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Caribbean
Panama Bay Wetland Wildlife Refuge for birds

Bird lovers will delight in new Panama Bay Wetland Wildlife Refuge

Panama is well-known for its famous Panama Canal, the modern Panama City, and its idyllic islands. Now, thanks to a newly created wildlife refuge, Panama is one of the best destinations for bird lovers in the Americas. This month on World Wetlands Day – February 2 – Panamanian President Juan Carlos Varela officially created the...
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Caribbean cuisine Coconut Shrimp

The flavors of Costa Rica Caribbean cuisine

The southern Caribbean Coast of Costa Rica is a big melting pot of traditions and cultures. It is the heart and soul of the country’s Afro-Caribbean community, as well as home to indigenous populations of Bribrí, Carib, Miskito and Cabécar. There are descendants of Spanish conquistadors, North Americans who worked for United Fruit Company during...
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Playa Cocles, South Caribbean, Costa Rica

Three beaches in the Costa Rica Southern Caribbean you have to visit

Three of the prettiest beaches on the Southern Caribbean Coast of Costa Rica are Playa Cocles, Playa Chiquita and Punta Uva. That is if you like long stretches of gorgeous picture postcard Caribbean coastline with warm turquoise ocean and graceful tall palm trees. When you are on the beach on the Costa Rica Southern Caribbean...
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Lirio Lodge Tortuguero Costa Rica

Put Tortuguero on your Costa Rica bucket list

The incredibly biodiverse area of Tortuguero should definitely be on your “bucket list” of places to see in Costa Rica. Called the “Little Amazon” of Costa Rica, Tortuguero on the northern Caribbean Coast is an untamed stretch of wild jungle and desolate beaches. You have swamp, lagoons, canals, marshy islands, dense rainforest, black sand beaches,...
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Caribbean Costa Rica - Puerto Viejo

Sunshine and summer warm Costa Rica Caribbean Coast in October

It may surprise you, given that the Central Valley, Central Mountain Range and Pacific Coast of Costa Rica are swimming under a rain cloud, that today on the Costa Rica Southern Caribbean Coast it was hot and sunny, with blue skies and calm seas. Costa Rica Caribbean Summer is in full radiant glory. While most...
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Caribbean Coast, Costa Rica

Where to go during the secret Costa Rica Caribbean summer

Can you keep a secret? While the rest of Costa Rica will soon be covered under a gray umbrella of rain, the Costa Rica Caribbean Coast is about to shine under a beaming Caribbean summer sun. Curiously, the Caribbean Coast does not follow the standard weather patterns of Costa Rica. Savvy travelers know that Caribbean...
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Le Cameleon Hotel, South Caribbean, Costa Rica

Puerto Viejo Costa Rica special vacation offers 2014

The Costa Rica Caribbean Coast has everything you’re looking for on your holiday, whether rest and relaxation, romance, adventure, family time, fun with friends, or new beginnings like your wedding or honeymoon. The southern Caribbean of Costa Rica has a decidedly relaxed vibe. Afro-Caribbean, Latino and Bribri indigenous cultures uniquely blend with customs of newer...
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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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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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Veragua Rainforest Park

Best Costa Rica shore excursions in Limon

Looking for what shore excursions to choose on your cruise to Costa Rica? I always recommend what Costa Rica is most famous for – its rainforest and nature. At your Caribbean port of call in Limon, Costa Rica, one of the best Costa Rica shore excursions to experience the rainforest and its exotic wildlife is...
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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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Costa Rica Frogs at Veragua

Best place to see frogs in Costa Rica: Veragua Rainforest

Walking through the Costa Rica rainforest in rainy season is the time to hear frogs: calling, croaking, barking, whistling, tinkling, trilling and making all manner of loud sounds. Why are they so noisy? The quick answer is to attract a mate, and to defend a territory – especially in breeding season. In an evergreen rainforest,...
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Caribbean to host Costa Rica national surfing competition

Puerto Viejo and the Caribbean Coast of Costa Rica will host the second big surf competition in the 2014 Olympus National Surfing Circuit later this month. The Lime Coral Caribbean Classic II will be held January 25 and 26 at Playa Cocles just south of Puerto Viejo. Top surfers from all over Costa Rica will...
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Rafting excitement in Costa Rica

