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In the past few decades Caravan vacation packages have become one of the most popular and economical ways to travel.

With tourism today, travelers have plenty of options. Once you have an idea of where to go there is no shortage of options including;

  • Self-guided vacations
  • Customized vacation travel
  • Fully escorted vacation packages
  • All inclusive tours
  • Group vacations
  • Budget vacation travel
  • And practically any combination of these

Caravan vacation packages are designed for pampering guests, making them feel special, and providing guests with the ultimate vacation experience.

All Inclusive Vacation Packages

All inclusive vacation packages are very popular with group travelers as all arrangements for hotel stays, airport transfers, and ground travel are taken care of. Most often, hotels and lodges are three and four star quality.

Many vacation packages are also fully escorted so language and local currencies are not an issue for travelers.

All inclusive packages are extremely convenient since every detail is handled for you and included for one affordable all inclusive price. This type of vacation package usually includes all itinerary sightseeing activities and activity fees, and in many cases, gratuities as well.

Specialized Vacations

There are a myriad of specialized vacation packages available for the avid traveler. These may include family getaways, senior holiday packages, or theme based vacation packages such as;

  • Adventure travel
  • Arts and culture tours
  • Ruins & archaeological interest packages
  • Beach holidays
  • Vacation packages for singles or couples
  • And guided travel for special interest groups

Many of these specialized and special interest vacation packages can be customized to suit your requirements and the entire holiday can be set up according to your personal or group needs.

There are even vacation packages centered on specific holidays and events like Mardi Gras or the Olympics. These vacation packages usually include entry to the event as well.

Caravan All Inclusive Tours

Today, most reputable tour companies can be easily researched online offering tours to suit virtually any taste and budget. Tour operators that have been around for a while and are well established generally offer the best value for the money.

Since 1952, Caravan Vacation Packages have given travelers a complete holiday experience at truly affordable prices. Because Caravan deals in volume, hotels and vendors generally offer us excellent discounts. Price breaks such as this allow our tour operators to offer amazing tours. Our Discount Costa Rica Vacation package is a prime example. You can enjoy this tour for much less than what you would pay if you had to book the same activities and hotels on your own.

Caravan vacation packages are all inclusive, fully escorted tours starting as low as $1,195. Come travel with Caravan Tours to Costa Rica, Panama, Guatemala, or Canada and US destinations like California and New England.

Check Vacation Package Availability or to learn more. visit Why Buy Vacation Packages with Caravan.

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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.

Call Caravan Tours today, toll free, at 1-800-CARAVAN (227-2826)
to reserve your spot for an all inclusive Costs Rica tour.

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!

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

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

Well, today we flew into Costa Rica to begin our Caravan all inclusive Costa Rica tour. It’s a beautiful sunny day with just a little cloud and about 80 degrees Fahrenheit (27 degrees Celsius). Not bad considering when we left Vancouver Canada to take this all inclusive Costa Rica tour it was about minus 3 Celsius (26 F) and we had about 15 or so centimetres of snow (6 inches) on the ground.

We were greeted at the San Jose airport by Caravan Tours’ friendly representative Sergio, who made sure we found our shuttle bus okay. Then, it was a quick 30-minute ride to the amazing Hotel Intercontinental. The staff here are excellent, and our rooms are perfect. This hotel deserves its 4 star rating. The dinner was really great with lots of choices…and we met with our own personal Costa Rica tour guide, Paul Valverde (pictured here), who gave us a quick orientation on what to expect on this all inclusive Costa Rica tour.

paul-valverde-tour-guidePaul has been a Costa Rican naturalist guide for the past 23 years and has been working with Caravan Tours for the last 12. He’s fun, and very personable, so I’m sure we will learn more than we could ever have imagined about this little Central American country called Costa Rica…really looking forward to it.

Tomorrow, I’ll write a recap of everything we experienced throughout the day. I’ll do the same in this daily blog for each day of the all inclusive Costa Rica tour so I have a running record of this amazing trip…hope you like it as well.

Photo of Caravan tour group for Costa Rica

Jan 2017 Caravan Costa Rica Tour Group

Here’s a photo of our entire Caravan Costa Rica tour group!

Until tomorrow…

~ Lee K.

 

 

 

If you seek spectacular scenery with a panoramic view of Costa Rica’s most active volcano (Arenal Volcano), the city of La Fortuna de San Carlos (La Fortuna Costa Rica) may be the place for you.

Located in the northern part of Costa Rica, La Fortuna is one of only a few sizeable towns and small cities in what is known as Costa Rica’s Northern Lowlands.

But La Fortuna is far from isolated. The city offers all the amenities that a traveler could desire and is easily accessible from San Jose, Costa Rica’s capital.

Things to Do In La Fortuna Costa Rica

There is plenty to do and see in and around La Fortuna Costa Rica. Common tourist attractions include:

  • Arenal Volcano
  • Lake Arenal
  • Cano Negro Wildlife Reserve
  • Tabacan Hot Springs
  • Arenal’s Hanging Bridges
  • Arenal Observatory

In the town of Fortuna a morning shopping trip could include the regular Friday farmers’ market where you can purchase fresh fruits, vegetables, and delicious baked goods plus select from a range of cheeses.

If you plan your La Fortuna trip for the month of February you can catch the annual La Fortuna Civic Festival that lasts for two weeks and includes bull fights, food, karaoke, concerts, dancing, and more.

La Fortuna Arenal Volcano – Costa Rica’s Biggest Attraction!

Arenal Volcano is this country’s biggest tourist attraction and because of its proximity, many travelers stay in La Fortuna Costa Rica.

Arenal is the country’s most active volcano, with ash and smoke visible on a regular basis in recent years. In fact, Arenal volcano makes the top of many lists as Costa Rica’s most popular tourist attraction.

Comfortable hotel and guesthouse accommodations are available; however some travelers prefer the newly established resort/spa services near the volcano. Many visitors have witnessed glowing red-hot lava flows from the Arenal mountainside at night!

La Catarata de la Fortuna Waterfall

Near La Fortuna Costa Rica is La Catarata de la Fortuna, a glorious waterfall that drops more than 200 feet (70 meters) and features a favourite swimming spot for locals and visitors.

The waterfall is surrounded by lush green vegetation and orchids. In addition, tourists can also enjoy nearby Tabacon Hot Springs, a quiet, relaxing naturally fed volcanic hot-springs.

Other La Fortuna Activities

Costa Rica is well known for its nature preserves, parks and protected areas. In fact, one-quarter of Costa Rica’s land mass is now within protected reserves, refuges and parks.

The La Fortuna area is considered by many to be the most visually spectacular location in all of Costa Rica. Travelers with a taste for outdoor activity regularly come to the La Fortuna region to enjoy many of the other outdoor attractions in the area.

Tourists visiting Fortuna can enjoy horseback riding, hiking, boat tours, fishing, white water rafting, and much, much more.

For example, the magnificent Lake Arenal is a perfect place for windsurfing and is also frequented by avid fishermen.

Another popular destination is Cano Negro, a nature reserve north of the Arenal and La Fortuna where tourists can get close to the abundant wildlife. Among the sites will be dozens of bird and animal species, including monkeys and toucans. You may even see an alligator or two!

Costa Rica All Inclusive Tours Includes 2 Nights at Fortuna

La Fortuna Costa Rica is part of the Natural Paradise all inclusive Costa Rica vacation.

You’ll enjoy these fully escorted 9-day tour packages at one low price which includes all accommodations, meals, activities, ground transportation, gratuities, and more!

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