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Georgia Atkin
Pool at Hotel Amapola, photo credit hotelamapola.

Mini vacaciones en el Hotel Amapola en Playa Jacó

El Hotel Amapola, en Jacó, Pacífico Central, es una excelente opción para salir de la ciudad unos días y darse un respiro.     El año se ha ido volando, y sentimos el peso de meses de trabajo y obligaciones familiares y escolares.  Una escapada de fin de semana a Jacó, uno de los destinos principales...
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Wellness Costa Rica

Costa Rican Tourism Board launches new strategy “Wellness Pura Vida.”

Why have we been hearing more and more about Wellness Tourism in the past few years?  Wikipedia defines it as “Travel for the purpose of promoting health and well-being through physical, psychological or spiritual activities.” A new Tourism strategy was revealed this month focused on Wellness and cleverly it to the country’s favorite saying and...
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¿Por qué las escapadas familiares son necesarias?

Lo bueno es que podemos darnos una escapada familiar que no tome mucho tiempo ni nos cueste mucho dinero, y los beneficios que recibiremos serán muy valiosos.  Al romper el ciclo del estrés diario retornamos renovados para atacar los retos diarios con nuevas perspectivas.  Nuevas experiencias, ejercicio en familia y aprendizaje son todas excelentes razones...
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Tiki Bar at sunset. Pranamar Oceanfront Villas and Yoga Retreat.

Visit the Tiki Bar at Pranamar Villas for Cocktails on the beach and more

The Tiki Bar at Pranamar Oceanfront Villas and Yoga Retreat offers exotic tropical versions of your favorites: Sangrias, Margaritas and Mojitos mixed with mangoes, passion fruit or pineapple in a relaxed, open atmosphere.  Relaxed Atmosphere The vibe in Santa Teresa beach is very laid back, and guests and non-guests of the Villas are welcome.  No...
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Why you should visit Costa Rica during its Green Season

The rains are starting in Costa Rica, and the vegetation comes alive, becoming even more lush and verdant.  Certainly, some travelers feel weary about taking a holiday during the rainy season, known as the “Green Season”.  There are plenty of reasons to venture here May through November.  It´s less crowded and busy, you can get...
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Valeria Giacomelli, one of the yoga instructors at El Establo Mountain Hotel.

El Establo Mountain Hotel in Monteverde now features a Yoga Deck

One of the reasons yoga is here to stay and not a passing fad is its accessibility. It can be done by everyone, any age, any fitness level.  Loyal followers of the practice will tell you not only about the physical benefits of the practice, but helping them find inner peace as well.  Now add...
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Two fingered sloth. photo credit Wikimedia.

Sloths: Lazy cuties you can spot in Monteverde

Their name in Spanish is “Perezoso” which literally translates to lazy.  Why are sloths one of the must-see animals on most visitors’ lists?  Their furry bodies and seemingly smiling faces have made them popular on the web as well as on television. Lucky for you, El Establo Mountain Hotel in Monteverde is a place where...
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Home yoga practice, photo credit athensm3yoga.

The benefits of yoga for the entire family

Parents working, kids in school, housework and homework all blend together into a comfortable yet sometimes crazy routine. Incorporating yoga into your family life can provide an activity for you to do together, and the practice can provide benefits ranging from stress management to increased self-confidence. A trip to Costa Rica’s Pranamar Oceanfront Villas and Yoga...
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Be on the lookout for these five animals in Costa Rica

  Costa Rica has done a good job of protecting areas where flora and fauna can flourish.  Here are some animals to seek out which are fun to observe and will provide great bragging rights upon your return. Sloths These slow-moving cuties have faces that make them look like they are always smiling.  They can...
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Nancy Goodfellow yoga lunge on Santa Teresa beach, photo credit nancygoodfellow108.

Get your body surfing fit before your lessons in Costa Rica

If you are already in tip top shape, you will probably be able to tackle the physical demands of paddling out on the water, catching a wave and the balance and leg strength to stand on the board.  Why not help your body prepare for the very enjoyable, yet very physically demanding sport of surfing...
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Iconic Costa Rican women blazing trails, past, present and future

In Costa Rica, women have played important roles in literature, science, politics, sports and more.  Here are just a few of them and their stories. María Isabel Carvajal, best known as Carmen Lyra, her pseudonym, was a writer, teacher and political activist.  She became well known for her children´s stories, including “Cuentos de Tía Panchita”,...
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Sunset from El Establo Mountain hotel, photo credit elestablomonteverde.

Monteverde, the destination for travelers seeking adventure or relaxation

Are you an adventurous traveler? Do you enjoy being very active during your vacations, scheduling adrenaline rushes for every day of your stay? Monteverde is a place where you can be as relaxed or as adventurous as you like.  Zipping through the air with the wind in your face enjoying the scenery, or sitting on...
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The pool with ocean below at Parador Hotel, Manuel Antonio, Central Pacific. Photo credit hotelparadorresortspa.

