Tortuguero — the Ultimate Spot for Viewing Nesting Sea Turtles

August 27th, 2015

sea-turtle-nesting-tortuguero A recent feature in Forbes magazine extolls the many charms of Tortuguero, the crown jewel of Costa Rica’s northern Caribbean coast. Author Sherrie Nachman was enamored with the sloths, howler monkeys and toucans of this authentic hamlet, but was truly dazzled by the dozens of nesting sea turtles that return to its shores year after year. In fact, Tortuguero is the Western Hemisphere’s largest nesting site for the green sea turtle, one of several endangered species that frequent this unique area of Costa Rica.

Green sea turtle nesting period

Green sea turtles (Chelonia mydas) are the most common species to nest in Tortuguero, though loggerhead, hawksbill and leatherback also frequent its protected beaches. The official nesting season for green sea turtles is July 1st through October 31st, but visitors may witness females lumbering ashore into the early weeks of November. Turtle tours, led by professionally-trained naturalist guides, are only held at night when the bulk of the action is happening.  Turtle sightings are never guaranteed, but if you visit during the nesting season, you’re likely to view anywhere from 2-5 ancient-looking reptiles with the help of eagle-eyed turtle spotters.

Evening turtle tours unveil the miracle of life

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Guests are asked to wear dark clothing, leave their flashlights and cell phones at the lodge, and follow the quiet footsteps of their guide as sighting information comes in. Unobtrusive infrared lights are used to watch these magnificent creatures (some weighing more than 400 pounds!) as they use their powerful flippers to dig deep holes in the soft sand. Each female then deposits roughly 100-110 eggs, which will be incubated under the warming rays of the sun. Interestingly, the future sex of the hatchlings will depend on the ambient temperature of the sand that surrounds them. Incubation typically lasts from 50 to 70 days.

Conservation efforts to protect endangered marine turtles

The green sea turtle, like most other marine reptile species is listed as endangered and is therefore protected in Costa Rica and many other countries. The community of Tortuguero has made great efforts to promote turtle conservation over the last 50 years through surveys, tagging, protecting nesting sites, and general data collection. A portion of all turtle tour proceeds goes toward these critical preservation efforts to help maintain sea turtle populations for future generations. At present, the Sea Turtle Conservancy estimates a worldwide population of between 85,000 – 90,000 nesting females.

2015: Costa Rica Ranked the Happiest Country in the World

August 21st, 2015
Costa Rica people known as Ticos

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Want to live in one of the greenest, happiest places on Earth? Then you may want to consider moving to Costa Rica!  Once again, Costa Rica tops the list as the world’s happiest country, according to results from The Happy Planet Index (HPI). While most measures of national progress focus primarily on economic growth, the HPI analyzes what matters most: the sustainable well-being of an intrinsically happy population. And year after year, this tiny Central American nation outranks dozens of more industrialized countries in terms of environmental impact, life expectancy and levels of well-being.

Costa Rica scores #1 out of 151 countries

With a population of just 4.7 million people, Costa Rica achieved 64 points (out of a total of 100) on the HPI index, which factors in ecological footprint, life expectancy and experienced well-being. For many across the globe, the HPI serves as an accurate gauge of how well a country is doing in terms of producing healthy, happy people both now and into the future.

Costa Rica has high level of well-being

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Falling just behind Denmark, Costa Rica scored 7.3 out of 10 for experienced well-being, which draws on responses to a Gallup World Poll that sampled 1,000 individuals aged 15 or older in all of the 151 countries included in this year’s HPI.  Costa Rica was trailed by Thailand, Ecuador and the Philippines in this important indicator.

Small ecological footprint

The ecological footprint (amount of land necessary to sustain a country’s normal consumption) of Costa Rica is 2.52 global hectares per capita. If others had the same environmental impact as the average person in Costa Rica, the globe’s eco footprint would be 5 percent lower.

Costa Rica’s average life expectancy is 79.3

The nation with highest life expectancy is Japan (83.4 years), but Costa Rica still ranked higher than the United States, whose residents have a life expectancy of 78.5. Data was gleaned from the 2011 UNDP Human Development Report.

Enjoying the “pura vida” that is Costa Rica

Surveys and polls aside, Costa Rica’s palpable happiness may be attributed to a number of basic factors. A lot of residents enjoy a simple life that is tune with nature. Heavy emphasis isn’t placed on material possessions, and locals truly embrace the pura vida, or pure life  that values family, friendship and life’s small but meaningful pleasures.

