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Costa Rica tropical rain forest weather changes drastically in different zones

Costa Rica Weather

Rainy or Dry Season Costa Rica is praised for its tropical climate. Which varies from 65 to 90 degrees Fahrenheit depending on the region.  Costa Rica is known for altitudinal variations from highland mountains to…
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Leatherback Sea Turtle

A day in the life of a Sea Turtle

The Amazing Sea turtles of Costa Rica You may not hear much about Sea Turtles or even know the different species names but one thing is for sure they are prevalent to Costa Rica’s beaches.…
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The Blue Morpho butterfly of Costa Rica

Famous Butterflies of Costa Rica

A Colorful Marvel Costa Rica has many amazing benefits to staying or living here, one of the biggest benefits is being able to see flourishing colors year round. These colors inhabit the many different animals,…
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Poas Volcano

Costa Ricas Eco Friendly Initiative

Going 100 percent green Costa Rica has always been known as a country that takes pride in its wildlife and greenery. Now they are going a step further by setting the goal to become one…
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Titi monkey on tree

Saving the Titi Monkey

What threatens the Titi Monkey? Visiting Costa Rica you will come to see that there are four different types of Monkeys, the lengthy Spider Monkey, the Howler, the Capuchin Monkey, and of course the smallest…
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Trumpet umbrella plant

Flowers of Costa Rica

The Flora of Costa Rica is astonishing the number of different species of plants that live here, give a new hope for this earth and what will be happening in the near future. Costa Rica includes…
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Amazing wonders of Costa Rica

Green Flash Imagine sitting on one of Manuel Antonio‘s restaurant patios at sunset enjoying a refreshing beverage and cool ocean breeze when suddenly the sky turns green. It’s called the green flash, a phenomenon that…
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Costa Rica Rainforests

The Costa Rica Jungle and Costa Rica Rainforests make up the biggest part of the country. They are the reason we have national parks and such a diversity of flora and fauna. They are the reason…
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Poas Volcano

The Poas Volcano Reopening

Poas Volcano is certainly one of the most iconic Volcanos in Costa Rica and Latin America. This perfectly shaped Volcano was closed in April of 2017, and due to this closure caused a difficult economic situation for…
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Bird Watching while on your National Park Tour

Famous birds of Costa Rica

Wings of paradise Costa Rica is possibly the number one eco spot to visit worldwide. This country is amazing for its diversity and one of the biggest attractions is Birding or Bird watching. With so…
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Isla del Coco side view.

40 years of Isla Del Coco

Isla del Coco National Park located about as far away as an island can get from Costa Rica in the Pacific. This stunning piece of beauty is celebrating 40 years of amazing achievements including the…
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Several Costa Rica beach areas offered by Escape Villas

Attractive areas for Expats to live in Costa Rica

Costa Rica boasts so many wonderful things, including a green initiative, animal conservation, no army, a true democracy, and many other things. This makes it an ideal country to live in if you are an…
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3 toed sloth very common in Costa Rica wildlife

The New Universal trail at Manuel Antonio National Park

The Manuel Antonio national park has been an iconic nature preserve in Costa Rica for years. This is because of how accessible it is to the public. Being located just outside of Quepos on the Pacific…
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Facts about the Red-Eyed Tree Frog

The Red-Eyed Tree Frog is a favorite among many people all over the world this is especially true of us here in Manuel Antonio. This is because of their unique coloration and beautiful big eyes.…
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Jaguar sitting in Jungle

Our Favorite Animals of Costa Rica

With the travel season just ramping up, you will be looking forward to planning that next trip to Costa Rica. There are so many questions that come to mind when we travel, but one of…
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Foodie Destination in Guanacaste

Costa Rica’s Guanacaste province makes up the northwest region of the country and is famed for its many Pacific Ocean resorts. In many coastal communities around the world, once-sleepy areas beloved by locals, surfers, and…
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Costa Rica’s Caribbean Coast a Top Destination, Says Lonely Planet

Lonely Planet—the world’s biggest and most successful travel guide series—ranks Costa Rica’s lush Caribbean coast as one of 2016’s best vacation destinations. The respected publication claims the region offers unbeatable value, and a taste of everything that makes Costa…
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Costa Rica at a Glance – Interesting Stats & Facts

