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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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Pura Vida Adventures surf retreats in Santa Teresa Costa Rica

Summer Escape! Women-only surf and yoga vacations in Costa Rica

What do you do when you get laid off from your job? Polish your resume? Start job hunting? Most people wouldn’t take off on an eight-month surfing vacation to Central America, Hawaii and Mexico. But that’s exactly what Tierza Eichner did in 2001 when laid off from her high-powered dot-com job. At the time, the...
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Where to eat in Playas del Coco?

Where to eat in Playas del Coco? 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? Playas del Coco in Guanacaste has a surprising variety of restaurants for visitors to enjoy.  If you’d like some reasonably priced local fare,...
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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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Howler monkey at Veragua Rainforest in Costa Rica

Veragua Rainforest certified in sustainable tourism in Costa Rica

Being eco-friendly is trending as a billion-dollar business approach touching everything from appliances, cars, clothing, cosmetics and cleaning products to tourism. Eco-friendly travel and green tourism continue to be the fastest growing sectors in the tourism industry worldwide. In ecotourism pioneer Costa Rica, being eco-friendly is extremely important. The Costa Rica Tourism Board (ICT) founded...
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Hot springs Rio Negro Hacienda Guachipelin

The new Spa Vacation: Hot Springs in Costa Rica

I have just had the most ultimate fun day of adventure. I’ve surged my adrenaline zip lining through the rainforest, gone horseback riding like a real cowboy, splashed down tropical river rapids in a rafting tube, and all at the foot of a huge, live volcano in Costa Rica’s Rincon de la Vieja region. Now,...
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Surfing in Santa Teresa and Malpais Costa Rica

A chill vibe and hot surfing in Malpais Costa Rica

When you visit Malpais Costa Rica, on the southern Nicoya Peninsula, be prepared to relax and unwind. This area of the country is so laid-back, that when you’re there it feels as if you’ve left the rest of the world off somewhere else, vaguely in the background. And that’s a good thing. Besides being simply...
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Travel luggage

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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Hotel Le Cameleon, Puerto Viejo Costa Rica

Costa Rica’s innovative Hotel Le Cameleon keeps it fresh

Innovative and chic, Caribbean Costa Rica Hotel Le Cameleon keeps it fresh. Like a chameleon, the hip yet relaxed Costa Rica luxury hotel spices up life by changing its colors every day. Decorated in impeccable white, striking dashes of tropical colors around the hotel switch every day. Seat cushions. Paintings. Flower vases. Restaurant napkins. Staff...
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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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North Face Endurance Challenge in Costa Rica

North Face Endurance Challenge Costa Rica 2016 preview

For its fourth year, the intense ultra-trail running endurance race The North Face Endurance Challenge Costa Rica returns to the Rincón de la Vieja Volcano in Guanacaste, Costa Rica. On Saturday, May 28, 2016, hundreds of runners from all over the world will challenge themselves and each other in four endurance trail-running races of 10...
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Accommodations at Playa Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge in Costa Rica

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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Night sky stargazing at Hacienda Guachipelin in Guanacaste Costa Rica

Stargazing in Costa Rica Night Skies

It is always fascinating to look up at a clear night sky and get lost among the stars. Anyone can enjoy stargazing, even if you can’t readily name the constellations or planets. The best places to go, of course, are where the sky is wide open and very dark, with no distracting city lights. Up...
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Kitesurfing Costa Rica, image by Kitecostarica.net

Papagayo winds: Time for kite surfing in Costa Rica!

Windy summer season in Guanacaste, Costa Rica means it’s time for fun wind and water sports. But why is it so windy in Costa Rica this time of year? Blame it on the Papagayo winds. NASA tells us that when it is freezing cold and snowing in North America, the cold air and high-pressure weather...
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Quakers and Conservation: Find out how the town of Monteverde was born

This ecotourism jewel in the crown of Costa Rica’s ecotourism portfolio came about due to an interesting convergence of events.  A group of Quakers and pacifists from Alabama who objected to the US’s war efforts came to Costa Rica in the 1940’s mainly inspired by the country’s recent abolition of the army. They searched for an ideal location for their community...
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Santa Teresa Costa Rica schoolchildren with Aprendiendo Unidos

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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Friends trip to Costa Rica

Go for an unforgettable fun friends vacation to Costa Rica at Portasol Living

Traveling with friends can be a lot of fun. And leave you with great memories. Not to mention the stories! Have you heard about the amazing travel experiences in Costa Rica? Why not go for a fun friends vacation to Costa Rica and enjoy the memorable times together? The hot travel destination of Costa Rica...
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Playa Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge in Costa Rica

Explore the Costa Rica rainforest with expert scientists

What’s better than being in the rainforest? Being in the rainforest with expert scientists who can tell you fascinating stories about the animals and plants that live there. Playa Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge in Costa Rica has invited celebrated U.S. scientists Howard Topoff, Ph.D. and Carol Simon, Ph.D. – both professors’ emeriti of The City University...
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Valentine's heart in the sand

Valentine’s Day & Caribbean Spring Holidays in Costa Rica

St. Valentine’s Day is not only a time for cards, flowers, candy and dinners. It also is time for romantic getaways. With spring at our doorstep, why not escape to Caribbean Costa Rica for a romantic vacation on the beach in the rainforest. With dozens of flights to Costa Rica available from the U.S., Canada...
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Orchid at Casa Orquideas Botanical Garden Golfo Dulce Costa Rica

Incredible Osa Peninsula Costa Rica nature tour: Casa Orquideas Botanical Garden

If you plan to visit the Golfo Dulce/ Osa Peninsula region on your Costa Rica vacation, one of the most wonderful day tours you can take is to Casa Orquideas Botanical Garden. Casa Orquideas is one of the oldest and most interesting botanical gardens in the southern Costa Rica region. Especially phenomenal is their collection...
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Horseback riding Hacienda Guachipelin Costa Rica

Costa Rica cowboys and ranch life at Hotel Hacienda Guachipelin

It’s 5:45 a.m. The sun is already shining, and I am gingerly making my way through the cow corral, being careful not to step in anything I shouldn’t nor get too close to the long-horned cows. I’m headed to the cow barn at Hotel Hacienda Guachipelin at Rincon de la Vieja, Costa Rica, to see...
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Santa Teresa Costa Rica lifeguards

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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Casa Cedro, Portasol eco-community in Costa Rica

How to find affordable vacations in Costa Rica

A colleague of mine and I both traveled out of Costa Rica for the Christmas and New Year’s holidays. He to Western Europe and I to the western United States. What we both found when people learned we lived in Costa Rica was surprising. Everyone said they either loved visiting Costa Rica or wanted to...
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