 

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Ceviche Festival Returns to Manuel Antonio This November

August 14th, 2015

ceviche-festival-manuel-antonioA memorable weekend bash will celebrate the many flavors and varieties of ceviche this November, in the second annual Ceviche Festival. The event is scheduled to take place November 13 – 15 at the Marina Pez Vela in Quepos, where locals and tourists are welcome to stop by and enjoy some mouthwatering food along with plenty of family-friendly activities.

Manuel Antonio looks forward to Ceviche Festival

The festival is the brainchild of the Costa Rican Institute of Pacific Ports and the Travel Show Expo, which saw great success with last year’s event. Besides plenty of ceviche to sample, guests can expect live music performances, games and activities for children, and stands selling locally-produced wares and goods. The festival brings focus to cultural identity through food and aims to celebrate cuisine in Costa Rica, particularly the Central Pacific’s abundant fresh seafood.

Event highlights the region’s numerous seafood offerings

Ceviche, traditionally made with fresh fish, is a light, refreshing dish common on many restaurant menus. In Costa Rica, this popular seafood cocktail may feature any one of various types of locally-sourced fish (snook, mahi mahi, white seabass) but may also be made with shrimp, octopus or squid. The seafood is marinated in lime or lemon juice for several hours, which “cooks” the meat, and is served with diced bell peppers, mixed spices, cilantro and onions. Ceviche variations and recipes are virtually endless, with some chefs adding ginger ale for added zing, and others spicing things up with tabasco and hot chili peppers.

Innovative ceviche creations feature green banana, mango

The event will also feature ceviche dishes made with green bananas, mangoes, peaches and other ingredients that are vegetarian-friendly. The festival will culminate in a ceviche competition, in which a panel of select judges has the distinguished honor of awarding winners in one of several categories. So bring your appetite and head over to the Marina Pez Vela for an afternoon of delicious eats and family fun.  Organizers hope to make this an annual event for many years to come!

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Traditional ceviche recipe

To make your own ceviche at home, try this traditional recipe and don’t be afraid to make substitutions or changes according to taste.

Ingredients:
1 pound of white sea bass (corvina)
1 cup of freshly squeezed lemon or lime juice
1 small white onion, diced
½ bell pepper, diced
1 clove garlic, diced
1 handful of cilantro, chopped finely
Salt and pepper to taste
(optional – 1/4 cup ginger ale )

Directions:
1. Put all ingredients in a large bowl and let fish marinate for at least 2 hours. Hint – the longer the fish “cooks” the more intense the flavor.
2. Serve cold on a bed of lettuce with tortilla chips or crackers. Garnish with cucumber or avocado slices.

 

Costa Rica Vacations – Perfect for Every Traveler

August 7th, 2015

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Whether looking for the perfect family vacation spot, honeymoon destination or your next girls’ getaway, Costa Rica fits the bill and then some! The relaxing, tropical ambiance of Costa Rica sets the perfect backdrop for a romantic anniversary or honeymoon, while national parks and wildlife reserves promise nature lovers of all ages exciting animal encounters. Find out why the land of Pura Vida offers something for everyone!

A safe and stress-free family-friendly vacation

Costa Rica prides itself on its peaceful nature, having abolished its standing army in 1948. It’s one of the safest countries in Latin America for family travel, with modern infrastructure, good roads, first-rate medical care facilities, and a largely bilingual population. Moreover, families can take advantage of Costa Rica vacation rentals that were practically made to accommodate and entertain children. Game rooms, private pools, DVD and entertainment centers and fully-equipped kitchens for meals on the fly are some of the key benefits of renting a villa during your family getaway.

Flights are easy to this exotic destination

Why spend 8 hours on a plane to Europe, when exotic landscapes are practically in your own backyard? Many people don’t realize how accessible a Costa Rica honeymoon or vacation can be – we’re less than 3 hours from Miami!  Delta, United, Frontier, JetBlue and other carriers are offering increasing numbers of non-stop flights to the Liberia and San Jose airports, at fantastic rates.

Adventures galore for the thrill-seeker

Stand-up paddle surfing, canopy zip-lines, whitewater rafting, horseback riding and waterfall rappelling are just a few of the standard adventure tours on offer. From Tamarindo beach to Puerto Viejo and everywhere in between, travelers will find outdoor activities and adventures that suit their interest and level.

