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Spring Break In Costa Rica

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A March 1999 trip to Costa Rica by RoBoNC

Arenal Volcano Photo, San Jose, Costa Rica More Photos
Quote: To relax after exams, we visited volcanoes, swam in hot springs, swung in the rainforests, and dived into the ocean all in Costa Rica.

Spring Break In Costa Rica

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Tropical Nature Trail Photo, Costa Rica, Central America
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For a college student, spring break is a week from studying, writing term papers, and the daily grind of college life. As we finished up fall mid-term exams, my roommate thought we needed to start planning for spring break. It is never too early to start planning, especially considering where he wanted to go, Costa Rica. He had just finished studying for a semester there and thought it would be a great idea for both of us to go for spring break. I was all for it, but first I needed a passport. It was a good thing we planned far in advance. We took off from Raleigh-Durham airport connecting in Miami on American Airlines. We landed at Juan Santamaria International airport in San Jose....Read More

Marriott Costa Rica

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Hotel

Marriott Costa Rica Photo, San Jose, Costa Rica
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Costa Rica is the most visited country in Central America for its national parks and beautiful beaches. San Jose, the capital, is the main entry point for most tourists arriving into the country. Hotels in San Jose range from budget to expensive and locally owned to major hotel chains. Best Western, Hampton Inn, Holiday Inn, and different Choice Hotels can all be found in the city at very reasonable prices. However, if you are looking to splurge, look no further than the Costa Rica Marriott. Do not confuse it with the Marriott Courtyard also located in San Jose. The Costa Rica Marriott sits on a 30 acre coffee plantation, located three miles away from the airport, but you feel as if ...Read More

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Marriott Costa Rica
700 METROS OESTE DELA FIRESTON
San Jose, Costa Rica N JOSE CR
506-298-0000

Canopy Tours Through the Rainforest

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Attraction

Iguana Farm Photo, Costa Rica, Central America
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With the rise of ecotourism, Costa Rica has become an important destination. With 25% of the country set aside as national parks and protected areas with beautiful beaches surrounding it (the best ones are on the Pacific side), then volcanoes, mountains, and rainforests scattered about, Costa Rica is excellent example of biodiversity. In one trip, you can see it all. On this trip I wanted to combine the eco-side of the trip with adventure. I got all I asked for when I took a rainforest canopy tour. Many people who visit the rainforests prefer to walk the trails and admire its beauty from the ground. However, I wanted to see the rainforest from a different perspective, the air. We bo...Read More

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Arenal Volcano

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Attraction | "Tabacon Hot Springs and Arenal Volcano Hike"

Arenal Volcano Photo, San Jose, Costa Rica
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The Arenal Volcano is Costa Rica's most active volcano and is located about 90 miles northwest of San Jose, the capital. The volcano has become a popular tourist destination in Costa Rica ever since 1968. The volcano has been dated back to almost 400 years and scientists had classified it as extinct; that was until July 29, 1968. The volcano decided to wake up and a powerful eruption destroyed the town of Arenal, killing 87 people and destroying crops and livestock. The volcano has erupted continuously ever since very much like Mount Kilauea in Hawaii. In 1991, the Costa Rican government established the Arenal Volcano National Park. The park covers 41 square miles that includes the 5,436 ft Aren...Read More

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Arenal Volcano
Near La Fortuna, 90 miles NW of San Jose
Alajuela Province, Costa Rica

Ferry Crossing Photo, Costa Rica, Central America
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After landing in San Jose, we proceeded to Immigration and Customs, where I received my first stamp in my passport. After acquiring our bags, we hailed a taxicab to our hotel, the Costa Rica Marriott. The ride from the airport to the hotel was only about five miles, but I was holding my breath the entire time. Driving laws are merely guidelines in this country. While we were driving down the Autopista General Canas, the main road from the airport to the hotel, I noticed that drivers didn’t care that there were only two lanes on the highway. Two lanes quickly became four as drivers made their own lanes. It didn’t faze our taxi driver at all because he drove just as aggressive as the others and re...Read More