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Stretching before surf lessons, Pranamar Oceanfront Villas. Ohoto credit pranamarvillas.

A new you in the new year, 12 steps – Pranamar Villas and Yoga Retreat

  Start working on these steps by traveling to Costa Rica and enjoying what at Pranamar Oceanfront Villas and Yoga Retreat.  You can pretty much knock off all these items during one trip and reset your life into a happier, fulfilling and positive place. Connect with others. Look people in the eye, listen, smile, be...
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New hydroponic garden at eco-hotel Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge in Costa Rica

Dine off the land at sustainable Costa Rica eco-lodge, Playa Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge, with fresh produce from their hydroponic and traditional gardens. A new hydroponic garden is being developed at Playa Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge in southern Costa Rica to grow more fresh vegetables and herbs for innovative, original meals served at the Costa Rica eco-lodge....
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Top Places to Visit in Costa Rica: Jaco Beach

From being one of the world’s top surfing destinations to its small surf town vibe, Jaco Beach is one of the top places to visit in Costa Rica. The Central Pacific Coast is one of the top places to visit in Costa Rica, and Jacó Beach is at the center of it all. Here the...
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New airline routes open Costa Rica to Latin America travel

Starting in December 2016, Costa Rica is the new hub for low-cost flights to explore other destinations in Latin America. When you live in Costa Rica, or come for an extended stay, there are so many interesting things to do and see here that you can easily spend all of your free time traveling in...
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Quetzal at Monteverde, Costa Rica, photo courtesy of Rony Castro, naturalist guide at El Establo Mountain Hotel.

Birding at El Establo Mountain Hotel in Monteverde, Costa Rica

If you’re learning more about birding, or already an avid birdwatcher wanting to check a few more species off your list, Monteverde is the place for you. What better place to enjoy this activity than in a tropical cloud forest, where you may combine birding with nightwalks, ziplines through nature, butterfly parks, spa treatments and...
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Top Five Hotels in Santa Teresa, Costa Rica: Hotel Tropico Latino

Lauded by guests as their “favorite place in Costa Rica”, Hotel Tropico Latino gets rave reviews on TripAdvisor. Find out why Tropico Latino is a Top 5 Hotel in Santa Teresa, Costa Rica. With more than 190 “Excellent” reviews on TripAdvisor, Hotel Tropico Latino is now rated one of the Top Five Hotels in Santa...
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Visit Costa Rica as your next culinary destination

What does the new Costa Rican cuisine look like? If Chef Randy Siles is any indication, its innovative, eco-friendly and socially conscious.  He took a recipe handed down from Colonial times, “Arroz con Leche” or Rice Pudding, and turned it into “Tico Crème Brulee Rice Cream”, served with different fresh tropical fruit like pineapple, passion...
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It’s an Adventure Getting to Playa Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge in Costa Rica!

Half the adventure of visiting Playa Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge is getting to the award-winning Costa Rica ecolodge near the Osa Peninsula. Flying down the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica toward the Osa Peninsula and southern region is incredible. Morning hours give us clear visibility as we leave San Jose and the Central Valley, rising above...
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Yoga class by Nancy Goodfellow at Pranamar Villas in Santa Teresa, Costa Rica

Combine perfect vacation with a Yoga Certification, what could be better?

Whether you want to dedicate yourself to teaching yoga, or you´d like to elevate your knowledge of the practice, this Yoga Teacher Training is for you. Nancy Goodfellow, owner of Pranamar Oceanfront Villas and Yoga Retreat, has teamed up with Esteban Salazar, owner of Krama Studio in San José, to teach this exciting instructor training...
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Hiking at Playa Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge in Costa Rica

Could you survive in the jungle if you were lost?

One moment you’re walking along a rainforest trail enjoying the incredible sounds and sights, when suddenly you spot monkeys hopping from tree to tree. You definitely want to get pictures of that, so you go off the trail following the monkeys. Before long, you’ve been so busy looking up and chasing the monkeys that now...
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These are the Places to visit in Costa Rica for a first-timer

Your friends and family have been raving about their holidays in Costa Rica.  You’ve finally decided to make the trip, and you have a limited time to explore the country.  Where should you go?  These tips will make your first foray to this tiny but amazing country a very satisfying one, and more importantly, they...
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Costa Rica Culture & Tradition Flourish at Hacienda Guachipelin

In Costa Rica’s land of cowboys, Hotel Hacienda Guachipelin by Rincon de la Vieja Volcano is the place to experience pure nature, adventure, and rich traditions. Dating all the way back to 1880, the rich traditions of ranching and cowboy life in Guanacaste, Costa Rica are deeply rooted at Hotel Hacienda Guachipelin. Uniquely situated next...
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Tourism with a heart: Veragua Rainforest betters lives in community

