September 2013
Santa Teresa, Nicoya Peninsula, Costa Rica

Development, Dust, and an Iconic Tropical Paradise

Santa Teresa is one of those iconic Costa Rica tourism spots. Paradise found for so many international and Costa Rican tourists who “discovered” Santa Teresa’s pristine beaches, world-class surf breaks and lushly forested coastline. Yet as more and more travelers flock to experience these beautiful treasures, the isolation bubble stretches to the max, bringing with...
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Football for Peace one day, image by

Most popular sport – football – unifies the world

You don’t need a well-manicured grass pitch. You don’t even need all 22 players, or fancy uniforms … or even shoes, for that matter. All you need is a ball and people willing to play. The most popular sport in the world – football (known as soccer in the USA) – can be played anywhere...
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Cruise ship in Costa Rica, photo by Costa Rica Star

Costa Rica makes a hot cruise ship port of call

Travelers who are looking for a tropical destination on their next vacation might want to consider a cruise. There are so many benefits to cruising. You get to visit multiple countries, islands or points of interest all on the same trip without hassling with transportation, border crossings or logistics. On a cruise, you unpack once...
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Canopy tour at Hacienda Guachipelin in Costa Rica

Top ideas for a Friends Trip to Costa Rica

Costa Rica has become a popular, easy and fun destination for Friends’ Trips for travelers from North America. This hot travel destination usually appeals to the adventurous, and certainly Costa Rica is foremost for adventure travel. Whether a bachelor or bachelorette party group, guys’ trip, girlfriend getaway, or simply a group of friends looking for...
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The Capital of Adventure in Costa Rica

Jungle, mountains, rivers, waterfalls, canyons and gravel roads come together in Turrialba, making this region Central America’s adventure-sport capital. Turrialba is the perfect destination for those who wish to enjoy adventure amid lush nature, so it’s no coincidence that Turrialba is the cradle adventure tourism in Costa Rica. You will find a wide range of...
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Si Como No hotel at Manuel Antonio

Best Costa Rica vacation plan for first-time visitors

What are the best places to visit in Costa Rica? What are the best things to do in Costa Rica? I get these questions a lot. Having lived in Costa Rica for 12 years, working in the tourism industry, I field questions from extended family, friends, friends of friends, and even complete strangers if I...
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Model eco-community puts Costa Rica in Latin American spotlight

Normally, you don’t see tough, radical conservationists attending lectures by land developers. But there they were, 100 strong, from the Nature Conservancy, and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), and from all over Latin America – all raptly listening to how land development can actually preserve forests. Nervous before his formidable audience, Guillermo...
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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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SENSORIA, Tierra de los Sentidos.

SENSORIA, tierra de los sentidos es un nuevo atractivo turístico, que abrió sus puertas el pasado 12 de setiembre de 2013, parte del Grupo Empresarial G 2 Developments Green Global S.A. Se encuentra ubicado en la sección norte de las faldas del Volcán Rincón de la Vieja, en un Bosque Tropical Lluvioso primario que colinda...
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Lapa Rios eco lodge in the Costa Rica rainforest

5 Reasons to visit Costa Rica now in off-season, and where to go

I love traveling in off-season. High season travelers and summer vacationers are gone. Back to school and back to work, which means better travel opportunities for me and you. Off-season is when crowds disappear and prices drop, as hotels, tour operators and airlines look to attract travelers with deep discounts. Granted, it’s not the low...
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Costa Rica's new country brand

Costa Rica celebrates its essence with new country brand

Costa Rica is known for its rainforests, beaches, nature and biodiversity. True, indeed. But do you know that Costa Rica is the most innovative country in Latin America? Or that the Central American nation has celebrated well over a half-century of peace with no military forces? Or that it is home to a highly-educated society...
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Be a water-responsible traveler for World Tourism Day 2013

Re-use your towels at your hotel, ask that your bed linens not be changed daily, take a shower instead of a bath, wear water-resistant sunblock – these are all ways travelers can be responsible water consumers and participate in this year’s World Tourism Day that highlights water conservation. In support of the United Nations International...
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