Costa Rica honeymoon – ideal for rest & relaxation

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Couples have countless opportunities to revel in the romantic backdrops of Costa Rica, from bubbling volcanoes to white-sand beaches. And there’s no better place to sequester yourselves than a luxurious ocean view villa. Indulge in a private hot stone massage for couples; long walks along a palm-fringed shore; a dreamy sunset cruise with champagne toast, and gourmet meals prepared by highly talented international chefs.

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Costa Rica Garners Accolades as Top Travel, Honeymoon Destination

August 1st, 2015

Featuring lush landscapes, smoking volcanos and exceptional beaches, Costa Rica is one of Central America’s most visited vacation destinations. Mysterious caves, majestic cloud forests, mineral-rich hot springs, virgin rainforests and rugged mountains are just some of the natural wonders travelers can enjoy in this ecotourism haven. With more than one quarter of the country protected, it comes as no surprise that sustainable tourism has become the cornerstone of Costa Rica.  Here are some of the latest awards and accolades praising the many virtues of this incredible nation.

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Recent awards and accolades for Costa Rica

  1. First place for best wildlife watching destination, Fox News

  2. Most popular eco-friendly destination, TripAdvisor

  3. First place for the sexiest and most romantic honeymoon destination, 15th Annual Readers’ Choice Awards

  4. Top 5 Best Vacation Destination in the World, Travel & Leisure

  5. Manuel Antonio National Park ranked one of the most beautiful in the world by Forbes

  6. Most Popular Adventure Travel Destination, TripAdvisor

  7. One of the 10 Best Wellness Destinations in the World, Successful Meeting

  8. Nosara Ranked the World’s 4th Best Surf Spot, National Geographic

  9. One of the Top Birdwatching Spots in the World, Travel Pulse

  10. Central America’s Happiest Country, Travel Channel

Recreational opportunities abound

Costa Rica occupies a prime location in the heart of Central America, which is easily accessed by U.S. and Canadian visitors in one of the country’s two international airports situated in San Jose and Liberia. Spanning 19,730 square miles – roughly the size of West Virginia – this comparatively small country holds plenty of surprises, whether you’re into surfing, nature tours, or a relaxing getaway with your loved one. And while exotic creatures draw many tourists (sloths, monkeys and toucans, to name a few), Costa Rica’s main claim to fame is its heart-pounding adventure activities. A land of towering waterfalls, frothing rivers and dense jungle, Costa Rica is a virtual playground for white water rafting, ATV tours, scuba diving and snorkeling and, of course, the requisite canopy tours.

A place for health & wellnesscosta-rica-yoga

Need a break from the daily grind? De-stress and unwind in one of Costa Rica’s famed spas, which promise to rejuvenate the mind, body and spirit. Wellness tourism is growing by leaps and bounds, with several retreats and spas offering everything from yoga classes and organic food to relaxing massages, body wraps and other complementary therapies. You’ll find plenty of inviting spas and wellness retreats in places like Manuel Antonio, Nosara, Dominical and Tamarindo.

 

7 Reasons to Visit Costa Rica in the Green Season

July 24th, 2015

Want to immerse yourself in ecotourism at its finest?  Costa Rica offers unmatched opportunities to explore the wild wonders of its tropical jungles, lowland estuaries and biodiverse cloud forests, largely in part to its extensive national park system. With May already here, the tourist ‘high season’ is winding down, and afternoon showers are popping up every few days. Locals already know that Costa Rica is at its most beautiful during this period – and here are 7 reasons why this is the best time to visit!

Bright and sunny Pavones one of many Costa Rica beaches

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Mornings are sunny for outdoor activities

The green season is named for the luxuriant foliage that is spurred by the rains. But don’t be put off by a little H20 — mornings are still clear and warm, with plenty of time for a surf lesson, a canopy tour or some R&R by the pool. Even better, the clouds often dissipate in time for spectacular sunsets. Read the rest of this entry »

Snorkeling Cano Island

July 22nd, 2015

Second only to Costa Rica’s Cocos Island, Cano Island (Isla del Cano) is widely considered one of the country’s top diving and snorkeling destinations. Its unspoiled beaches, rainforest spilling down to the shoreline, and lack of infrastructure remind you of a long lost paradise… one that is surprisingly accessible to travelers eager to explore its underwater mysteries.

