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Costa Rica Central Pacific Coast

5 Places for a Costa Rica winter getaway

Costa Rica’s summer season is beginning, just in time to beat the winter blues with affordable winter vacation destinations. Find your winter sun in Costa Rica, an easy and fun tropical getaway. Miles of beaches on both the Pacific and Caribbean coasts make for great beach vacations. Rainforests, cloud forests and active volcanoes provide exciting...
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Visit the sunny side of Costa Rica in Guanacaste.

Guanacaste is known as the “sunny side” of Costa Rica. The northwestern province is named after Costa Rica’s national tree, the Guanacaste. The nearly-always sunny climate is dry and hot, which creates its unique dry tropical forest habitat. Vast rolling plains, foothills, low coastal mountains and the towering Cordillera de Guanacaste mountain range create an...
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Arenal Volcano: Top Costa Rica incentive travel destination

Whether you are planning your annual employee or shareholder meeting, want to motivate your sales forces, or reward your staff or clients for a great year, Costa Rica is a travel destination that offers limitless possibilities. With many regular and direct flights, Costa Rica is easy to get to from Canada and the United States....
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Discover the magic of Costa Rica’s South Caribbean Coast

Costa Rica’s south Caribbean Coast is a magical place. South of Limon, the southern Caribbean beach towns of Cahuita, Puerto Viejo and Manzanillo are ideal destinations for a Costa Rica vacation. Puerto Viejo Costa Rica is the most developed area with a thriving multicultural community, international restaurants, and a diverse array of hotels. Not as...
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Hotel Punta Islita ocean-view suite, Nicoya Peninsula, Costa Rica

Hotel Punta Islita wins four top travel awards in 2013

Hotel Punta Islita on the Nicoya Peninsula, one of Costa Rica‘s most awarded hotels, recently gained yet another feather in its cap by being inducted into the travel world’s prestigious “Autograph Collection” by Marriott International. The Costa Rica boutique hotel is the 50th luxury hotel in the world, and the first in Central America, to...
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L'acqua Viva Resort and Spa pool, at Nosara, Costa Rica

L'acqua Viva Resort in Costa Rica sets off exotic Bali style

Thatched-roof pavilions in jungle gardens, hidden courtyards reflecting pools and temple carvings, covered open-air walkways, wide verandas and smooth wooden decks, living spaces that invite the landscape inside … these are all elements of the world-wide architectural phenomenon known as “Bali Style.” The mere mention of Bali evokes thoughts of tropical paradise. Bali is more...
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Tortuguero, Costa Rica: Where the wild things are

The Tortuguero coast in Costa Rica is a 22-mile-long, desolate, volcanic black sand beach littered with driftwood and tree logs tossed up on shore from the untamed ocean. It is a wild place – like the imaginary jungle coast in Maurice Sendak’s “Where the Wild Things Are.” There is nothing but beach and low, swampy...
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Flor Blanca Resort at Santa Teresa Beach, Costa Rica

Costa Rica beach vacation dreaming

I think Jimmy Buffet said it best: “With these changes in latitudes, changes in attitudes, nothing remains quite the same.” There is a definite change in attitude traveling to Costa Rica on vacation. A slow in the pace, relax of the heartbeat, and a desire to kick back and soak in the sun on a...
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Zuma Tours boat taxi from Jaco to Montezuma on the Nicoya Peninsula

Boat taxi is fast alternative to get to Nicoya Peninsula in Costa Rica

Although it is one of Costa Rica’s most spectacular destinations – for its gold and white sand beaches, world-class surfing, warm blue Pacific Ocean, and lush rainforest – the southern Nicoya Peninsula stays off the beaten tourist path. The reason is the region’s remote location. Going by ferry is the traditional way to get to...
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The Capital of Adventure in Costa Rica

Jungle, mountains, rivers, waterfalls, canyons and gravel roads come together in Turrialba, making this region Central America’s adventure-sport capital. Turrialba is the perfect destination for those who wish to enjoy adventure amid lush nature, so it’s no coincidence that Turrialba is the cradle adventure tourism in Costa Rica. You will find a wide range of...
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Si Como No hotel at Manuel Antonio

Best Costa Rica vacation plan for first-time visitors

What are the best places to visit in Costa Rica? What are the best things to do in Costa Rica? I get these questions a lot. Having lived in Costa Rica for 12 years, working in the tourism industry, I field questions from extended family, friends, friends of friends, and even complete strangers if I...
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Lapa Rios eco lodge in the Costa Rica rainforest

5 Reasons to visit Costa Rica now in off-season, and where to go

I love traveling in off-season. High season travelers and summer vacationers are gone. Back to school and back to work, which means better travel opportunities for me and you. Off-season is when crowds disappear and prices drop, as hotels, tour operators and airlines look to attract travelers with deep discounts. Granted, it’s not the low...
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Geothermal energy in Costa Rica, photo by the Tico Times

Geothermal power: Costa Rica’s next clean energy solution?

