer the best way to see and experience all that Costa Rica has to offer, whether you are looking for a:

  • Costa Rica beach getaway
  • Eco-tourism package
  • Family oriented travel
  • Honeymoon travel
  • Budget travel package
  • Educational or spring break travel

Caravan’s Costa Rica Attractions

Below is an outline of some of our Costa Rica itinerary attractions that should absolutely not be missed. These are included in our Caravan all inclusive Costa Rica travel package.

San Jose Costa Rica

The capital San Jose is the first stop on our Costa Rica itinerary. Costa Rica is a democratic country that enjoys a peaceful existence with a lifestyle that ranks near the top as one of the best places in the world to live. There are two international airports near San Jose Costa Rica and about 19 other regional airports conveniently located around the country.

San Jose is an important starting point for many Costa Rica travel packages. It is a vibrant colonial city with intertwined modernity and its own exotic charm. Attractions in San Jose Costa Rica include The National Museum, mysterious stone spheres from ancient times, the Gold Museum, the National Theater, Central Park, and the San Jose Plaza de la Cultura.

Volcanoes & Cloud Forests

Driving through the coffee growing region of Costa Rica takes you to Poás Volcano where tourists come to view the spellbinding mile wide crater from a safe distance. Another interesting area close by is the Escallonia Cloud Forest Trail with numerous orchids, rare ferns, epiphytes, and lovely hummingbirds. These two top tourist draws are included in our Caravan Costa Rica itinerary.

Costa Rica National Parks & Plantations

Banana plantations, butterfly gardens, and cascading waterfalls are usually featured on many Costa Rica package holidays. Braulio Carrillo Park and Leatherback Turtle National Park are home to some of the more exotic Costa Rica wildlife species including birds, otters, manatees, and sea turtles. There are many rivers and canals to cruise on or to engage in adventure sports such as white water rafting.

Taking a scenic look at the rainforest while on an aerial tram, and gliding through the jungle canopy is one attraction you will never forget. Generally, rainforests have more rain and a cloud forest has more humidity. Howler monkeys, white faced monkeys and green iguanas join the tropical exotic rare birds in these unique jungles.

Turtle Nesting Beaches & Research Station

This part of our Costa Rica itinerary is where you can see nature at its finest. Costa Rica travel packages generally include the Pacific coast Leatherback turtle nesting beaches at Leatherback Turtle National Park.

Here, Ii’s possible to see other turtle species including black turtles, Hawksbill turtles, and of course, the Giant Leatherbacks. You can also explore firsthand, the turtle nesting beaches and natural habitats where sea turtles come to lay their eggs.

Leatherback Turtle National Park was created to help protect the nesting beaches, turtle eggs, and the young hatchlings that race to the ocean.

Arenal Volcano, Cano Negro & Volcanic Hot Springs

These are additional Costa Rica itinerary favorites on Caravan’s all inclusive tour. Take a river cruise along the Rio Frio, which will take you to the Cano Negro Wildlife Refuge, home to migratory birds, crocodiles, caimans, spider monkeys, web footed water walking lizards, and a host of other rare tropical animal species. You can relax at the volcanic hot springs and enjoy the view of the Arenal Volcano and its glowing lava flow, which is sure to be a most memorable experience for any visitor.

Costa Rica Beaches

Beautiful Manuel Antonio public beach is just one example of the many white sandy Costa Rica beaches revered by beach lovers. Some leisurely time on the pristine beaches of the Costa Rica’s Pacific coast is another favorite of tourists who enjoy all inclusive Costa Rica travel packages with Caravan Tours.

The name Costa Rica means ‘rich coast’ and the country’s sandy beaches stay true to this even today. Outside of the well-known Costa Rica beaches there are many others more remote, but well worth the time and effort to visit.

Caravan Costa Rica All Inclusive Tours

Caravan Tours conducts fully escorted Costa Rica tours that include most of the attractions and excursions contained in this article. Please refer to our site pages for information on Caravan’s Costa Rica Natural Paradise Tour, and explore our Costa Rica itinerary plus an up to date list of activities and hotel accommodations.

Caravan’s Costa Rica travel package is an all inclusive 9-day vacation, exceptionally priced considering that all hotel accommodations and itinerary activities, meals, and gratuities are included.

