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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 nation ranked #1 on the…
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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 beach town for its friendly…
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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 come courtesy of International Living’s…
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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 you do with a half…
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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, you may find yourself entranced…
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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. The country is home to…
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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 fewer tourist crowds. Located on…
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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 day trip to the ethereal…
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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 a smooth and stress-free vacation. …
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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 of your visit, privacy levels…
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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 flock to the golden sands…
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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 smart to test drive a…
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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 like delicious, shade-grown coffee. In…
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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 only marks the beginning of…
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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, and rafting Costa Rica’s churning…
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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 American nation is renowned for…
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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 ruin an otherwise fantastic trip.…
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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 when it comes to lighthearted…
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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 Vela in Quepos is the…
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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 iridescent resplendent quetzal feeding on…
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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 protect some of the country’s…
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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 of the nation’s most iconic…
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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 $29 U.S. dollars, and applies…
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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 couples, families and large groups…
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JetBlue Launches Non-Stop Flights To Costa Rica from Fort Lauderdale

[caption id="attachment_2610" align="alignright" width="300"] More Destinations We Offer Vacation Rentals In Costa Rica Here[/caption]   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…
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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 have no shortage of options…
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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 nest along the lone stretch…
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TripAdvisor Survey Reveals Vacation Rental Benefits

The latest travel survey on TripAdvisor asked participants which they’d prefer:  a vacation rental or hotel?  According to the results published on April 10, 49% of respondents have already stayed in or are planning to vacation in a house rental…
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Enjoy the Road Less Traveled in Costa Rica

For a country the size of West Virginia, Costa Rica never fails to impress visitors with its diverse ecosystems, microclimates and stunning terrain. From rolling green mountains and misty cloud forests to sultry beaches lined with coconut palms – there’s…
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Taste Sensation: Unique Tropical Fruits of Costa Rica

Praised for its verdant rainforests and unspoiled beaches, Costa Rica offers yet another exotic temptation – a colorful and tasty array of tropical fruits. And the best part is you can enjoy these succulent delights any time of year. Stop…
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Surf’s Up in Costa Rica – Best Beaches to Hang Ten

Whether you’re a total beginner or a seasoned pro, there’s no shortage of stellar choices when it comes to surfing in Costa Rica. Straddled by the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans, the country has over 800 miles of gorgeous shoreline, and…
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Top 5 Reasons For Your Costa Rica Vacation During the Green Season

[caption id="attachment_2523" align="alignleft" width="300"] Check here for more on Costa Rica beaches[/caption] The green season: one of the numerous aliases for Costa Rica’s wetter months of May through November. It’s also known as the low tourism period, the rainy season…
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Traveling to Costa Rica facts

Costa Rica Travel FAQ and Answers

Are you in the midst of planning your Costa Rica vacation and need some quick answers to commonly asked questions? From entry requirements to local driving conditions and drinking water, here’s what you need to know before packing your bags.…
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Marlin one of the Sport Fish to go for while in Costa Rica

Costa Rica Sportfishing Epic Year Round

You don’t have to been a seasoned angler to appreciate Costa Rica’s epic sportfishing. Rain or shine, Atlantic coast or Pacific, the fishing is truly phenomenal any time of year. Cast your line inshore for red snapper, roosterfish and snook,…
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Zoo Ave great family vacation activity located in San Jose Costa Rica

Zoo Ave Makes Headlines for Wildlife Conservation

If the Central Valley is part of your upcoming Costa Rica vacation itinerary, be sure to include a visit to Alajuela’s Zoo Ave. While literally translated as “Bird Zoo,” this unique attraction is much more than a sanctuary for our…
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Gorgeous Tamarindo beach front villa rentals great for family vacations

Top 5 Reasons to Vacation in Tamarindo

One of the sun-kissed beaches along Guanacaste’s famed Gold Coast, Tamarindo is an eclectic mix of outdoor pursuits, vibrant nightlife and creature comforts. The surf Mecca attracts thousands of tourists each year with its epic waves, laid-back ambiance and wide…
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Pan-American highway Passes through all of Costa Rica

