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Olive Ridley turtles arrive in Ostional Costa Rica

The turtle beaches of Nosara and Ostional, Costa Rica

There are plenty of beaches covered with shells in Costa Rica. The beaches near Nosara Costa Rica, however, are spread with a different kind of shell – that of nesting sea turtles. This time of year, from July to December, hundreds of thousands of Olive Ridley sea turtles swim to these remote beaches of the...
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Arenal Volcano, Costa Rica

Costa Rica Northern Plains and Arenal Volcano are hot spots to visit

Two must-see destinations on your Costa Rica vacation are the Arenal Volcano and Northern Plains of Costa Rica. The tall, impressive Arenal Volcano rises 5,437 feet above the verdant rainforest and neighboring Lake Arenal, framing the skyline with its near perfect cone shape. The spectacular live volcano is easily one of the most photographed landscapes...
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Humpback Whale breaching in Golfo Dulce

Having a whale of a time in Golfo Dulce, Costa Rica

Starting in August, the tranquil blue waters of the Golfo Dulce, between the Piedras Blancas National Park and the Osa Peninsula in southern Costa Rica, will witness one of the most amazing spectacles in the animal kingdom – the thousands-of-miles-long migration of Pacific Humpback Whales. The annual migration of endangered Pacific Humpback Whales is a...
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Yoga beachfront at Hotel Tropico Latino

Not sure about yoga? Get hooked on a Costa Rica yoga vacation.

When you think of yoga, the image that comes to mind is probably a petite 20-something young woman who can do the splits in the air while lying on her back. It’s true, that person does exist; a girl like that came to my yoga class once. Despite what you may think, however, that stereotype...
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Canoeing on the lagoon at Maquenque Lodge

Costa Rica river trips and bird-watching at Maquenque Eco Lodge

The rivers in Costa Rica are as diverse as the terrain of mountains, volcanoes, rainforest valleys and lowland jungle through which they flow. A trip down one of Costa Rica’s rivers, either by raft, canoe, kayak or small boat, is an excellent way to see some of the country’s extraordinary wildlife. Trees that line most...
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Sloth Sanctuary in Puerto Viejo Costa Rica

Puerto Viejo Costa Rica sloths steal the show in Sloth Week

The slow-moving sloths of Costa Rica are streaking into the limelight with their own weeklong online special program. Starting June 20, 2014, Animal Planet and Animalist will stream daily footage from the Sloth Sanctuary of Costa Rica. Cute and cuddly sloths of the Caribbean Costa Rica have been in the spotlight since last year’s program...
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Bali style at L'acqua Viva Resort and Spa, Nosara, Costa Rica

Visiting Nosara Costa Rica, is easy with seasonal travel deals

Recommended as one of the best places to go in 2014 by CNN and National Geographic, Nosara Costa Rica is now easier and more affordable to visit than ever. Leading luxury hotel in Nosara, L’acqua Viva Resort & Spa, is currently offering special green season rates to all guests who make direct reservations with the...
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Portasol wildlife - Ocelot

The secret life of a Costa Rica rainforest

What goes on in the rainforest when we’re not there? At Portasol Rainforest & Ocean View Living community in Costa Rica, they’re finding out with the help of a few hidden camera traps. Camera traps placed in the rainforest at Portasol – located on the Central Pacific Coast between Manuel Antonio and Dominical – have...
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Waterkeepers clean water

Keeping water clean in Santa Teresa Costa Rica

“Without water, there can be no life. Without clean water, there can be no healthy life.” This is the driving force behind the worldwide environmental organization Waterkeeper Alliance. Based in the United States, the Waterkeeper Alliance aspires to protect every major watershed around the world, to advocate for every person’s right to clean water and...
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2014 Season Specials

Costa Rica low season special deals for Rincon de la Vieja

May and June – the beginning of Costa Rica’s low season – are one of the best times for travel deals. The crowds have gone home. Refreshing afternoon rains (though not every day) have transformed the landscape into a vivid tapestry of green and brightly-colored tropical flowers. And many hotels and tours are offering great...
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Surfing Caribbean Coast, image by Costa Rica Escapades

Surfing the southern Caribbean Coast of Costa Rica

Less crowded than the beaches of Southern California, Hawaii and Australia, the warm water waves of Costa Rica are a favorite destination for world surfers. And lesser known than the very-developed Pacific Coast, the laid-back southern Caribbean Coast of Costa Rica is a hot spot for Costa Rica surfing with lots of great waves. The...
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Great Green Macaw