Visit Caravan’s Costa Rica tour reviews page to read what others have said about this fully guided, all inclusive Costa Rica travel package.

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Costa Rica beaches hold a special place in the hearts and minds of beach lovers from around the world who have visited this tiny Central American country.

In fact, Costa Rica is famous for its many Pacific oceanfront locations that feature either brilliant white or incredible black sandy beaches all framed by lush tropical rainforests.

Incredible Costa Rica beaches can be found all along the 600 mile stretch of Pacific coastline. With a combination of warm tropical weather and warm tropical waters, they attract vacationers, snorkelers, scuba divers, and surfers from around the globe all year round.

In travel brochures and other visitor guidelines, the beach areas are loosely divided into several sections.

  • Southern Costa Rica – Waterfront locations may be a bit more remote and undeveloped.
  • Central & Northern Costa Rica – This part of the country tends to be more popular and caters to the ever-growing tourist industry.

Regardless of location, travelers can lounge in the sun, enjoy their time in the brisk surf, or take a leisurely walk to see if they can spot one of the dozens of native animal species among the trees. It’s not uncommon to spot colorful toucans and other exotic birds, plus monkeys, iguanas and even water walking lizards.

Even Christopher Columbus enjoyed the Caribbean coastline beaches of Costa Rica over five centuries ago.

Best Beaches in Costa Rica

Costa Rica is a relatively small country with coastlines that make up nearly two-thirds of its borders including the Caribbean and the Pacific oceans. There are over 300 sandy beaches in Costa Rica including:

  • Jaco beach  near Jaco Costa Rica
  • Manuel Antonio in Manuel Antonio National Park
  • Tortuguero National Park
  • Playa Dominical surfing beaches, just 30 miles south of Manuel Antonio National Park
  • Playa Tamarindo, near the turtle nesting beaches of Costa Rica
  • Corcovado in Corcovado National Park on Costa Rica’s Osa peninsula
  • Montezuma on Costa Rica’s Nicoya peninsula

Spectacular Lesser Known Locations

Although lesser known, the following Costa Rica beaches are also worth visiting:

  • Playa Naranjo (Witches Rock)
  • Playa Avellana
  • Playa Santa Teresa
  • Playa Negra

Playa Hermosa may be the best choice for prime surfing. Travelers may also want to seek accommodations near Playa Flamingo or Playa Grande. In the south, the beach at Ganodoca Manzanillo Wildlife Refuge is exceptional.

Costa Rica Oceanfront Resorts

Vacationers can easily be pampered in one of the many Pacific and Caribbean coastal resorts of Costa Rica. In the tourist hotspots, the nightlife is very active with bars and restaurants that cater to the needs of the many tourists who come to enjoy a drink or a meal.

One of the highlights that many visitors recall from their Costa Rica experience is buying a cold fruit drink or ice cream from a vendor who makes his way along the beach.

Those who plan to visit one of the astonishing Costa Rican beaches will find that many use the Spanish name “playa.” Nearly every one of these idyllic spots offers plenty of privacy and opportunities for relaxation.

Caravan Costa Rica Vacations – Featuring Top Costa Rica Beaches

The Pacific ocean is always a drawing feature for Costa Rica eco travel.

Various Costa Rica beaches including Guanacaste resort, Manuel Antonio, and Leatherback Turtles National Park are currently featured in Caravan Tours’ Costa Rica Paradise travel packages.

Read more about what fellow travelers have to say about these 9-day tours on our Costa Rica reviews page.

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Guanacaste Costa Rica is one of seven provinces in this tiny central American country.  The provincial borders roughly define certain regions by geography, government, and population.

The province of Guanacaste is located in the northwest part of Costa Rica on the Pacific Ocean. It shares a border with Nicaragua and is the least populated province in the nation.

History of Guanacaste Costa Rica

The recorded history of the Guanacaste province (so named for the national tree – Guanacaste or ear-pod) dates back hundreds of years. People began to settle the Nicoya Peninsula in earnest in the 17th and 18th centuries. The region first existed as an independent territory and was annexed to the larger nation almost 200 years ago.

Guanacaste Costa Rica is a fascinating and beautiful part of the world, with heavy forestation and mountainous rivers. The region is relatively dry compared to the rest of Costa Rica.

