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Nicoya Peninsula
Costa Rica vegetarian casado (typical meal)

Easy tips to travel Costa Rica as a vegetarian / vegan

I had a pair of friends visit me in Costa Rica not long ago who were vegetarian and vegan. My first reaction was, “Oh, no, what are they going to eat?” I know how much Costa Ricans love their chicken, beef, chicharrones (fried pork), fish, etc. They said, not to worry. Rice and beans are...
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Hotel Tropico Latino holds surf retreats in Santa Teresa, Costa Rica

Surf retreat vacation craze captures hearts in Costa Rica

What’s the latest vacation craze? Surfing and yoga retreats in the balmy tropics are the hot fashion. But what if you don’t know how to surf or live far from the nearest ocean? Is it still an adventure worth taking? Try it and you’ll see. Here’s what a few surf retreat fans had to say:...
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Night kayaking tour thrills senses in Costa Rica

You definitely have to be up for an adventure to go kayaking in the ocean at night. At first, the experience can be a little unnerving. The slightest splash makes you jump. What was that? Shark? Fish? Whale? It was probably your own kayak paddle hitting the water, but the fact that you can’t see...
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Costa Rica Grand Final Reef National Surfing Championships 2013

Costa Rica’s pro surfers vie for national titles in Jaco

If Costa Rica’s professional surf scene had an A-team, it would look something like this: Carlos Muñoz, Jair Pérez, Noe Mar McGonagle, Gilbert Brown, Anthony Fillingim, Luis Vindas, Leilani McGonagle, Lisbeth Vindas, and Nataly Bernold. The nine top surfers seem to shuffle places between being national champions and taking the top five slots at any...
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Enjoy a healing massage on the beach at Pranamar Villas in Costa Rica

Massage: Simple indulgence or Powerful health tool?

While massage may have developed a reputation as an indulgence for people who love pampering, studies reveal that it has wide-reaching, evident health benefits, according to an article in the Wall Street Journal. Research over the past few years has found that massage therapy boosts immune function in women with breast cancer, improves symptoms in...
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San Lucas Island boat dock

San Lucas Island: Dreaded prison converts to wildlife refuge

If it was 25 years ago, you wouldn’t want to go to San Lucas Island. The small, forested island in the middle of Costa Rica’s Nicoya Gulf was the roughest jail in the country. Being sent to San Lucas Island was a terrible prospect; prisoners’ lives were short and often spent in torture. Thankfully, today,...
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Yoga retreats at Hotel Tropico Latino in Costa Rica

Yoga retreats revitalize in Santa Teresa, Costa Rica

Looking for a relaxing, restoring and uplifting vacation? Try a yoga retreat. A yoga retreat is not only yoga – add in getting away from it all to a beautiful and sunny place, exercise that makes you feel good, healthy and delicious cuisine prepared for you (as in, you didn’t have to cook it!), nature or...
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Things to do in Nicoya

7 Top Things to Do & See at the Nicoya Gulf

Costa Rica’s southern Nicoya Peninsula is full of natural beauty and rich in biodiversity. Jagged and mountainous from its volcanic origins, with pockets of shimmering beaches, the landscape is a diverse transition zone between tropical dry forest and wet tropical forest. The Gulf of Nicoya’s placid waters stretch between the Peninsula and mainland. The tops...
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Las 10 mejores playas para surfear en Costa Rica

Las guías Moon hacen que los viajes independientes y que la exploración de exteriores sea divertida y accesible. Su elaboración es llevada a cabo por turistas expertos quienes reseñan de manera sincera los pormenores de cada lugar, consejos estratégicos de primera; además de datos locales útiles y una buena dosis de buen humor. Por estas...
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NASA image of Nicoya Peninsula, Costa Rica, Central America

Nicoya peninsula sits on critical geologic position

About 50 million years or so ago, Costa Rica was a series of underwater volcanoes. Over thousands and thousands of years, layers built up until eventually they surfaced and continued to grow, just as the Hawaiian Islands do today. The Cocos Plate shoving its way underneath the Caribbean Plate also helped things along, pushing Central...
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Del Mar Surf Camp surf vacations in Costa Rica

Summer surf vacations in Costa Rica

What are you doing for your summer holiday? What about a beach holiday in the tropics? Sun, sand, surf … Costa Rica is at the top of all popular travel sites this year. Warm water, abundant sunshine, palm trees, balmy temperatures, friendly people, and lots of great places to stay and things to do. This...
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Follow your bliss to Playa Santa Teresa, Costa Rica

Happiness, bliss & the beauty of life on Santa Teresa Beach

Are you happy? That seems to be the question being asked in recent times, from boardrooms to bars, international conference centers to offices of government leaders, business schools to book stores. Are we happy? Following our bliss? Living our passion? Are we “me-focused” or “others-focused”? The tiny Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan even measures its country’s...
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White-tailed deer at Curu Wildlife Refuge in Costa Rica

