Costa Rica Travel Blog

42 hotels with 5 star rating in Costa Rica


Written by Travel Excellence
July 1, 2013

In order to ensure a quality service to the tourists, the Costa Rican Tourism Board (ICT) has already granted to 42 hotels the 5 star rating. The hotels are located both San José and the rural areas. This title is awarded as part of the Certification of Tourism Declaration and takes into account more than the number of rooms offered by the property, issues such as qualit

      

The best family vacation in Costa Rica is waiting for you!


Written by Shannon Farley
June 27, 2013

Travelling with the family is always a rewarding experience and we know that. Take advantage of this precious time visiting Costa Rica with your loved ones.

      

Costa Rica will host the fourth edition of the International Medical Tourism Congress


Written by Peter Conrad
April 6, 2013

Costa Rica will host the fourth edition of the International Medical Tourism Congress, which will be held from April 24th to 26th, at the Marriott Los Sueños Hotel, Playa Herradura, Puntarenas.The organizers have announced that this activity aims to promote Costa Rica as a destination for retirement and healthy life.The event will bring together approximately 500 people from

      

Monteverde Cloud Forest Costa Rica


Written by Isabella Anderson
February 3, 2013

One of the most popular touristic destinations in Costa Rica, Monteverde is really impressive because of the beauty of its Costa Rica cloud forest. There are biological reserves in Monteverde and two main towns: Monteverde and Santa Elena. The next stop in myCosta Rica travel is this beautiful place, so keep reading and see why I liked Monteverde so much. The Monteverde Clou

      

Full-time travel with Travel Excellence, could it be better?


Written by Travel Excellence
January 14, 2013

Costa Rica is located in a privileged place in the heart of Central America, with 51,000 square kilometers and beaches bathed by two oceans, Atlantic and Pacific. In this amazing country you can spend your vacations in the rainforest and in the next day being laying and relaxing at the beach. When traveling through Costa Rica, it is easy to see fields with so many variations of landscape a

      

40th anniversary of Manuel Antonio National Park


Written by Isabella Anderson
January 11, 2013

Manuel Antonio National Park is a biological reserve and touristy town in our country with primary forest, secondary forest, mangroves and beach vegetation. Also you can see species such as raccoons, coatis, two-toed sloths, white-faced monkeys, cats of considerable size and marmoset, among other species. To celebrate its 40 years of existence, the Ministry of Environment, in conjuncti

      

Santa Rosa National Park Costa Rica


Written by Peter Conrad
January 11, 2013

At Travel Excellence we never let the details aside when talking about what is the best for our clients and today we want to talk about one tour for those tourists visiting Guanacaste area. This tour is the Santa Rosa National Park, which is home of a very important monument in the country, the Hacienda Santa Rosa. Famous locally as La Casona (meaning “large house” in

      

Costa Rica Travel Vacations: Knowing Playa Bonita


Written by Peter Conrad
December 26, 2012

I had a sweet deal from a travel company, and now I’m having a costa rica travel vacations trying to know all the beaches around this beautiful country. I’m a 30 years old from United States (Gringo as they call me here) who loves to surf, travel, and write; that’s why I will be telling you lot stories about the “ticoland”. Here’s the first one&he

      

Interest activities to do in San Jose, Costa Rica


Written by Peter Conrad
November 23, 2012

Costa Rica has 4.300.000 inhabitants approximately, according to the last census made in 2011 by the INEC (National Institute of Statistics and Census of Costa Rica). San José, its capital and one of the most popular attractions of the country, is the also the most populous city of Costa Rica. Based on the results of the census mentioned before and the information of the Municipality o

      

Travelling with children in Costa Rica


Written by Isabella Anderson
November 19, 2012

Costa Rica is a great country to visit with family, here you and your kids will find a wonderful way to learn about ecology and environmental awareness. There is a huge diversity of areas in our beaut

      

Costa Rica Spas to visit during your next vacation


Written by Peter Conrad
November 13, 2012

Pamper yourself in a tropical and exuberant country is one of the things you should try at least once in a lifetime. Discover some nice Costa Rica spas to book!