Guanacaste Weather

Residents and visitors to Guanacaste Costa Rica experience consistently hot temperatures beginning in November. Respite from this heat is found on the wonderful Pacific Ocean beaches. Temperatures are moderate in May and the region receives a bit more rainfall. This pattern usually continues until October.

Guanacaste Agriculture

The open areas of Guanacaste province are often devoted to cattle grazing. The beef industry was a mainstay of the economy for decades, but it has declined in recent years. A massive irrigation program has boosted crop production, with sugar cane, cotton, and rice leading the way, although coffee growing is also quite popular.

Liberia – The Capital of Guanacaste

Liberia is the largest city in Guanacaste province with a population of of over 75,000 people. Liberia is also the capital of Guanacaste and major hub for tourism in Costa Rica.

Tourists have flocked to Guanacaste Costa Rica in ever-greater numbers in the past few decades, taking advantage of the beautiful beaches and the natural beauty of Costa Rica. This has revived the area’s economy to some extent and has contributed to the importance of the capital city, Liberia.

The warm tropical climate and beautiful beaches in Liberia lure travelers wishing to escape the cold months of the Northern Hemisphere. They mostly travel down to Liberia Costa Rica between December and March.

Liberia Costa Rica offers a relatively new international airport and many of the amenities that international visitors seek. Yet Liberia remains a comfortable city with an atmosphere often described as “colonial.”

Liberia’s proximity to Costa Rica beach resorts and beautiful national parks make it a popular destination and base for touring the countryside. In fact, one of Costa Rica’s national parks, Santa Rosa, also includes one of the world’s top surfing locations. Historic landmarks also add to Liberia’s increasing popularity.

If surfing and sun-tanning are not quite your style there are many other Liberia Costa Rica excursions and activities to explore. Aside from the many attractions, the city is a perfect base for horseback riding through the amazing countryside, bird watching, or for a trip to one of the many volcanoes along the eastern border of Guanacaste Costa Rica. It is not unusual for visitors to witness dozens of rare birds in addition to the native tapir (and even the elusive jaguar).

Those who choose to explore Liberia Costa Rica will see many whitewashed houses that have given this city a reputation as “ciudad blanca,” which is Spanish for “white city.” It is also home to a number of annual festivals that celebrate local culture and the heritage of the residents.

Liberia’s government and city leaders have made an effort to attract new visitors with its international airport and easy access to major highways. Take one of the many interesting side trips off the Pan-American Highway and see why Guanacaste Costa Rica and its capital city Liberia have become so popular.

Caravan All Inclusive Tours Includes Guanacaste Costa Rica

The current Natural Paradise Tour by Caravan includes several days in the Guanacaste Costa Rica. Depending on the travel package you select you may experience the Guanacaste J.W. Marriott Resort and Spa, or the San Bada Hotel just outside of Manuel Antonio Park.

Caravan’s fully escorted 9 day tour is exceptionally priced always all inclusive.

Hear what fellow travelers are saying about these Costa Rica trips on the official Costa Rica reviews page.

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to inquire about pricing and tour availability.

A Caravan all inclusive Costa Rica tour is the ultimate tropical vacation with all the exotic trappings that you would expect and more.

The name “Costa Rica” means “Rich Coast” and the pure, untamed beauty of Costa Rica’s Pacific and Caribbean coastlines reveal unspoiled eco diversity like nowhere else on earth.

This diversity is possible partly because Costa Rica abolished the military decades ago and used that funding for the preservation of their natural heritage. Today, over 23% of Costa Rica is now protected in National Parks, refuges, and wildlife preserves.

In this article we will answer four of the common questions about our Caravan all inclusive Costa Rica Tour.

What does “Fully Escorted” Mean?

“Fully escorted” simply means that from start to finish, your tour in Costa Rica will be conducted by a professional Caravan tour operator. The same tour operator stays with your group the entire time. We use very knowledgeable and experienced local tour operators who take our travelers through Costa Rica’s best attractions. Each tour director is also fluent in English and will work with your bus driver, plus other local tour guides at specific attractions. With a fully escorted tour you can relax and enjoy every minute of your vacation.

Because every detail of our all inclusive Costa Rica tour is taken care of by your tour director, these full escorted Costa Rica vacations have become very popular in recent years. This is especially true for budget travelers and those who want group tours, senior tours, or all-inclusive family vacations.

What is Included on Caravan’s All Inclusive Costa Rica Tour?

