Month

February 2015
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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Savegre River rafting Costa Rica

Raft Central America’s cleanest river – the Savegre in Costa Rica

Costa Rica offers some of the world’s best whitewater rafting on beautiful, wild rivers that flow through spectacular tropical wilderness. Considered the “cleanest river in Central America”, the pristine Savegre River on Costa Rica’s Central Pacific Coast flows down a picturesque valley from its origin high in the mountains of Cerro de la Muerte near...
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Panama Bay Wetland Wildlife Refuge for birds

Bird lovers will delight in new Panama Bay Wetland Wildlife Refuge

Panama is well-known for its famous Panama Canal, the modern Panama City, and its idyllic islands. Now, thanks to a newly created wildlife refuge, Panama is one of the best destinations for bird lovers in the Americas. This month on World Wetlands Day – February 2 – Panamanian President Juan Carlos Varela officially created the...
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Caribbean cuisine Coconut Shrimp

The flavors of Costa Rica Caribbean cuisine

The southern Caribbean Coast of Costa Rica is a big melting pot of traditions and cultures. It is the heart and soul of the country’s Afro-Caribbean community, as well as home to indigenous populations of Bribrí, Carib, Miskito and Cabécar. There are descendants of Spanish conquistadors, North Americans who worked for United Fruit Company during...
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Santa Teresa Beach at Pranamar Villas

Santa Teresa Costa Rica is chosen top beach in Central America

Famous for its year-round surf, spectacular sunsets and friendly beach town, Santa Teresa Beach in Costa Rica was once again named a top beach in Central America in the newest TripAdvisor Traveler’s Choice Awards. The global travel site announced its 2015 Travelers’ Choice Awards on Feb. 18, awarding Costa Rica the honor of having some...
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Malpais - Santa Teresa Costa Rica

Stay in a beachfront vacation home in Santa Teresa, Costa Rica

Renting a vacation home in Costa Rica, especially one at the beach, is a great idea. Stay steps from the sand at beautiful Santa Teresa, Costa Rica in the new beachfront vacation home Martha’s House. The two-story octagon-shaped house is just off the beach and surrounded by lush tropical gardens. The house sleeps up to...
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Manuel Antonio Beach Costa Rica

Costa Rica wins big in TripAdvisor 2015 travel awards

Continuing to be a favorite with world travelers, beaches and hotels in Costa Rica were named among the best in the world according to the latest TripAdvisor Traveler’s Choice Awards. The popular global travel site announced on Feb. 18 its 2015 Travelers’ Choice Awards for the best beaches and hotels in the world. The annual...
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Molasses on Nosara streets, photo by Andrea Crossan

The sweet smell of Nosara Costa Rica in the summer

Article by Shannon Farley In the easy-going surf and yoga town of Playa Guiones, Costa Rica, there is a very strange smell in the air this time of year. Besides the fresh scent of the ocean, from January to April, it smells like a giant stack of maple syrup covered pancakes. What is that gingerbread...
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Portasol sponsors champion team in Chorro River Race in Costa

Chorro River Race 2015 comes to Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica

The exciting, adrenaline-charged whitewater rafting and kayaking competition of the Chorro River Race 2015 comes again to Costa Rica’s Central Pacific Coast on Feb. 21 to 22. The second annual event is organized by the Quepos Whitewater and Adventure Association and sponsored by TEVA. The competition in the Chorro Canyon of the Naranjo River, by...
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Marimba

Don’t miss the marimba music in Guanacaste Costa Rica

Article by Shannon Farley You can’t visit Guanacaste, Costa Rica without listening at least once to the distinct resonant sounds of a traditional marimba. Considered a symbol of culture and tradition, especially in the province of Guanacaste, the marimba was declared the national musical instrument of Costa Rica by President José María Figueres in 1996....
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St. Valentine’s Day history, traditions and romantic getaways

Love is life. All, everything that I understand, I understand only because I love. Everything is, everything exists, only because I love.– Leo Tolstoy Every February 14, around the world, people exchange cards, flowers, candy and gifts with their loved ones on this day of romance we call Valentine’s Day. But who is this mysterious...
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Piedras Blancas National Park

People need nature. See why in the Costa Rica rainforest.

“Nature doesn’t need people. People need nature,” is the message from Conservation International. The environmental organization’s widely popular video campaigns use famous actors’ and actresses’ voices with beautiful video footage of nature in two-minute messages to promote their important manifesto: “Human beings are part of nature. Nature is not dependent on human beings to exist....
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Keylor Navas and Costa Rica Tourism Minister, via Facebook

On the ball: Keylor Navas, Costa Rica’s new Tourism Ambassador

People around the world have their eye on Costa Rican football star Keylor Navas. Not only is Navas a national hero for helping lead his team as goalkeeper to the quarterfinals in the 2014 World Cup, he also is a rising star as goalkeeper for the prestigious Real Madrid football team. Now, Navas has been...
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Atenas living Costa Rica

See the video on why you should check out Atenas Costa Rica

Life in Atenas, Costa Rica is always “pura vida” – life is good. The new video about Atenas, Costa Rica by Pure Life Development of Atenas shows this with stunning footage of the mountain town’s natural beauty and attributes. Produced by acclaimed photographer and videographer, Oscar Protti of Costa Rica, the four-minute high-quality video depicts...
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Canine event 2015 at Else Kientzler Botanical Garden

Sunday of Dogs and Flowers at Costa Rica botanical gardens

Looking for something fun to do this Sunday? How about a day out in sunshine, fresh air and beautiful Costa Rica botanical gardens, and spend it with your best buddy – your faithful family dog. The Else Kientzler Botanical Gardens in Sarchi, Costa Rica is hosting its second annual Canine Event – A Sunday of...
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