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Humpback whale tail, Golfo Dulce, photo by CEIC

Whale watching in Costa Rica: Humpback Whales in Golfo Dulce

In Costa Rica, there are as many wildlife tours as probably there are kinds of animals in the small Central American country. All of them are very worthwhile, but nearly nothing beats the thrill of whale watching! There must be something about being in close proximity to a giant intelligent being that is fascinating, especially...
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Atenas Costa Rica Living

Atenas Costa Rica celebrates 147 years of community & tranquility

“You don’t choose where you are born, but you can choose where you live” wisely states the message from the Municipality of Atenas for the town’s 147th birthday celebration. On Friday, Aug. 7, the pastoral coffee town of Atenas, Costa Rica will celebrate its 147th year of founding. Located in the mountains due west of...
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Hotel Tropico Latino restaurant cuisine

Dining in Santa Teresa Costa Rica never looked so good!

Dining is avant-garde at the Shambala Restaurant at Hotel Tropico Latino in Santa Teresa, Costa Rica. Now, the restaurant section of the Hotel Tropico Latino website matches the creativity coming out of the kitchen. Large high-density images flow across the top of the restaurant webpage. Caution: the images of sample dishes may induce drooling. Photographed...
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Travel the world

Travel agents & airlines inspired by Costa Rica travel

In these digital times, with the internet flooded with travel websites, it’s easy to think that no one needs travel agents anymore. But in fact, travel specialists have become more important than ever for people who want personalized service and luxurious touches on their trips. The continued popularity of travel agents was evidenced by the...
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Playa del Coco Costa Rica

The fun never stops in Playa del Coco Costa Rica

For me, there’s nothing better than the sound of waves on the beach, the smell of salty sea air, fresh breezes and sunshine. The ocean has a way of relaxing us and giving us a sense of bliss and peace. Nearly all of Costa Rica’s two million-plus tourists each year visit at least one beach...
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Hotel Tropico Latino restaurant at Santa Teresa Costa Rica

New website shows why you must visit this Santa Teresa Costa Rica hotel

A fresh, vibrant, personal style marks the energetic new website of Hotel Tropico Latino in Santa Teresa Costa Rica. The intimate beachfront hotel launched the new 2015 website to the public this week, giving viewers a fully-responsive user-friendly experience with a mobile-first design, making it easy to navigate on a wide range of web browsers...
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Ironhorse downhill mountain biking at Hacienda Guachipelin

New Costa Rica mountain biking tour rides Rincon de la Vieja Volcano

If you like the thrill of riding rough and fast down the rugged terrain of an active volcano in Costa Rica, passing through rainforest, splashing through rivers and getting muddy, then this new mountain biking tour is for you. In Guanacaste, Costa Rica – a major area for mountain biking – Hotel Hacienda Guachipelin has...
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Buddha Eyes Restaurant at Pranamar Villas in Santa Teresa Costa Rica

Santa Teresa Costa Rica restaurant masters fresh, novel cuisine

It’s a simple recipe: Fresh, good food. The Buddha Eyes Restaurant at Pranamar Oceanfront Villas & Yoga Retreat in Santa Teresa, Costa Rica has that recipe down to perfection. Now it’s even better. Known in the popular beach town for its fresh, healthy, innovative cuisine, Buddha Eyes Restaurant recently changed its dinner menu to bring...
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Portasol ocean view property in Costa Rica

Why you want this unique eco-community as a Costa Rica property investment

You’ve been to Costa Rica on vacation, and you’ve thought: “Wouldn’t it be great to live there?” Or, invest in a vacation home that you can rent out and visit frequently? Besides being one of the top five best places in the world to retire according to the 2015 International Living Retirement Index, a lot...
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Spa at Le Cameleon Hotel, Costa Rica

Why you need to start off every vacation with a relaxing massage

Have you ever had that feeling when you go on vacation, that you’re not really relaxed almost until it’s coming to an end? There is no better quick entry into that unstressed relaxation mode on vacation than getting a massage or spa treatment. It really is amazing how 60 or 90 minutes of making your...
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Playa Guiones beach in Nosara, Costa Rica

Fascinating history of Nosara Costa Rica reveals unusual beginning

The history of a place can tell you a lot about its people, culture and environment, and what makes everything tick. In the case of Nosara, Costa Rica, its unusual and unlikely history strongly influenced how the area developed and how its communities live and thrive today. Nosara, and its beaches of Playa Guiones, Playa...
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Eco friendly travel

10 Easy & Simple Sustainable Travel Tips

Travelers can be environmentally conscious when going on vacation, and it doesn’t take much effort or time. Little things add up, and if everyone followed these sustainable travel tips, communities and the planet would benefit in amazing ways. 10 Easy & Simple Sustainable Travel Tips Re-use your hotel towels and sheets; don’t ask for new...
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Nicuesa Lodge rainforest

