Visit Costa Rica From Home
Who doesn’t dream of spending some time embracing the joys of a simpler life in Costa Rica, or as the Ticos say: “La Pura Vida”. Located on the cusp of Central and South America, Costa Rica may be a short three hours flight from Florida, but feels a world away with its abundant beaches - the country has 11 times more marine territory than land - and verdant, Jurassic forest like national parks and wealth of tropical bird species and exotic wildlife. This month, join in on live, interactive tours showing off the best of this Latin American country without losing any of your creature comforts.
Enjoy the Wildlife and Nature of Cahuita National Park
National parks are everywhere in Costa Rica - there are over 30 of them - and each consists of lush primary virgin rainforests and an abundance of unique floral and fauna. The raw beauty of Cahuita National Park located on the southern Costa Rican Caribbean coast though is exceptional. The park was created in 1970 to protect its coral reefs and our guide will bring you on a jungle trek that weaves through some of the most pristine Caribbean beaches. Along the way, you may spot some two and three toed-sloths, colorful snakes, or even a restless group of monkeys and monitor lizards playing about. It’s a treat for the senses.
Come explore with us.
Visit Manuel Antonio National Park
Howler monkeys, furry-tailed squirrels, mischievous raccoons, and sun-baking sloths, you’ll likely see them all on this live interactive tour of the jewel of Costa Rica. Located off Costa Rica’s central Pacific coast, Manuel Antonio National Park may be the smallest national park in the country but it’s packed with white sand beaches, lush tropical forests, and beautiful coral reefs. Join our guide as he takes you through a rainforest walk till a pristine beach is reached where you can sit back and soak in the gorgeous scenery.
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Trek Through Arenal Volcano National Park
One of the most visited attractions in Costa Rica, the famous Arenal Volcano is home to the Instagrammable Lake Arenal and La Fortuna Waterfall. One of the few active volcanos in the world where you can still walk on trails formed out of lava, it covers 290 square miles and is a rich conservation area with eight of Costa Rica's 12 life zones and over 850 species of birds found there. Our guide will explain more about the history of the volcano, geology, and ecology of the area - and as always, in Costa Rica, expect to spot a few animals along the way! If you’re lucky, you might even spot puffs of steam from the volcano and hear a few deep rumbles.
Sign up for the tour here.
Explore Downtown San Jose
A world away from the San Jose you might be familiar with, the capital of Costa Rica is a vibrant Latin American city packed with art galleries, parks, museums, and historical buildings with pockets of beautiful greenery like La Sabana Park and San Gerardo de Dota looking out to the Cordillera de Talamanca mountain range. Join in a walk through the city and observe how Costa Ricans (Ticos) go about their daily business and learn about the medicinal plants that have been used for centuries in Costa Rica.
Join the walking tour here.
Walk Through A Costa Rican Coffee Farm
Here’s a fun fact: Did you know that a law was passed in Costa Rica in 1989 prohibiting the planting of low-quality beans. The only country in the world where it’s illegal to produce any type of coffee other than 100% Arabica, Costa Rican coffee is widely regarded as the best coffee in the world. Naturally blessed with ideal soil and climate for coffee beans to grow in abundance, our guide will bring you on a tour of a local coffee farm to learn all about coffee, the plant, the history, the production, even the chemistry of caffeine, and the preparation of a delicious cup of coffee in the old fashion way using a unique brewer called a chorreador, or coffee sock.
Join the tour here.
Kia Ora! Welcome to New Zealand, the land of the long white cloud formed by volcanoes and cooled by glaciers. For avid travelers with a great love for the outdoors and unspoiled nature, New Zealand is a dream destination with popular spots like the powdery ski slopes of Queenstown, the glaciers of Fjordland, Tongariro National Park’s active and extinct volcanoes, and the golden sand beaches of Coromandel. This November, join us as we explore one of the most pristine, beautiful places left on earth through our collection of virtual experiences.
Get Close to a Royal Albatross
Did you know the average royal albatross flies an estimated 190,000 kilometers a year?
Endemic to New Zealand, these magnificent feathered giants are quite a sight to behold. Weighing approximately 9 kilograms with a wingspan of 3 meters, get close to them through our Virtual Albatross Experience hosted through the Royal Albatross Centre in Dunedin, New Zealand. The world's only mainland breeding colony of royal albatross, our guide will delve into the conservation work being conducted at Pukekura "Taiaroa Head" to look after the Toroa/Albatross, its unusual biology, and perhaps even treat you to the sight of one of these seabirds taking flight! Join our tour here.
Walk The Streets of Auckland
Picked by Lonely Planet as one of the world’s best cities to travel to in 2022, Auckland is New Zealand’s most vibrant city with a thriving art, dining, and culture scene and stunning nature spots a mere ferry ride away. At the heart of it is the ongoing redevelopment of Auckland's waterfront. Feel the vibe and energy of this popular spot as you embark on a walking tour of the area. Our local guide will bring you to famous landmarks such as the historic Ferry Building, the Waitemata harbourfront lined with hip restaurants, and home to superyachts, all the way down to the infamous Sky Tower and the two drawbridges of Wynyard Quarter. A great introduction to Tāmaki Makaurau (Auckland’s Maori name), this tour will give you a peek of what to expect in Auckland and might prove compelling enough to book your flight over. Join our tour here.