      

Hotel El Establo Monteverde is a family own Lodge with comfortable rooms


Written by Peter Conrad
November 12, 2012

It is a modern and comfortable hotel located in the beautiful area of Monteverde; well known for its impressive cloud forest and many activities to do. The property offers 115 guest rooms in different categories, featuring cable TV, telephone, coffee maker, safety deposit box, private bathroom, hair dryer and mini-refrigerator. Other facilities available to provide a pleasant stay are heat

      

Lankester Gardens Travel Tour


Written by Travel Excellence
November 6, 2012

After being in a Costa Rica Travel for a couple of weeks, we continued for two more days in this little paradise and we wanted to take a great tour at the end of the journey, a tour that many locals and visitors have recommended. This tour is the Lankester Gardenssituated in Cartago province and our “final destination”. It was kind of interesting to be here, because w

      

Costa Rica Family Travel: Braulio Carrillo National Park


Written by Peter Conrad
November 5, 2012

Costa Rica’s National Parks System tries to keep save all the ecosystems that exist in the country, protecting about 25% of the national territory. These parks and protected areas are not only fantastic places for hiking and observing wildlife to be included in your Costa Rica Family Travel, but some of them also include great spots for diving, surfing, and other activities. Braulio

      

Villa Blanca Cloud Forest Resort and Nature Reserve in San Ramon- Where magic starts


Written by Peter Conrad
October 30, 2012

A place bounded by the most outstanding cloud forest of Costa Rica, Los Angeles Cloud Forest Reserve, and decorated with a friendly character and a rich traditional parish culture. Full of history and tradition, decorated as the Costa Rica of the early twentieth century, with 3000 acres of pasture with dairy cattle and nature reserves. Villa Blanca Cloud Forest Resort and Nature Reserve is

      

Travel Agency Recommendation: Hotel Savegre Lodge in San Gerardo de Dota


Written by Isabella Anderson
October 26, 2012

Join us for this Costa Rica Travel where you expect unique moment, this is a new and different recommendation that Travel Excellence brings you today is the Savegre Hotel in San Gerardo de Dota. In this mountain hotel guests will find a dense cloud forest full of oaks and other native species. The woods serve as a sanctuary for a large number of mammals and innumerable species o

      

Rivers for White Water Rafting Vacations Tours in Costa Rica


Written by Travel Excellence
October 25, 2012

Travel Excellence gives you a list of some rivers that we have in the country for those who love adventure and extreme sports. Costa Rica offers rafting tours all year round, on several rivers in the

      

Explore Arenal taking one day tours


Written by Peter Conrad
October 18, 2012

There are so many things to see and do in Arenal in your costa rica vacations, and this opportunity we want to suggest some one day tours in this magic place. There are diverse tours in the area that will help travelers to enjoy Arenal in any way they want. Nature lovers can take hikes and horseback rides, walks along hanging bridges and underground cave excursions. For the adventurous there ar

      

Exploring Costa Rica: Irazu Volcano Tour, Sky Adventures-Arenal Park & Crocodile Safari


Written by Peter Conrad
October 18, 2012

We, as travel agency, always have travel information for our clients and today we want to provide some suggestions for your next vacations to Costa Rica: Irazu Volcano Tour Costa Rica is a country with many places to discover and so many activities to do. It is amazing to see the great variety of experiences this small country has to offer. One activity you should take while in San J

      

Costa Rica finished ninth in the Rafting World Championship 2011


Written by Travel Excellence
October 12, 2012

The Costa Rica rafting team ended in the ninth place of the Rafting World championship held in Turrialba at the Pacuare river, one of the most beautiful places that you can visit with any costa rica travel agency. "We are very pleased with the outcome also we got the fourth place in the downriver river’ category, and it was a place we expected," said Captain Manue

      

Hotel Hacienda Tayutic winner of Hospitality World Savings Award


Written by Peter Conrad
October 11, 2012

This time we want to suggest a beautiful hotel in one of the quietest areas of the country, additionally, the property has been one of the winners of the Hospitality World Saving Award by granted by Traveler Magazine. Hacienda Tayutic is located in Turrialba Valley, among green meadows and a blue sky. Its design was based on rural Costa Rican colonial building, different from the typi

      

Family things to do in Costa Rica: Visit Monteverde!


