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Costa Rica Vacation Information for Tourists
Caravan Tours offers the following Costa Rica information and facts about this small Central American country that is home to nearly 6% of all the world’s biodiversity.
Come discover Costa Rica all inclusive with Caravan Tours where you can learn all about Costa Rica first-hand! Your all inclusive Costa Rica tour itinerary will include guided tours of areas around San Jose (the Capital), La Fortuna, Guanacaste, and Manuel Antonio.
Along the way you’ll enjoy numerous excursions including rainforest canopy aerial tram rides, cloud forest hikes, a coffee plantation tour, Poas and Arenal volcanoes, hot springs, river cruises, and more.
For more information about Costa Rica Tours
Call toll free 1-800-Caravan (227-2826)
Costa Rica Ecotourism Information
For nearly 7 decades (since 1949 when they abolished the military) Costa Rica has remained steadfast in its efforts to preserve its rainforests and the country’s indigenous flora, fauna, and wildlife.
This tiny country of nearly 5million people has made the preservation of its natural heritage a top priority. Costa Rica used its former military budget to preserve and protect almost one quarter (approximately 23%) of the country within numerous National Parks, wildlife refuges and biological reserves, including the following destinations you will visit on Caravan’s guided Costa Rica tour:
- Poas Volcano & Escalonia Cloud Forest Trail
- Braulio Carillo National Park (with canopy aerial tram ride)
- Cano Negro Wildlife Refuge (with Rio Frio boat cruise)
- Arenal Volcano and hot springs
- Leatherback Turtle National Park (and nesting beaches)
- Guanacaste beaches & dry forests
- Manuel Antonio National Park (with aerial tram ride)
Costa Rica now enjoys a well-deserved reputation for enlightened conservation and is world renowned as the “Jewel of Central America”. Sustainable ecotourism plays a significant role in helping to fund Costa Rica’s ongoing preservation efforts. Tourism is now Costa Rica’s number one industry.
San Jose Costa Rica Information
Centrally located, the charming cosmopolitan city of San Jose (the capital), which the locals fondly refer to as Chepe, is the cultural hub of Costa Rica and the country’s largest city. San Jose is situated at 3800+ feet above sea level and this high elevation is the main reason this equatorial city remains so temperate. After a brief civil war in the early 1800’s San Jose was named the nation’s capital. Surrounded by rich soil and introduced to coffee growing in the early 1900s, San Jose prospered and is now home to nearly 300,000 Ticos (as Costa Ricans prefer to call themselves). Ecotourism is the country’s prime industry and San Jose is resplendent for its tourism services and world-class hotel accommodations.
Poas & Arenal Volcano Information
Weather permitting Caravan Costa Rica tours include visits to both Poas Volcano (near San Jose) and Arenal Volcano (near La Fortuna). Poas Volcano is world famous for its two crater lakes, one of which is over a mile wide! Near Poas Volcano is Escallonia Cloud Forest Trail, which is also part of Caravan’s Costa Rica vacation package.
Arenal Volcano is considered a very young volcano that first erupted in 1968. Retaining its cone shape, Arenal remained quite active for the first 30 years but has since quieted. Caravan Costa Rica tour guests spend 2 nights in La Fortuna near the base of Arenal Volcano, where they can witness Arenal’s soft lava flow from the safety and comfort of the area’s natural hot springs.
Guanacaste Costa Rica Information
Renowned for its beautiful beaches, Guanacaste is Costa Rica’s most sparsely populated province located on the Pacific Northwest coast. It is also home to Leatherback Turtles National Park where the endangered leatherback turtles (some as big as 1500 pounds) return annually between September and March to nest and lay their eggs. The Leatherback turtle nesting beaches are part of Caravan’s Costa Rica tour and guests stay at the relatively new JW Marriott Guanacaste Report and Spa, with ample time to enjoy Costa Rica’s famous Pacific coast beaches.
Manuel Antonio Costa Rica Information
Although this is Costa Rica’s smallest national park, Manuel Antonia boasts unbelievable virgin rainforests and phenomenal Pacific coast beaches, earning Forbe’s accolades as one of the World’s Top 12 most beautiful national parks! Caravan tour guests stay at the San Bada Hotel, directly across from the park’s entrance and get to enjoy an aerial tram ride through the Manuel Antonia’s dry transitional forest with opportunities to see 3-toed sloths and several of Costa Rica’s monkey species in their natural habitat.
Book Your Costa Rica Vacation with Caravan
For more than 60 years (since 1952) Caravan has been conducting all inclusive tours throughout the USA, Canada, and Central America, including our all inclusive Costa Rica tours. After all this time we are still under the same family ownership and management offering fully guided tours for up to 30% less than our lowest priced competitors.
For more Costa Rica information see our Costa Rica tour page or to book your vacation now:
Why Travel with Caravan?
Why Travel with Caravan?
Excellence Since 1952
You can trust our years of experience with tours of superb quality and excellent value. Caravan has enjoyed the same family management and ownership since 1952.
Caravan's Proud History
In 1965, Roger Mudd hosted a two-hour CBS TV special on Caravan Tours. This TV production took about one month to make and was so successful it inspired the 1968 romantic comedy movie “If it’s Tuesday this must be Belgium.” In the early 50’s the Mayor of Dublin presented Caravan with the Key to Dublin for bringing the first American tour to the city after WWII. Since then, Caravan has been recognized as a pioneer in travel. You can trust in our stability, experience and dedication to quality.
Stay at park lodges, scenic resorts, and excellent hotels in great locations. See hotel descriptions on each tour page.
In Costa Rica, Panama, and Guatemala, Caravan includes all meals. For USA and Canada tours, included meals are listed on each itinerary page. In Latin America, bottled water is provided free on the motorcoach and purified water is provided at the meals.
Enjoy complete sightseeing with more visits, extra features, and local guides.
Fully Guided by Tour Directors
All tours conducted from start to finish by professional tour directors, who are fluent in English, experienced, and fun.
Caravan includes all activities listed in the tour itinerary page. Caravan does not sell any optional activities which can add hundreds of dollars to your tour price. Your free time is scheduled in great settings where there is no need to buy additional expensive activities.
Caravan will not bring you to overpriced shops in exchange for payments. Caravan gives you ample opportunity and time for great shopping, and the freedom to choose where and when to shop.
Great Value, Book Early
Caravan’s strong buying power gives you great vacations at prices much lower than you can find anywhere. In a typical year, most of our tours sell out quickly. Book early for the date you prefer and the best air fare.
How does Caravan Tours sell these tours for such a low cost?
Caravan delivers volume to our suppliers, who in turn reward us with their very best prices. We in turn pass these savings on to you, and you reward us by buying our tours. As volume continues to rise, we then receive even better prices from our suppliers, and we pass even greater savings on to you. This year our tours are better than ever.
Trade Association Memberships
Caravan is a member of ASTA (American Society of Travel Advisors), NTA (National Tour Association), ABA (American Bus Association), CLIA (Cruise Lines International Association), and ACMA (American Catalog Association).