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July 2013
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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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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Olive Ridley Turtle baby returning to the sea at Matapalo, Costa Rica

It’s sea turtle season at Matapalo Beach, Costa Rica

We set out down the beach under a leaden sky stuffed with clouds. It was 8:00 at night, close to my bedtime (I know, I’m on Costa Rica “country” time). At first it was hard to see, with the nearly full moon sliding in and out of clouds; but soon our eyes adjusted to the...
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Night kayaking tour thrills senses in Costa Rica

You definitely have to be up for an adventure to go kayaking in the ocean at night. At first, the experience can be a little unnerving. The slightest splash makes you jump. What was that? Shark? Fish? Whale? It was probably your own kayak paddle hitting the water, but the fact that you can’t see...
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Mountain biking Costa Rica, photo by Las Catalinas

100-mile mountain bike challenge set for Rincon de la Vieja, Costa Rica

Mountain bikers around the world: There’s a new adventure race happening in August in Costa Rica – the 100-mile Rincón de la Vieja Challenge. The mountain bike endurance race is set for Aug. 24, 2013, starting off from Hotel Hacienda Guachipelin at Rincón de la Vieja Volcano in Guanacaste. The 100-mile race is the first...
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Costa Rica is top family travel destination

Top 9 family vacation spots in Costa Rica

The entire country arguably could be considered one big outdoor classroom – filled to the brim with amazing nature and exciting adventure. For this reason, Costa Rica has become one of the top family vacation destinations in the world. All in one small country you can find warm tropical weather, beautiful beaches along two oceans...
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Veragua Rainforest one-day tour near Limon, Costa Rica

Top Caribbean rainforest tour celebrates 5 years of success

One of the top day tours on Costa Rica’s Caribbean Coast, Veragua Rainforest Research & Adventure, is celebrating its fifth anniversary this month. The highly popular nature and adventure attraction, and important scientific research center, was four years in the making and now five years open. In that time, the tour destination has achieved a...
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Costa Rica Grand Final Reef National Surfing Championships 2013

Costa Rica’s pro surfers vie for national titles in Jaco

If Costa Rica’s professional surf scene had an A-team, it would look something like this: Carlos Muñoz, Jair Pérez, Noe Mar McGonagle, Gilbert Brown, Anthony Fillingim, Luis Vindas, Leilani McGonagle, Lisbeth Vindas, and Nataly Bernold. The nine top surfers seem to shuffle places between being national champions and taking the top five slots at any...
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Enjoy a healing massage on the beach at Pranamar Villas in Costa Rica

Massage: Simple indulgence or Powerful health tool?

While massage may have developed a reputation as an indulgence for people who love pampering, studies reveal that it has wide-reaching, evident health benefits, according to an article in the Wall Street Journal. Research over the past few years has found that massage therapy boosts immune function in women with breast cancer, improves symptoms in...
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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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World weather patterns tweaked by air pollution

New research from the United Kingdom’s National Weather Service, the Met Office investigates why there has been no increase in global average rainfall over land during the last century despite a 0.8°C rise in average temperatures on the planet. As they explain, the hydrological cycle is a key component of the Earth’s climate system. Changes...
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San Lucas Island boat dock

San Lucas Island: Dreaded prison converts to wildlife refuge

If it was 25 years ago, you wouldn’t want to go to San Lucas Island. The small, forested island in the middle of Costa Rica’s Nicoya Gulf was the roughest jail in the country. Being sent to San Lucas Island was a terrible prospect; prisoners’ lives were short and often spent in torture. Thankfully, today,...
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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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