What does your visit to Veragua Rainforest Eco-Adventure Park in Costa Rica mean? You are helping better the lives of kids and families in local communities. A visit to Veragua Rainforest Eco-Adventure in Costa Rica is tourism that has meaning. Besides giving you everything you could ask for in a Costa Rica rainforest tour –...
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Playa Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge in Costa Rica

Top TripAdvisor GreenLeader Award Given to Costa Rica Eco-Lodge

Your eco-friendly vacation in Costa Rica starts here: at Playa Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge, awarded the prestigious TripAdvisor GreenLeaders Platinum Status. Choosing to stay at eco-friendly hotels when you travel is a great way to help the planet. Now there is a simply way to make greener travel choices. The popular travel review website TripAdvisor has...
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Why stopping in Monteverde is a must in Costa Rica

Why stopping in Monteverde is a must in Costa Rica Whether you like to have all of your vacation days planned out in advance, or you like to go with the flow and see where the wind takes you, definitely add Monteverde to your list of places to visit. Why, do you ask? Here are...
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What’s in a name? For Veragua Rainforest in Costa Rica, 512 years of history

More than five centuries of history goes into the name of Veragua Rainforest Eco-Adventure in Costa Rica, dating back to the country’s first European exploration by Christopher Columbus. Unusual names of places fascinate me. For instance, the Veragua Rainforest in Costa Rica. Where did the name “Veragua” come from? And what does it mean? On...
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Yoga and sunsets at Santa Teresa beach, photo credit @nancygoodfellowyoga.

Top Ten Must Dos in Santa Teresa while staying at Pranamar Villas and Yoga Retreat

Be as adrenaline filled or as laid back as you like while visiting Santa Teresa beach community on the Costa Rican Pacific Coast.  Here is our list of top ten must dos during your stay at Pranamar Villas and Yoga Retreat.    Yoga The area is known for its yoga retreats, and certified and experienced...
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Martin the Kinkajou, photo credit Rony Castro, naturalist guide.

Nightwalk Tour at El Establo Mountain Hotel must not be missed

Walk through the forest at nighttime, lovely brisk air, moonlight guiding our way, listening to the sounds of nature, encountering insects, amphibians and mammals and realizing, this is the cloud forest that never sleeps! During a very recent visit to El Establo Mountain Hotel, I was reminded of all the activities available to guests while...
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12 Ways Visiting Santa Teresa, Costa Rica Could Change Your Life

From awe-inspiring nature to the joy of slowing down, discovering magic and finding gratitude, a visit to Santa Teresa, Costa Rica just might alter your life forever! Costa Rica is a place to breathe deeply, get in tune with nature, lose yourself in the fun of adventure, and let yourself totally and completely relax from...
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Humpback Whale leaping out of the water, Photo Credit Wikipedia.

Green Season in Costa Rica, come visit and observe migratory wildlife

Some animal species travel long distances in search of food, some migrate to breed or to nest.  Costa Rica’s location means that whales will come to warmer waters to give birth, turtles will lay their eggs and some birds will look for food sources not available in colder climates.  Some of these migrations coincide with...
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Find the Secret to Long Life in Guanacaste, Costa Rica

Want to know the secret to long life? Discover with us why people in Guanacaste, Costa Rica often live to well over 100 years. Everyone wants to know the secret to long life. Could it be that in Guanacaste, Costa Rica, they’ve discovered the fountain of youth? Known to be one of the world’s Blue...
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5 Best-Kept Secrets of Southern Costa Rica

Less-traveled than elsewhere in the popular country, southern Costa Rica is a beautiful and eye-opening place to vacation. But do you know its best-kept secrets? Wild, breathtakingly beautiful and incredibly bio-diverse, southern Costa Rica is not on most tourists’ itineraries. Least-explored and less-traveled than other parts of Costa Rica, the southern Pacific region is a...
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El Establo Mountain Hotel aerial view. Monteverde, Costa Rica.

El Establo Mountain Hotel in Monteverde, Costa Rica, from breathtaking views to beds that wrap you up at night

There are many factors that make a hotel stay an exceptional one.  One of them, as they say in real estate is location, location, location. For El Establo Mountain Hotel in Monteverde, Costa Rica, the sheer expansiveness of their grounds (52 hectares, equivalent to 128 acres) is one of their greatest features.  You can stay...
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Luciano Riotti, Executive chef at Luc’s Seafood Grill & Chapa, Restaurant at Pranamar Villas and Yoga Retreat, Photo credit lucianoriotti

A talk with Luciano Riotti: Executive chef at Pranamar Villas and Yoga Retreat as well as adventurer and TV personality!

“Luc’s Seafood Grill & Chapa” is Pranamar Villas and Yoga Retreat’s new restaurant in Santa Teresa, Costa Rica.  Their executive chef Luciano tells us a bit about his inspiration for the menus, his background, and the benefits of working at such a magnificent location.   Where does the concept for “Luc’s Seafood Grill & Chapa”...
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