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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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Eco-friendly hotels in Costa Rica

Make your stay in Nosara Costa Rica eco-friendly at L’acqua Viva Resort

Eco-friendly travel and sustainable tourism are some of the top buzzwords today in the travel and tourism industry worldwide. “Go Green” is the slogan you hear most often nowadays. Planet-conscientious travelers are more frequently seeking out eco-friendly lodging wherever they travel. In ecotourism hotspot Costa Rica, L’acqua Viva Resort & Spa is a leading eco-friendly...
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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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Playa Guiones at Nosara, Costa Rica

Pro surfers come to top Costa Rica surfing beach Playa Guiones for June national tournament

Long-favored as a site for Costa Rica national surfing competitions, the white sandy beach of Playa Guiones at Nosara will host the sixth tournament of the Costa Rica National Surfing Circuit kölbi 2015 in June. Presented by Adrenaline Rush, the Beach Club Tournament will be held June 13-14 at Playa Guiones. The important competition is...
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Santa Teresa Beach at Pranamar Villas

Santa Teresa Costa Rica beach communities win Ecological Blue Flag

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” Margaret Mead Walk down the Pacific beaches of Santa Teresa, Costa Rica and you’re likely to see long, empty stretches of white sand, beautiful blue rolling waves, multicolored crushed seashells and interesting rocks...
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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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Pack light

Santa Teresa Costa Rica hotel asks guests to pack with a purpose

If you are a Pack Light traveler, you probably often find yourself with extra room in your luggage when you go on vacation. Have you ever thought about using that available luggage space to provide supplies to communities you visit? The desire to give back or contribute to the place people visit as tourists is...
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Caricaco Music Festival in Nosara Costa Rica, courtesy of Caricaco

2015 Caricaco Music Festival April 16-18 in Nosara, Costa Rica

The vibrant beach area of Nosara, Costa Rica will welcome one of the country’s most important music festivals from April 16 to 18, 2015. You won’t want to miss the 2015 Caricaco Music Festival in Costa Rica. Located on the Nicoya Peninsula in the province of Guanacaste, Costa Rica, the Nosara area includes the town...
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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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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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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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Pranamar family - service with smiles

What’s the secret to Costa Rica hotel Pranamar Villas’ success?

When world traveler Susan Money chooses where to stay on vacation, she prefers smaller family-run hotels. Not as small as a B&B, but preferably not a corporate establishment. “I feel taken care of at a well-run corporate hotel or resort, but I like the friendships you create at smaller family-run hotels,” said Money. “This is...
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Malpais - Santa Teresa Costa Rica

Stay in a beachfront vacation home in Santa Teresa, Costa Rica

Renting a vacation home in Costa Rica, especially one at the beach, is a great idea. Stay steps from the sand at beautiful Santa Teresa, Costa Rica in the new beachfront vacation home Martha’s House. The two-story octagon-shaped house is just off the beach and surrounded by lush tropical gardens. The house sleeps up to...
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Molasses on Nosara streets, photo by Andrea Crossan

The sweet smell of Nosara Costa Rica in the summer

Article by Shannon Farley In the easy-going surf and yoga town of Playa Guiones, Costa Rica, there is a very strange smell in the air this time of year. Besides the fresh scent of the ocean, from January to April, it smells like a giant stack of maple syrup covered pancakes. What is that gingerbread...
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Festival of the Yeguita dance, image by Voice of Guanacaste

Christmas legend of La Yeguita in Nicoya, Costa Rica

What do a little black mare and the Virgin of Guadalupe have to do with Christmas traditions in Costa Rica? One of the more interesting Christmastime festivals held in Costa Rica is the Festival of “La Yeguita” (the little mare) on December 12. Held annually on the Nicoya Peninsula of Costa Rica, the celebration combines...
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Nosara holiday art fair 2014

Holiday Art Fair brings Christmas cheer to Nosara Costa Rica

Looking to shop for unique Christmas gifts this year? Combine Christmas shopping with a holiday in Costa Rica and go to the Holiday Art Fair in Playa Guiones by Nosara on Sunday, Dec. 14, 2014. More than 35 talented international and national artists will be selling handmade art and products at the third annual Holiday...
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Yoga pose butterfly, image by Yoga Journal

Top tips for easing travel stress with yoga

Travel can be stressful, there’s no doubt about it. Standing in line, airport security, incessant waiting, lugging bags and suitcases, crowds … and the sitting! Sitting on a plane, or in a car or taxi, or on a bus, or on a train – it plays havoc with your back, butt, hips, legs, and well,...
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Tamarindo Wildlife Refuge crocodile

Tour Tamarindo Wildlife Refuge in Guanacaste, Costa Rica

Kayaking (or boating) through the Tamarindo Wildlife Refuge in Guanacaste, Costa Rica, is an exciting experience. You never know what animal or bird you’ll suddenly come upon next. Maybe a snowy white egret. Maybe a giant, toothy American Crocodile. Maybe a curious howler monkey lazily lounging in a tree. The refuge spans 953 acres and...
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Map Southern Nicoya Peninsula Costa Rica

The best ways to get to Santa Teresa Costa Rica

You want to visit Santa Teresa, Costa Rica – named one of the most beautiful beaches in the world with some of the best surfing in Costa Rica. But where is it and how do you get there? Santa Teresa Beach is located on the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica on the southern Nicoya Peninsula....
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Family travel to beach Costa Rica

It’s a kids’ paradise in Santa Teresa Costa Rica

There is so much to do and see in Costa Rica that families with kids can go nearly anywhere and be happy. What child, teen or adult wouldn’t appreciate rainforest exploring, canopy zip-lines, surfing, snorkeling, nesting sea turtles, endless beaches, and plenty of wild animals and cool bugs, plants and trees? One of the best...
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Planting trees on Playa Guiones, image by BarriGuiones Coastal Reforestation Project

Bringing the trees back to Playa Guiones, Costa Rica

Like many beaches in Guanacaste, Costa Rica, Playa Guiones doesn’t have much shade. The coastline is lined with long grasses, shrubbery, very-low-to-the-ground stubby trees and some tall palm trees here and there. A nonprofit NGO in Costa Rica is working to change that. The Green Coasts Conservation Association (La Asociación Conservacionista Costas Verdes) is dedicated...
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Yoga poses on the beach

6 Reasons Why Beach Yoga in Costa Rica is Best

Practicing yoga outdoors has many benefits, especially at the beach. In addition to beautiful scenery and fresh air, it takes balance, concentration and strength to hold yoga poses in the sand, so you get more of a workout. Here are six reasons why yoga is fun on the beach, from Nancy Goodfellow, resident yoga instructor...
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Organic tomatoes at Hacienda Okhra

Organic cuisine scene in Santa Teresa Costa Rica

In Santa Teresa, Costa Rica, organic healthy living is alive and well – especially at Pranamar Oceanfront Villas & Yoga Retreat. Budda Eyes Restaurant at the beachfront Santa Teresa Costa Rica hotel is dedicated to serving healthy, nourishing and innovative cuisine. “At Pranamar we try to satisfy not only your stomach, but also your soul...
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Karen Mogensen Reserve - Bridal Veil Waterfall

Nicoya Peninsula Karen Mogensen Nature Reserve protects forest, wildlife

It is amazing how many national parks, conservation areas, wildlife refuges and private reserves there are in the tiny country of Costa Rica. In the mountains of the Pacific Nicoya Peninsula, one little-known private reserve is the Karen Mogensen Nature Reserve. A wildlife refuge and reforestation project, the Karen Mogensen Nature Reserve serves as an...
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