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Off-Peak Costa Rica Vacation Benefits

Dubbed the green season by travel industry experts, Costa Rica’s rainy season corresponds with the low tourism period. Locals know these wetter months have several intrinsic perks, but why should travelers consider May through November…
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Costa Rica Gripped by World Cup Fever

Even non-soccer fans were glued to the TV earlier this month, when Costa Rica’s national league La Sele fought long and hard for a coveted final four spot in the FIFA World Cup 2014. Gripping…
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5 Reasons We Love Manuel Antonio

Costa Rica is one of the world’s hottest ecotourism destinations, and within its tropical bounds Manuel Antonio ranks among its most popular spots for a family vacation or romantic escape. Among the myriad incentives to…
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Leatherbacks of Las Baulas National Marine Park

Often described as one of Guanacaste’s best-kept secrets, Las Baulas National Marine Park harbors the main nesting site of Pacific leatherback sea turtles (known as baulas in Spanish). Situated just north of Tamarindo, the park…
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Animal Planet Films “Meet the Sloths” in Cahuita Sanctuary

Animal Planet’s prime time show, “Meet the Sloths” details the interesting lives of 150 furry residents at Aviarios del Caribe – Cahuita’s (now famous) sloth sanctuary. If you haven’t been, this one-of-a-kind refuge protects orphaned…
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Learning Costa Rica Slang – A Lesson in Pachuco

If you’ve been bitten by the travel bug and journeyed to foreign lands, you know that every country and culture has their own unique slang – phrases and idiomatic expressions particular to that corner of…
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TripAdvisor Rates Manuel Antonio among World’s Top 25 Beaches

TripAdvisor’s eagerly awaited 2014 Travelers’ Choice Awards are out, and Costa Rica has once again received accolades for its spectacular beaches.  Trusted for their honest reviews posted by travelers for travelers, the website published its…
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River Rafting in Costa Rica

Looking for adventure and hair-raising fun during your upcoming Costa Rica vacation? If paddling down churning Class III -IV rapids amid explosive white water sounds exciting, then have we got some choices for you! Costa…
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Costa Rica’s Snorkeling and Scuba Diving Hotspots

Framed by more than 800 miles of picturesque coastline, Costa Rica features ample opportunities for underwater explorations. Swim among graceful sea turtles, vibrant parrotfish and spotted eagle rays as you investigate the country’s living coral…
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Plantains: a Costa Rican Delicacy

Commonly mistaken for an oversized banana, the plantain is one of Costa Rica’s unsung culinary heroes – a starchy treat that is both versatile and delicious. So what is this fruit and how do you…
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Our Favorite Hiking Spots in Costa Rica

With hundreds of national parks and reserves to choose from, Costa Rica is a dream for hiking enthusiasts of all ages and abilities.  Well-tread footpaths through primary rainforest, rugged mountain passes, and sandy ocean-side trails…
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Guanacaste Beach Named One of the World’s Most Beautiful

Described as lovely, secluded and tropical by TripAdvisor reviews, Playa Nacoscolo is one of four eye-catching beaches within the Papagayo Gulf. What makes this section of Guanacaste shoreline so notable are its crystal-clear waters, isolation…
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Annual Craft Beer Festival in Escazu

Earlier this month, more than 3,000 thirsty patrons milled under the tents of Avenida Escazu – trendy site of the third annual Craft Beer Festival. What’s that you say? Artisanal brew in Costa Rica –…
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Exotic cocktails from Costa Rica

You may have heard about Costa Rica’s local firewater, guaro. Distilled from pure sugar cane molasses, it’s alternately described as rot-gut liquor and something akin to strong vodka. At 70-proof, guaro’s alcohol content packs a…
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Why Costa Rica is one of the world’s happiest countries

Costa Rica proudly ranks as one of the happiest countries in the world, thanks in part to its peaceful policies, small carbon footprint, high life expectancy and overall quality of life. This fun-loving Central American…
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Nat Geo Lists Nosara among World’s 20 Best Surf Towns

Trusted by travelers the world over, National Geographic recently issued its list  of “20 Best Surf Towns in the World,”  in which Guanacaste’s Nosara beach ranked fourth place! The magazine heaps praise on the secluded…
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Costa Rica one of Top 10 Retirement Destinations for 2014