Caravan Tours is an all-inclusive Costa Rica tour operator providing affordable, fully guided tours of beautiful central American country.

All inclusive means virtually everything is included for one low price. Tours are fully escorted and all ground transportation is provided. The tour also includes all itinerary meals, accommodations, activities, and activity fees. Caravan will even provide bottled water on their restroom equipped, air conditioned Mercedes motor coaches.

Your Caravan all inclusive Costa Rica tour also includes airport transfers to and from your hotel. As well, your tour price includes all gratuities for local guides, hotel staff, and restaurants.

With Caravan Tours, you know what your costs are up front. There are no add on features or surprise option sales, making Caravan Tours the most convenient and affordable way to enjoy this amazing eco-friendly country.

What Are Some of the Tour Highlights?

For one low all inclusive price, vacationers can enjoy this Natural Paradise all-inclusive Costa Rica tour with visits to some the country’s most popular attractions. You’ll visit tropical rainforests, volcanoes, plantations, Colonial cities, and incredible National Parks.

From the moment you arrive in San Jose, Costa Rica’s capital, you will understand why this quaint little country of just over four million people is so popular. Your Costa Rica all inclusive vacation tour will be accompanied by local naturalist guides who are eager to share the country’s natural beauty and heritage with world travelers.

You will travel north from San Jose through banana, sugar cane, teak, and orange plantations and take a guided coffee plantation tour. Every all inclusive tour includes visits to Manual Antonio National Park and Leatherback Turtles National Park.

You’ll enjoy the splendor of cascading waterfalls, natural hot springs, active volcanoes, lush tropical rainforests, cloud forests, and the country’s many wildlife refuges and reserves. It all adds up to an amazing, unforgettable holiday experience.

Caravan’s all inclusive Costa Rica tour also includes river cruises, a visit to a butterfly garden, a bird sanctuary and a beach hike along the Pacific coast Leatherback turtle nesting beaches. There are also unforgettable aerial tram tours through the virgin rainforest canopy, where you can observe the canopy wildlife up close and in their natural setting.

Why Do Costa Rica Tours Book Up So Fast?

At such a great price point, these tours are filled with all the most popular things to do in Costa Rica. The simply can’t be beat! Caravan’s Costa Rica vacations book so fast because travelers get the best possible value for their money.

Visit Caravan’s Costa Rica tour reviews page to read what others have said about Caravan’s all inclusive Costa Rica tour.

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Costa Rica travel packages continue to be Caravan’s most popular tours. This beautiful little country has earned its place as one of the world’s best vacation destinations. It attracts visitors from around the globe who come to enjoy the pristine beauty of Costa Rica’s rainforests, white sandy beaches, active volcanoes, and its wildlife sanctuaries and reserves.

In addition to the natural beauty of Costa Rica, here are three reasons why Caravan’s Costa Rica travel packages are so popular!

1. Suitable Travel Tours for All Ages

Caravan’s Costa Rica travel packages are designed to accommodate travellers of all ages in many ways:

  • Bottled water is provided at all meals and during ground transportation.
  • Travelers enjoy air conditioned comfort aboard restroom equipped Mercedes motor coaches.
  • Travel package itinerary is set at a comfortable pace with plenty of stops and rest periods.
  • The Costa Rica itinerary also includes two night stopovers at carefully chosen all inclusive Costa Rica hotels and lodges, with ample time to explore other Costa Rica attractions on your own.
  • A professional, friendly, and knowledgeable local tour director, fluent in English, stays with your group the entire time.

In essence, Caravan’s Costa Rica travel packages are well suited for senior travel as well as for family vacations involving children over 6 years of age.

To inquire about a Costa Rica travel package for a large group call 1-800-CARAVAN (227-2826) .

2. Travel Packages for the Budget Conscious

Some travelers come to Costa Rica for the tropical setting. Others come for the eco-friendly tours. Still others come to enjoy the pristine beaches, the exotic wildlife, or the magical Costa Rican rainforests.

Caravan Tours are all inclusive Costa Rica tour operators and have designed their Costa Rica travel packages to accommodate the travel goals of their patrons, but at an affordable price. Caravan’s Costa Rica 9 day travel tours are all inclusive and fully escorted, yet well within the budget of even the most budget conscious traveler!