Cano Island Costa Rica national park

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Cano Island quick facts

  • Location: 10 miles offshore from Drake Bay; 7 miles from Corcovado National Park
  • Area: 6,669 maritime acres and 496 land acres
  • Height: 123 meters above sea level
  • Protected status: Biological Reserve
  • Tourist facilities: none other than a basic ranger station; no restaurant or restrooms
  • What to bring: hat, plenty of high SPF sunscreen, T-shirt, towel, dry change of clothes, and camera. Remember to re-apply sunscreen even on overcast days. Read the rest of this entry »

When in Costa Rica, do as the locals do

July 8th, 2015

You know the old adage, “When in Rome, do as the Romans do.” If you’re traveling in Costa Rica, why not embrace a few local customs and do as the Ticos do… Try the simple but surprisingly delicious cuisine, practice a few words of Spanish and don’t be afraid to let loose and celebrate the Pura Vida that makes this country so unique!

Traditional Costa Rica food

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On your Costa Rica vacation, be sure to:

  • Eat like a local – there’s no better access to local culture than through its food! Wherever your travels take you, be sure to try a plate of the the day at your local “soda,” which offers mouthwatering specials like black bean soup, chicken with rice and fresh ceviche. The eats are tasty and you’ll be supporting family-run establishments in the process! Read the rest of this entry »

5 Classic Arenal Adventures

May 22nd, 2015

The adventure town of Arenal aims to please with no shortage of opportunities to get your heart racing. When you’re not rocketing above the treetops or plunging into the depths of a 5 million year-old cavern, you can bask under the grandeur of its near-perfect volcano, which occasionally comes to life with deep rumbles and spurts.  Arenal has been a bit sleepy for the past five years, but was once one of the world’s most active volcanoes. Tourism in the region hasn’t been diminished by this recent slumber, as travelers continue to enjoy a host of unique outdoor adventures. Be sure to give these a try during your next Costa Rica vacation!

Arenal Volcano adventure activities including Canyoning

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Canyoneering

Also known as canyoning or rainforest rappelling, this sport is somewhat unique to Arenal. Ready yourself for the journey of a lifetime as you rappel down 200-foot waterfalls with the aid of skilled guides. Ideal for adventurous travelers ages 6 and up, this tour takes you to remote rainforest canyons tucked away in the outskirts of Arenal. Read the rest of this entry »

5 Best Apps for Your Costa Rica Vacation

March 27th, 2015

Even if this is your second vacation to the sun-kissed shores of Costa Rica, it’s always better to have practical info at your fingertips before you land and during your travels. From quick Spanish translations to instant flight alerts, these popular travel apps are your new best friend!  Read about our top five recommendations for your smart phones.

Travel Apps For Your Costa Rica Vacation

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FlightTrack Pro

FlightTrack Pro has garnered tons of praise for its user-friendly interface that lets you manage international flights, with updates in real time of delays and cancellations. The app has nifty maps and tracks more than 1,300 different airlines across thousands of airports.  Even better, the app boasts terminal maps, flight alerts and lets you know about any weather-related delays. FlightTrack Pro costs $9.99 and is compatible with Androids, Blackberries and iPhones/iPads. Read the rest of this entry »

Crazy for Coconuts in Costa Rica

March 24th, 2015

Delicious, exotic fruits are readily available year-round in Costa Rica. Guava, mangosteen and passion fruit vie for your attention alongside jumbo pineapples and plump mangoes. These homegrown delicacies are bursting with vitamins, essential minerals and are a terrific snack any time– especially after a long day of adventure. Of all the major players in Costa Rica, no other has the versatility or amazing health benefits as the coconut.

Agua de pipa is a Costa Rican treat

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Rehydrate naturally with coconut water 

“Pipa fria” or the water from young, green coconuts is sold on beaches and towns everywhere in Costa Rica. This slightly sweet liquid is a natural source of electrolytes, and is packed with potassium, phosphorous, magnesium and calcium. At just 60 calories per eight-ounce serving, this elixir is the smart way to rehydrate. Coconut water may be a trendy “health drink” among A-listers, but its healing properties are backed up by hard evidence. Studies show that coconut water aids in digestion, lowers blood pressure, enhances insulin levels in diabetics and facilitates weight loss.  Read the rest of this entry »

Six Compelling Reasons to Plan a Costa Rica Vacation

March 6th, 2015

Adventure. Romance. Wildlife. Volcanoes. Hot springs. Waterfalls. Beaches. These are some of the hallmarks of travel in Costa Rica, a place where you can get back to nature, rev up your adrenaline, and savor the pura vida lifestyle that makes Ticos so darn happy. Ready to wake up to jungle noises while sipping on shade-grown coffee of the highest caliber? Or meander through a national park literally teeming with wildlife? Read on to discover six convincing reasons why you should book now!

