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Why the mountain town of Atenas, Costa Rica wins hearts

by Shannon Farley Most international visitors come to Costa Rica and head straight for the beaches, looking to find their perfect paradise on one of the country’s two coasts — Pacific or Caribbean. While Costa Rica’s beaches certainly are spectacular, I’ll take my mountain town of Atenas any day over the beach. In fact, my...
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Have a relaxing vacation in Costa Rica at Nicuesa Lodge

Do you usually need a vacation from your vacation when you get home? Maybe it’s time for a holiday where you really relax. Playa Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge in Costa Rica is just the place. Article by Shannon Farley There’s a tendency sometimes when we go on vacation to pack in so much activity that when...
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The rich coasts of Costa Rica: A surfing paradise in Santa Teresa

Indulge your love of surfing in Santa Teresa, Costa Rica with a vacation at Pranamar Oceanfront Villas and Yoga Retreat. Article by Shannon Farley Even though there wasn’t much gold to be found, Columbus was on to something when he named Costa Rica the “rich coast.” With more than 700 miles of beautiful beaches on...
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Golfo Dulce Dolphin Tour

See wild dolphins and whales on a Golfo Dulce Dolphin Tour

In southern Costa Rica, one of the best places to see wild dolphins and migrating humpback whales is the gulf of Golfo Dulce, on a Golfo Dulce Dolphin Tour with Playa Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge. Article by Shannon Farley The gulf of Golfo Dulce in southern Costa Rica is one of the best places to see...
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Favorite things to do in Santa Teresa – tidepool snorkeling

Only appearing at low tide, the huge tidepool in Santa Teresa is a favorite spot for swimming and snorkeling. Besides surfing and yoga, it is one of the favorite things to do in Santa Teresa. Article by Shannon Farley One of my favorite things to do in Santa Teresa, Costa Rica, when I visit Pranamar...
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Costa Rica ecolodge shows how to be sustainable with water on World Water Day

In honor of World Water Day on March 22, Playa Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge shares how it sustainably cares for its water resources and encourages everyone to do the same. Article by Shannon Farley Playa Nicesa Rainforest Lodge in Costa Rica is passionate about conservation and being in harmony with the natural environment. In honor of...
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Legacy Suites at Hotel Hacienda Guachipelin

Best place to stay at Rincon de la Vieja Volcano

Planning to visit Rincon de la Vieja Volcano in Costa Rica? Find out what it’s like at the best place to stay at Rincon de la Vieja Volcano – Hotel Hacienda Guachipelin. Article by Shannon Farley When making hotel reservations, most people want to know what the hotel is like before they make their final...
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Water element

How the water element is essential to your yoga practice

Learn how balancing the water element in your yoga practice teaches your body to flow and can greatly enhance your emotions, creativity, intuition, passion and pleasure. Article by Shannon Farley Without water, there wouldn’t be any you, me, my cute cat sitting next to me, or the tall green trees out my window. Water is...
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nicuesa lodge

Beyond words – the jungle lodge you must visit in Costa Rica

Beautifully and uniquely designed, cabins and guest rooms at Nicuesa Lodge will impress you beyond words. Discover the magic of staying in the jungle at Nicuesa Lodge. Article by Shannon Farley When booking a hotel, most people want to know what the rooms are like before they make their reservation. At Nicuesa Lodge, comfortable and...
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Vacations with friends in Costa Rica: Where to go, what to do

Planning a vacation with friends to Costa Rica? Find out where to go and what to do for the best time on your getaway. Article by Shannon Farley Traveling with friends gives you the occasion to share amazing adventures, lasting memories, and great stories. Costa Rica is a popular place for vacations with friends, especially...
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The perfect spot for your tropical wedding – Santa Teresa, Costa Rica

Considering a tropical wedding destination? We’ve found the perfect spot – Pranamar Oceanfront Villas in sunny Santa Teresa Beach, Costa Rica. Article by Shannon Farley Picture it. Lush green jungle with bright splashes of tropical flowers. A crimson sun dips in the fiery orange and pink sky into the violet-blue sea. Coconut palms flutter in...
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The perfect romantic holiday destination in Costa Rica

For Valentine’s Day, your honeymoon or a romantic holiday, Costa Rica offers the ultimate in romance. Combine beach and rainforest for your romantic holiday at Playa Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge. Article by Shannon Farley When you want a little “just you and me” time with your love, treat yourself to a romantic holiday in beautiful Costa...
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costa rica summer River Tubing Adventure at Hacienda Guachipelin

