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Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge at Golfo Dulce is sustainable tourism at its best.

Did you know that the far southern Pacific coast of amazing Costa Rica boasts 2.5% of the world’s biodiversity?  Pretty impressive to say the least as is Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge that takes sustainable tourism to a whole new level in so many ways.  This is sustainable tourism at its best and where better than a...
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The Humpback Whales have arrived! Best place to see them in Costa Rica.

Let’s be honest here.  For nature lovers alike, the opportunity to see Humpback whales up close is an amazing experience and they have arrived!!   Their sheer size and gracefulness as they move through the warm, protected waters along the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica is a sight to see.   Whale Watching in Costa Rica...
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Canopy tour at El Establo Hotel in Monteverde Costa Rica

Zip lining tour in the Cloud Rainforest at Monteverde

Nestled up in the highlands overlooking the Gulf of Nicoya on the Pacific Coast, you will find a verdant gem in the form of a quaint, alternative living town in what is best known as Monteverde.  Here, you can fly through the forest canopy on a zip lining tour in the Cloud Rainforest and El...
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Catamaran sailing tour Guanacaste

Fun Water Adventures in Costa Rica for Your Vacation

Love the idea of going to a river, waterfall, or the ocean for your Costa Rica vacation? Then water adventures in Costa Rica are the thing for you. Some of the best things to do in Guanacaste, Costa Rica are water adventures. Check out six of the top Guanacaste tours you can do at rivers,...
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Summer vacation in Costa Rica at Jaco Beach

Go for a Pura Vida summer vacation in Costa Rica on the beach in Jaco at Hotel Amapola! Are you ready for a Pura Vida summer vacation in Costa Rica? The famous Costa Rican saying, Pura Vida, means “pure life” and that’s what it’s like here. Pure fun. Pure friendly people. Pure adventure. Pure nature...
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Costa Rica Ocean Trash Goes Vogue in New H&M Conscious Collection

Exclusive clothing collection by H&M is created from Bionic Yarn, made in part from plastic ocean trash collected on beaches in Santa Teresa, Costa Rica. Plastic ocean trash washing up on the beaches in Santa Teresa, Costa Rica is hitting high-fashion runways in the form of the new 2017 Conscious Exclusive Collection by famous clothing...
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Why Santa Teresa Costa Rica in rainy season is pure bliss

Rainy season is the best vacation time to have Costa Rica beaches all to yourself. You can get great deals and there’s still plenty of sunshine. See 9 reasons why visiting Santa Teresa Costa Rica in rainy season is pure bliss. If you’ve heard this time of year is rainy season in Costa Rica, and...
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Papagayo winds: Time for kite surfing in Costa Rica!

Windy summer season in Guanacaste, Costa Rica means it’s time for fun wind and water sports. But why is it so windy in Costa Rica this time of year? Blame it on the Papagayo winds. NASA tells us that when it is freezing cold and snowing in North America, the cold air and high-pressure weather...
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Lifeguards & ocean safety in Santa Teresa Costa Rica

Summertime in the popular beach town of Santa Teresa, Costa Rica means it’s time to hang out on the beach soaking in the sun and playing in the beautiful blue Pacific Ocean. It’s a great time to have fun with family and friends on a Costa Rica beach vacation. On the southern Nicoya Peninsula, Santa...
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Sunny spring break getaways in uncrowded Costa Rica

Spring means a return to sunshine; and if the sun is not shining yet in your part of the world, it’s time for a sunny Spring Break getaway. There is a reason Spring Break is called what it is – a break from winter’s chill to tide you over until summer. But if you are...
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See fabulous Santa Teresa Costa Rica sunsets from Pranamar Villas’ beachfront bar

Sunsets in Santa Teresa, Costa Rica are some of the most spectacular I’ve seen, especially if it is low tide. When the Pacific Ocean recedes from the long coastline of this stretch of the Nicoya Peninsula – Playa Carmen, Playa Santa Teresa and Playa Hermosa – the setting sun reflects its fiery colors in millions...
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Manuel Antonio Costa Rica Stand-Up Paddle Games 2014

Like stand-up paddle boarding? Come to Manuel Antonio and Quepos, Costa Rica, this December for the exciting Manuel Antonio Stand-Up Paddle Games 2014. At the Marina Pez Vela in Quepos, Costa Rica on Dec. 13 and 14, 2014, athletes will compete in four events in the popular sport of stand-up paddle boarding. There will be...
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Surfing in Santa Teresa Costa Rica

