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Georgia Atkin
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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Pool at Hotel Amapola, photo credit hotelamapola.

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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Yoga class by Nancy Goodfellow at Pranamar Villas in Santa Teresa, Costa Rica

Combine perfect vacation with a Yoga Certification, what could be better?

Whether you want to dedicate yourself to teaching yoga, or you´d like to elevate your knowledge of the practice, this Yoga Teacher Training is for you. Nancy Goodfellow, owner of Pranamar Oceanfront Villas and Yoga Retreat, has teamed up with Esteban Salazar, owner of Krama Studio in San José, to teach this exciting instructor training...
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These are the Places to visit in Costa Rica for a first-timer

Your friends and family have been raving about their holidays in Costa Rica.  You’ve finally decided to make the trip, and you have a limited time to explore the country.  Where should you go?  These tips will make your first foray to this tiny but amazing country a very satisfying one, and more importantly, they...
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Hammock time at Pranamar Oceanfront Villas and Yoga Retreat, photo credit pranamarvillas.

Are Yoga Retreats for you? Some common misconceptions clarified!

  Do you have friends who rave about how good a yoga retreat it has made them feel, not just physically but spiritually? What is keeping you from joining in? A yoga retreat at Pranamar Oceanfront Villas in the Pacific beach of Santa Teresa, Costa Rica, might be just want you need to kick start...
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One of the lines through the cloud forest at Tree Top Canopy at El Establo Mountain Hotel

Experience the Tree Top Canopy Tour at El Establo Mountain Hotel

You are flying through the cloud forest, with your arms outstretched, feeling the brisk air on your face, a bird’s eye view to the lush forest below.  You’re not dreaming, you’re doing the Superman cable, the last one of 16 zip lines at the Tree Top Canopy Tour inside El Establo Mountain Hotel.  During a...
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Why stopping in Monteverde is a must in Costa Rica

Why stopping in Monteverde is a must in Costa Rica Whether you like to have all of your vacation days planned out in advance, or you like to go with the flow and see where the wind takes you, definitely add Monteverde to your list of places to visit. Why, do you ask? Here are...
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Yoga and sunsets at Santa Teresa beach, photo credit @nancygoodfellowyoga.

Top Ten Must Dos in Santa Teresa while staying at Pranamar Villas and Yoga Retreat

Be as adrenaline filled or as laid back as you like while visiting Santa Teresa beach community on the Costa Rican Pacific Coast.  Here is our list of top ten must dos during your stay at Pranamar Villas and Yoga Retreat.    Yoga The area is known for its yoga retreats, and certified and experienced...
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Martin the Kinkajou, photo credit Rony Castro, naturalist guide.

Nightwalk Tour at El Establo Mountain Hotel must not be missed

Walk through the forest at nighttime, lovely brisk air, moonlight guiding our way, listening to the sounds of nature, encountering insects, amphibians and mammals and realizing, this is the cloud forest that never sleeps! During a very recent visit to El Establo Mountain Hotel, I was reminded of all the activities available to guests while...
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