Written by Isabella Anderson
October 4, 2012

Monteverde area should be included in your next family trip to Costa Rica. The area has a lot of wildlife to explore and adventure tours to enjoy and discover.

      

Costa Rica hotels: top family resorts and lodges to stay


Written by Isabella Anderson
September 4, 2012

Costa Rica vacation packages are even better when you make a trip with the ones you love. Family trips can be a little tricky if you don’t consider the right places, and especially the

      

Top 5 tours to do in Costa Rica


Written by Isabella Anderson
August 28, 2012

Traveling is not only about staying at a hotel, is absolutely more than that. Here in Costa Rica you can find a lot of fun activities to enjoy and discover.

      

Top 9 best Costa Rica chain hotels for vacations


Written by Isabella Anderson
August 23, 2012

If you are looking for the tranquility of staying in a chain hotel during your Costa Rica vacation, then here you have a list where you can choose the ideal one.

      

Tamarindo: Called by Forbes Magazine Costa Rica’s Most Popular Beach


Written by Peter Conrad
July 20, 2012

This place is a tropical paradise equally well as a Multicultural meeting. I must say that our trips to Tamarindo are never the same, last time we were able to see the most amazing nature, went surf a

      

Juan Santamaria A Hero That Most Tourists Don’t know


Written by Alonzo Solano
July 18, 2012

One the most recognized heroes in Costa Rica history is no other than a war fighter who put his life in danger a long time ago to end a dispute against the Nicaraguan filibusters, and give his country a new reality. Lots of tourists use the airport with his namewhen they come for their costa rica travel vacations, but the majority don’t know the reason of the designation. Juan was a soldi

      

Marino Ballena National Park


Written by Peter Conrad
June 29, 2012

The Marino Ballena National Park is located 8 miles south from Dominical Beach, in the Central Pacific of Puntarenas, and this is where my Costa Rica traveltakes place, so keep reading and let me tell you about this beautiful area of the country. This National Park was created in 1990 to protect the species of whales coming to nest near the coast between December and April. It covers 110 h

      

New York Times Reporter Visited Costa Rica To See Preservation Projects


Written by Peter Conrad
June 27, 2012

Michelle Higgins, the reporter in charge of the travel section for the New York Times, made a visit to our country to experience what is a costa rica adventure travel, and compare it with other places she have visited around the world. Higgins put on context the white-water rafting, along with riding an elephant in Thailand, and visiting Ecuadorean groups to see the imp

      

Samara Beach, a place to relax, enjoy and forget about work


Written by Peter Conrad
June 27, 2012

Samara is a town to relax, to enjoy every calm morning that invites to rest and observe the sand mixed with the movement of the sea, along with a perfect stay in one of the most unique Costa Rica eco hotels in the country. The different options for lodging, food, nightlife, adventure, recreation and nature meet a direct invitation to enjoy it in all senses. Available acti

      

Avellana Beach Guanacaste


Written by Travel Excellence
May 9, 2012

Another beautiful beach in Guanacaste is Avellana Beach. It is 16 kilometers (10 miles) south from the popular Tamarindo, very close to Junquillal Beach. It is a quiet beach with great swells and world-class surfing, often looked by professional surfers and enthusiasts from all over the world. If you are coming to a Costa Rica vacations and are wondering about places to visit in Costa Rica, I will

      

