December 2012
Teens learn Spanish, surfing & a new culture in Costa Rica with Del Mar Surfing Academy

Teen Travel Program Blends Language, Culture and Surfing in Costa Rica

The world as we know it has certainly shrunk a great deal due to the interconnectivity of the internet, and especially social media like Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, etc. When the number one music video rocketing around the world is from South Korea (“Gangnam Style”), and kids in places like Costa Rica have memorized the dance...
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Beautiful beachfront property in Costa Rica can be yours!

Paradise Calling – Real Estate Market Heats Up in Costa Rica

More than 700 miles of beach on Pacific and Caribbean coasts, warm water, tropical climate, lush rainforest and cloud forest, jungle wildlife, stable country, and friendly people – Costa Rica entices millions to visit every year. If you live anywhere in the Americas, and most likely even in Europe, then you have heard the buzz...
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Avant-garde Chef Creates Culinary Magic in Playa Santa Teresa

The new wildly popular “Author’s Cuisine” culinary movement that originated in Spain over a decade ago is not simply cuisine by the “author” or chef who cooked it. “Author’s Cuisine” is a vanguard of culinary arts favored by Spanish and other European chefs who are praised for their creativity. Dishes incorporate unusual textures, aromas, and...
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Semiplumbeous Hawk sighted at Costa Rica's Veragua Rainforest

Christmas Bird Count Record Soars in Costa Rica for 2012

Costa Rica’s 2012 “Christmas Bird Count” at Veragua Rainforest Research & Adventure near Limon scored great success. A historic  number of 417 different bird species, and 12,665 individual birds, were identified in a 24-hour period – the highest number registered in Central America for the annual bird count. Beginning at 12:00 a.m. on December 5...
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Costa Rica boasts world-class golf like this course at Hacienda Pinilla

Golf Vacations are World-class in Costa Rica

Costa Rica’s fabulous year-round sunshine, balmy weather and remarkable championship golf courses are fast earning the country the reputation as an “ace” place for world-class golf. The best part? Located just a few hours’ flight away from North America, Costa Rica’s weather is best when all points north are frozen in winter’s icy grip. Missing...
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Christmas on Costa Rica's Santa Teresa Beach is a unique winter wonderland

Christmas wonderland sparkles on Playa Santa Teresa

Walking in a winter wonderland is just a tad different on Costa Rica’s Santa Teresa Beach. Rather than the traditional “white Christmas” and “snow glistening in the lane” scene, it is closer to Frosty the Snowman’s situation … “The sun was hot that day. So he said, let’s run and we’ll have some fun now...
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Boutique hotels in Costa Rica offer beauty and warm intimacy

Boutique Hotels Win Acclaim in Costa Rica

Personally, I prefer staying in small boutique hotels. Large chain hotels have their function, though I rather like when the receptionist remembers my name and is personable enough to care how I am and how my stay is going. I like waiters who remember I favor water without ice and that my mid-afternoon coffee is...
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Tortuguero's Waters Give Refuge to Endangered Sea Turtles and Manatees

They live in the sea, are on the World Wildlife Fund’s “Endangered Species List”, and frequent the waters around Costa Rica’s Caribbean coast Tortuguero National Park. Their lives, though on similar paths, are a bit conflicted. I’m talking about sea turtles and manatees. One draws crowds of up to 50,000 tourists each year; the other...
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