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Atenas Costa Rica celebrates 147 years of community & tranquility

“You don’t choose where you are born, but you can choose where you live” wisely states the message from the Municipality of Atenas for the town’s 147th birthday celebration. On Friday, Aug. 7, the pastoral coffee town of Atenas, Costa Rica will celebrate its 147th year of founding. Located in the mountains due west of...
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Hotel Tropico Latino restaurant at Santa Teresa Costa Rica

New website shows why you must visit this Santa Teresa Costa Rica hotel

A fresh, vibrant, personal style marks the energetic new website of Hotel Tropico Latino in Santa Teresa Costa Rica. The intimate beachfront hotel launched the new 2015 website to the public this week, giving viewers a fully-responsive user-friendly experience with a mobile-first design, making it easy to navigate on a wide range of web browsers...
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Playa Guiones beach in Nosara, Costa Rica

Fascinating history of Nosara Costa Rica reveals unusual beginning

The history of a place can tell you a lot about its people, culture and environment, and what makes everything tick. In the case of Nosara, Costa Rica, its unusual and unlikely history strongly influenced how the area developed and how its communities live and thrive today. Nosara, and its beaches of Playa Guiones, Playa...
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Eco friendly travel

10 Easy & Simple Sustainable Travel Tips

Travelers can be environmentally conscious when going on vacation, and it doesn’t take much effort or time. Little things add up, and if everyone followed these sustainable travel tips, communities and the planet would benefit in amazing ways. 10 Easy & Simple Sustainable Travel Tips Re-use your hotel towels and sheets; don’t ask for new...
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Costa Rica surfer Carlos Munoz, image by Costa Rica Surf Federation

Costa Rica surfers riding high toward national championships

It’s a big news year for Costa Rica surfing. The Costa Rica national surfing team was recently crowned 2015 World Surfing Champions. Costa Rica surfers are winning medals in international surfing competitions and are climbing high in world surfing rankings. Now in July, surfers will vie for titles in the Costa Rica Surfing Championship Finals...
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Costa Rica Surfing Team 2015 world champions, photo by Alfredo Barquero

Costa Rica celebrates International Surfing Day as world champions

Costa Rica is celebrating International Surfing Day on June 20 big this year. Costa Rica’s surfing “dream team” made national history on June 7 when they were crowned 2015 World Surfing Champions. Costa Rica’s team won the overall gold medal in the International Surfing Association (ISA) 2015 World Surfing Games held at Playa Popoyo, Nicaragua, competing...
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Wedding Puerto Viejo, Limon, Costa Rica

Plan your dream Costa Rica destination wedding in the Caribbean

Costa Rica’s Southern Caribbean Coast has everything could want for a destination wedding and honeymoon. Imagine your dream wedding exchanging vows with your beloved in a stunning beachside ceremony overlooking the turquoise Caribbean Sea, or under the canopy of a tropical garden with the ocean close by. Picture a romantic honeymoon walking on pristine beaches...
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Playa Hermosa Costa Rica tidepool

The swimming pool in the ocean at Santa Teresa Costa Rica

I slipped from the rocks into the cool placid water, refreshing even at 7:00 a.m. compared to the heat and humidity beginning to rise from the beach and rainforest. I couldn’t believe how clear and still the water was, especially when big, frothing waves pounded only a dozen or so yards away. I was swimming...
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San Jose Costa Rica downtown post office

San Jose Costa Rica offers a lot as a tourist destination

If you’re coming to Costa Rica on vacation, chances are you are going to visit at least one or two of the country’s beautiful tropical beaches, possibly a volcano, and probably one or more of the proud nation’s national parks. The destination you may or may not have in your travel itinerary is the capital...
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Bioluminescence-on-shore

A liquid sky of blue stars – bioluminescence in Costa Rica

One of my absolute favorite scenes in the 2012 movie “Life of Pi” is when a huge glittering whale jumps out of a sparkling night sea behind Pi’s raft, everything around them glowing from amazing bioluminescence. Another favorite is the illuminated neon forest in the movie “Avatar.” Bioluminescence is most common in the tropics. Walking...
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Costa Rica National SUP Team member Rolando Herrera, photo by Carlos Arias

Costa Rica SUP, Masters & Longboard Surfing competition in Malpais

The Costa Rica National Circuit of Stand-up Paddleboarding (SUP), Masters and Longboard Surfing will come to Malpaís for the third competition in the 2015 season on May 23 and 24. On Costa Rica’s southern Nicoya Peninsula, the beaches of Malpaís and Santa Teresa attract visitors from all over the world who come to surf, do...
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Hotel Tramonto pool, Playa Hermosa, Costa Rica

New Costa Rica beach hotel opens in Playa Hermosa Costa Rica

It’s no wonder that Jacó Beach is one of the most popular beaches in Costa Rica. There is so much to do on the Central Pacific Coast of Costa Rica – beaches, surfing, outdoor adventure sports, the Carara National Park, Manuel Antonio National Park, and the Tarcoles River with its famous huge crocodiles. The thing...
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Surfer Leilani McGonagle of Costa Rica, image by FB

Costa Rica National Surfing Cup in Santa Teresa, April 18-19

Surfing hotspot of Santa Teresa, Costa Rica will be in the spotlight again next weekend, April 18 and 19, for the season’s fourth 2015 Costa Rica National Surfing Cup competition. Sponsored by ISAW Action Cameras of Australia, the ISAW Cup will be held on the spectacular beach of Santa Teresa in front of the Banana...
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Dine on fresh Latino-style cuisine at Nicuesa Lodge

What’s cooking at Playa Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge in Costa Rica?

