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Beachfront Bliss at Costa Rica Spa Hotel Tropico Latino in Costa Rica

The Yoga & Spa Natural at Hotel Tropico Latino in Santa Teresa, Costa Rica delivers blissful relaxation and peace in a natural beach paradise. Costa Rica spa hotels in are quite popular. After all, it’s only natural to want to enjoy a day at the spa or a massage while on vacation. In Santa Teresa,...
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Why stopping in Monteverde is a must in Costa Rica

Why stopping in Monteverde is a must in Costa Rica Whether you like to have all of your vacation days planned out in advance, or you like to go with the flow and see where the wind takes you, definitely add Monteverde to your list of places to visit. Why, do you ask? Here are...
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What Makes Expat Residents in Atenas, Costa Rica So Happy?

Costa Rica is one of the most popular expat destinations in the world. And in Costa Rica’s central highlands, Atenas is a favorite place for international living. So, what makes expats in Atenas, Costa Rica so happy? Over the past decade, Costa Rica consistently has ranked very high in international surveys about retiring and living...
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What’s in a name? For Veragua Rainforest in Costa Rica, 512 years of history

More than five centuries of history goes into the name of Veragua Rainforest Eco-Adventure in Costa Rica, dating back to the country’s first European exploration by Christopher Columbus. Unusual names of places fascinate me. For instance, the Veragua Rainforest in Costa Rica. Where did the name “Veragua” come from? And what does it mean? On...
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Top Ten Must Dos in Santa Teresa while staying at Pranamar Villas and Yoga Retreat

Be as adrenaline filled or as laid back as you like while visiting Santa Teresa beach community on the Costa Rican Pacific Coast.  Here is our list of top ten must dos during your stay at Pranamar Villas and Yoga Retreat.    Yoga The area is known for its yoga retreats, and certified and experienced...
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Off-the-beaten path places to visit in Guanacaste, Costa Rica

Discover off-the-beaten-path places to visit in Guanacaste, Costa Rica, all within an hour’s drive of Hotel Hacienda Guachipelin by the Rincon de la Vieja Volcano. Guanacaste is one of the most popular provinces in Costa Rica, especially its beaches. But if you’re willing to go exploring, you can still find many beautiful and incredible off-the-beaten-path...
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12 Ways Visiting Santa Teresa, Costa Rica Could Change Your Life

From awe-inspiring nature to the joy of slowing down, discovering magic and finding gratitude, a visit to Santa Teresa, Costa Rica just might alter your life forever! Costa Rica is a place to breathe deeply, get in tune with nature, lose yourself in the fun of adventure, and let yourself totally and completely relax from...
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Find the Secret to Long Life in Guanacaste, Costa Rica

Want to know the secret to long life? Discover with us why people in Guanacaste, Costa Rica often live to well over 100 years. Everyone wants to know the secret to long life. Could it be that in Guanacaste, Costa Rica, they’ve discovered the fountain of youth? Known to be one of the world’s Blue...
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Possibly the Best Costa Rica Rainforest Night Walk Tour Ever

Braving the fear of creepy-crawlies and things that will eat you in the dark, our writer discovers cute rainforest frogs, fascinating insects, and even a cuddly sloth on one of the best Costa Rica rainforest night walk tours at Veragua Rainforest Adventure Park. The sun set at least two hours ago, and it is pitch...
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5 Best-Kept Secrets of Southern Costa Rica

Less-traveled than elsewhere in the popular country, southern Costa Rica is a beautiful and eye-opening place to vacation. But do you know its best-kept secrets? Wild, breathtakingly beautiful and incredibly bio-diverse, southern Costa Rica is not on most tourists’ itineraries. Least-explored and less-traveled than other parts of Costa Rica, the southern Pacific region is a...
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El Establo Mountain Hotel in Monteverde, Costa Rica, from breathtaking views to beds that wrap you up at night

There are many factors that make a hotel stay an exceptional one.  One of them, as they say in real estate is location, location, location. For El Establo Mountain Hotel in Monteverde, Costa Rica, the sheer expansiveness of their grounds (52 hectares, equivalent to 128 acres) is one of their greatest features.  You can stay...
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Experience Costa Rica like a local with vivacious culture, city life & gastronomy to enjoy!

