Northern Plains Travel Guide
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Fodor's Costa Rica 2014
Plan Your Northern Plains Vacation
The vast expanse that locals call the Zona Norte (Northern Zone) packs in more variety of activities than any other part of the country. You'll find almost everything in this region that Costa Rica has to offer, except beaches, of course.
A few sumptuous resorts hold court in northern Costa Rica, but this region is largely the province of smaller, nature-themed lodgings that invite you to...read more
You'll never go hungry in this region. The north is the country's breadbasket, and the hotels and restaurants out here make use of the bounty to whip up...read more
Things To Do in Northern Plains
Explore the best sights, entertainment, and shopping with our top choices and insider tips.
Arenal Volcano: You can hear the rumblings of the world's third-most-active volcano for miles around, and, on clear nights, watch crimson rock... Read more
Think a smaller version of Florida's Everglades and you'll have a good picture of the Refugio Nacional de Vida Silvestre Caño Negro.... Read more
The 2-km-high (1-mile-high) Arenal Volcano, Costa Rica's youngest and most active volcano, dominates the region's landscape.... Read more
Towering north of Alajuela, the verdant Poás Volcano is covered with a quilt of farms and topped by a dark green shawl of cloud forest.... Read more
This territory as a whole doesn't garner the attention in eco-circles that other parts of Costa Rica do, but the country has a no more diverse... Read more
Cloud forests are a type of rain forest, but are different from the hot, humid lowland forests with which most people are familiar. First of... Read more
Hyatt Hotels Corporation's growing Andaz brand unveiled its latest property, the Andaz Peninsula Papagayo,... Read more
Officials plan to close Costa Rica's two public zoos and free animals due to environmentalist criticism.... Read more
Do you dream about going snout-to-snout with a bear, or at least observing a bear from a safe and responsible... Read more
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