May 2015
San Jose Costa Rica downtown post office

San Jose Costa Rica offers a lot as a tourist destination

If you’re coming to Costa Rica on vacation, chances are you are going to visit at least one or two of the country’s beautiful tropical beaches, possibly a volcano, and probably one or more of the proud nation’s national parks. The destination you may or may not have in your travel itinerary is the capital...
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Nicuesa Lodge reception area

Find out the story behind remote Playa Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge in Costa Rica

When I first visited Playa Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge at the end of 2004, what struck me most was how in heaven did this amazing high-end Costa Rica eco-lodge come to exist in the middle of a jungle on the sea, with nothing else around? The question is a valid one given Nicuesa Lodge’s completely isolated...
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Casa de Paz vacation rental Portasol Costa Rica

Your next Costa Rica vacation destination : Portasol Living

People in other countries pay big money for audio programs like this, while here at Portasol Rainforest & Ocean View Living eco-community it’s real. The sounds of the Costa Rica rainforest: crickets chirping, big bullfrogs burping and booming, Common Tink Frogs “tinking”, myriads of other insects whirring, and the Portalón River bubbling over stones and...
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Playa Hermosa by Jaco, Costa Rica

Top surfing beach Playa Hermosa in Jaco Costa Rica is both beautiful and uncrowded

The thing that amazed me most standing on Playa Hermosa in Jaco Costa Rica on a recent Saturday morning was not the beautiful deep blue and turquoise barrel waves, or the warm sunlight glinting off the black sand. It was the nearly complete absence of people. There were maybe 30 surfers in the water, but so...
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Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica restaurants amaze with variety of cuisine

10 Restaurants in Puerto Viejo Costa Rica not to miss while on vacation

The relaxed Caribbean beach town of Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica not only has some of the prettiest beaches in Costa Rica, along with upscale Costa Rica boutique hotels, Puerto Viejo also is the gastronomic capital of the Costa Rica Southern Caribbean Coast. Puerto Viejo’s dining scene reflects its widely-varied international population – Caribbean, Italian, Argentinean,...
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Hotel Laguna Azul, Bocas del Toro, Panama

Visiting a private tropical Caribbean island at Hotel Laguna Azul, Bocas del Toro Panama

It is always interesting to me to get the story behind a destination boutique hotel. These aren’t large franchise chains owned by a mega-corporation. Small boutique hotels have style and flair, with usually one or a few owners, and often in creative places. Take for instance, Hotel Laguna Azul in the southern Caribbean Bocas del...
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Playa Guiones at Nosara, Costa Rica

Pro surfers come to top Costa Rica surfing beach Playa Guiones for June national tournament

Long-favored as a site for Costa Rica national surfing competitions, the white sandy beach of Playa Guiones at Nosara will host the sixth tournament of the Costa Rica National Surfing Circuit kölbi 2015 in June. Presented by Adrenaline Rush, the Beach Club Tournament will be held June 13-14 at Playa Guiones. The important competition is...
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Atenas Costa Rica living

Best sources of information about Atenas Costa Rica

Heard about Atenas, Costa Rica – a favorite place for international retirement – and want to know more information? The charming country town, strategically located between the capital city of San Jose and beautiful Pacific Coast beaches, has several sources of information to let you know what’s happening in Atenas, Costa Rica. All are available...
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Santa Teresa Beach at Pranamar Villas

Santa Teresa Costa Rica beach communities win Ecological Blue Flag

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” Margaret Mead Walk down the Pacific beaches of Santa Teresa, Costa Rica and you’re likely to see long, empty stretches of white sand, beautiful blue rolling waves, multicolored crushed seashells and interesting rocks...
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A liquid sky of blue stars – bioluminescence in Costa Rica

One of my absolute favorite scenes in the 2012 movie “Life of Pi” is when a huge glittering whale jumps out of a sparkling night sea behind Pi’s raft, everything around them glowing from amazing bioluminescence. Another favorite is the illuminated neon forest in the movie “Avatar.” Bioluminescence is most common in the tropics. Walking...
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North Face Endurance Challenge in Costa Rica

North Face Endurance Challenge comes to Costa Rica in May

The famous international adventure race, The North Face Endurance Challenge, is once again coming to Rincón de la Vieja Volcano in Guanacaste, Costa Rica. The 3rd edition of The North Face Endurance Challenge Costa Rica – four trail-running endurance races – will be held on May 30, 2015 from the headquarters at Hotel Hacienda Guachipelin....
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Costa Rica National SUP Team member Rolando Herrera, photo by Carlos Arias

Costa Rica SUP, Masters & Longboard Surfing competition in Malpais

The Costa Rica National Circuit of Stand-up Paddleboarding (SUP), Masters and Longboard Surfing will come to Malpaís for the third competition in the 2015 season on May 23 and 24. On Costa Rica’s southern Nicoya Peninsula, the beaches of Malpaís and Santa Teresa attract visitors from all over the world who come to surf, do...
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Costa Rica rainy season

What you need to know about visiting Costa Rica in rainy season

Costa Rica welcomes rainy season (also called the “green season”) like a parched traveler reaching an oasis after a long, dry desert-crossing. Dry season dust is gone and Costa Rica’s landscape springs back to life with lush green vegetation, carpets of blooming flowers, and new animal life. Costa Rica in general has two major seasons...
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