From local crafts to classical concerts, urban art to creative gastronomy, Costa Rica has much more to offer than ecotourism.  The last few years have seen a boost in the cultural activities available for locals and visitors, mainly in downtown San José.  This was sparked by a couple of initiatives, the first from the Costa...
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10 Essentials you need for a fashionable beach vacation in Costa Rica

The end of summer doesn’t mean an end to beach vacations, if you think tropical. Head south this time of year for great deals on a beach vacation in Costa Rica. It’s nearing the end of summer. But that doesn’t mean it’s the end for beach vacations. When temperatures start to nosedive at home, think...
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Atenas, Costa Rica celebrates city birthday & oldest business

Atenas, Costa Rica celebrates two important birthdays in August 2016: the town’s 148th birthday; and the 47th anniversary of Atenas’ oldest and largest business CoopeAtenas. Two big birthdays are celebrated in Atenas, Costa Rica in August. Atenas celebrates this month the 148th anniversary of its founding on Aug. 7, 1868. The town and region have...
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Silent as a sloth: the Veragua stealth canopy tour in Costa Rica

Experience the exhilaration of one of the only “stealth” canopy tours in Costa Rica at Veragua Rainforest Eco-Adventure Park in the Caribbean mountains by Limon. What worry me most are not the huge bullet ants, as big as my little finger, crawling all over the trees. Although if one were to bite me, that would...
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Why Santa Teresa Costa Rica in rainy season is pure bliss

Rainy season is the best vacation time to have Costa Rica beaches all to yourself. You can get great deals and there’s still plenty of sunshine. See 9 reasons why visiting Santa Teresa Costa Rica in rainy season is pure bliss. If you’ve heard this time of year is rainy season in Costa Rica, and...
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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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Make the best of your Monteverde Cloud Forest experience

How is a cloud forest different from a rain forest?  Don’t let lack of preparation cut your experience short. Most important of all, take time to sharpen your senses and take it all in during your stay at El Establo Mountain Resort.  There are two cloud forest reserves in the Monteverde area. The Monteverde Cloud...
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The Spa at El Establo Mountain Hotel

The Green Leaf Spa located at El Establo Mountain Hotel in Monteverde offers treatments ranging from facials fit for a queen, wraps using clay or algae, relaxing or deep tissue massages, all in a setting designed to calm and soothe the senses. The cloud forests of Monteverde offer close up contact with nature and options...
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Re-discover your bliss, searching for wellness, in Costa Rica

Wikipedia defines wellness as “used to mean a healthy balance of mind, body and spirit that results in an overall feeling of well-being.”  Many destinations promote wellness, wellbeing, happiness… Does it mean to exercise daily, to be fit? Does it mean to meditate, do yoga? Does it mean to nourish your body with a well-balanced...
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Visit the famous Banyan Tree during your stay at Pranamar Villas

There is a very impressive giant Banyan tree, also known as Higueron, that lives in the town of Cabuya, Puntarenas, on the Pacific Coast.  If you’d like an impressive and beautiful photograph, stop there on your way to local beaches.  But is there more to this tree than a pretty social media post?   The...
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Go mountain biking in Costa Rica at Rincon de la Vieja Volcano

The newest extreme mountain biking race, and thrilling one-of-a-kind Costa Rica mountain biking tours, all happen in August 2016 at Hotel Hacienda Guachipelin by the Rincon de la Vieja Volcano in Guanacaste, Costa Rica. Looking for an exciting mountain biking vacation this summer? One of the spots on the planet you cannot afford to miss...
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Costa Rica National Festival of the Arts goes to southern region

The beautiful southern region of Costa Rica will host the annual Costa Rica National Festival of the Arts 2016 in August. Find out here festival details and where to stay. The southern region of Costa Rica will host one of the largest festivals of the arts and music in the country over 10 days in...
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How to get to Bocas del Toro islands in Panama

Ready to treat yourself to a Caribbean island vacation? The place to go without the crowds is the Bocas del Toro archipelago of Panama in the southern Caribbean. Called the “Living Islands”, Bocas del Toro has over 95% of the coral species found in the Caribbean Sea. This is thanks to the fact that Bocas del...
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