3. “Must See” Attractions & Destinations

The exceptional natural beauty of Costa Rica is the focus of Caravan Tours’ fully escorted Costa Rica tour. Caravan’s Natural Paradise Costa Rica travel packages contain carefully selected activities and destinations to maximize your 9 days in this beautiful central American country.

Just a few must see attractions you’ll see on your Caravan Costa tour:

San Jose, Costa Rica

San Jose is both the capital of Costa Rica and the most populated city in the country. This vibrant city has intertwined modernity with Colonial charm and has to be experienced to be fully appreciated. Top attractions in San Jose include The National Museum, mysterious ancient stone spheres, the Gold Museum, the National Theater, and the San Jose Plaza de la Cultura.

Costa Rica Volcanoes and Cloud Forest

Two of Costa Rica’s best attractions are the lava flows of Arenal Volcano and its massive crater that is a mile wide, both of which can be viewed at a distance. The Escalonia Cloud Forest Trail near Poás Voclano is another must see Costa Rica attraction where you’ll enjoy seeing rare orchids, ferns, epiphytes, exotic wildlife, and an abundance of hummingbirds.

National Parks, Refuges and Plantations

Caravan’s Costa Rica tour packages also include an escorted coffee tour plus visits to some of the country’s many pineapple and banana plantations. Travelers enjoy guided canal cruises through the wildlife refuges of Braulio Carrillo Park and Carara Biological Reserve, home to exotic bird species plus otters and manatees.

These Costa Rica travel packages also include a visit to the butterfly gardens (Costa Rica is home to over 3000 butterfly species – more than all of Africa).

Other popular attractions for Costa Rica tourists include cascading waterfalls and a scenic aerial tram ride. You will be gently transported over the rainforest jungle canopy where you can see (up close) the indigenous canopy wildlife. If you look carefully you can probably spot White Faced monkeys and Howler monkeys, or the Scarlet Macaw.

Leatherback Turtle Nesting Beaches

See Mother Nature at her finest! Leatherback Turtles National Park is the ideal place to explore and learn about endangered Turtles, their nesting habitats, eggs, and young hatchlings. Costa Rica travel packages also include a visit to the Pacific coast turtle nesting beaches where the giant leatherback turtles return annually to lay their eggs.

Cano Negro Wildlife Refuge and Hot Springs

Cruise along the Rio Frio to reach the Caño Negro Wildlife Refuge, on the border with Nicaragua. Only accessible by water, this refuge is home to many exotic migratory birds, web footed lizards, crocodiles, spider monkeys, caimans, plus a variety of other animals. Take in the views of Arenal Volcano’s radiant lava flow while you relax in volcanic hot springs at one of many great La Fortuna resorts.

Costa Rica Beaches

With over 600 beaches in Costa Rica where do you begin? The Manuel Antonio public beach is one example of a pristine white sandy beach. Take some time to yourself on one of Costa Rica’s famous beaches and enjoy all that the pacific coast of Costa Rica has to offer. After all, when translated, the name Costa Rica simply means “rich coast.”

Book A Caravan Costa Rica Travel Package!

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Costa Rica Tour Package today!

There are numerous smaller Costa Rica orange farms but commercial production of Costa Rica oranges has been a major factor in the economy for decades. For example, the largest Costa Rica orange production company is Tico Fruit, which produces 75% of all Costa Rica orange juice.

Did you know that you can get your recommended daily intake of Vitamin C with just one single glass of Orange Juice?

Here are six other facts about Costa Rica oranges you may not know:

  1. Orange trees are very sensitive to both cold and frost and need a warmer climate to thrive. Today, orange trees are grown throughout the world including Costa Rica, which has nearly 5 million orange trees.
  2. Costa Rica oranges are an integral part of a typical Costa Rican diet. Other staple items include corn, rice, pineapple, bananas, and other tropical fruits native to the area.
  3. Oranges made their first appearance in the Western Hemisphere as early as the 16th century. The climate of Central America is ideal for growing oranges and other citrus fruits. Costa Rica oranges are an important part of Costa Rica’s economy.
  4. Costa Rica oranges are harvested by hand which is a very labor intensive process. On smaller Costa Rica orange farms the oranges at the top of the orange trees can only be reached by ladders.
  5. After the oranges are handpicked at the perfect time they are taken to a packing area where they are sorted, washed, labelled, and go through final preparations for exporting.
  6. The primary use of Costa Rica oranges is for creating concentrate. In fact, 40% of all oranges worldwide are used for making concentrate. Oranges may also be made into jam, dried fruit, or marmalade.