Featuring economical, first-rate health care, low property taxes and a diversity of temperate climates to choose from, it’s easy to see why Costa Rica once again tops the list for retirement destinations abroad. The accolades…
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Day Tripping in San Jose

It’s a common occurrence for Costa Rica vacationers: your itinerary has you flying out in the late afternoon, leaving just enough time for some Central Valley explorations before hopping on the plane. So what do…
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Mahi Mahi Ceviche

Book the most beautiful vacation villa of your life   Ingredients: 2 lbs. Mahi Mahi 1 handful or roll of freshly chopped cilantro 1 diced red pepper 1 diced red onion 1 cup of Ginger…
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Meet the Curious Coatimundi

Most Costa Rica vacations promise spectacular wildlife encounters – perhaps none more exciting than the nation’s highly acrobatic primate species. When not marveling over the throaty roars of howler monkeys or amusing antics of capuchins,…
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Enjoy Costa Rica’s Chocolate Tours

You don’t have to be a choco-holic to appreciate one of Costa Rica’s famed cacao tours, which provide a behind-the-scenes look at how this ancient food is grown, harvested and transformed into delightful, organic creations.…
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Carara National Park Highlights

Want to get off the beaten track while communing with nature? Look no further than Carara National Park – a lightly tread reserve that boasts just as much wildlife as neighboring Manuel Antonio, but with…
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Insider’s Guide to Irazu Volcano

Costa Rica typically conjures up visions of balmy beaches, swaying coconut palms and steamy jungles, but thanks to its geographical diversity, glacier lakes and wind-bitten paramo can also be explored in this amazing country. A…
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Great Tips for Traveling with Kids in Costa Rica

Traveling with kids abroad has been likened to taking a herd of wild animals on holiday. Whether you’re traveling with your own little ones or someone else’s brood, factoring in their needs is essential to…
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Hotel vs. Vacation Rentals: Which offers more bang for your buck?

One of the biggest factors in vacation planning is where you’ll stay – do you opt for hotel or a vacation rental? This all-important choice will affect how and where you’ll dine during the duration…
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Costa Rica Relocation – FAQ and Answers

One of the most sought after retirement and relocation destinations among Americans, Costa Rica is known for its first-rate health care, low cost of living, and exceptional natural beauty. Each year, thousands of Baby Boomers…
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Free Cooking & Dance Lessons for Escape Villa Guests

A quick glance on TripAdvisor and you’ll understand why so many travelers rave about their Costa Rica vacation experience with Escape Villas! Luxurious ocean view homes, 24-hour concierge and friendly customer service are always top…
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Testing the Waters Before You Move to Costa Rica

It’s tempting for many to dive right into a real estate purchase, especially after a series of fabulous Costa Rica vacations. But before plunking down your hard-earned cash on the property of your dreams, it’s…
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Packing Tips for Your Costa Rica Vacation

Thinking about travel essentials for your upcoming Costa Rica vacation? Whether embarking on a whirlwind beach holiday or epic backbacking adventure, our best advice is to pack light and leave some extra room for souvenirs…
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Traditional Costa Rica recipes

One of the wonderful aspects of traveling in Costa Rica is sampling the nation’s diverse selection of traditional foods. Many recipes rely heavily on fresh produce, which is complemented by staples like rice, beans and…
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Pineapple Carpaccio with Crystallized Ginger

Book your vacation rental TODAY!   Ingredients: ½ fresh pineapple – sliced into rings…
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Chicken Breast in Honey, Soy, Cashew and Pineapple Chutney

Book the most beautiful vacation villa of your life   Ingredients: 200 Grams Fresh Pineapple – chopped into small cubes 3 cloves of fresh garlic 1 red onion, finely chopped 100 grams macadamia nuts (no…
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Benefits of Spending Christmas in Costa Rica

Want to experience a “White Christmas” in Costa Rica? Look no further than the dazzling beaches of Manuel Antonio, where sugar-white sands are soft beneath your toes and the sun is always shining! December not…
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Manuel Antonio Tour Guide – Adventure and Romance

