Caravan Costa Rica vacations are the perfect holidays offering something for everyone. With a name that literally means “Rich Coast,” how can you miss?

Costa Rica is a small Central American country but although small in size (just under 20,000 square miles), Costa Rica is overflowing with natural wonders and exotic tropical beauty.

No matter who you are or where you are from, Caravan’s well-planned Costa Rica vacations will astound you. Stops include the country’s two most famous volcanoes, Arenal volcano and Poás volcano plus some of the most popular attractions in the country:

  • Hiking or walking through tropical virgin rainforests and cloud forests
  • Relaxing on white sandy beaches at world class resorts
  • Exploring wildlife refuges, nature reserves, and protected turtle nesting beaches
  • Taking in jungle river cruises and bird watching cruises
  • Or taste-testing fresh coffee at a local coffee plantation

Top 4 Costa Rica Destinations

While on our Caravan Costa Rica vacations, travelers get to enjoy the most popular, must-see destinations including:

  1. Leatherback Turtles National Park: This protected marine and wildlife refuge is one of the more popular National Parks in Costa Rica and a top eco-tourism destination. Plan to travel here between September and March to catch a glimpse of the prime nesting season for leatherback turtles. This national park also has an overabundance of mammals and birds (over 174 species!), plus truly unique flora and fauna just waiting to be explored.
  2. Poás Volcano: This popular Costa Rica volcano is located near the center of country. Poás Volcano is often misty and cloudy but when the mist breaks, visitors are given a unique glimpse of the green sulphuric lake that shoots geysers up over 800 feet in the air. At a mile wide and over 1,000 feet deep, Poás volcano is the world’s largest active crater.
  3. Caño Negro National Wildlife Refuge: The only way to get to Cano Negro, one of Costa Rica’s most popular tourist destinations, is on a boat cruise along the Rio Frio River. Experienced Costa Rica tour guides help visitors stay on the lookout for migratory birds, crocodiles, web-footed water walking lizards, spider monkeys, jaguars, cougars, and more.
  4. Arenal Volcano: Located about 55 kilometers northwest of Costa Rica’s capital San José, Arenal Volcano remained dormant for several hundred years until it erupted suddenly in 1968 creating three more craters. Only one crater still exists today and tourists enjoy visiting one of the 10 most active volcanoes in the world (from a safe distance of course).

All Inclusive Vacations by Caravan

Because Costa Rica is small it is possible to travel from the Pacific Coast to the Atlantic Coast and see all the major attractions in between while on Caravan’s 9-day Costa Rican vacation. Caravan’s Costa Rica tour guests are pleasantly surprised by not only the tropical diversity of Costa Rica but also how affordable it is to travel Costa Rica all inclusive on Caravan’s fully guided tours!

Caravan Costa Rica vacations well planned with tour itineraries that make them ideal all inclusive, fully guided trips for every type of traveler including singles, couples, families and seniors.

Caravan Tours Are Fully Guided

There is a good reason why Caravan Tours has named Costa Rica the “Natural Paradise”.

Caravan Tours offers Costa Rica vacation packages that include most of the destinations and activities mentioned in this article. Visit Caravan’s Costa Rica tour reviews page to read about the personal travel experiences of previous tour guests on Caravan’s fully guided, all inclusive tour of Costa Rica.

Call 1-800-CARAVAN (227-2826) to reserve your space today!

Costa Rica FAQs

Why is Costa Rica so popular?

Easily accessible from North America, Costa Rica is a safe natural paradise. This small country has 6% of the world’s biodiversity plus amazing turtle nesting beaches and is mostly sunny and warm throughout the year.

When is the best time to Visit Costa Rica?

Costa Rica’s peak tourist times are during the dry season, between December and April. The wettest months are September and October. The best time to see nesting turtles and whales is between July and November.

Are masks required in Costa Rica?

Yes, both tourists and native Costa Ricans must wear a mask?

Do I need to speak Spanish in Costa Rica?

Tourism in Costa Rica is the #1 industry, and most locals can converse in English, so you don’t need to speak Spanish.

Can I drink the water in Costa Rica?

Yes, you can drink the tap water in most of the popular tourist destinations, but it is not recommended in rural locations.

What currency is needed in Costa Rica?

Colon is the local currency however US dollars are widely accepted over other currencies.

How expensive is Costa Rica to visit?

Costa relies heavily on tourism dollars and most visitors are from North America, so the cost is quite comparable to vacationing in the United States or Canada.

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.

Call 1-800-CARAVAN (227-2826) to reserve your space today!