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Strawberry poison dart frog, Veragua

Be dazzled by rainforest frogs in Costa Rica

From real-life Kermit look-alikes to miniature candy-colored frogs, Costa Rica’s amphibians are wildlife to notice. Maybe it’s the special role they hold in fairytales – think: Prince Charming – frogs and toads seem to hold a certain appeal. They are strikingly unusual creatures that make a whole symphony of strange sounds, and are simply “ribbet-ing”....
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300 oxcart drivers with their teams of oxen and carts

Oxcarts and cultural fiestas in Atenas Costa Rica

The way Omar Arce sees it, the Costa Rica tradition of the oxcart driver and his oxen is an important cultural heritage that must be kept alive. Nowadays in his country town of Atenas, Costa Rica most roads are paved and cars zoom everywhere. But when Arce, 73, was a boy, the only way to...
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St. Valentine’s Day history, traditions and romantic getaways

Love is life. All, everything that I understand, I understand only because I love. Everything is, everything exists, only because I love.– Leo Tolstoy Every February 14, around the world, people exchange cards, flowers, candy and gifts with their loved ones on this day of romance we call Valentine’s Day. But who is this mysterious...
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Rincon de la Vieja Challenge, official photo

Rincon de la Vieja mountain bike race makes U.S. National Ultra Endurance Series

Called by pro mountain bikers the “most extreme 100-miler in the world,” the Rincon de la Vieja Challenge 100-mile mountain bike race at Rincon de la Vieja Volcano in Guanacaste, Costa Rica recently upped its status to become the first international chapter of the National Ultra Endurance Series (NUE). The NUE is a series of...
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Retirement in Costa Rica

Costa Rica valued as top retirement destination 2014

One of the biggest dreams for retirees is moving to a warm, sunny place where you can relax and enjoy the “golden years” of life with no stress. Lower costs to stretch your savings and having good quality health care available are also top considerations. In the Americas, Costa Rica continues to be one of...
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Best wedding and honeymoon destination: Costa Rica

Newlywed couples from Europe to North America are flocking to the tropical paradise of Costa Rica for the ultimate romantic wedding and honeymoon destination. The Wall Street Journal recently named Costa Rica as the “Best Destination to Say ‘I Do’ in Latin America”. Costa Rica has become a leader in destination weddings and honeymoons, receiving...
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Christmas traditions in Costa Rica

Have you heard the one about the visiting tourist enjoying Costa Rican tamales? He says, “They’re really delicious, but the lettuce is little tough!” (Costa Rican tamales are wrapped in green banana tree leaves.) Ho, ho, ho! Tamales are one of the most time-honored Christmas traditions in Costa Rica. Like the rest of Latin America,...
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San Jose, Costa Rica lights up with holiday festivities 2013

Spending your Christmas holidays in Costa Rica and wondering what to do? The capital city of San José has a lot going on. So get your Santa hat and festive cheer ready, and let the rhythm of Christmas in Latin America dash you away! Christmas in San José, Costa Rica, is a lively, fun time....
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Model eco-community puts Costa Rica in Latin American spotlight

Normally, you don’t see tough, radical conservationists attending lectures by land developers. But there they were, 100 strong, from the Nature Conservancy, and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), and from all over Latin America – all raptly listening to how land development can actually preserve forests. Nervous before his formidable audience, Guillermo...
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Costa Rica's new country brand

Costa Rica celebrates its essence with new country brand

Costa Rica is known for its rainforests, beaches, nature and biodiversity. True, indeed. But do you know that Costa Rica is the most innovative country in Latin America? Or that the Central American nation has celebrated well over a half-century of peace with no military forces? Or that it is home to a highly-educated society...
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Destination weddings in Costa Rica are an exciting alternative

Top 10 Destination Wedding planning tips

Trending in recent years among brides and grooms is leaving behind the traditional, large, 250-person, fancy church, banquet hall wedding in favor of a fun, exotic destination wedding that adds the adventure of a sunny honeymoon vacation. Couples choose to go out-of-town for many reasons, including basic economics. You would think that staging a wedding...
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Combine your wedding, honeymoon & vacation in tropical Costa Rica

Costa Rica is Top Wedding and Honeymoon Destination

Get married in a church or a hotel ballroom … or on a tropical beach at sunset, or in the rainforest, or by a mighty volcano? Adventure and romance await you at a Costa Rica destination wedding. Why not combine your wedding, your honeymoon, and a vacation all in one trip? More and more, couples...
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