January 2012

Nosara Beach, my Family Vacation

Nosara Beach is a beautiful beach destination sitting on the north pacific coast of Costa Rica, enclosed by sea on one side and tropical forest on the other. Nosara, a beach Village of Guanacaste Province is actually a base camp for experienced surfers, a hidden place for honeymooners and there are many adventure tours for...
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Costa Rican indigenous mask

Shopping in San Jose, Costa Rica

Shopping in Costa Rica has improved dramatically over the past ten years as gigantic malls, mini-malls, superstores and sophisticated boutiques have entered the marketplace. You can find everything from designer clothing to latest-fashion shoes and accessories, everyday clothing and footwear to anything you could possibly need for your home. There are construction and “fix-up-your-home” superstores,...
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Peace Parade - Parque Nacional

Peace doves alight in San Jose

Walking around downtown San Jose, Costa Rica, is an outing full of bright surprises thanks to an outdoor art exhibit centered on the message of peace. Seventy vividly painted larger-than-life doves perch here and there throughout the downtown area’s main boulevards, plazas and parks in the “Peace Parade.” Made of fiberglass and standing 2 meters...
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Balance your life with yoga

Twisting yourself into a pretzel is what many people think of when they hear the word “yoga.” Yoga is the “in” thing in the western world over recent years as people look to ease stress, find ways to relax and live healthier lifestyles. Yoga, though, is actually more than just the physical; it is a...
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Pranamar oceanfront villas

Pranamar Villas wins Trip Advisor top hotel award

News flash! The Trip Advisor Traveler’s Choice Awards for 2012 are just in, and Costa Rica captured 11 out of 25 spots in the Top 25 Hotels in Central America list!!! Pranamar Villas and Yoga Retreat Hotel at Santa Teresa Beach is one of these spotlighted hotels – the only hotel in Playa Santa Teresa...
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Santa Teresa beach

Daydreams of a tropical paradise

Lounging on a tropical beach is probably one of the all-time most popular daydreams. Picture it … soft, cushy white sand, rhythmic deep blue waves rolling onto shore, soft breezes wafting playfully over you as you lounge in the shade of palm trees, sipping cold coconut juice and snacking on chilled, juicy, sweet pineapple. Surfers...
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Queen's torch flower

Botanical Gardens in Turrialba

A quick and easy day trip from Costa Rica’s capitol city of San Jose is to the Botanical Gardens at CATIE (the Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center) in Turrialba. Just an hour and a half from the Central Valley, you’ll be in a tropical plantation paradise. Nature lovers, get your cameras ready! Stroll...
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Volcano Irazu

Go to the moon … in Costa Rica!

I remember the first time I visited Volcano Irazu. It was my first year living in Costa Rica. A friend of mine and I rented a car to drive around and explore this magical country we now called home. We set out in the morning from San Jose, a hot and bright sunny day. We...
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Comics superstars boom in Costa Rica!

Did you ever want to fly through the air like Spider Man? Or demolish the bad guys like Superman or The Hulk? Now’s your chance to meet, or maybe even to BE, one of these fantastical comic book heroes! For the first time in Central America, comics and animation stars and their creators will be...
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Tropical Biking Tour

International Cycling Hotspot in Costa Rica

Costa Rica is fast becoming one of the world’s top destinations for cycling and mountain biking. The annual Vuelta Ciclista a Costa Rica (Tour of Costa Rica) . The 12-day-long stage race is Costa Rica’s own version of the world-famous Tour de France, and has been steadily attracting international competitors over the past 40 years....
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