Curu Wildlife Refuge is main Nicoya Peninsula nature attraction

When I used to guide nature tours in Costa Rica, people would always ask me, “Are we going to see monkeys (or a sloth, toucan, etc.)?” I would always respond, “Well, it’s possible, but not guaranteed; it’s not like we put the animals out in their positions in the morning!” When we talk about the...
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Costa Rica celebrates its culture with many festivals

Costa Rica culture shines all year in festivals

One thing about Costa Rica is the country loves a good party! Costa Ricans are known for being gregarious and fun-loving and their enthusiasm is contagious when the country celebrates its numerous fiestas, festivals and horse parades. Plan your travel to Costa Rica during these cultural events and experience first-hand the country’s rich local traditions,...
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Destination weddings in Costa Rica are an exciting alternative

Top 10 Destination Wedding planning tips

Trending in recent years among brides and grooms is leaving behind the traditional, large, 250-person, fancy church, banquet hall wedding in favor of a fun, exotic destination wedding that adds the adventure of a sunny honeymoon vacation. Couples choose to go out-of-town for many reasons, including basic economics. You would think that staging a wedding...
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Del Mar Surf Camp family surf vacations in Costa Rica are lots of fun

Try a Family Surf Vacation for Unique Summer Fun!

Summer break, for all of those in the north, is nearly here. This year, do something really unique and different for your family vacation! Go on a family surfing vacation in warm, tropical Costa Rica. Really get away from your daily routine of life, have fun on an adventure, experience new places, make new friends,...
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Tropical architecture at Hotel Tropico Latino in Costa Rica

Tropical Architecture in Costa Rica

Besides amazing looks, tropical architecture is all about working with the elements of nature to achieve thermal comfort in hot and humid climates. Tropical architecture, whether traditional, ultramodern or high-tech, uses passive design elements like sunshades, cavity walls, light shelves, overhangs, roof and wall insulation, and shading from large trees to block the intense tropical...
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Painting of Chorotega Indian community near Nicaragua-Costa Rica border

Uncover the Rich Indigenous History of Costa Rica

Visitors to Costa Rica’s northwest Guanacaste region probably don’t realize the area was once a thriving community for the indigenous Chorotega tribe. Indigenous history and traditions maintain a low profile in the Central American country, yet if you look closely they are all around you. Spreading across Costa Rica’s entire northern Pacific zone, Guanacaste, for...
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Costa Rican Surfer Rises to Top 10 in World Rankings

Costa Rica surfer Carlos Muñoz has made it to the top 10 in the Junior Men’s World Ranking of the Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP). The 20-year-old rising star surfer is currently tied at ninth place in the world in the Junior Men’s Division with eight other surfers from Australia, Hawaii, Brazil, USA and Japan....
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Jaco surfer Jair Perez wins MAUI Cup national Costa Rica surf competition

Jaco Surfers Win Top Titles in Costa Rica Surf Competition

Jaco surfers dominated Costa Rica’s Third Olympus National Surfing Competition for 2013, the MAUI Cup, last week at Jaco Beach. Top Jaco surfers Jair Pérez and Lisbeth Vindas respectively won the Men’s and Women’s Open Titles in the third Costa Rica Surf Federation national circuit competition, sponsored by energy drink company Adrenaline Rush. The surf...
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Pranamar Villas' gift shop in Costa Rica features unique gifts from around the world

Unique Gifts Keep Costa Rica Travel Memories Alive

One of the joys of traveling is picking up that little something special to bring back home. A unique gift from a unique place that will remind you months and years later of the fun trip you enjoyed. In the case of world traveler Susan Money, owner of Costa Rica’s Pranamar Oceanfront Villas and Yoga...
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Costa Rica is your perfect warm winter sun holiday

In Search of Warm: Costa Rica's Sun Gives Winter Relief

Headlines this week reported most of North America, Europe and even China locked in winter’s icy grip. A mix of sleet and snow, accompanied by lightning, made travel a mess in the Dallas/Ft. Worth metro area. A swath of snowfall from portions of Mississippi and northern Alabama/Georgia spreads through the Central Appalachians. Trees snap in...
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Have fun at the beach in Costa Rica following our top beach safety tips

Top Beach Safety Tips – Have Fun in the Sun & Surf in Costa Rica

There’s nothing better than a day at the beach. The sun, the surf … what could be more fun? Especially in Costa Rica, where the sun, sand and sea are warm all the time! Long beaches of gold, rich black, pearly white, beige and even pink sand, fringed with palm trees and other greenery –...
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Playa Santa Teresa in Costa Rica is a surfer's paradise

Santa Teresa Rises to Trendy Costa Rica Beach Destination

Once, Santa Teresa was a small fishing village, home to a handful of families who lived off the sea, along with small-scale agriculture and cattle ranching. Like many of Costa Rica’s top beach destinations along the Nicoya Peninsula, Santa Teresa’s isolation from poor or non-existing roads kept this tropical paradise off the beaten track for...
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