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Carnaval Puntarenas Costa Rica

Costa Rica festivals season 2016 begins!

It’s the New Year, and that means it’s party time in Costa Rica! Kicking off with the Christmas holidays, the Costa Rica festivals season sashays into full swing in January and keeps you two-stepping to April. Costa Ricans are known for their gregarious, fun-loving style; get bit by the bug when the country celebrates its...
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Surfing Costa Rica Caribbean, image by Costa Rica Escapades

Costa Rica surfing circuit 2016 opens in Caribbean at end January

While there may not be 70-foot point break waves like in the movies, Costa Rica’s Caribbean Coast still sports some of the top surf spots in the country and will bring Costa Rica’s best surfers to the region at the end of January for the first national surf competition of the 2016 season.
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Stay In Costa Rica Dream Vacations

Only an hour and a half drive away from San José and 10 minutes before Downtown Jaco, in the exclusive 1,100-acre oceanfront resort Los Sueños in Herradura, located on Costa Rica’s Central Pacific Coast, is Stay In Costa Rica. Stay in Costa Rica is one of the most exclusive and extravagant vacation rentals in the...
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Pave the Road initiative in Costa Rica

Santa Teresa Costa Rica gets clean air with Pave the Road Costa Rica

Come January 2016, schoolchildren in the southern Nicoya Peninsula of Costa Rica will hopefully breathe easy with cleaner air. Roads in front of seven elementary schools in the region, that are now unpaved dustbowls, will be the first in Costa Rica to be made of recyclable plastic, thanks to the Pave the Road initiative. The...
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Selvatura hanging bridges in Monteverde Costa Rica

10 Top things to do in Monteverde Costa Rica

In the coolest travel destination for 2016, you can plan a cool vacation knowing these top things to do in Monteverde, Costa Rica. Monteverde is famous for its cloud forests, nature and wildlife, adrenaline-inducing zip lines and suspension bridges, and its fabulous local coffee, ice cream and cheeses. So, pack your bags and get ready...
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Conchal Beach Guanacaste Costa Rica

Guide to unforgettable Guanacaste Costa Rica beaches

The North Pacific Coast of Guanacaste, Costa Rica is known for its unforgettable beautiful beaches of white, gold, gray, black and even pink sand. Guanacaste Costa Rica beaches are preferred vacation destinations, having the sunniest climate in all of Costa Rica.
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Surf classes at Pranamar Villas

Why you should make your next vacation in 2016 a surf yoga retreat in Costa Rica

If learning to surf is on your life wish list and you enjoy yoga – or vice versa – it’s time to make your next vacation in 2016 a surfing and yoga retreat in Costa Rica. From the rush of catching your first wave to the complete blissful relaxation of yoga on the beach at...
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Rincon de la Vieja Volcano and Santa Maria crater

Do you know these fun facts about Guanacaste Costa Rica?

Guanacaste, Costa Rica is one of the most popular areas in the country and a preferred Costa Rica vacation destination. But did you know these interesting details? Fun facts about Guanacaste, Costa Rica: 1. Try to pronounce the indigenous word “quahnacaztlan” and you will find that Guanacaste is a lot easier. The province is named...
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Envision Festival Costa Rica 2016

Extend your stay for Envision Festival 2016 at Costa Rica sustainable community Portasol

Following in the footsteps of the world-famous Burning Man festival, and other transformational festivals like Lucidity, Lightning in a Bottle and Wanderlust, Envision Festival returns to Costa Rica in February 2016. Coming back to the rainforest by the sea in Uvita, Costa Rica from February 25 to 28, 2016, the four day Envision Festival once...
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Christmas Costa Rica

Have a holly, jolly Caribbean Christmas in Costa Rica

If your usual Christmas is cold and gray, and you can’t go outside without wearing at least 10 layers, wouldn’t it be nice instead to spend Christmas in the Caribbean with your toes deep in warm sand instead of wool socks? Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica is already merrily decorated for Christmas on the southern Caribbean...
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Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve in Costa Rica

Amazing travel destination: the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve in Costa Rica

It is believed that the Monteverde cloud forest in Costa Rica has the highest diversity of orchids in the world. Although no inventory has ever been made, it also is thought that approximately one-third of Costa Rica‘s flora has been recorded in the Monteverde region. This is quite significant given that Costa Rica is considered...
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Hacienda Guachipelin canopy tour in Costa Rica

Top Costa Rica canopy zip line tour at Hotel Hacienda Guachipelin

Ever since the first commercial canopy zip line tour came into being in Costa Rica in 1997, the zip line industry has soared quickly into big business with dozens of zip lines all over the country and across the world. I recently took a friend, who is a bit of an anomaly, on her first-ever...
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Juan Pablo Barahona