Reforestation & carbon neutrality at Costa Rica eco lodge Playa Nicuesa

Costa Rica is a small country with a big success story in reforestation. The Central American nation was nearly devastated by deforestation by the early 1980s. Now more than 30 years later, over 52 percent of Costa Rica’s land is covered with forest between national parks, private reserves and wildlife refuges. Costa Rica’s progressive reforestation...
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Guanacaste Day celebrations in Costa Rica

Costa Rica celebrates Guanacaste Day 2015

Guanacaste – the northwest province of Costa Rica – is known for its rolling grassy plains, “Gold Coast” beaches, towering mountains and volcanoes, sunny dry climate and unique dry tropical forest. For generations “Guanacastecos,” as the residents here are called, have been dedicated to farming, cattle and horse ranching. The “sabanero” (cowboy) traditions, folklore, music...
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Costa Rica surfer Carlos Munoz, image by Costa Rica Surf Federation

Costa Rica surfers riding high toward national championships

It’s a big news year for Costa Rica surfing. The Costa Rica national surfing team was recently crowned 2015 World Surfing Champions. Costa Rica surfers are winning medals in international surfing competitions and are climbing high in world surfing rankings. Now in July, surfers will vie for titles in the Costa Rica Surfing Championship Finals...
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Costa Rica Surfing Team 2015 world champions, photo by Alfredo Barquero

Costa Rica celebrates International Surfing Day as world champions

Costa Rica is celebrating International Surfing Day on June 20 big this year. Costa Rica’s surfing “dream team” made national history on June 7 when they were crowned 2015 World Surfing Champions. Costa Rica’s team won the overall gold medal in the International Surfing Association (ISA) 2015 World Surfing Games held at Playa Popoyo, Nicaragua, competing...
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Wedding Puerto Viejo, Limon, Costa Rica

Plan your dream Costa Rica destination wedding in the Caribbean

Costa Rica’s Southern Caribbean Coast has everything could want for a destination wedding and honeymoon. Imagine your dream wedding exchanging vows with your beloved in a stunning beachside ceremony overlooking the turquoise Caribbean Sea, or under the canopy of a tropical garden with the ocean close by. Picture a romantic honeymoon walking on pristine beaches...
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Pranamar Oceanfront Villas, Santa Teresa, Costa Rica

Small hotels in Costa Rica offer unforgettable travel experiences

When I travel I prefer staying in smaller hotels rather than large franchise chains. Small hotels in Costa Rica offer unforgettable travel experiences. They enrich your journey with something different – history, culture, remarkable architecture, outstanding surroundings, new friends or unusual charm. If you’ve ever stayed at a small boutique or family-run hotel, you understand...
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Eco-friendly hotels in Costa Rica

Make your stay in Nosara Costa Rica eco-friendly at L’acqua Viva Resort

Eco-friendly travel and sustainable tourism are some of the top buzzwords today in the travel and tourism industry worldwide. “Go Green” is the slogan you hear most often nowadays. Planet-conscientious travelers are more frequently seeking out eco-friendly lodging wherever they travel. In ecotourism hotspot Costa Rica, L’acqua Viva Resort & Spa is a leading eco-friendly...
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Playa Hermosa Costa Rica tidepool

The swimming pool in the ocean at Santa Teresa Costa Rica

I slipped from the rocks into the cool placid water, refreshing even at 7:00 a.m. compared to the heat and humidity beginning to rise from the beach and rainforest. I couldn’t believe how clear and still the water was, especially when big, frothing waves pounded only a dozen or so yards away. I was swimming...
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Bushmaster Adventures - Squirrel monkey in Costa Rica

Best wildlife tour in Costa Rica Central Pacific region

If you love the idea of roaming through a rainforest looking for monkeys, snakes, exotic birds and wild cats, then this Costa Rica nature adventure tour is for you. On your next Costa Rica vacation, you definitely need to take the Bushmaster Adventures rainforest wildlife tour. This is one of your best bets in the...
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Dolphins in Golfo Dulce Costa Rica

Protecting Golfo Dulce in Costa Rica on World Oceans Day 2015

Out on the calm, clear, jade green-blue water of the Golfo Dulce (“Sweet Gulf”) in southern Costa Rica, it is easy to think this must be one of the most pristine, beautiful places on Earth. And it is. This inner sea is a critical habitat for endangered migrating southern Pacific humpback whales, dolphins and sharks,...
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Nicuesa Lodge reception area

Find out the story behind remote Playa Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge in Costa Rica

When I first visited Playa Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge at the end of 2004, what struck me most was how in heaven did this amazing high-end Costa Rica eco-lodge come to exist in the middle of a jungle on the sea, with nothing else around? The question is a valid one given Nicuesa Lodge’s completely isolated...
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