Orange Plantations in Costa Rica

Costa Rica is a relatively small country. Many of the Costa Rica orange plantations are within an hour drive of one of Costa Rica’s larger towns or cities yet they still retain their quiet atmosphere thanks to the isolation of lush vegetation that abounds in this Central American nation.

In fact, most of Costa Rica’s population lives in the central part of the country, where the rich soil is conducive to growing excellent coffee and other agricultural products, including Costa Rica oranges.

Costa Rica is divided into several governmental regions but the geography of the land features distinct areas including the Pacific coast, the lowlands of the east (Caribbean), the northern lowlands and the central highlands.

The orange has been a staple of man’s diet for centuries. Oranges are native to south-eastern Asia, including areas known as Indo-China.

Orange Plantation Tours

Tourism is the number one industry in Costa Rica so it’s not surprising that local orange plantations offer guided tours. Whether or not you are at a local Costa Rica orange plantation the fragrance of the orange fruit lingers in the air. It is not uncommon for visitors to notice the aroma of coffee being processed from some of the nearby coffee plantations, where some of the finest Arabica coffee beans in the world are processed.

Commercial Orange Production

Another Costa Rica orange company is Del Oro, located in the central mountains near Orosi volcano. Del Ora is a major producer of tropical fruit juices in Costa Rica.

Both Costa Rica orange companies Tico Fruit and Del Oro, supplement their orange production by purchasing Costa Rica oranges from some of the smaller orange plantations.

Costa Rica All Inclusive Tours

Current all-inclusive Costa Rica Vacations feature a Coffee Plantation tour and a morning drive North through Costa Rica’s orange and pineapple plantation region. There is also plenty of fresh local food featured in your meals.

Vacation with Caravan Tours and you’ll enjoy 9 full days of fully escorted travel through Costa Rica’s best destinations.

Be sure to check out Caravan’s Costa Rica tour reviews page to read what others have said about Caravan’s fully escorted all-inclusive tour of Costa Rica.

Call 1-800-CARAVAN (227-2826) to reserve your booking today.

Come travel to Costa Rica with Caravan Tours! You will soon understand why this peaceful and friendly little country (with a thriving democracy) was voted one of the best places in the world to live.

Costa Rica is one of those delightful places where you can truly enjoy your vacation, whatever your preferences may be. This tropical paradise is full of pristine beaches, lush rainforests, and incredible varieties of exotic flora and fauna, plus rare birds and wildlife.

Top Industry – Tourism

So many international visitors travel to Costa Rica each year that tourism is the number one industry…and for good reason. Costa Rica is a safe, eco-conscious country and home to many of Mother Nature’s natural wonders including rainforests, volcanoes and the Pacific coast turtle nesting beaches.

Costa Rica is bordered by Nicaragua to the north, Panama to the south, the Caribbean Ocean to the east and the warm Pacific Ocean to the west. In fact, the literal translation for Costa Rica is “Rich Coast.”

Literacy in Costa Rica is very high and Costa Rica’s culture is a pleasing combination of European and Latin American influences.

Travel to Costa Rica for an Eco Tour

In recent years, Costa Rica eco tours have flourished thanks to Costa Rica’s continued commitment towards the preservation and conservation of its natural habitats, birds and wildlife. Over 23% of Costa Rica is now protected through:

  • Wildlife refuges
  • Reserves
  • And national parks

Caravan Tours has made every effort to keep your travel to Costa Rica as eco-friendly as possible. You will have the rare opportunity to see the natural wonders of this amazingly beautiful country in a very eco-friendly way.

Family, Senior & Group Tours

Costa Rica tour companies like Caravan Tours are all inclusive Costa Rica tour operators. Caravan Costa Rica tours are fully escorted and everything is included for one low affordable price.

When you travel to Costa Rica for a Caravan tour, even your ground transportation is taken care of. Tours are accompanied by knowledgeable local guides and the tour itinerary also includes all meals, activities, activity fees and Costa Rica hotel accommodations.

Caravan’s  Costa Rica tours make ideal tour packages for senior holiday travel or for families that want all inclusive family vacations.