Thriving ecotourism in Costa Rica

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Thriving ecotourism

Leave it to Nobel Peace Prize winner and former Costa Rican President Oscar Arias Sanchez to put the country on the map for its environmental dedication. Want to travel green and as low-impact as possible? You can in this thriving eco-tourism destination! Eco-friendly vacation villas, “green” car rentals, and carbon neutral flights mean a smaller footprint as you experience Costa Rica’s natural wonders. Read the rest of this entry »

Tips for the Solo Female Traveler to Costa Rica

February 27th, 2015

Every year, thousands of solo female tourists enjoy Costa Rica’s varied adventure offerings without a concern for personal safety. The nation has a long-standing reputation as one of the safest Latin American countries for good reason, but women should take a few things into consideration if planning a solo Costa Rica vacation. Common sense street smarts go a long way in Costa Rica, as do other precautions to avoid potential harassment.

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Advice for solo women travelers to Costa Rica:

  • Incidents of violent crime are extremely rare, but always do your research on specific areas, especially if traveling through San Jose alone
  • Ensure a family member or friend has a copy of your Costa Rica travel itinerary
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Costa Rica Ranks First for Best Family Vacation Destination

February 13th, 2015

Costa Rica’s unspoiled jungles and pristine beaches can make for the family vacation of a lifetime, say travel experts at U.S. News.  Among Central and South American holiday destinations, Costa Rica was rated number one for its kid-friendly attractions and outdoor pursuits that are ideal for nature lovers and adventure seekers. When scoring the eight best family vacations in South and Central America, the site considered family-centric activities, accommodations and dining experienced offered by each country, in addition to expert recommendations and traveler opinions.

Several activities for the whole family

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Favorite Costa Rica tours enjoyed by families

Seasoned travelers who have enjoyed the many perks of a Costa Rica family vacation named some of their favorite activities and tours, which carried them from the sunny beaches of Manuel Antonio to the cool climes surrounding Poas Volcano.  Kids aged 7 to 12 adored snorkeling tours – where they could get up close and personal with curious aquatic creatures and billowing clouds of tropical fish. Other popular tours include dolphin and whale watching excursions, horseback riding and zip-line tours around Arenal Volcano –a short and scenic 3-hour drive from the San Jose International airport.  And of course, there are scores of extreme activities, like whitewater rafting and off-road ATV tours, which will appeal to an older or more daring tween or teen. Read the rest of this entry »

Tips for Vegetarian Dining in Costa Rica

February 6th, 2015

More and more people are going vegetarian or vegan for both health and ethical reasons, and while it’s easy to go meatless in the States, travel abroad can often pose challenges. The good news is that there are plenty of options for vegetarian dining in Costa Rica – a country blessed with a year-round abundance of mouthwatering fruits and vegetables. Rice and beans may be the national dish, but there’s much more to Costa Rican cuisine than meets the eye and an increasing number of specialty restaurants and cafes are catering to vegetarian travelers.

Costa Rica typical meal Gallo Pinto

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Healthy cuisine for vegetarian travelers

Red and black beans, rice and corn tortillas are staples of the Costa Rican diet and just about every menu features gallo pinto, which is a nutritious and filling choice for breakfast, lunch or dinner. The following are some other typical Tico-style meals that are perfect for vegetarians: Read the rest of this entry »

Day Tripping to Cano Island

January 30th, 2015

Part archeological site, part diving and snorkeling paradise – the 740 acre Cano Island is worth a visit during your Costa Rica travels. Conveniently accessed from the central or southern Pacific, Cano Island is situated roughly 12 miles from Drake Bay, and is renowned for its amazing marine life and high visibility – averaging around 40-50 feet. Swirling schools of jacks, colorful reef fish, white tip sharks and moray eel sightings are not uncommon in this biological reserve.