Long, fat, round pipes in dark brown and off-white snake along the rust red ground through the underbrush.  They remind me of giant worms from some prehistoric setting … though not quite like that terrible 1990 movie Tremors. The pipes belong to the Pailas Geothermal Power Plant at the Rincón de la Vieja Volcano in...
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Night kayaking tour thrills senses in Costa Rica

You definitely have to be up for an adventure to go kayaking in the ocean at night. At first, the experience can be a little unnerving. The slightest splash makes you jump. What was that? Shark? Fish? Whale? It was probably your own kayak paddle hitting the water, but the fact that you can’t see...
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Costa Rica is top family travel destination

Top 9 family vacation spots in Costa Rica

The entire country arguably could be considered one big outdoor classroom – filled to the brim with amazing nature and exciting adventure. For this reason, Costa Rica has become one of the top family vacation destinations in the world. All in one small country you can find warm tropical weather, beautiful beaches along two oceans...
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Chocolate is food of the gods in Costa Rica

Chocolate: Food of the gods in Costa Rica

Creamy, gooey, mouth-melting, milk, white, dark, bitter, sweet … chocolate melts our hearts not just our taste buds. As the story goes, chocolate was once considered gold. Prized by the Aztecs and Mayans, and formerly reserved only for royalty in Europe, chocolate has held an irresistible allure for cultures worldwide over the past 4,000 years....
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Rincon de la Vieja - Santa Maria volcanoes in Guanacaste, Costa Rica

Exciting volcanic action happening at Rincon de la Vieja

With Costa Rica’s most famous active volcano – Arenal – behaving quietly for the past three years, tourists to this Central American hotspot are looking elsewhere for exciting fireworks. There are actually six active volcanoes in Costa Rica, and another 61 that are dormant or extinct. For the past 50 years, Arenal was the country’s...
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Mesoamerican Biological Corridor migration path

Mesoamerican Biological Corridor successful in Costa Rica

Central America forms a bridge literally between North and South America, which throughout its three million year history has served as a natural biological passageway between the two continents. In the last century, however, much of that corridor has been destroyed by farming and urbanization. Biologists have determined that biological corridors are one of the...
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Scarlet Macaw pair in Costa Rica

Carara National Park is tropical bird watching paradise

One of the most brilliantly beautiful tropical birds is definitely the Scarlet Macaw (Ara macao). Its loud, raucous squawks carry for miles, so usually you hear them before you see them. When you do sight a Scarlet Macaw in the wild, they are breathtaking – fire engine red bodies with sunshine yellow and royal blue...
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Lungless La Loma Salamander, photo courtesy of InBio Costa Rica

Extraordinary wildlife abounds at Veragua Rainforest

What if I told you there was an animal without lungs that lives on land and can grow back any limb of its body? Crazy, you say? Well, in the Costa Rican Caribbean rainforest, there is a species of salamander that can. Salamanders are amphibians that are typically characterized by a lizard-like appearance, with slender...
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The Spa Village at Xandari Resort & Spa in Costa Rica

Take a destination spa vacation to restore your life balance

Your email inbox has 50 new messages. Your boss needs that top-priority presentation on her desk by midday. Your phone won’t stop ringing. Your smart phone is buzzing with more email and text alerts. Your work team has called an impromptu crisis meeting requiring your immediate attention. Your key assistant is out sick and your...
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Things to do in Nicoya

7 Top Things to Do & See at the Nicoya Gulf

Costa Rica’s southern Nicoya Peninsula is full of natural beauty and rich in biodiversity. Jagged and mountainous from its volcanic origins, with pockets of shimmering beaches, the landscape is a diverse transition zone between tropical dry forest and wet tropical forest. The Gulf of Nicoya’s placid waters stretch between the Peninsula and mainland. The tops...
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Los Suenos Resort luxury condos ocean view, Costa Rica

Costa Rica vacation rentals in paradise

Visiting Los Sueños Resort on Costa Rica’s spectacular Central Pacific Coast is an enchanting visit to a paradise that is worlds away from the fast-paced daily grind. As I sat on the balcony terrace of my luxury vacation condo, gazing out at the emerald green championship golf course, and further still to the azure waters...
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NASA image of Nicoya Peninsula, Costa Rica, Central America

Nicoya peninsula sits on critical geologic position

About 50 million years or so ago, Costa Rica was a series of underwater volcanoes. Over thousands and thousands of years, layers built up until eventually they surfaced and continued to grow, just as the Hawaiian Islands do today. The Cocos Plate shoving its way underneath the Caribbean Plate also helped things along, pushing Central...
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