Costa Rica Travel Guide, Vacations & Trip Planning
iTravel Costa Rica has many different hotel options and accommodations to choose from. Hotel types range from cabins, and jungle lodges, to exotic suites overlooking the ocean and everything in between. Common options that can be found in Costa Rica hotels are air-conditioning, hot water showers, internet, cable or satellite, and many hotels also have a restaurant on site. Some other features you may want to look for are hotel provided tours, transportation / travel services, and activities, restaurants, and beaches or parks near by. The other main consideration when choosing a hotel in Costa Rica is the location. When on the hotels page or from any page using the locations drop down in the main menu, you can select a region or specific location to filter Hotels, and also see what else is in that area. Some areas are very popular tourist areas (like Tamarindo, Jaco, or Manuel Antonio) where you will find the large resort hotels, and crowded beaches, while other areas (like Dominical, Uvita, or Drake Bay) are more relaxed less known destinations where you will find more nature, more affordable and secluded hotels, and pristine beaches. Start by selecting a location, or visit the hotels page, then you can search or use the filters to narrow your results. For availability and booking simply fill out the form located on each hotel page.
Getting around in Costa Rica is simple with professional bus & shuttle companies. Weather you have 2 people or a large group you can find a company to get you there. There are two main types of bus / shuttle service, a private transfer or a public shuttle. The private transfer is when a bus picks up your group at your location and takes you to your destination for a fixed price, and you will have the entire bus for your group only. Most companies have a range of vehicle sizes for different sized groups, and if you have only a few people in your group they may use a car for the trip. A public shuttle is when a bus company has a specific route and schedule between the most popular destinations and you can pay a much lower rate and share the bus with other groups. This is still better than public transportation because you can reserve your place on the bus for your group and not leave it up to chance. Also the public shuttles are typically much nicer than public transportation, some even featuring air conditioning, and are mostly used by other tourists which may be a bit safer or more comfortable for some. So weather you prefer the convenience of a private transfer or the more affordable public shuttles, either option is a great way to travel Costa Rica. Click the more button to see our list of Costa Rica buses and shuttles, where you will find prices, features, pictures maps and more. Just fill out the availability and booking form to book your trip today!
While planning your get away in Costa Rica, don't forget your stomach. Check out our growing list of Costa Rica restaurants and bookmark your favorites. You can also read reviews and ratings, see pictures, type of food served and even price ranges. You will find that Costa Rica not only has excellent native cuisine but there are also many restaurants bringing your favorite dishes from around the world with a little Costa Rican flare, from Italian, to Thai, and more. No matter what your taste, you'll have plenty of options to keep your stomach happy as you travel Costa Rica. Click more below to see our full directory of Costa Rica Restaurants, and sort by location to find restaurants near where you'll be. Then remember to come back and tell us what you thought. Rate and review your favorite places, and warn others about the rest. If you discover a restaurant that is not in our directory, please tell us about it and we will add it. Pictured: Hotel Sugar Beach
By Jeremy Martin on 09/16/13
Costa Rica is famous for it's nature and tropical beaches but there are also a wide range of tours and activities available to suit any interest. Costa Rica is quite diverse for such a small country... Read More
Looking to add some real adventure to your Costa Rica Vacation? You've come to the right place. Costa rica offers an abundance of beauty, nature, and excitement to explore and enjoy during your travels here. The best way to experience the heart of Costa Rica, is through the wide variety of tours offered by professional Costa Rican tour companies. Whether your fancy is sport fishing, whale and dolphin watching, or bungee jumping, there's a tour for you. Check out the i Travel Costa Rica Tours page, and select the types of tour you're interested in to find a tour company, or select an area and filter by tours to find companies serving a specific area.
Renting a car in Costa Rica is easy and affordable with plenty of quality options, from smaller local companies to large worldwide car rental agencies. The benefits of car rental over taking a bus or shuttle are obvious, giving you complete freedom to go wherever you want and on your own schedule. If you plan to truly explore Costa Rica, and possibly travel off the beaten path, then car rental is the perfect solution. Cruise the coast to find lesser known beaches, or rent a 4x4 and take a drive through the mountains. There are really some amazing places to be discovered where most buses or shuttles won't go. When planning your trip make sure to map your main routes or rent a car that includes GPS. All of our listings include interactive maps to help you reach your destinations easily, and make sure to look for the Map Accuracy to see how close the point is to the actual location. We try to get as close as possible, but sometimes our data is incomplete and you will need to check with the location for exact directions. Costa Rica's main roads are usually in pretty good condition, but if you plan to do some exploring expect to run into all kinds of road conditions, from giant holes to dirt, questionable bridges and sometimes driving straight through a river. It's also a good idea to check the weather and news reports during your visit, as the region is subject to landslides and flooding during the rainy season and at times roads may close temporarily. Many car rental companies also offer a cell phone which can be very helpful if you need to call for directions or have car trouble. Click the more button below to check out our growing list of Costa Rica car rental companies.
Costa Rica beaches known as Playas in Spanish rank as some of the best beaches in the world. With around two thirds of it's borders being coastline (800 Miles), there are some 300 beaches to explore. From the famous white sand and turquoise water of the Caribbean, to the great surf of the pacific, Costa Rica's Beaches have a little something for everyone. Some of the more popular beaches such as Tamarindo or Manuel Antonio, feature an active social scene, and a variety of hotels, restaurants and activities near by, but if you travel further away from the tourist areas you can find miles of beautiful untouched beaches with the occasional jungle lodge tucked away. The coastline tends to be most populated in the north pacific Guanacaste region, and less and less popular as you work your way south down the coast, with the South Pacific being the up-and-comer in Costa Rica's Tourism industry. Some of the treasures of the south are Ventanas Beach featuring caves that lead out to the sea and fill up with water as the tide comes in, or Drake Bay a very secluded destination most easily accessed by boat. But Costa Rica's beaches are not only limited to it's coast, boasting over 30 islands ranging in size up to 151 km2 on Calero Island (Isla Calero). Some of the more well known islands are Coco island, and the Isla del Cano, both protected and uninhabited national parks, great for snorkeling, SCUBA Diving, or just relaxing on the pristine beaches. There are island tours that visit the islands on a regular basis. So whatever type of beach you are looking for, weather to surf, relax, or party, Costa Rica has it all! Click the more button below to see our growing list of Costa Rica beaches with pictures, maps, and more.
Discover the many natural wonders of Costa Rica including it's volcanoes, caves, rivers, waterfalls, hot springs and more! Many of these areas are inside national parks and reservations and can be visited for only a small entrance fee. We include maps, pictures and general information for each attraction, and after you visit we encourage you to come back and write a review to share your experience with others.