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Follow your bliss to Playa Santa Teresa, Costa Rica

Happiness, bliss & the beauty of life on Santa Teresa Beach

Are you happy? That seems to be the question being asked in recent times, from boardrooms to bars, international conference centers to offices of government leaders, business schools to book stores. Are we happy? Following our bliss? Living our passion? Are we “me-focused” or “others-focused”? The tiny Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan even measures its country’s...
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White-tailed deer at Curu Wildlife Refuge in Costa Rica

Curu Wildlife Refuge is main Nicoya Peninsula nature attraction

When I used to guide nature tours in Costa Rica, people would always ask me, “Are we going to see monkeys (or a sloth, toucan, etc.)?” I would always respond, “Well, it’s possible, but not guaranteed; it’s not like we put the animals out in their positions in the morning!” When we talk about the...
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Educational programs focus on Costa Rica biodiversity

Summer school breaks are coming up for North America and Europe, and with that the opportunity for student groups to enjoy educational trips. The Neotropical rainforest of Costa Rica in Central America, part of one of the most important reserves of biodiversity on Earth, is fertile ground for study disciplines such as Ecology, Biology, Environmental...
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Jungle LIving at Portasol - Casa Mono Loco vacation rental, Costa Rica

Jungle living – Portasol, Costa Rica

Melodious bubbling of the river below combines with the metallic “clink” of Common Tink Frogs and the hum of crickets to lull me to sleep. My soft, cushy bed in my modern, comfortable bungalow is just steps from the wild Costa Rican rainforest. I make out the dark outline of large vine-covered trees out the...
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Tropical architecture at Hotel Tropico Latino in Costa Rica

Tropical Architecture in Costa Rica

Besides amazing looks, tropical architecture is all about working with the elements of nature to achieve thermal comfort in hot and humid climates. Tropical architecture, whether traditional, ultramodern or high-tech, uses passive design elements like sunshades, cavity walls, light shelves, overhangs, roof and wall insulation, and shading from large trees to block the intense tropical...
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Portasol Rainforest Community near Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica

Portasol unites paradise, social responsibility in Costa Rica

Paradise and social responsibility – in recent years, Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) has become a buzzword in mainstream tourism all over the world. Travelers are seeking destinations that uphold sustainable environmental and community values, and hotels, resorts, tour companies and the like are doing their best to create programs and keep up with societies’ demands....
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Painting of Chorotega Indian community near Nicaragua-Costa Rica border

Uncover the Rich Indigenous History of Costa Rica

Visitors to Costa Rica’s northwest Guanacaste region probably don’t realize the area was once a thriving community for the indigenous Chorotega tribe. Indigenous history and traditions maintain a low profile in the Central American country, yet if you look closely they are all around you. Spreading across Costa Rica’s entire northern Pacific zone, Guanacaste, for...
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Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica is a water adventure playground

10 Water Adventures to do in Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica

Dazzling white sandy beaches backed by tropical rainforest, shimmering tropical-warm blue-green water, fresh ocean breezes, and a diverse array of wildlife – Manuel Antonio is one of Costa Rica’s most popular beach destinations. Conveniently located on Costa Rica’s Central Pacific Coast, here you can experience nearly all of the country’s enchanting attractions in one place....
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Tirimbina nature reserve in Sarapiqui, Costa Rica

Adventure and Nature Combine the Best of Sarapiqui, Costa Rica

Sarapiquí is one of my favorite places in Costa Rica. Rust red-orange earth meets up with jade green water of the Sarapiqui River, next to fluorescent green grass and darker emerald-green, thick rainforest. Jewel-toned birds and butterflies swoop here and there, and this time of year, the cicadas bring a tumultuous cacophony to the sunshine....
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Costa Rica is your perfect warm winter sun holiday

In Search of Warm: Costa Rica's Sun Gives Winter Relief

Headlines this week reported most of North America, Europe and even China locked in winter’s icy grip. A mix of sleet and snow, accompanied by lightning, made travel a mess in the Dallas/Ft. Worth metro area. A swath of snowfall from portions of Mississippi and northern Alabama/Georgia spreads through the Central Appalachians. Trees snap in...
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Playa Santa Teresa in Costa Rica is a surfer's paradise

Santa Teresa Rises to Trendy Costa Rica Beach Destination

Once, Santa Teresa was a small fishing village, home to a handful of families who lived off the sea, along with small-scale agriculture and cattle ranching. Like many of Costa Rica’s top beach destinations along the Nicoya Peninsula, Santa Teresa’s isolation from poor or non-existing roads kept this tropical paradise off the beaten track for...
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Hot Springs at Costa Rica's Arenal Kioro Hotel

Steamy Hot Springs Put a Spark in Your Costa Rica Vacation

When traveling around Costa Rica, there’s nothing better after a big day of hiking, rafting, zip lining or other adventuring, than slipping gently into steamy thermal springs so hot they make you tingle all over. Decadent, sultry, igneous water laps your tired muscles into spaghetti-like relaxation. Finer still to have a frosty tropical fruit drink...
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Beautiful beachfront property in Costa Rica can be yours!