Pacuare River is Costa Rica’s best rafting adventure

For its sheer beauty and phenomenal whitewater rapids, the Pacuare River of Costa Rica is one of the world’s top whitewater river rafting adventures. The Pacuare thunders down a long gorge and canyon through primary and secondary rainforest of the Talamanca Mountains on Costa Rica’s Caribbean slope. You have the feeling of being completely isolated...
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Costa Rica joins in the Christmas Bird Count

For more than 100 years, every year at Christmastime, rather than searching for the perfect present, tens of thousands of active passionate folks explore the great outdoors looking for the most splendid birds. Outfitted with binoculars, bird guides and checklists, birding devotees throughout the Americas brave snow, wind, rain, or maybe even tropical sun, to...
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Costa Rica Central Pacific Coast

5 Places for a Costa Rica winter getaway

Costa Rica’s summer season is beginning, just in time to beat the winter blues with affordable winter vacation destinations. Find your winter sun in Costa Rica, an easy and fun tropical getaway. Miles of beaches on both the Pacific and Caribbean coasts make for great beach vacations. Rainforests, cloud forests and active volcanoes provide exciting...
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Costa Rica's south Caribbean Coast

Discover the magic of Costa Rica’s South Caribbean Coast

Costa Rica’s south Caribbean Coast is a magical place. South of Limon, the southern Caribbean beach towns of Cahuita, Puerto Viejo and Manzanillo are ideal destinations for a Costa Rica vacation. Puerto Viejo Costa Rica is the most developed area with a thriving multicultural community, international restaurants, and a diverse array of hotels. Not as...
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Cruise ship in Costa Rica, photo by Costa Rica Star

Costa Rica makes a hot cruise ship port of call

Travelers who are looking for a tropical destination on their next vacation might want to consider a cruise. There are so many benefits to cruising. You get to visit multiple countries, islands or points of interest all on the same trip without hassling with transportation, border crossings or logistics. On a cruise, you unpack once...
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Costa Rica is top family travel destination

Top 9 family vacation spots in Costa Rica

The entire country arguably could be considered one big outdoor classroom – filled to the brim with amazing nature and exciting adventure. For this reason, Costa Rica has become one of the top family vacation destinations in the world. All in one small country you can find warm tropical weather, beautiful beaches along two oceans...
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Veragua Rainforest one-day tour near Limon, Costa Rica

Top Caribbean rainforest tour celebrates 5 years of success

One of the top day tours on Costa Rica’s Caribbean Coast, Veragua Rainforest Research & Adventure, is celebrating its fifth anniversary this month. The highly popular nature and adventure attraction, and important scientific research center, was four years in the making and now five years open. In that time, the tour destination has achieved a...
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Super woods could help save Costa Rica's forests

Costa Rica super woods coming soon?

My front door is starting to stick. The kitchen cupboards under the sink now won’t close, and my bedroom door is suddenly dragging across the floor tile. Is my house in need of repair? No, it’s just rainy season in Costa Rica. In the tropics, water and humidity play a major role in daily life....
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Costa Rica is a top vacation destination in the world

Boutique Hotels Feature in Costa Rica Vacation Package

Looking for ideas on where to go and what to do on vacation in Costa Rica? Here’s an interesting and fabulously varied trip to 6 of Costa Rica’s top tourist destinations, and all while staying in charming and luxurious boutique hotels. The unique architecture, personalized service and enchanting intimacy that you find at boutique hotels...
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Costa Rica Surfing Champion Nataly Bernold

Costa Rica Surfing Champion Shares Her Passion, Gives Advice to Teens

It’s been a good year so far for Nataly Bernold. The 19-year-old from Jaco Beach, Costa Rica, was just crowned Costa Rica’s National Surfing Champion in the Women’s division in August (2012), making it her third national surfing title. In May, she won the Quicksilver Cup on the Olympus National Surfing Circuit in Dominical, placing...
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Limon Carnival in October celebrates Costa Rica's Afro-Caribbean culture

Limon Carnival Celebrates Costa Rica’s Afro-Caribbean Culture

Starting this weekend the port city of Limón kicks off its annual Carnival festivities, a 12-day Caribbean street party celebrating the kaleidoscope of cultures on Costa Rica’s Caribbean coast. The famous party commemorates Christopher Columbus’ historic arrival to Costa Rica’s coconut-fringed Caribbean coast in 1502. Visitors will come from all over for the 2012 “Carnaval...
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