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Georgia Atkin
Bridge over rainforest at Sensoria, photo credit guanacastetourscr.

Immerse yourself in Nature with Guanacaste Tours  

The varied topography of the province of Guanacaste holds natural wonders on its coast, such as the arrivals of turtles en masse, to active volcanoes, to islands where thousands of migratory birds arrive on their journeys north or south. These are a few options of nature immersive experiences offered by Guanacaste Tours.  Land of Senses:...
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Amapola roja, foto por #viiolet.f.

¿Por qué nos llamamos Hotel La Amapola?

Uno de los propietarios del Hotel Amapola, al darse los inicios del emprendimiento, recorría sus jardines en busca de inspiración. Los abundantes arbustos llenos de amapolas de diversos colores crecían naturalmente, y decidió llamar así al este proyecto hotelero en la zona de Jacó, Costa Rica. Amapolas comunes en Costa Rica Las amapolas que conocemos...
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Calming pool surrounded by Villas at Pranamar in Santa Teresa. Photo credit Jennifer Harter.

Pranamar Oceanfront Villas in Santa Teresa is the ideal location for a solo vacation

Traveling solo   Solo travel has its own appeal. For one, instead of focusing on your travel companion, you are more open and aware of your surroundings in your new environment. This can lead to situations and conversations you never thought you’d find yourself in. Santa Teresa What once was a small fishing village in...
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Typical neighborhood, selling handmade lanterns and tortillas for Independence Day. Photo credit @vecinosactivoscarpio.

How Ticos Celebrate Costa Rica´s Independence Day

Don´t be startled by marching bands and banging drums, Independence Day is commemorated in Costa Rica on September 15th. Read on and learn how you can join the celebration during one of the country´s most important holidays. History Before its Independence in 1821, Costa Rica was Spanish territory. Guatemala was the regional government for the...
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Variety of birds enjoying the wetlands, photo credit Rancho Humo.

Avistamiento de aves en Rancho Humo en tour tipo safari

¿Estás buscando una actividad educativa inmersa en la Naturaleza para ti y tu familia?  Imagínate a bordo de un Land Rover 4×4 modificado, con sillas altas para mejor visibilidad, observando un paisaje de bosque tropical seco con toda variedad de aves en los humedales.  El Safari Tour de Estancia Rancho Humo te espera en Nicoya....
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Class at Pranamar Villas' Yoga Shala, photo credit pranamarvillas.

All-women’s yoga retreat at Pranamar Oceanfront Villas in Santa Teresa

The setting is the lovely Santa Teresa beach on the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica, a town known for its golden sunsets, surfing, some of the best dining options in the country, and of course, yoga. Read on and find out why you need to be a part of this all-women’s retreat in February 2018...
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Parque Nacional Carara, foto por @pinacenta.

Una escapada al Parque Nacional Carara durante su estadía en el Hotel Amapola

A sólo poco más de una hora de San José y a unos 15 minutos de Jacó, el Parque Nacional Carara en el Cantón de Garabito es una zona protegida que incluye el Río Tárcoles, tiene flora y fauna muy atractiva para quienes lo recorren. Visítalo durante tu próxima estadía en el Hotel Amapola en...
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Waterfall at Rincon de la Vieja National Park, photo credit afortuna2cr.

Commemorate National Park Day in Costa Rica

Protected areas in Costa Rica include national parks, reserves and refuges, mostly government owned but also private. The main objective of this effort which began in 1970, was to protect the biodiversity of the country’s flora and fauna. August 24th is National Park Day in Costa Rica, learn more about the importance of the conservation...
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Starfruit, known as Carambola in Costa Rica. Photo credit @_gastronomics

Tropical Fruit of Costa Rica: Try it during your stay in Santa Teresa at Pranamar

Ask your hosts at Pranamar Oceanfront Villas and Yoga Retreat about these delicious tropical fruits.  These colorful and healthy varieties will be included in recipes, fruit juices and cocktails. Guanábana or Soursop This very large fruit with green skin needs to be harvested carefully due to its large size and soft flesh.  It is part...
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What does the Annexation of Nicoya mean to Costa Rica’s traditions and history?

Explore the area of Nicoya, Guanacaste, and learn about the history and traditions of this region and how they have permeated throughout the country of Costa Rica. The annexation of Guanacaste to Costa Rica from Nicaragua is celebrated in July.   A commemoration of the day in 1824 when the inhabitants of Nicoya voted in favor...
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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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Pool at Hotel Amapola, photo credit hotelamapola.

¿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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Baby leatherback, photo credit melissaleia

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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Sandra Cauffman photo credit meme17cr

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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