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New culinary fusions and flavors at Nicuesa!

Imagine yourself in the middle of the rainforest, overlooking the ocean, savoring fresh, homegrown produce from an edible garden.  This is Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge!   This Enchanting Hotel property believes that when you travel, experimenting with and experiencing the local food should be a highpoint of your adventure.   So, at this magnificent property, you will have the...
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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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Playa Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge in Costa Rica

Explore the Costa Rica rainforest with expert scientists

What’s better than being in the rainforest? Being in the rainforest with expert scientists who can tell you fascinating stories about the animals and plants that live there. Playa Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge in Costa Rica has invited celebrated U.S. scientists Howard Topoff, Ph.D. and Carol Simon, Ph.D. – both professors’ emeriti of The City University...
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Open Water Swim Golfo Dulce 2015

Swimmers to cross Golfo Dulce in Costa Rica open water swim race

More than dolphins, humpback whales and whale sharks will be swimming in the Golfo Dulce in Costa Rica the second weekend of September 2015. The beautiful Pacific gulf in southern Costa Rica by the Osa Peninsula will receive hundreds of swimmers for the 2015 Golfo Dulce Open Water Swimming competition, called “Cruce Aguas Abiertas Golfo...
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Dolphins in Golfo Dulce

A dolphin tale: See wild dolphins in Golfo Dulce, Costa Rica

The last time I was at Playa Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge, I was down at the beach cooling off from the hot sun in waist-deep tranquil waters of the Golfo Dulce, when suddenly there was a splash very close behind me. I turned quickly to look out toward the Gulf and was greeted by three Bottlenose...
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Edible Landscape Photo Contest at Nicuesa Lodge

Win a trip to Playa Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge in Costa Rica with cookbook photo contest

Whenever I travel anywhere that serves delicious meals, I always think, “How can I recreate this at home and enjoy it again?” In the case of Playa Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge in Costa Rica, now I can. The Costa Rica rainforest lodge by the Osa Peninsula has released a free PDF downloadable Edible Landscape Garden Cookbook...
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Costa Rica leads world in green economic performance

Right behind Sweden and Norway as the top Green Countries in the World, is the little Central American nation of Costa Rica. According to the recently released 2014 Global Green Economy Index™ (GGEI), Costa Rica is the third best Green Country in the World. The Global Green Economy Index™ (GGEI) measures the green economic performance...
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Does real eco-tourism exist in Costa Rica?

There is a lot of talk in travel about eco-tourism and being sustainable. But what does that really mean? Is that simply turning off a few lights, not wasting water and recycling the trash? According to the United Nations, sustainability is “meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to...
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Howler monkeys in Costa Rica

Monkeying around on the Osa Peninsula Costa Rica

I never get tired of watching the monkeys in Costa Rica. It is so much fun to watch the cute, miniature-sized Squirrel Monkeys jump and play, and marvel at the ingenuity of clever White-faced Capuchin Monkeys. Spider Monkeys are wonderful to see swinging gracefully through the trees with their long arms, legs and tails. And...
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Piedras Blancas National Park & Golfo Dulce

Jaguars and monkeys and whales on Osa Peninsula Costa Rica! Oh my!

Down in the very south of Costa Rica there is a rainforest you dream to see. Thankfully off the tourism “superhighway” and explored only by adventurous intrepid travelers, it is a place of rugged mountains, plunging waterfalls, free-flowing rivers, striking beaches and magnificent towering trees in dense rainforest. Jaguars roam freely, scarlet macaws soar overhead,...
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Golfo Dulce and Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica

A favorite place to visit in Costa Rica: the Osa Peninsula

“In a remote and lush corner of Costa Rica, lies a realm of giant trees, roaring monkeys, jaguars on the prowl, and breaching whales. This is one of the last places on Earth where virgin rainforest grows right to the high tide line, and a visitor might walk for hours – or days – along...
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Costa Rica eco lodge is unique place for rainforest retreats

Imagine attending a workshop or a retreat, but instead of a conference center or event hall, you were surrounded by sounds of lapping waves of 80-degree calm Pacific gulf waters and roars of howler monkeys in Costa Rica eco lodge. This is what it is like to have a seminar or retreat at Playa Nicuesa...
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Golfo Dulce, Costa Rica

Top Costa Rica eco lodge to host scientific guest lecturers

Two top U.S. biology research scientists are coming to Costa Rica in early March to lead a study trip deep in the Costa Rican rainforest on the south Pacific Coast of the Golfo Dulce. The scientific tour will be held March 1-7, 2014, at Playa Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge, a member of Enchanting Hotels & Resorts...
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Scarlet Macaw at Playa Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge

Scarlet Macaws still fly free in Costa Rica

A flash of brilliant red, blue and yellow, and a loud raucous squawk, and you know you are in the jungle. There is nothing quite like the sight of wild Scarlet Macaws flying overhead or contentedly gathered in bunches in a treetop to give you the full feeling of being in the tropics. Their distinctive...
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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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Osa Wildlife Sanctuary anteater baby being fed by bottle

Wildlife encounters on Costa Rica’s Golfo Dulce Coast

Meet sloths, kinkajous, tayras, ocelots, peccaries and anteaters. Stand next to Scarlet Macaws feeding on almond trees. Watch white-faced monkeys swing and play next to you, and have your heart melt when a spider monkey comes to hold your hand. This isn’t some exotic zoo, but rather the Osa Wildlife Sanctuary on Golfo Dulce in...
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Planet, People & Peace Conference 2013 in Costa Rica

Sustainable business: What's in it for you? Find out at Costa Rica's P3 Conference.

What makes a sustainable business “sustainable” and why should we care? Here’s a news flash for you – we all live on the same planet Earth. In many ways we humans, and all of the living and non-living things and elements that exist on our planet, are connected. The dust storms in Africa that cause...
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Insect Tinkerbella Nana fairyfly by micrograph, photo by Jennifer Read, Natural Resources Canada

5,000 new species recognized in biodiversity-rich Costa Rica

How many species live on the Earth? Scientists estimate roughly 8.7 million, according to a 2011 study in the journal PLoS Biology, published by the Public Library of Science. The crucial point, however, is that approximately 83% of those plant and animal species have yet to be discovered. Scientists calculate that there are probably 6.5...
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Playa Nicuesa guest with a Jack fish catch

Fishing Costa Rica’s Golfo Dulce brings sweet success

I remember the first time I caught a needlefish. Its electric blue teeth and skeleton (seen upon filleting) were a shocking surprise. The needlefish is tricky to catch given its long, narrow jaws filled with needle-sharp teeth (hence, its name) that usually cut fishing line like dental floss. Once you have one, though, they are...
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Humpback whale tail, Golfo Dulce, photo by CEIC

Humpback whale-watching season starts in Costa Rica

At the very bottom of Costa Rica, the placid blue waters of the Golfo Dulce shine like a mirror most days, reflecting occasional clouds and the immense cerulean sky. Its calm surface is broken by the odd small, local boat cruising along, but the most action is caused by dolphins frolicking or fishing, sea turtles...
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Chocolate is food of the gods in Costa Rica

Chocolate: Food of the gods in Costa Rica

Creamy, gooey, mouth-melting, milk, white, dark, bitter, sweet … chocolate melts our hearts not just our taste buds. As the story goes, chocolate was once considered gold. Prized by the Aztecs and Mayans, and formerly reserved only for royalty in Europe, chocolate has held an irresistible allure for cultures worldwide over the past 4,000 years....
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