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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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Helpful Tips for Mountain Biking in Guanacaste, Costa Rica

Whether you want an extreme 100-mile race or an easy singletrack trail, mountain biking in Guanacaste is some of the best in Costa Rica, especially by Rincon de la Vieja Volcano. Costa Rica is known around the world for superb mountain biking. Earlier this month, hundreds of international riders competed in the 24th annual La...
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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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It’s an Adventure Getting to Playa Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge in Costa Rica!

Half the adventure of visiting Playa Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge is getting to the award-winning Costa Rica ecolodge near the Osa Peninsula. Flying down the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica toward the Osa Peninsula and southern region is incredible. Morning hours give us clear visibility as we leave San Jose and the Central Valley, rising above...
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Hiking at Playa Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge in Costa Rica

Could you survive in the jungle if you were lost?

One moment you’re walking along a rainforest trail enjoying the incredible sounds and sights, when suddenly you spot monkeys hopping from tree to tree. You definitely want to get pictures of that, so you go off the trail following the monkeys. Before long, you’ve been so busy looking up and chasing the monkeys that now...
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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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Find the Secret to Long Life in Guanacaste, Costa Rica

Want to know the secret to long life? Discover with us why people in Guanacaste, Costa Rica often live to well over 100 years. Everyone wants to know the secret to long life. Could it be that in Guanacaste, Costa Rica, they’ve discovered the fountain of youth? Known to be one of the world’s Blue...
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Costa Rican people and visitors enjoying the Paseo Gastronomico La Luz, photo credit quepoaa.

Experience Costa Rica like a local with vivacious culture, city life & gastronomy to enjoy!

From local crafts to classical concerts, urban art to creative gastronomy, Costa Rica has much more to offer than ecotourism.  The last few years have seen a boost in the cultural activities available for locals and visitors, mainly in downtown San José.  This was sparked by a couple of initiatives, the first from the Costa...
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10 Essentials you need for a fashionable beach vacation in Costa Rica

The end of summer doesn’t mean an end to beach vacations, if you think tropical. Head south this time of year for great deals on a beach vacation in Costa Rica. It’s nearing the end of summer. But that doesn’t mean it’s the end for beach vacations. When temperatures start to nosedive at home, think...
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Culinary options in Monteverde

Culinary options in Monteverde What food are you craving? Would you like to be adventuresome and try Fusion Cuisine, or you’d like some comfort food like pasta or pizza?  The Monteverde-Santa Elena area has a surprising variety of restaurants for visitors to enjoy.  If you’d like some reasonably priced local fare, you can try a...
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Famous Banyan Tree, photo credit Nancy Goodfellow, Pranamar Villas

Visit the famous Banyan Tree during your stay at Pranamar Villas

There is a very impressive giant Banyan tree, also known as Higueron, that lives in the town of Cabuya, Puntarenas, on the Pacific Coast.  If you’d like an impressive and beautiful photograph, stop there on your way to local beaches.  But is there more to this tree than a pretty social media post?   The...
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How to get to Bocas del Toro islands in Panama

Ready to treat yourself to a Caribbean island vacation? The place to go without the crowds is the Bocas del Toro archipelago of Panama in the southern Caribbean. Called the “Living Islands”, Bocas del Toro has over 95% of the coral species found in the Caribbean Sea. This is thanks to the fact that Bocas del...
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Day trip adventure to visit Montezuma waterfalls

Day trip adventure to visit Montezuma waterfalls during your stay at Pranamar Villas Montezuma town, a short drive from Pranamar Villas, offers visitors the opportunity to hike up a river ending in beautiful waterfalls and to bathe in fresh water while enjoying the surrounding forest.  Another option is El Chorro, an impressive jet of water...
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Essential insider’s tips for Costa Rica vacation planning

Costa Rica is one of the hottest holiday destinations of 2016. Especially since it was named one of the safest places to visit around the world in 2016. Planning a vacation to Costa Rica, however, can be overwhelming given the seemingly endless choices of what to do, and where to go and stay. A simple...
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Chef Randy Siles at Hotel Tropico Latino in Santa Teresa Costa Rica

World eye on Costa Rican food for new culinary travel destination

Whenever I travel back to the States on vacation, people always ask me, “What is Costa Rican food like?” Usually I quip: “Rice and beans” for a quick answer. Rice and beans certainly is a staple of Costa Rican cuisine – what tourist can forget the customary breakfast of gallo pinto (rice and beans) served...
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Jungle survival

Could you survive in the jungle if you were lost?

One moment you’re walking along a rainforest trail enjoying the incredible sounds and sights, when suddenly you spot monkeys hopping from tree to tree. You definitely want to get pictures of that, so you go off the trail following the monkeys. Before long, you’ve been so busy looking up and chasing the monkeys that now...
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Playa Nicuesa in Costa Rica

Who was Spanish explorer Diego de Nicuesa?

Playa Nicuesa is an unusual name for a beach. The picturesque little cove in the Pacific gulf of Golfo Dulce in southern Costa Rica takes its name auspiciously from the Spanish conquistador and explorer, Diego de Nicuesa (1464 – 1511). His name further lives on in Playa Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge, a beautiful ecotourism and nature...
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Costa Rica vacation packing essentials

Costa Rica is a top 2016 vacation destination for warm tropical sunshine and seas, beautiful beaches, rainforest adventures, and affordable travel. It is one of the safest countries in Latin America and easy to get around since English is widely spoken. For easy, affordable accommodations, stay in Costa Rica vacation rentals. In Guanacaste, Costa Rica...
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Tips for travelling to Costa Rica

Have you ever been to a Spanish speaking country? How about learning a few key phrases before you arrive? Costa Ricans are very friendly and helpful and will try to assist in any way they can, but knowing some of the native language will go a long way towards empathy and communication. Where to eat...
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Stay in tropical paradise at Playa Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge in Costa Rica

When booking a place to stay on vacation, most people want to know what the accommodations are like. Besides the fact that it affects the price, knowing what kind of rooms are available helps you plan and choose your experience. Playa Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge in Costa Rica is a sustainable tourism lodge tucked into the...
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How to give back while traveling to Santa Teresa Costa Rica

Many vacationers want to give back while traveling to the communities they visit. In Santa Teresa, Costa Rica, two top hotels share a heartfelt initiative that makes it easy for their guests to feel good about supporting the community there. Hotel Tropico Latino and Florblanca Hotel implement the “$5 Check Out Program” that allows their...
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Lifeguards & ocean safety in Santa Teresa Costa Rica

Summertime in the popular beach town of Santa Teresa, Costa Rica means it’s time to hang out on the beach soaking in the sun and playing in the beautiful blue Pacific Ocean. It’s a great time to have fun with family and friends on a Costa Rica beach vacation. On the southern Nicoya Peninsula, Santa...
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