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Portalon School children

Costa Rica sustainable development helps schools, youth, turtles & monkeys

A torrential thunderstorm provided the dramatic background for a small group gathered last Friday night at Portasol Rainforest & Ocean View Living in Costa Rica for a charity dinner to benefit their local Portalon Elementary School. A 5-star gourmet 4-course dinner, created by visiting award-winning chef Randy Siles of Hotel Tropico Latino in Santa Teresa...
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Weddings in Costa Rica

Getting hitched in Manuel Antonio Costa Rica: top wedding & honeymoon destination

The setting: Romantic tropical beach, palm trees, balmy breezes, beautiful sunsets, candlelit dinners, lush rainforest. What could be a better backdrop for your destination wedding and honeymoon? Many brides and grooms these days favor a fun, exotic destination wedding with the built-in sunny honeymoon. For destination weddings, Costa Rica is one of the most popular...
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Fishing Roosterfish in Quepos Costa Rica

Have fun fishing in Quepos Costa Rica

Calm seas and abundant marine life in the spectacular Pacific Ocean at Quepos and Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica create an ideal environment for fun activities. For instance, now through the end of December is humpback whale-watching season in Costa Rica; and you can nearly always see large pods of dolphins while out sailing, boating or...
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Manuel Antonio National Park

Know where to stay in Manuel Antonio Costa Rica

Manuel Antonio Costa Rica is one of the most popular vacation destinations in the country for its abundant beauty, wildlife and adventure tours. It is also exceedingly popular for hotels. Knowing where to stay is the key in this famous location on the Central Pacific Coast – named one of the 2014 Top 25 Beaches...
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Family travel in Costa Rica

Bring the kids to Costa Rica on a family vacation

Families who travel to Costa Rica know that Costa Rica is a fun, easy and safe family vacation destination. In fact, Costa Rica is this year’s most recommended travel hotspot in the world! Positioned between Nicaragua and Panama, Costa Rica is easily accessible from North America and Europe with numerous daily flights. It is one...
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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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Car rental 4WD Costa Rica

Car rentals and transportation in Costa Rica

Whether you are visiting Costa Rica for your honeymoon, a family vacation, adventure tourism or eco-tourism, you will need a way to get around the country. 2Costa Rica Travel agency has the best options for transportation in Costa Rica: private transportation or driver-guide transportation, shared bus transportation, car rentals, and domestic flights. Renting a car...
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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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Copa Teva Rafting Rio Naranjo

Whitewater excitement at the Teva Rafting Cup 2014 in Costa Rica

Whitewater rafting teams from all over Costa Rica will compete for the prestigious Teva Rafting Cup 2014 the last weekend of May at the Naranjo River near the Manuel Antonio National Park. Known as the “Copa Teva” in Spanish, the exciting rafting competition is organized by the Quepos Whitewater and Adventure Association. Starting on Friday,...
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Quepos sportfishing tournament

World Offshore Fishing Championship comes to Quepos 6-11 April

Big-game anglers from around the world are in Costa Rica for the annual World Offshore Fishing Championship in Quepos, from April 6 to 11, 2014. Teams from more than 60 countries – who had to qualify to receive an invitation to the event – will compete for the largest number of record-setting game fish caught...
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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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Balsa River rafting Arenal Costa Rica

Rafting in the Costa Rica rainforest at Arenal Volcano

Costa Rica’s whitewater rafting fame includes the beautiful rivers of the Arenal Volcano area – the Balsa, Toro and Peñas Blancas Rivers. The spectacular rainforest around the impressive, live Arenal Volcano, the area’s easy accessibility, and huge abundance of outdoor adventures make it a top place to visit in Costa Rica. The best thing about...
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Costa Rica - Manuel Antonio

Sunny Spring Break 2014 in Costa Rica

Tired of that heavy winter coat, snow boots and wet, dismal weather? We agree. As record-high levels of snow, ice and rain and record-low temperatures continue to grip North America and Europe, Costa Rica is looking better and better as a Spring Break 2014 destination. It’s time for some sun, and Costa Rica has plenty...
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What to pack for Costa Rica