Junquillal Bay National Wildlife Refuge Costa Rica


Written by Peter Conrad
May 9, 2012

When you travel across the North Pacific Coast in Guanacaste, you will find many interesting places spread all over this wonderful province. Everything from Costa Rica volcanoes in the central divide, the Arenal lake, the cloud forest in Monteverde, very close to Guanacaste, to amazing beaches facing the Pacific Ocean, and Wildlife Reserves and National Parks. There are many Costa Rica tourist att

      

Azul Beach One the Most Beautiful Beaches in Guanacaste


Written by Isabella Anderson
May 8, 2012

As part of my Costa Rica vacations, I want to go to every beach that I can find in Guanacaste. From the northern beaches such as Tamarindo, Hermosa,Panama, to the southern beaches in the Nicoya Peninsula, I’m taking the time to visit every place that I can. It’s a hard task, but someone has to step in for it! If you are planning a Costa Rica travel, my experiences could help

      

Barra Honda National Park in Guanacaste


Written by Peter Conrad
May 8, 2012

One of the places that you must visit when you come on your travel in Guanacaste is the Barra Honda National Park, in the Nicoya Peninsula. Guanacaste is a province located at the north of San José, and you can easily get there by car, which is a four hour drive from San Jose to Nicoya. Another why is to take a flight to the Liberia International Airport, and drive from there to Nicoya, or

      

Cobano is a vibrant town in the southern Nicoya Peninsula, Costa Rica


Written by Isabella Anderson
May 7, 2012

Cobano is a vibrant town in the southern Nicoya Peninsula that you have to visit if you are going to Santa Teresa, Montezuma or the Cabo Blanco Reserve as part of your Costa Rica travel. It’s like a small hub in this area, from where you can go to any of the beautiful surrounding places in a matter of minutes.   If you come from Tambor or Santa Teresa, you are on the road to any of t

      

Costa Rica Family Vacations: Tortuga Island


Written by Isabella Anderson
May 7, 2012

I put several places on my list for my Costa Rica family vacations, but in the end, I discovered many more places that I wasn’t aware of. Now I’m in the Nicoya Peninsula, in the south of Guanacaste, and yesterday I was at a beautiful island called Tortuga (Turtle). Traveling in Guanacaste can be rewarding, with all these wonderful places one after another, perfect for a Costa Rica vaca

      

What to do in Costa Rica?: 100% Outdoor Adventure


Written by Peter Conrad
May 7, 2012

We always have the opportunity to do different things and Costa Rica this is not the exception, if you’re traveling with a group of friends or you have an adventure couple this is the opportunity you’ve been waiting to experience the adrenaline into a different level.Here is a list of some awesome adventurous activities for everyone just take a look: Canopy Tour: There is nothi

      

Costa Rica Travel: Ballena Bay


Written by Peter Conrad
May 4, 2012

While visiting the Marino Ballena National Park, I learnt about another great beach called Ballena Bay, 4.5 miles south from Uvita. Ballena Bay was a nice surprise in my Costa Rica vacation travel. If you want to know more, keep reading, and I’ll tell you more about this beautiful beach. The Marino Ballena National Park was created in 1990 with the object of protecting several species of

      

4 Simple Reasons Why You Should Travel to Costa Rica


Written by Peter Conrad
May 2, 2012

The reasons to visit Costa Rica are plenty, and the best time to visit the country is always. I cannot tell you why do people visit Costa Rica but what I can tell you for sure is that the country has

      

South Puntarenas a magical place to be discovered


Written by Isabella Anderson
April 25, 2012

The southern area of Puntarenas, in the Costarican Pacific Coast, is one of the richest wildlife zones in Central America and the Pan American Pacific, and it’s ideal for tourists looking for the ultimate Costa Ricaeco tour. Extending between the Osa Peninsula and the border with Panama, it is home to the famousCorcovado National Park, a huge tropical rain forest which has been defined

      

Costa Rica family tours: Carara National Park in Puntarenas


Written by Peter Conrad
April 24, 2012

The Carara National Park is located in Puntarenas, two hours from San José on the way between Puntarenas and Jaco Beach, on the Pacific Coast, 12 miles south from Orotina. If you are in a Costa Rica travel, consider Carara, since It is a zone of ecological transition, with a mesoamerican ecosystem and the amazonian converging to form a particular biological reserve, with the dry c