Learn how to surf in Santa Teresa Costa Rica

Learning how to surf can change your life. Maybe it’s the powerful rush of catching a wave and the feeling of flying on water as you race across the wave’s face. Or that it doesn’t matter how old or young you are, whether you are a beginner or a pro, the thrill of being out in...
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Beachfront Hotel Tropico Latino at Santa Teresa

Hotel Tropico Latino in Santa Teresa Costa Rica refines a new image

Reinventing a business is a process not every company takes the time to tackle. It is like soul-searching. Who are we? What are we about? What are we doing and why? And it is the most urgently talked about business concept over the past five years. After 15 years in business, Hotel Tropico Latino at...
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Marley Cup Costa Rica surf competition comes to Dominical

Costa Rica’s fourth 2014 Olympus National Surfing Circuit competition is coming March 15 and 16 to the beautiful south Pacific beach of Dominical. The Marley Cup will be held in front of the well-known Tortilla Flats beachfront restaurant and bar at Dominical. The competition is named for principal sponsor House of Marley, which sells earth-friendly...
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Ocean pollution kept at bay on Santa Teresa, Costa Rica

I’ve been reading about ocean pollution, and the facts are really quite shocking. Apparently, it was once a common practice to “get rid of trash” by dumping it into the ocean, and there was even a positive catchphrase: “The solution to pollution is dilution.” People assumed that the oceans were so vast and deep that...
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Osa Peninsula marine protected area sought in Costa Rica

  The southern Pacific Ocean off the Osa Peninsula in Costa Rica is an amazing natural wonder of marine biodiversity, home to more than 25 species of dolphins and whales, four of the world’s eight different sea turtles, along with manta rays, sailfish, marlin, tuna and sharks. The southern Pacific, and especially Golfo Dulce (Sweet Gulf)...
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Hotel Tropico Latino holds surf retreats in Santa Teresa, Costa Rica

Surf retreat vacation craze captures hearts in Costa Rica

What’s the latest vacation craze? Surfing and yoga retreats in the balmy tropics are the hot fashion. But what if you don’t know how to surf or live far from the nearest ocean? Is it still an adventure worth taking? Try it and you’ll see. Here’s what a few surf retreat fans had to say:...
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Travel Excellence family vacations to Costa Rica

Your family vacation destination: Costa Rica

Looking for a family-friendly summer vacation destination? Family travel is changing as the demographics of families change around the world. No longer are there only 2-parent 2-child families. Traveling families today could be single moms or dads with one or more children, multi-generational families, families with two dads or two moms, and more. According to...
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Things to do in Nicoya

7 Top Things to Do & See at the Nicoya Gulf

Costa Rica’s southern Nicoya Peninsula is full of natural beauty and rich in biodiversity. Jagged and mountainous from its volcanic origins, with pockets of shimmering beaches, the landscape is a diverse transition zone between tropical dry forest and wet tropical forest. The Gulf of Nicoya’s placid waters stretch between the Peninsula and mainland. The tops...
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Nicoya peninsula sits on critical geologic position

About 50 million years or so ago, Costa Rica was a series of underwater volcanoes. Over thousands and thousands of years, layers built up until eventually they surfaced and continued to grow, just as the Hawaiian Islands do today. The Cocos Plate shoving its way underneath the Caribbean Plate also helped things along, pushing Central...
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Tropical architecture at Hotel Tropico Latino in Costa Rica

Tropical Architecture in Costa Rica

Besides amazing looks, tropical architecture is all about working with the elements of nature to achieve thermal comfort in hot and humid climates. Tropical architecture, whether traditional, ultramodern or high-tech, uses passive design elements like sunshades, cavity walls, light shelves, overhangs, roof and wall insulation, and shading from large trees to block the intense tropical...
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Pranamar Villas' gift shop in Costa Rica features unique gifts from around the world

Unique Gifts Keep Costa Rica Travel Memories Alive

One of the joys of traveling is picking up that little something special to bring back home. A unique gift from a unique place that will remind you months and years later of the fun trip you enjoyed. In the case of world traveler Susan Money, owner of Costa Rica’s Pranamar Oceanfront Villas and Yoga...
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Costa Rica has fantastic snorkeling spots off the Nicoya Peninsula

Snorkeling in Costa Rica is Magical off the Nicoya Peninsula

One of the most amazing things I’ve learned how to do is scuba dive. It’s the closest thing to flying I’ve ever felt, and given my fear of heights (or, rather, falling from them), it feels a whole lot safer. When you get your buoyancy worked out right, being weightless under water, drifting here and...
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