Call 1-800-CARAVAN (227-2826) to ask about a Costa Rica tour for a large group.

Tour Highlights & Attractions

When you travel to Costa Rica, San Jose is where each Caravan tour starts. San Jose is situated in central Costa Rica and is the capital of this beautiful eco-friendly country.

From San Jose, Caravan’s all inclusive Costa Rica tour will guide you on many unique excursions to see Costa Rica attractions like Arenal Volcano, Cloud Forests, Manuel Antonio National Park, and Leatherback Turtles National Park.

Other attractions you’ll see when you travel to Costa Rica include:

  • Virgin rainforest hikes
  • A bird watching cruise on the Tarcoles River adjacent to the Carara Biological Reserve
  • A wildlife crocodile cruise down Rio Frio in the Cano Negro wildlife reserve
  • And a cloud forest hike near Poás Volcano
  • There’s even a fully escorted coffee plantation tour!

Affordable Costa Rica Tours

Caravan’s fully escorted 9 day Costa Rica tours are exceptionally priced and a great way to visit this top rated eco-friendly country in Central America!

Visit Caravan’s Costa Rica tour reviews page to read what others have said about this tour or check out the FAQ page for answers questions you may have.

Call 1-800-CARAVAN (227-2826) to reserve a spot
and travel to Costa Rica for your next vacation!

Taking a Costa Rica coffee plantation tour is at the top of the list for most coffee loving tourists when visiting this small Central American country. Even those who don’t drink coffee find the guided coffee tour to be very informative and interesting.

Along with bananas, oranges, and pineapple plantations, Coffee is one of the most important sectors in the Costa Rican economy, rivaled only by tourism and various other agricultural products.

Did you know that Costa Rica coffee production now accounts for more than 10% of the country’s export business and Costa Rica ranks number fifteen out of the Top 20 coffee producing countries?

In fact, hundreds of thousands of Costa Ricans are employed in the Costa Rica coffee industry; from planting, growing and harvesting to processing and exporting Costa Rica coffee.

Enjoy a Costa Rica Coffee Plantation Tour

When researching where to take a Costa Rica coffee plantation tour you will likely notice how the rapid growth in Costa Rica coffee production has also benefited the Costa Rica tourism industry.

In fact Costa Ricans take great pride in sharing their knowledge of coffee. Costa Rican coffee is generally described as “brightly acidic” and “full-bodied,” and tourists get to enjoy firsthand the tasting and sampling of the finest of Costa Rica coffees.

Government regulations in Costa Rica restrict coffee production to only Arabica coffees (Arabica coffee beans are superior, are better quality, and taste better than lower grown Robusta beans). A Costa Rica coffee plantation tour is now available at many of these Arabica coffee producers.

While on your Caravan Costa Rica tour, you’ll enjoy a coffee plantation tour conducted by expert guides who offer a brief overview of the history behind the Costa Rica coffee industry.

Learn About the History of Coffee Cooperatives in Costa Rica

Not only does the Costa Rica coffee industry help drive the current economy, but it also holds a significant place in the nation’s history, dating back to 1779.

Costa Rica began exporting coffee as early as 1821. Information from the Consortium of Coffee Cooperatives of Guanacaste & Montes de Oro (COOCAFE) indicates that Costa Rica was the “first country in Central America to register coffee exports.”

COOCAFE was formed just over two decades ago, beginning as an organization made up of small grower/producer cooperatives. Almost half of today’s coffee production in Costa Rica comes from farmers who manage five hectares or less. Of the 72,000+ Costa Rica coffee growers more than 60% belong to cooperatives.

One of the primary benefits of COOCAFE, as a grouping of smaller cooperatives, is the ability to pool funds. A loan fund has been established that provides operation loans to member cooperatives at a low interest rate.

See Coffee Production as it Happens

Visitors on a Costa Rica coffee plantation tour find the historical details of coffee fascinating.

Well-trained guides and coffee experts are also able to paint a picture of how the coffee plant grows from a small seed to the full-grown plant. They explain that coffee beans are the fruit of the plant, and emphasize that the beans must be handpicked and processed carefully to produce the best coffee possible.

Individual workers drop the ripe coffee “berries” into a basket carried at their waist. The bean is then removed from a protective coating called a “husk” before being washed, dried, and hand sorted.