Take a break from the chilly North American climate and come to Costa Rica

Snowbirds have long been flocking down to tropical Costa Rica to spend their winters, and it might be just the thing for you.  Not just because you’re tired of shoveling snow off your driveway every morning, but because the political climate has you down.  Turn off the news and book a flight to Costa Rica...
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View from El Trapiche Coffee Tour, red "cherries" in hand, photo credit brko0003.

Costa Rica’s “Golden Grain”: Coffee – Explore its history in Monteverde

Lush cloud forests and tropical biodiversity have made Monteverde, Costa Rica a must visit destination. Something else is putting it on the map these days, its coffee.  The fertile lands in the areas surrounding Monteverde, like Santa Elena and the San Luis Valley are growing the delicious bean.  You can learn about the process during...
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Dining on the beach at Pranamar Villas, photo by lucianoriotti.

Pranamar Oceanfront Villas and Yoga Retreat offers romantic meals on the beach

Santa Teresa beach on the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica is becoming a well-known foodie destination.  Luciano Riotti, the chef at Pranamar Oceanfront Villas and Yoga Retreat specializes in using fresh local ingredients to create spectacular healthy dining experiences.  Their Tiki Bar allows you to have lunch, a snack, drinks or an early dinner even...
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Complementa tu estadía en el Hotel Amapola en Jacó con actividades poco conocidas

Seguro has escuchado hablar del pueblo de Jacó, en el Pacífico costarricense. Es conocido mundialmente por sus buenas olas y los surfistas visitan sus playas a practicar este deporte. Hay muchas cosas que hacer en Jacó y sus alrededores que los locales conocen. A continuación algunas ideas de actividades que realizar para complementar su estadía...
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Santa Elena Cloud Forest, photo Wikimedia.

5 plant species to look out for in Monteverde Cloud Forest

Costa Rica is known for its biodiversity, and Monteverde is a destination to birdwatch, to see other wildlife, to have adventurous tours, or to search for plants and flowers travelers don’t get to see at home.  Whatever your expectations are, or if you have none, admiring and taking in these beautiful living organisms will add...
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Yoga and sunsets at Santa Teresa beach, photo credit @nancygoodfellowyoga.

Meditation overlooking the beach during a moonlit night at Pranamar Oceanfront Villas and Yoga Retreat

A full moon meditation overlooking the beach at Pranamar Oceanfront Villas and Yoga Retreat will bring you closer with Nature, a sense of community, and more importantly, a sense of self-awareness. The moon follows an elliptical path around the Earth, closer or farther away from us as it follows its path.  The ocean’s tides are...
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Costa Rica rated at the top of the Happiness Index, photo credit pexels.

Worldwide News Articles set sights on Costa Rica as the place to be in 2017

Still putting off a visit to Costa Rica? Or you visited years ago and checked it off your list?  Read these recent international news articles about Costa Rica, ranging in topics from effective healthcare, ethical travel and natural beauty, and let them inspire you to leave that cubicle behind and book your trip today. From...
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Spectacular sunset view of the Gulf of Nicoya from El Establo Mountain Hotel, Monteverde, Costa Rica.

Why Monteverde Costa Rica should be on your Bucket Lis

Monteverde is in the Tilaran mountain range, about a four-hour drive from the Central Valley.  The cloud forest covers about 180 square miles and it was named one of the seven wonders of Costa Rica.  These are only a few reasons why a trip up this gorgeous mountain is a must on your next visit....
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Costa Rica added to PGA World Tour for the first time in 2017.

Five Reasons why you should visit Costa Rica in 2017

Eco-friendly destination: Costa Rica managed to run on renewable energy for 76 straight days, and a total of 150 days during 2016.  The goal for 2017 is to add megawatts from wind power, as well as energy from a private solar plant, to work towards improving these numbers.  Costa Rican Christiana Figueres founded and became...
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Stretching before surf lessons, Pranamar Oceanfront Villas. Ohoto credit pranamarvillas.

A new you in the new year, 12 steps – Pranamar Villas and Yoga Retreat

  Start working on these steps by traveling to Costa Rica and enjoying what at Pranamar Oceanfront Villas and Yoga Retreat.  You can pretty much knock off all these items during one trip and reset your life into a happier, fulfilling and positive place. Connect with others. Look people in the eye, listen, smile, be...
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Quetzal at Monteverde, Costa Rica, photo courtesy of Rony Castro, naturalist guide at El Establo Mountain Hotel.

Birding at El Establo Mountain Hotel in Monteverde, Costa Rica

If you’re learning more about birding, or already an avid birdwatcher wanting to check a few more species off your list, Monteverde is the place for you. What better place to enjoy this activity than in a tropical cloud forest, where you may combine birding with nightwalks, ziplines through nature, butterfly parks, spa treatments and...
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Visit Costa Rica as your next culinary destination

What does the new Costa Rican cuisine look like? If Chef Randy Siles is any indication, its innovative, eco-friendly and socially conscious.  He took a recipe handed down from Colonial times, “Arroz con Leche” or Rice Pudding, and turned it into “Tico Crème Brulee Rice Cream”, served with different fresh tropical fruit like pineapple, passion...
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