In the context of memorable vacations, Costa Rica evokes images of palm-fringed beaches, sultry rainforests brimming with wildlife, and the delighted yips of zip-line adventurers as they hurl their bodies from one platform to the next. But did you know that…
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Costa Rica Ranked Among Top Whale-Watching Destinations

Costa Rica has garnered numerous accolades for its earth-friendly policies, pristine beaches and incredible biodiversity. 2016 is shaping up to be another banner year for this popular eco-tourism haven. According to a recent article in…
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Wildlife Photography Tips from the Pros

Opportunities for amazing nature photography abound in Costa Rica – whether you’re trekking through Manuel Antonio National Park or meandering the dark river canals of Tortuguero. Follow these tips and tricks to ensure plenty of…
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Annual Envision Festival Epitomizes Costa Rican Pura Vida

Seeking an Enlightenment of Consciousness Since 2011, the Envision Festival, set to kick off February 25th, has brought thousands of people seeking an enlightenment of consciousness mixed with fun and excitement to Costa Rica’s southern…
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Responsible Travel in Costa Rica

Costa Rica aims to become the first carbon-neutral nation by balancing its carbon dioxide (CO2) inputs and emissions. This lofty goal, which is set for 2021, will undoubtedly require cooperation by industry officials, the government…
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Day Trip to La Paz Waterfall Gardens

Often described as “Disney-esque” for its majestic qualities, La Paz Waterfall Gardens is a great spot to experience magnificent waterfalls and the flora and fauna of Costa Rica. Equal parts wildlife refuge,  nature park and…
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Diving with Sharks at Cocos Island

Situated 340 miles off the coast of Costa Rica, Cocos Island is one of the world’s greatest spots for scuba diving with sharks. A 34-hour boat ride takes thrill seekers to this lush and secluded…
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Top 5 Activities in Manuel Antonio

Need inspiration planning your Manuel Antonio beach vacation? From wildlife watching and jet skiing to sipping fruity cocktails at sunset, there’s no shortage of things to do and see in this dreamy beach town. And…
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Stand Up Paddle Boarding in Costa Rica

Stand up Paddle (SUP) boarding is making waves in Costa Rica, where this burgeoning sport has proven an excellent way to explore scenic waterways while improving your balance. If you’re new to SUP, don’t fear.…
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Dominical Beckons with Wildlife & Adventure

Dominical’s palm-kissed beaches feel worlds away from civilization. Perched in a hammock overlooking the shore, travelers are lulled by the surging crashes of water against rock and sand. Yet this burgeoning Costa Rica vacation destination…
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Tortuguero — the Ultimate Spot for Viewing Nesting Sea Turtles

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…
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Costa Rica people known as Ticos

2015: Costa Rica Ranked the Happiest Country in the World

  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,…
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Costa Rica Garners Accolades as Top Travel, Honeymoon Destination

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…
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Scarlet Macaws of Costa Rica

Scarlet macaws, known as lapas in Costa Rica, are among the world’s largest and most colorful Neotropical parrots. Noted for its brilliant plumage and ear-piercing call, the scarlet macaw ranges from southern Mexico through Brazil…
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Arenal Volcano National Park Ranked Among the 35 Best on Earth

What’s the best way to experience our planet’s amazing and curious natural wonders? Huff Post Travel suggests that one look no further than our national parks – those rambling tracts of wilderness (both well-traveled and…
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Costa Rica’s Enchanting Butterfly Gardens

A visit to Costa Rica’s enchanting butterfly farms and gardens is a wonderful way to learn about these mythological creatures that have captivated humans for ages. A symbol of freedom, beauty, peace and love, butterflies…
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10 Awesome Reasons to Visit Costa Rica

Why should you treat your family or loved ones to a vacation in paradise? Known throughout the Americas for its world-class beaches, nature tours and spectacular scenery, Costa Rica attracts millions of tourists each year,…
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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Arenal Volcano most active in Costa Rica and makes great Eco tour for family of all ages

Costa Rica’s Must See Volcanoes While on Vacation

Boasting more than 200 volcanic formations, Costa Rica’s dramatic landscapes and eco attractions lure more than two million tourists every year. In total, the country has six volcanoes that are considered active – Arenal, Rincon…
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