With some larger coffee operations, visitors can see newer machinery that was introduced to handle much of the work of coffee processing, but most Costa Rica coffee plantations still pick and process coffee by hand.

The Most Popular Coffee Plantations in Costa Rica

Although the number of large Costa Rica coffee growers is very small, they still produce one-third of Costa Rican coffee due to the size of their operations.

The largest producer of Costa Rican coffee is Café Britt, a company near San Jose and Heredia where you can take a guided Costa Rica coffee plantation tour. A number of other brands are produced here as well, including Doka and Café Volio.

Some plantations have established organic processes in recent years, eliminating the use of chemical fertilizers and pesticides.

About Caravan Tours

Currently, a guided Costa Rica coffee plantation tour is included in all of Caravan’s Natural Paradise Tours. See growing Costa Rican coffee plants, taste freshly brewed Costa Rican coffee, and buy your Costa Rica coffee beans directly from the grower!

For just one low Caravan tour price you’ll enjoy 9 full days of great Costa Rica activities and attractions throughout the country.

Read more Costa Rica tour reviews to see what others have said about this fully escorted tour of Costa Rica.

Read our Caravan Costa Rica FAQ page and call 1-800-CARAVAN (227-2826) to book your Costa Rican holiday today.

In this Caravan Tours post explore Poas Volcano facts and sustainable tourism in Costa Rica.

Surrounded by lush tropical rainforests, Poás Volcano in Costa Rica is not only one of this country’s most important protected areas but historically, it has also been one of the country’s most visited tourist attractions.

Poás Volcano actually has two craters and has also become a very popular attraction for international visitors and tourists. Poás Volcano National Park is also just a short scenic drive (within an hour) of the capital, San Jose. Its close proximity attracts a lot of locals as well, who visit the area to escape the city on weekends.

Quick Poás Volcano Facts

  • The peak of Poás volcano rises to more than 8,000 feet above sea level.
  • Its two craters are bordered by lush tropical rainforests.
  • The large crater has a large very acidic lake called Laguna Caliente.
  • The larger crater is almost a mile across and over 900 feet deep with continuous geyser-like eruptions of sulphuric gas and steam. This has earned it the reputation as the largest geyser in the world.
  • The second Poás Volcano crater is called Botos Lagoon and is much smaller.
  • The smaller crater is inactive and holds a body of cold fresh water that feeds into two Costa Rica rivers.
  • Poás Volcano is believed to be about 11 million years old.
  • Poás had about a half a dozen eruptions over the past one hundred years including 1910, several between 1952 and 1954, 1989, 2009 and 2017.

Biodiversity of Poás Volcano National Park

The mountain, volcano activity and lagoons may be enough to draw many visitors, but Poás National Park offers travelers much more to see and enjoy.

Here are some Poas Volcano facts regarding the area’s biodiversity, which can be witnessed within the park’s four distinct natural habitats including:

  1. An area of little plant growth.
  2. The world famous “stunted” (or dwarf) forest – a result of acid rain caused by the volcano.
  3. An area dominated by Arrayans, a type of shrub or small tree similar to evergreens.
  4. Escalonia Cloud Forest region, which is a lush tropical rainforest area that receives very little rain but experiences very high humidity because of the low lying clouds, fog, and mists.

The best time to experience Poás Volcano and Poás Volcano National Park is early in the day before the clouds roll in and obscure the amazing views of this world famous tourist attraction.

Due to recent volcanic activity, Caravan’s visit to Poás Volcano tours has been temporarily discontinued until further notice. It is not currently part of our Costa Rica itinerary.

Sustainable Tourism for Poás Volcano

Costa Rica is renowned for its biodiversity and for its commitment to sustainable Costa Rica Tourism. Poás Volcano National Park is an excellent example of how Costa Rica has embraced tourism with minimal intrusion of its many natural parks, wildlife refuges and biological reserves.

Costa Rica All Inclusive Tours – Includes Poás Volcano Tour

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Our all inclusive Natural Paradise Costa Rica Package Tours are fully escorted 9-day packages. The tour is exceptionally priced, considering all hotels, meals, activities, land transportation, and gratuities are included.

Visit Caravan’s Costa Rica tour reviews page to read what others have said about this all inclusive tour of Costa Rica or call 1-800-CARAVAN (227-2826) to reserve your spot today.