Paradise Calling – Real Estate Market Heats Up in Costa Rica

More than 700 miles of beach on Pacific and Caribbean coasts, warm water, tropical climate, lush rainforest and cloud forest, jungle wildlife, stable country, and friendly people – Costa Rica entices millions to visit every year. If you live anywhere in the Americas, and most likely even in Europe, then you have heard the buzz...
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Tortuguero's Waters Give Refuge to Endangered Sea Turtles and Manatees

They live in the sea, are on the World Wildlife Fund’s “Endangered Species List”, and frequent the waters around Costa Rica’s Caribbean coast Tortuguero National Park. Their lives, though on similar paths, are a bit conflicted. I’m talking about sea turtles and manatees. One draws crowds of up to 50,000 tourists each year; the other...
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The good life at Los Suenos Resort in Costa Rica

The Good Life in Costa Rica

Dreamy, breezy, sun soaked days. Should I lie in the sun on my terracotta tiled terrace, or splash about in my private pool? Or maybe I’ll go for a swim in the sea in an azure blue cove edging a blindingly white sand beach. Later, I’ll take a siesta on my cushy white sofa, terrace...
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Tortuguero in Costa Rica is a world-famous nesting site for sea turtles

It's Wild and Steamy in Costa Rica's Tortuguero National Park

Tortuguero is like the imaginary jungle coast in Maurice Sendak’s “Where the Wild Things Are.” It is a wild place. You can just imagine what was going through Christopher Columbus’ mind when he anchored off the palm-fringed beach in 1502 … “I have come to the end of the earth,” he must have mused. The...
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Healthy, long life thriving on Costa Rica's Nicoya Peninsula

I want to be part of a Blue Zone. What is a “Blue Zone,” you ask? It is a place where people live happily and healthily for a very long time. The term was popularized by author-educator-explorer Dan Buettner in his 2008 book, “The Blue Zones: Lessons for Living Longer from People Who’ve Lived the...
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Boat Trip To Santa Teresa Beach, Costa Rica.

Santa Teresa Beach is located on the southwestern tip of Nicoya Peninsula and it has been gaining many awards and recognition lately, being named one of the top ten most beautiful beaches in the world. Even though is not easy or fast to get to this beach destination, once you get there, you won´t want...
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Spectacular Santa Teresa Beach in Costa Rica

Santa Teresa Beach wins #1 award

Costa Rica wins top tourism honors again! Costa Rica nabbed 12 out of 25 spots for “Top 25 Destinations in Central America” in the 2012 Trip Advisor Traveler’s Choice Awards. The internationally renowned travel web site gave Costa Rican establishments 11 awards for “Top 25 Hotels in Central America.” And coming in at Number One...
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Enjoy your honeymoon in Costa Rica!

Costa Rica is a top honeymoon destination

The best part about all of the effort to make your wedding day the most memorable occasion is what comes next … the honeymoon, of course! There’s no better way to finish celebrating a lifetime commitment than with a trip of a lifetime. Wishing for sand and surf, sunny days, palm trees, lounging in hammocks,...
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Guanacaste beaches of Costa Rica

Guanacaste Gold Coast is paradise!

Fly into the airport and be at a dazzling tropical paradise beach in less than 1 hour! Where? The Guanacaste beaches of Costa Rica! The Daniel Oduber International Airport in Liberia receives flights from all over the world, and is perfectly positioned for visiting the northern Pacific beaches of Costa Rica’s Guanacaste province. The Northern...
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Cabo Blanco at the tip of the Nicoya Peninsula

Cabo Blanco – hidden gem of national parks

Exploring the little-known gems of Costa Rica’s national parks and reserves leads me to the very tip of Costa Rica’s Nicoya Peninsula, to Cabo Blanco. Officially named the Cabo Blanco Absolute Natural Reserve, this small park is spectacularly picturesque with tropical forest, pure white-sand beaches, warm aquamarine sea, waterfalls and rivers and hundreds of natural...
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Say "I Do" in Costa Rica

A crimson sun slowly dips into the violet-blue sea. Streamers of pink and orange streak across the wide, deepening blue sky. Coconut palms bow lightly in the breeze. You and your beloved are there on the soft sand promising your love and commitment, exchanging rings and kisses. Sound like your dream wedding? It easily can...
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Monteverde, Costa Rica

Explore the jewel of cloud forests at Monteverde

Located in Costa Rica’s Central Highlands in the Tilaran Mountain Range, the lofty, cloud-wreathed mountaintop of Monteverde is one of Costa Rica’s main tourism destinations. Cloud forest comprises only 1% of the planet’s global woodlands. Monteverde’s rare ecosystem is internationally famous as one of the most extensive cloud forests in Central America and a “jewel...
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