Helpful Tips for Driving in Costa Rica

You’ve been planning the ultimate Costa Rica vacation for months, and now the time is finally here! Whether your itinerary includes the more popular beach destinations such as Flamingo, Tamarindo or Jaco – or places off-the-beaten-path – your trip will…
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One of the many species of monkeys in Costa Rica wildlife

Costa Rica’s Most Popular Wildlife

Did you know that Costa Rica is home to nearly five percent of the planet’s total biodiversity? For a country the size of West Virginia that equals thousands of species and a paradise for animal lovers. From coast to coast,…
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Juan Santamaria International Airport in San Jose Costa Rica

Costa Rica’s Two International Airports Offer More Options for Travelers

Home to two international airports, Costa Rica welcomes more than two million tourists annually. The country has witnessed a huge boom in eco-tourism over the past decade and visitor numbers have been steadily climbing, with an anticipated 2.3 million travelers…
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Popular Surf destination in Central America is Costa Rica

Surfing In Costa Rica Is Very Popular

Over these last two decades, Costa Rica has become a top surf destination, attracting avid surfers and beginners alike. It has a choice of two coasts which include the Pacific and the Caribbean. Each ocean has its legendary breaks on…
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Costa Rica zip line canopy tours offered through out central america

Zip line Canopy Tours of Costa Rica

[caption id="attachment_2309" align="alignleft" width="300"] Check out more Costa Rica activities here[/caption] Canopy Tours have become exceedingly popular in Costa Rica as they provide the tourists with a unique perspective when visiting the cloud and rain forests. The canopy is where…
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Cano Island Costa Rica located of the Osa Peninsula in the Southern Pacific

Day Trip To Cano Island

[caption id="attachment_2280" align="alignleft" width="300"] Check here for Dominical vacation rentals[/caption] Cano Island is located in the southern Pacific Coast of Costa Rica, off the coast of the Osa Peninsula. The Cano Island Biological Reserve mostly consists of the marine life.…
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Marino Ballena National Park Costa Rica Central America

Tour of the Marino Ballena National Park

The Marino Ballena is located on the southern pacific coast of Costa Rica, in the Osa Peninsula. It is part of the Area of Conservation of the Osa Peninsula and it was officially named a National Park in 1989 to…
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This months top pick – Stunning Costa Rica Vacation Rental

If you’re looking to get away from it all and escape to paradise, this beautiful Manuel Antonio rental home is the place you want to be in Costa Rica. This 4-bedroom, 4-bath villa is a one of a kind property…
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Discovery of Costa Rica stone spheres

Costa Rican National Museum announces new discovery of pre-Columbian stone spheres

Discovery of three new stone spheres announced by Costa Rican National Museum at Batambal archeological site in the Southern Region.
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Manuel Antonio vacation rental swimming pool

Life can’t get any better than this! Discover Costa Rica luxury vacationing at Casa Fantastica, Manuel Antonio

Casa Fantastica is located in Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica and is known for being one of the most beautiful vacation rentals in the country. A large estate designed for families and destination weddings, Casa Fantastica is an 8 bedroom, 8 full and 3 half bathrooms.
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Costa Rica Vacation Tamarindo

A Costa Rica Vacation to Remember – Escape to Paradise with Your Buddies

A Costa Rica vacation to remember in Playa Tamarindo, Guanacaste
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Costa Rica Nature Blue Jean Frog

Costa Rica Nature Continues to Amaze – New study reveals unique habits of Poison Dart Frogs

Costa Rica nature continues to amaze with the publication of the latest study of posion dart frogs.
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Costa Rica Destination Wedding

Canadian couple jet in for Costa Rica Destination Wedding in Manuel Antonio

Amanda Street and Dave Moore are having a Costa Rica Destination Wedding in Manuel Antonio. Congratulations to the happy couple!
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Costa Rica Wildlife Monkey

UNESCO awards Costa Rica Wildlife Reserve

UNESCO has awarded Costa Rica Wildlife Reserve amongst the top 28 in the world. Home to an abudance of Costa Rica nature this reserve is located in the north of the country.
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