Be a Dairy Farmer for a Day
New Zealand’s fertile soils and temperate climate make it pastoral heaven with a lush farming landscape that’s home to grazing cattle and sheep. Dairy farms are particularly prevalent (there are almost as many dairy cows as there are people) with most farms averaging at least 400 cattle. Join our unique dairy farmer virtual experience where a local farmer will show the ins and outs of manning a milking shed seven days a week while learning why dairy farming is a big business and how it’s slowly pivoting to be more environmentally sustainable. An excellent experience for families and friends who love animals, corporate events, and virtual team building, join our fully interactive and personalized tour here.
Learn The Story of New Zealand
Planning a trip to New Zealand can be a daunting experience, so it helps to have some expert insights beforehand. Our local guide has been showing off New Zealand to the world for the past two decades and has put together this educational experience to throw more insight into this island country in the South Pacific. A fully interactive and personalized experience, she’ll talk about the stunning landscapes, the culture of its people, the diverse flora and fauna, and some unique tidbits that make New Zealand, New Zealand. Join our tour here.
6 Best Virtual Tours for Kids
Kids are naturally curious about what’s around them, and travel can not only teach them about the world, but also help encourage their sense of wonder.
Many destinations offer interesting finds geared toward children as well as adults. A virtual tour can provide a lively and interactive way for youngsters to learn about a country right from their screens. And let’s face it — experiencing another culture beats video games any day.
Beeyonder has virtual tours for kids in locations and on subjects that will grab their full attention. Topics cover everything from animals to popular attractions to local excursions and history lessons.
Here are six Beeyonder live and interactive virtual family-friendly tours in destinations across the globe.
Surrounding the South Pole, Antarctica is almost completely covered in ice and is extremely cold. Scientists often travel to research stations there to conduct experiments on weather patterns and climate change.
Different kinds of seals, birds, penguins and whales make their home in Antarctica. Among them, Magellanic, Gentoos, Adeles and Chinstraps.
See some of these penguins flocking around in Antarctica in this virtual tour.
As the only country covering an entire continent, Australia is often first thought of for its ecosystem (the Great Barrier Reef), natural or manmade wonders (Uluru, also known as Ayers Rock) and animals (platypuses, kangaroos and, especially, koalas).
An iconic symbol of Australia, koalas are marsupials, which are mammals that raise their offspring inside an external pouch on their body. This tree-climber eats leaves from eucalyptus trees and can be found on the southeast and eastern sides of Australia, along with Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia.
Children can join local guide and koala whisperer Wendy Bithell virtually in looking for koalas in their natural habitat.
The capital of France is Paris, and this “City of Light” gives off a sense of enchantment as a center of art, culture, and gastronomy. Along with the Eiffel Tower, Paris has other noteworthy landmarks, too, including the Arc de Triomphe, the Louvre, and Notre-Dame Cathedral.
While Paris is often seen as a romantic city, kids will be mesmerized by pastries from cafes or public gardens and parks. Even the youngest traveler can be taken by Paris through this virtual tour with experiences designed specifically for kids. Our guide will delve into fun French folklore and stories.
Known as The Emerald Isle, Ireland is full of lush green countryside but also rocky coastlines and grassy hills. Its most recognized holiday is St. Patrick’s Day, which honors Ireland’s patron saint every year on March 17th, not only in Ireland, but also around the globe.
On this day, festivities are held in various cities and people get dressed up in green attire. Many accolades are linked to this real-life saint. While St. Patrick is said to have driven snakes out of Ireland, it’s also noted that Ireland doesn’t have them because the sea would stop animals in mainland Europe from reaching the Emerald Isle.
You and your family can participate in virtual St. Patrick’s Day festivities through a family-friendly tour set in Ireland featuring places that this saint once visited.
Italy is often included on a traveler’s list, and visiting its capital city of Rome is a must. Founded in 753 B.C., this Eternal City has an extensive history with the growth of the Roman Empire. Its long-lasting impression on Rome can be seen at its most famous marvel -- The Colosseum.
This massive amphitheater was once the site of gladiator battles and other sporting events. In its heyday, the Colosseum could hold approximately 50,000 spectators. Today, it’s a major tourist attraction.
Youngsters can learn more about its history via this online tour.
South Africa has many interesting facts. Did you know that there are eleven official languages spoken in this country, along with many others that are recognized? Plus, in 2010, South Africa became the first African nation to host the World Cup.
From aardvarks to zebras, South Africa is home to an abundance of wildlife on land and in the air and water. You can go on a safari in South Africa, too, especially inside Kruger National Park. This park is one of the largest game reserves in Africa. Along with many birds, trees, and other species, the park has what’s known as the Big Five - lions, leopards, rhinos, elephants and buffalos. Learn more through this virtual experience exploring South Africa’s wildlife with our ecologist, Stephan.
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