Let’s face it; we all care about what we eat. So if visiting a remote jungle eco-lodge is in your plans, you might be wondering if mealtime will resemble a Mission Survive episode with creepy-crawlies and vermin. In fact, remote  Costa Rica eco lodge   Playa Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge gets regular rave reviews from guests...
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Yoga on the beach at Santa Teresa Hotel Tropico Latino

After the Costa Rica national yoga festival, escape to yoga hotspot Santa Teresa Beach

Yoga lovers will definitely not want to miss the National Yoga Festival in Costa Rica in April. The capital city of San Jose, Costa Rica will host the 7th annual National Festival of Yoga from April 16 to 19, 2015 at the National Culture Center (CENAC). The festival is promoted by the Costa Rican Association...
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Casa de Paz vacation rental Portasol Costa Rica

Getting away: Private paradise at this new Costa Rica vacation home

Time to get away from it all, but you want something different than the usual packed beaches and crowded hotels? What if I told you there was a tropical paradise of rainforest and beach with bright sunny days and warm balmy nights, and you could have it all to yourself? No crowds. You’d probably think:...
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Beach at Nosara Costa Rica

5 travel tips you need for your stay in Nosara Costa Rica

Like all travelers, when you plan a vacation to an unfamiliar location, you want to have an idea of what to expect. TripAdvisor is a great resource for getting insider information about a place from guests who have been there. Here are 5 great travel tips for your stay in Nosara Costa Rica. from guests...
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Hot volcanic springs at Hotel Hacienda Guachipelin

Liking it hot at Hotel Hacienda Guachipelin in Costa Rica

After a big day of hiking, zip-lining, horseback riding or other adventure tours in Costa Rica, there is nearly nothing better than soaking in steamy thermal springs so hot they make you tingle all over. Your tired muscles are soon relaxed into spaghetti-like existence and the cares of the world melt away. Mineral-rich hot springs...
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Shhh, don’t tell … hidden paradise on Costa Rica’s Central Pacific Coast

I’ve been to a lot of beaches in Costa Rica. Most of them I like, some of them I don’t. Then there are others that are so off the charts in fabulousness that I nearly don’t want to tell anyone about them. All right, I’ll tell you. I’ve discovered a hidden gem. A place I...
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Tamarindo Playa Avellanes Costa Rica

Sunny spring break getaways in uncrowded Costa Rica

Spring means a return to sunshine; and if the sun is not shining yet in your part of the world, it’s time for a sunny Spring Break getaway. There is a reason Spring Break is called what it is – a break from winter’s chill to tide you over until summer. But if you are...
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Retire in Costa Rica

Retired and living the good life in Atenas Costa Rica

John Boggs first fell in love with Costa Rica many years ago when he was in the Air Force stationed in Panama. He visited Costa Rica frequently for R&R and on business, but it wasn’t until 2013 when he and his wife, Gay, finally moved to the renowned tropical country to retire. Selling their house...
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Savegre River rafting Costa Rica

Raft Central America’s cleanest river – the Savegre in Costa Rica

Costa Rica offers some of the world’s best whitewater rafting on beautiful, wild rivers that flow through spectacular tropical wilderness. Considered the “cleanest river in Central America”, the pristine Savegre River on Costa Rica’s Central Pacific Coast flows down a picturesque valley from its origin high in the mountains of Cerro de la Muerte near...
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St. Valentine’s Day history, traditions and romantic getaways

Love is life. All, everything that I understand, I understand only because I love. Everything is, everything exists, only because I love.– Leo Tolstoy Every February 14, around the world, people exchange cards, flowers, candy and gifts with their loved ones on this day of romance we call Valentine’s Day. But who is this mysterious...
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New rooms at Hacienda Guachipelin 2014

Costa Rica hotel Hacienda Guachipelin presents new rooms for Christmas

Just in time for Christmas, travelers to Rincon de la Vieja Volcano in Guanacaste, Costa Rica, can enjoy charming new guest rooms at award-winning eco-hotel Hacienda Guachipelin. At the base of the Rincon de la Vieja Volcano, Hotel Hacienda Guachipelin is one of the best places to stay in Guanacaste. The eco-tourism hotel is a...
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