      

The Westin Resort & Spa an All-Inclusive Hotel opened in Reserva Playa Conchal – Guanacaste, Costa Rica


Written by Alonzo Solano
April 17, 2012

The domestic and foreign tourists seeking for costa rica luxury tours, comfort and relaxation at theall inclusive hotels in costa rica, have a new alternative in the country. Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Inc. and Florida Ice and Farm Co., through its subsidiary Reserva Conchal, on Tuesday opened its first hotel in Guanacaste, Westin brand, under the "all inclusive"

      

Lacqua Viva Resort and Spa - Nosara Costa Rica


Written by Peter Conrad
April 13, 2012

I want to inspire you with a cozy place in Costa Rica to take your sweetheart on a romantic weekend break. L’ Acquaviva Resort & SPA with fancy architecture is located close to the Ostional National Wildlife Refuge and the beautiful beaches Nosara, Garza, Guiones and Pelada. It has 35 rooms which are separated in bungalows and are surrounded by pools and water courses. The room

      

Costa Rica Hotel: Gift of joy! Harmony Hotel


Written by Peter Conrad
April 11, 2012

The National Institute of Tourism (ICT) of Costa Rica promoted a great campaign with some other Companies and Agencies of Tourism as Travel Excellence. This initiative was to gift a trip to Costa Rica and the Harmony Hotel was the last stop as a perfect way to finish this journey. Located in Playa Nosara you can take a 35 minutes flight from San Jose to Nosara. There you can

      

All Inclusive Resort Costa Rica: Doubletree Puntarenas by Hilton


Written by Peter Conrad
April 11, 2012

The Doubletree Resort by Hilton Costa Rica, Puntarenas is a fresh resort-style hotel, full service and "all inclusive". This beachfront hotel is located in the Central Pacific region, closest to San Jose, in El Roble, Puntarenas, just 60 minutes from International Airport and is the perfect place to discover the natural wonders of Costa Rica. Its location is one of the most

      

Top hotels in San Jose downtown Costa Rica


Written by Isabella Anderson
April 11, 2012

As a wonderful, vibrant and diverse city San Jose aims to keep its attractions and to be one safe and good city. San Jose streets are full of shops and friendly faces, where historical museums and theater can be found in the heart of the city. If you are planning to come to this unique city here is a list of cozy and high-class hotels that you can not miss. Costa Rica Marriott Hotel: Set on a s

      

Find the best things to do in Manuel Antonio Costa Rica


Written by Isabella Anderson
April 11, 2012

The world-famous Manuel Antonio area has a lot to offer to its visitors. From natural tours to great beach activities, the area has all you need for vacations.

      

To the Community Ornithological: Official List of the Birds of Costa Rica


Written by Peter Conrad
April 11, 2012

This year 2012 marks the tenth anniversary AOCR publish and update the Official List of the Birds of Costa Rica. The first list of Birds of Costa Rica, prepared by the AOCR in 1998, fostered between the community of birdwatchers keen to document and included new bird species that you can watch when you take a costa rica adventure travel. However, with time, there were several ready-to-coun

      

Costa Rica Vacation Packages: Adventure in Heaven Part II


Written by Travel Excellence
March 21, 2012

The more adventurous things I try, the more I want to experience. Last time I was in the beautiful Arenal area where I went to the colossus volcano and visited the Tabacon Hot Springs. 

      

Costa Rica Vacation Packages: Adventure in Heaven Part I


Written by Isabella Anderson
March 21, 2012

I have enjoyed such a great vacation package in Costa Rica. I`ve traveled to the North area, had a Costa Rica Arenal volcano tour, did canopy, and I went to the beach and to a beautiful cloud forest. It’s unimaginable, a small country with so many amazing places to visit and so life. If you are curious about what to do in Costa Rica, just follow my journey. It’s full of

      

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