Cano Island a beautiful reserve to take a day trip to

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Cano Island: location and fast facts

  • Location: Osa Peninsula, 12 nautical miles by boat from Drake Bay
  • Reserve admission fee: $10.00 (included in package tours)
  • Total area: 6,669 maritime acres, 740 land acres
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Costa Rica Weather FAQs

January 23rd, 2015

Costa Rica is praised for its tropical clime, which varies from 65 to 90 degrees Fahrenheit depending on the region.  Due to its altitudinal variations from highland mountains to low-lying coastline, temperatures can fluctuate as much as 15-20 degrees within just a few hours’ drive. Most vacationers prefer to visit during the country’s “summer” months (December through April), though rainy season visits offer plenty of advantages for the budget-minded traveler.

Beautiful beaches of Costa Rica

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Is the rainy or dry season better for a Costa Rica vacation? 

Both seasons have benefits and drawbacks. The dry season (early December to mid-April) marks the start of Costa Rica’s peak tourism period, when beach vacation rentals, hotels and hostels begin booking up weeks in advance. Visitors are nearly guaranteed 12 hours of daily sunshine, but prices are higher and popular attractions often crowded. Though it can rain daily in the green season, thunderstorms typically roll in later in the day. Perks of a rainy season holiday include fewer tourists, major savings on accommodations and increased flexibility with your travel plans, since advance reservations aren’t necessary. Read the rest of this entry »

Summer is Here! Costa Rica’s Dry Season Means More Glorious Sunshine

January 19th, 2015

Cool trade winds are blasting through the Central Valley and afternoon showers have long since abated – a sure sign that summer has arrived here in Costa Rica.  January marks the real beginning of the country’s dry season – a time when visitors flock to the beaches, volcanoes and mountains, reveling in the glorious weather that makes January-April one of the best times for a Costa Rica vacation.

Costa Rica beach vacation with the family

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Perfect time to plan your family beach vacation

Now is the ideal time to start planning your family holiday to Costa Rica’s famed tourist attractions, which draw millions of travelers each and every year.  If your kids are begging for beachfront fun and exotic wildlife encounters, there’s no better place than the Central Pacific’s Manuel Antonio. Discover the thrills of snorkeling, boogie boarding and parasailing over the Cerulean blue waters of this popular tourist hotspot, which is home to the nation’s smallest (but most beautiful )national park. Your entire group can relax in comfort and luxury in one of our well-appointed Manuel Antonio villa rentals, many of which feature amazing ocean views and lookouts over the park. Read the rest of this entry »

Dominical Prepares for Envision Festival 2015

December 26th, 2014

Mark your calendars, folks, the fifth annual Envision Festival in Costa Rica’s lush Southern Pacific Coast starts February 26 and runs through March 1, 2015. Equal parts music festival and eco-conscious gathering, the event is expected to draw at least a thousand more visitors this year, as more eco-minded travelers partake in this spectacular microcosm of performance art and spiritual enlightenment.

Dominical prepares for the Envision Festival Costa Rica

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Envision Festival 2015 hosted in Uvita

Envision isn’t your average music festival, but rather an epic conglomeration of talented musicians, artists, yogis, natural healers, and legendary teachers. Just like last year, the festival will be held in Uvita, just a few miles south of Dominical. An Envision attendee at the 2014 festival spoke about her incredible experiences, including healing massages; “flying yoga;” all night dances on the beach; and healthful cuisine lovingly prepared with fresh, organic ingredients. The setting couldn’t be more inspiring: a jungle backdrop where luxuriant rainforest meets the sea. Read the rest of this entry »

Traditional Christmas Tamales in Costa Rica

December 24th, 2014

December is a spectacular month to be vacationing in Costa Rica – a time of holiday celebrations, sensational horse parades, family gatherings, seasonal fiestas and delicious Christmas foods. Nearly every home and building is adorned with twinkling lights, elaborate nativity scenes and beautifully-decorated Cypress trees and wreaths. Traveling in Costa Rica during this time of year is a culturally enriching experience, and a chance to sample some of the country’s typical Christmas cuisine.

Traditional Costa Rica tradition is the Christmas Tamale

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Tamales – a time-honored holiday food among Costa Rican families

Tamales are a bit labor-intensive to make, but the results are so worth it! These tasty little pockets of goodness are usually made over a period of several days, as family members pitch in to complete various stages. Made of corn meal and filled with a savory combination of shredded pork, beef, or chicken combined with carrots, potatoes, celery, onions, bell peppers or peas – tamales are wrapped in banana leaves and boiled until ready.  Every family has their own unique recipe and shares them as gifts with loved ones and friends. Look for them in grocery stores everywhere, or try your hand at home with this traditional recipe. Read the rest of this entry »





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