What to Pack for your Costa Rica vacation

Coming to Costa Rica soon on vacation? Here are some quick and easy trip tips on what to pack for your Costa Rica vacation. CLOTHING Quick-dry or similar non-wrinkle outdoor clothing is the best for Costa Rica’s variable climates. Comfortable beach-wear and light tropical clothing for the coasts and lower elevations. At least one long-sleeved...
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Costa Rica - Jaco Beach

Top 10 Costa Rica vacation destinations

Costa Rica is a top world travel destination because it has something for everyone: tropical rainforest, green mountains, spectacular beaches, active volcanoes, wild rivers and lakes, and charming towns. The dry tropical forest and wide savannas of the north Pacific are as varied as the dense, steamy jungle of the south Pacific, the misty cool...
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Envision Festival Costa Rica 2014

Envision Festival 2014 comes to Costa Rica’s south Pacific

Returning for its fourth year to Costa Rica’s southern Pacific Coast at Uvita, the Envision Festival will transform the rainforest into a global village of art, music, yoga and spirituality. Envision 2014 will be held Feb. 20–23 at Rancho La Merced in Uvita, Costa Rica, home of the renowned Ballena Marine National Park, an important...
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Birds Costa Rica - summer tanager

Bird watching in Costa Rica

If bird-watching is your passion, then you definitely want to add Costa Rica to your “Top 10 list of places to go birding.” The small Central American country is home to more than 870 bird species – more than in all of the United States, Canada and Mexico combined – and is a bird-watching hotspot....
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Retirement in Costa Rica

Costa Rica valued as top retirement destination 2014

One of the biggest dreams for retirees is moving to a warm, sunny place where you can relax and enjoy the “golden years” of life with no stress. Lower costs to stretch your savings and having good quality health care available are also top considerations. In the Americas, Costa Rica continues to be one of...
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Best wedding and honeymoon destination: Costa Rica

Newlywed couples from Europe to North America are flocking to the tropical paradise of Costa Rica for the ultimate romantic wedding and honeymoon destination. The Wall Street Journal recently named Costa Rica as the “Best Destination to Say ‘I Do’ in Latin America”. Costa Rica has become a leader in destination weddings and honeymoons, receiving...
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High mountain trekking by San Gerardo de Dota

San Gerardo, Costa Rica is pure mountain paradise

As we drove up into the clouds, it began to look not like Costa Rica anymore. Mist swirled around us. Large-leafed Prehistoric-looking vegetation lurked in the gloom. All windows were up; I was wearing a big fleece jacket, and I was contemplating turning on my car’s heater for the first time ever. When I told...
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Boruca diablitos camouflaged with banana leaves and masks

Fiesta de los Diablitos celebrates Boruca indigenous history in Costa Rica

The end of the year in southern Costa Rica is time for one of the country’s biggest indigenous cultural events. This is when the native Boruca community celebrates their traditional “Fiesta de los Diablitos”, or the Festival of Little Devils. The four-day annual event happens from Dec. 30 to Jan. 2 in the village of...
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Red-eyed tree frog at Portasol

Costa Rica newcomers jump into wildlife preservation at Portasol eco-community

From the concrete jungle of Johannesburg, South Africa, to the wilds of the Costa Rican rainforest is quite a change. Two months ago, South African couple Gary Kritzinger and Shayne Mrazek left behind electric fences and heavy security, hour-long 6 km commutes, and a metropolitan beehive of 12 million people, for a different kind of...
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San Jose is gateway to dozens of exciting one-day Costa Rica tours

Most visitors to Costa Rica start out in the capital city of San José. However, many might not know that San José is an ideal gateway to some of the best one-day tours that Costa Rica has to offer. Starting right from the Central Valley, you have dozens of exciting adventure, nature and cultural tours...
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Yoga in nature at Portasol, Costa Rica

Yoga retreats in Costa Rica create harmony in the rainforest

Yoga and meditation are all about breathing deeply, relaxing, and reconnecting with your inner nature. What better setting for this practice than the pure oxygen-rich rainforest of Costa Rica. Be in harmony with nature around you at a yoga and meditation retreat at Portasol Rainforest & Oceanview Living. The sustainable community on Costa Rica’s Central...
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