Beat the Costa Rica summer heat on a fun water adventure

Article by Shannon Farley It’s hot out there! Costa Rica summer is in full swing and under the sizzling sun in Guanacaste, a great way to cool off is on a water adventure at Hacienda Guachipelin. From river tubing to waterfall rappelling and swimming in refreshing waterfall pools, Hacienda Guachipelin has plenty of fun water...
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Yoga on the beach in Costa Rica t Pranamar Villas

9 Reasons why yoga on the beach is so good for you

Article by Shannon Farley From improving your well-being, boosting your energy, getting an extra workout for your muscles, and enjoying blissful peace, doing yoga on the beach is really good for you. Studies show that being by the ocean has multiple positive effects on your health and well-being. It’s not a coincidence that doctors for...
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Playa Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge, Golfo Dulce, Costa Rica

Where to go for a New Year holiday to start 2019 relaxed and refreshed

This is where you need to go when you need a New Year holiday to restart life relaxed and refreshed – Playa Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge on a remote tropical beach in southern Costa Rica. Article by Shannon Farley Wouldn’t it be nice if life could have a restart button? Like when you get overwhelmed by...
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Adventure vacation Hacienda Guachipelin

Do something different in 2019, go for an adventure vacation

Don’t waste precious vacation days doing the same old kinds of things in boring places. Make your time off in 2019 really memorable with a Costa Rica adventure vacation. Article by Shannon Farley Precious vacation days shouldn’t be wasted on ho-hum places and doing the same old kinds of things. Instead, make 2019 the year...
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Pranamar celebrates Costa Rican summer sunsets in Santa Teresa

It’s Costa Rican summer again! Pranamar Villas in Santa Teresa celebrates the season with beachfront dining and a new restaurant concept. Article by Shannon Farley Costa Rican summer has come again to the popular beach town of Santa Teresa and the best place for summer sunsets is at the beachfront Tiki Bar at Pranamar Oceanfront...
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Mountain biking tours at Hacienda Guachipelin.

Fulfill your adventure wish list on a Costa Rica adventure vacation

End 2018 on a high note with thrilling adventure tours on an adventure vacation at Hacienda Guachipelin in Costa Rica. Article by Shannon Farley Live life to its fullest and check off some of the big items on your adventure wish list before the end of 2018 with an adventure vacation at Hacienda Guachipelin in...
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Hiking at Playa Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge in Costa Rica

Finish 2018 and Start 2019 Right on a Costa Rica Multisport Vacation

You’ve done your best to be good all year. Celebrating your success in 2018, and kick off the New Year with a multisport vacation in Costa Rica. Article by Shannon Farley You’ve done your best to be good all year. Diligently counted your steps. Watched your calories. Kept up your fitness plan. Even tried to...
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Horseback riding on Santa Teresa Beach Costa Rica

Fun things to do in Santa Teresa, Costa Rica

Article by Shannon Farley Santa Teresa may be known for its beaches and surfing, but there are plenty of other things to do that will fill your vacation with fun. On your next visit to this renowned Costa Rica beach destination, check out these tours and activities in Santa Teresa. Horseback riding See the other...
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Santa Teresa Beach

5 Reasons to Love Santa Teresa, Costa Rica

Beautiful and remote, yet cosmopolitan and refined, the tropical beach town of Santa Teresa, Costa Rica is unforgettable. Article by Shannon Farley Santa Teresa is one of those places you never forget. Maybe it’s the stunning natural beauty. Or, perhaps, it’s the feeling of being at the end of the road and off the map....
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Sloths in costa rica

15 Fun Facts about Sloths in the Rainforest

Celebrate sloths in the rainforest on October 20, International Sloth Day! See sloths in Costa Rica at Playa Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge on the gulf of Golfo Dulce. Article by Shannon Farley Tropical rainforest sloths in Costa Rica have become famous, thanks to publicity by Animal Planet and the Costa Rica Tourism Board. They are one...
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Costa Rica zip line tours at Hotel Hacienda Guachipelin in Guanacaste

Add adventure to your life on Costa Rica zip line tours!

Costa Rica zip line tours are the all-time favorite adventure vacation in Costa Rica. Try it out at Hotel Hacienda Guachipelin by the Rincon de la Vieja Volcano. Article by Shannon Farley Standing on the wooden platform on the edge of the wide canyon, I can’t even see where the thick, steel cable ends. It...
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Rainy season beach vacations are the best

Article by Shannon Farley A rainy day at the beach is always better than a sunny day at the office. Why? Because you’re at the beach! Which means you’re on vacation and NOT working. Rainy season can be the best time of the year to take a beach vacation. It’s especially good if that beach...
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