Blissful healthy living retreat in Santa Teresa Costa Rica

Living blissfully, inner transformation, community, celebration and healthy superfoods are the main themes of a “conscious life retreat” to be held at Hotel Tropico Latino in Santa Teresa, Costa Rica. Hosted by spiritual teachers Juan Pablo Barahona and Shivani Aum, the Bliss of Living a Conscious Life Retreat is set for Dec. 4, 5 and 6,...
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Costa Rica wildlife, coati

8 Tips to Spot Rainforest Wildlife in Costa Rica

The thrill of seeing a wild animal in its natural habitat, even if only for a moment, is unparalleled. Some animals are very nice and often stick around for a while – like monkeys. Others are so fast – wild cats, for example – that many times you’re not sure if you saw it or...
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Playa Linda, Costa Rica Central Pacific Coast

Time for winter vacations in Costa Rica

Winter has begun across most of the United States, Canada and northern Europe. As chilly winter weather freezes the north heading into Christmas, you are not alone if you have started dreaming about a sunny tropical holiday. Escape this winter to the land of summer in Costa Rica – the “happiest country in the world”....
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Smoothies at Buddha Eyes Restaurant , Pranamar Villas, Costa Rica

8 Super healthy smoothies from Pranamar Villas in Costa Rica

Healthy fruit and vegetable smoothies are awesome liquid fuel for your body. Smoothies provide important vitamins and minerals from nutritious ingredients like fresh fruit, raw vegetables, Maca Root, chia seeds, protein powder, spirulina and coconut oil. Start your morning, or have an afternoon snack, with one of these quick, delicious and healthy blended smoothie drink...
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Nature Air Costa Rica

Getting to the Costa Rica Caribbean Coast the easy way

While the drive from Costa Rica’s capital city of San Jose to the Caribbean Coast beach towns of Limon, Cahuita and Puerto Viejo is very pretty driving through Braulio Carrillo National Park, and over the Sucio, Reventazon and Pacuare rivers, there is a much easier way to get to Costa Rica’s Caribbean Coast. Fly! It...
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Rio Esquinas mangrove kayaking

Kayaking Golfo Dulce in Costa Rica

There is a magic in peacefully gliding along in a kayak, especially when it is on calm, smooth water along picturesque coastline. Kayaking in Costa Rica in the “sweet gulf” of Golfo Dulce by the Osa Peninsula – one of only four tropical fjords in the world – it is like paddling across a giant...
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Family vacation Costa Rica

Costa Rica family vacations are easy with vacation rentals

According to a top travel site, there are still travel deals to be found on flights for Thanksgiving and Christmas vacations. And with now 70 connections from destinations in North and South America and Europe, Costa Rica should be an easy choice for your family vacation. Three airlines just inaugurated new routes to Costa Rica last...
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Restaurant Gelly's Atenas Costa Rica

Guide to Restaurants in Atenas Costa Rica

Here is a sampling of some of the favorite restaurants in Atenas, Costa Rica – frequented both by native Costa Ricans and foreign residents. Although it is a small town, Atenas has a great number of restaurants to enjoy. So this is definitely not a comprehensive list, and there are many more restaurants, fast food...
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Playa Prieta Guanacaste Costa Rica

Costa Rica beach rentals Villas Estival are ideal vacation getaway

The North Pacific Coast of Guanacaste, Costa Rica is known for beautiful beaches. You can pretty much find it all here – white sand, gold sand, gray and black sand, and even pink sand. Some beaches are rocky; others wide and sandy. Some are bustling beach towns, and others are so untouched it may seem...
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Laggus Restaurant at El Establo Hotel in Monteverde Costa Rica

Enjoy two best restaurants in Monteverde Costa Rica at Hotel El Establo

One of the great aspects about visiting the famous cloud forest in Monteverde, Costa Rica, is all of the fantastic restaurants in the area. Whether it is because so many international residents from all over the world live here, or that Monteverde is a popular tourism destination in Costa Rica, the result is the same...
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Coral reef in Golfo Dulce Costa Rica

Protecting the coral reefs in Golfo Dulce Costa Rica

Coral reefs are considered one of the most diverse and complex ecosystems that exist on the planet. Perhaps one quarter of all ocean species depend on these unique marine ecosystems, teeming with life, for food and shelter. For this reason, coral reefs are often called the “rainforests of the sea”. They grow in shallow, clear...
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Hacienda Guachipelin restaurant grilled tilapia in avocado sauce

Hotel Hacienda Guachipelin rescues Costa Rica food traditions

Wouldn’t it be nice to dine in a restaurant that only served freshly-made meals made with locally-sourced ingredients, vegetables picked that same day, sauces that didn’t come from a jar or can, bread hot out of the oven, juices that only a moment ago were whole fruit, and desserts loving crafted by an on-site pastry...
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