Situated on the picturesque central Pacific coast, Manuel Antonio is one of Costa Rica’s most sought-after beach vacation destinations, and for good reason. Lowland rainforest meets the sea in this tropical hamlet, which is treasured…
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Costa Rica’s Tastiest and Cheapest Eats

The culinary delights of Costa Rica extend far beyond your average plate of rice and beans (aka gallo pinto – the national dish). Whether your vacation takes you to the cool mountains of Monteverde or…
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Top Adventure Tours in Costa Rica

No Costa Rica vacation is complete without at least one hair-raising adventure – and with ample adrenaline-pumping tours on offer, the hardest part is often narrowing down your choices. Canopy zip-line tours, waterfall rappelling, parasailing,…
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10 Cool Facts about Costa Rica

Unless you’ve been dwelling in a cave, you’ve probably heard of Costa Rica’s status as a prime eco- vacation destination. Whether you’ve experienced the joys first-hand, or read about it in the news, this Central…
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Common Travel Mistakes to Avoid for your Costa Rica Vacation

Getting psyched about your upcoming family beach vacation or girl’s getaway in Costa Rica? We understand how much goes into planning the perfect holiday, and how mishaps like hidden hotel charges and overbooked itineraries can…
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Halloween Celebrations in Costa Rica

If your Costa Rica vacation happens to coincide with Halloween, you may be wondering what festivities are planned for the holiday. Over the last several years, many businesses have adopted popular North American Halloween traditions…
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Quepos to Host 2014 Offshore World Championship

Mark your calendars anglers! The sport fishing Mecca of Costa Rica is ramping up for the 2014 Offshore World Championship, slated to run from April 6-11. Just like last year’s tournament, the world-class Marina Pez…
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Costa Rica Birding – Hotspots & Tips

You don’t have to be a birding enthusiast to appreciate the nearly 900 species of avifauna that reside in this biodiverse country. That first glimpse of a rainbow-colored tanager warbling its sweet song or an…
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Our Favorite Costa Rica National Parks

Did you know that more than 25 percent of Costa Rica’s terrain has been designated a national park, biological reserve or wildlife refuge? Encompassing rainforests, wetlands, cloud forest, beaches and mangrove estuaries, these diverse areas…
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Sea Turtle Nesting in Tortuguero

The green season has arrived in Costa Rica, and with those warm tropical showers come plenty of perks – from fantastic low season specials on vacation rentals and hotels to magnificent wildlife watching opportunities. Some…
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Departing Costa Rica By Plane, By Bus and By Automobile

All travelers leaving Costa Rica via its international airports in San Jose (SJO) or Liberia (LIR) are required to pay a departure tax before they can check in for their flights. The exit tax is…
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Pure Monkey Business in Costa Rica

One of Costa Rica’s biggest tourist draws is its delightful wildlife – from jewel-colored hummingbirds and vibrant tree frogs to the curious coatimundi. But the real showstoppers in this eco tourism destination are its acrobatic…
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Save Money on Your Manuel Antonio Vacation Rental

You’re planning your ultimate Costa Rica beach vacation but are undecided when it comes to location.  For the best of both worlds, consider Manuel Antonio beach – the premier holiday destination – perfect for honeymooning…
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JetBlue Launches Non-Stop Flights To Costa Rica from Fort Lauderdale

  Flying in comfort to Costa Rica just got that much easier (and cheaper!) with JetBlue’s new non-stop service from Fort Lauderdale, Florida. In a recent press release, the airline announced its latest route from…
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Survival Spanish for Your Costa Rica Travels

Imagine you’re strolling down the aisle of a Costa Rica farmer’s market, eyeing tables laden with plump mangoes, juicy pineapple, luscious papaya and other exotic fruits. Wouldn’t it be nice to exchange some pleasantries while…
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Canopy Tours in Costa Rica: 10 Useful Zip-line Tips

Boasting hundreds of miles of zip-line cables zigzagging above the forest, Costa Rica is often referred to as the home of the original canopy tour. Visitors to Monteverde, Tamarindo, Jaco, Arenal and Manuel Antonio will…
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Costa Rica – An Eco Paradise Vacation

In a country that forged the concept of eco-travel, Costa Rica offers many thrilling ways to immerse yourself in nature. Whether relaxing in volcanic hot springs, trekking amid highland cloud forests, or watching sea turtles…
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