Bird-watching in Costa Rica’s Northern Plains

If you think bird-watching is, well, “for the birds”, then you haven’t traveled to Costa Rica. The first time you see a brilliant flash of scarlet, yellow and blue fly past – a Scarlet Macaw, or the bright yellow and black with the multicolored beak of a toucan, or the iridescent flitting jewel of a...
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Hotel Punta Islita designed by Ronald Zurcher, Costa Rica

Five favorite eco hotels in Costa Rica

The lush rainforest, beautiful unspoiled beaches, and towering volcanoes of Costa Rica are some of the biggest draws for visitors to this Central American eco-paradise. But while being eco-friendly, travelers who visit Costa Rica don’t have to sacrifice comfort to enjoy nature and Costa Rica adventure tours. Here are five favorite eco-hotels that have teamed...
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Your Costa Rica Vacation Is A Matter of Taste

Costa Rica is an amazing country with lush mountains, dense rain forests, pristine beaches and wild rivers, which make this country the ultimate paradise. Who wouldn’t like to be at a place where you can breathe fresh air secluded in a warm place with a perfect view to the beach? This beautiful country of Central...
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Maquenque Eco-Lodge in Costa Rica

Hidden Costa Rica Eco Lodge is treasure of rainforest & wildlife

One of the things that continue to amaze me about Costa Rica is how many different places there are to go and hidden treasures to find. Just when you think you know most of the best places to visit in Costa Rica, some unknown region pops up, luring you with new adventures, beautiful scenery, fascinating...
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Costa Rica national surf competition set for Santa Teresa

Santa Teresa waves star in Costa Rica surf competition

Santa Teresa’s awesome waves will be in the limelight once again as top Costa Rica surfers roll into the Pacific Coast town at the end of April for the fifth 2014 Olympus National Surfing Circuit competition. The COPA Unit tournament will be held April 26 and 27 at the spectacular beach of Santa Teresa, Costa...
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Jazz Saxophone

Jazz brightens tropical nights at Pranamar Villas in Santa Teresa Costa Rica

“Jazz washes away the dust of everyday life.” — Art Blakey The clear tones of Miles Davis to the eclectic mix of Herbie Hancock can be heard weekly emanating from the Balinese-style Buddha Eyes Restaurant at Pranamar Oceanfront Villas & Yoga Retreat on Santa Teresa Beach. If you think a remote tropical beach in Costa...
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Beach club La Sula Sea Lounge

Hotel Le Caméléon opens new beachfront club on Caribbean

New beginnings are old hat at upscale Hotel Le Caméléon in Costa Rica, where their motto is “Every day is a new day”. The Costa Rica boutique hotel on the southern Caribbean Coast, that changes the color of its decor daily like a chameleon, is marking its fifth anniversary year with the opening of its...
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Beachfront Hotel Tropico Latino at Santa Teresa

Hotel Tropico Latino in Santa Teresa Costa Rica refines a new image

Reinventing a business is a process not every company takes the time to tackle. It is like soul-searching. Who are we? What are we about? What are we doing and why? And it is the most urgently talked about business concept over the past five years. After 15 years in business, Hotel Tropico Latino at...
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Copa Marley Dominical Costa Rica 2014

Marley Cup Costa Rica surf competition comes to Dominical

Costa Rica’s fourth 2014 Olympus National Surfing Circuit competition is coming March 15 and 16 to the beautiful south Pacific beach of Dominical. The Marley Cup will be held in front of the well-known Tortilla Flats beachfront restaurant and bar at Dominical. The competition is named for principal sponsor House of Marley, which sells earth-friendly...
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Playa Nicuesa Beach Costa Rica

Costa Rica eco lodge is unique place for rainforest retreats

Imagine attending a workshop or a retreat, but instead of a conference center or event hall, you were surrounded by sounds of lapping waves of 80-degree calm Pacific gulf waters and roars of howler monkeys in Costa Rica eco lodge. This is what it is like to have a seminar or retreat at Playa Nicuesa...
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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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Boutique hotels in Costa Rica offer beauty and warm intimacy

Boutique Hotels Win Acclaim in Costa Rica

Personally, I prefer staying in small boutique hotels. Large chain hotels have their function, though I rather like when the receptionist remembers my name and is personable enough to care how I am and how my stay is going. I like waiters who remember I favor water without ice and that my mid-afternoon coffee is...
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Tropical fruit of Costa Rica

Tantalizing organic cuisine stars at Pranamar Villas

One of the best things about living in a tropical country is all of the fresh fruits and vegetables. Even better is if you live near the ocean for fresh fish as well! In Costa Rica we enjoy year-round fresh produce thanks to the myriad of tropical micro-climates in our mountainous country. Organic produce and...
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