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Christmas traditions in Costa Rica

Have you heard the one about the visiting tourist enjoying Costa Rican tamales? He says, “They’re really delicious, but the lettuce is little tough!” (Costa Rican tamales are wrapped in green banana tree leaves.) Ho, ho, ho! Tamales are one of the most time-honored Christmas traditions in Costa Rica. Like the rest of Latin America,...
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Holiday blessings and the meaning of Christmas

I drove through the city of San Jose last weekend. Everywhere the streets were clogged with traffic and shoppers, rushing around to cash in on Christmas deals and sales. Besides making a mental note to avoid the traffic until after Christmas, the scene made me adamantly think how much I do not want that chaos...
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Costa Rica butterflies

Costa Rican butterflies share evolution strategies to survive

In the case of butterflies, it pays to look like your neighbor. New information about long-winged butterflies in Costa Rica is showing how the importance of “mimicry” and the butterflies’ natural promiscuity has led to interbreeding and the creation of new species that look very much alike, according to a study led by University of...
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Red-eyed tree frog at Portasol

Costa Rica newcomers jump into wildlife preservation at Portasol eco-community

From the concrete jungle of Johannesburg, South Africa, to the wilds of the Costa Rican rainforest is quite a change. Two months ago, South African couple Gary Kritzinger and Shayne Mrazek left behind electric fences and heavy security, hour-long 6 km commutes, and a metropolitan beehive of 12 million people, for a different kind of...
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Yoga in nature at Portasol, Costa Rica

Yoga retreats in Costa Rica create harmony in the rainforest

Yoga and meditation are all about breathing deeply, relaxing, and reconnecting with your inner nature. What better setting for this practice than the pure oxygen-rich rainforest of Costa Rica. Be in harmony with nature around you at a yoga and meditation retreat at Portasol Rainforest & Oceanview Living. The sustainable community on Costa Rica’s Central...
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Pineapples and rainforest in Costa Rica, image by Deutsche Welle

Can agriculture co-exist with rainforest in Costa Rica's Caribbean lowlands?

Evidence shows that Costa Rica’s 17-year-old deforestation ban on cutting “mature” forests may actually be working, according to a study published recently in the journal Environmental Research Letters. In Costa Rica’s northern Caribbean lowlands, in an area where pineapple production tripled over the past decade, a study led by Matthew Fagan of Columbia University found...
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Meeting and conference venue in San Jose Costa Rica, image by CR Convention Bureau

Costa Rica is leading destination for incentive travel

I met a woman and her husband in the airport recently, while we were waiting to board our flight out of Costa Rica. They were tanned and relaxed, and had been enjoying the country’s beaches and rainforest … all for free! They had won a work contest to sell the most furniture for their company...
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Costa Rica grows as medical tourism destination

As healthcare costs skyrocket in top nations around the globe, many people are going on sick leave and vacation at the same time. The world medical tourism industry has become a $10.5 billion business based on the availability of high-quality medical services at reasonable rates in many developing countries. Patients are traveling abroad not only...
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Medicinal fruits of Costa Rica

10 top medicinal foods and herbs of Costa Rica

What if keeping a doctor’s visit at bay is solved simply by what we eat? Even more, what if herbs grown right in our backyard and foods we can pick up at any corner store can heal what ails us, including the pesky common cold? Humans have relied on foods and herbs for medicine for...
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Access for wheelchairs sign

Accessible tourism is growing in Costa Rica

Costa Rica – home of ecotourism and thrilling adventure tours – is not usually the first vacation destination people think of for travelers with disabilities. However, the country’s tourism industry is working to change that image and make Costa Rica’s famous attractions more accessible. So far, reports are positive from tourists who have enjoyed accessible...
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World weather patterns tweaked by air pollution

New research from the United Kingdom’s National Weather Service, the Met Office investigates why there has been no increase in global average rainfall over land during the last century despite a 0.8°C rise in average temperatures on the planet. As they explain, the hydrological cycle is a key component of the Earth’s climate system. Changes...
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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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Combine your wedding, honeymoon & vacation in tropical Costa Rica

Costa Rica is Top Wedding and Honeymoon Destination

Get married in a church or a hotel ballroom … or on a tropical beach at sunset, or in the rainforest, or by a mighty volcano? Adventure and romance await you at a Costa Rica destination wedding. Why not combine your wedding, your honeymoon, and a vacation all in one trip? More and more, couples...
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Spend your holidays in your own personal paradise

Think about the best holiday destination. Have you considered Costa Rica? Have you ever wondered why it is one of the most popular choices by travelers? Looking at vacation reviews is a pretty good place to start for choosing a holiday destination. That is the way most travelers have found first-hand information about this place....
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Health Tourism in Costa Rica

Costa Rica has a long-standing tradition of attracting holidaymakers around the world. Most of them have a craving for green, relaxing and adventure. However, people have recently discovered the undeniable fact that it has also become much more than an ecotourism destination. This country is nowadays a location where you can find proficient consultants than...
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Costa Rica

What to know to travel to Costa Rica?

Costa Rica. You’ve probably heard of it. The tiny Central American country is big in tourism news. You may even know someone who’s been there. When you hear the name, you probably think of beautiful tropical beaches, rainforest, surfing, volcanoes, hot and steamy jungle. But what’s important to know so you can plan a visit?...
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Nosara Beach, my Family Vacation

Nosara Beach is a beautiful beach destination sitting on the north pacific coast of Costa Rica, enclosed by sea on one side and tropical forest on the other. Nosara, a beach Village of Guanacaste Province is actually a base camp for experienced surfers, a hidden place for honeymooners and there are many adventure tours for...
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Let 5 Enchanting Hotels be your honeymoon unwind after the wedding rush!

Honeymoons in Costa Rica: Santa Teresa Beach

How can we describe a honeymoon? There are some many words and ways to describe it, some people say is the most romantic experience of their lives, some others say is a holiday taken by the ¨just married¨ couples; the perfect chance to escape from everything and take a vacation. At the end of the...
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