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Races in Costa Rica

A popular sport these recent years in Costa Rica has been Triathlons, Marathons and Half Marathons. Ones come from all over the country and different parts of the world to take part. The sport has…
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Time in Costa Rica

What time is it? It is always good to know what time is it or how much time you have. Fortunately, Costa Rica only has one-time set and that is UTC-o6: oo zone. One great…
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The Quepos Pez Vela Marina

The Pez Vela Marina located in Quepos is the largest and by far the best marina on the Central Pacific side of Costa Rica. The Marina has 195 wet slips available, 91 of them being…
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Souvenir Shopping in Costa Rica

Your Costa Rica vacation is everything you’d ever hoped for, but what about some keepsakes for friends and family back home…or a little token to remind yourself of the Pura Vida you enjoyed.   You will…
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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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5 Tips for Whitewater Rafting in Costa Rica

Costa Rica’s frothing, wild rivers have been rated among the best in the world for whitewater rafting and kayaking.  Whether you’re tackling Class IV rapids on the Pacuare River or taking a more leisurely paddle…
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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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Ceviche Festival Returns to Manuel Antonio This November

A 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…
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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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Costa Rica Ranks First for Best Family Vacation Destination

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…
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Costa Rica Weather FAQs

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

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…
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December – April: Prime Costa Rica Sportfishing Months

There’s a reason why Manuel Antonio and Quepos are the most popular sportfishing destinations in Costa Rica – a country lauded for its rich ocean diversity and 570+ IGFA world records. The Central Pacific coast…
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Helpful Costa Rica Vacation Planning Tips

Planning a romantic escape or family vacation to Costa Rica and need a bit of help from those in the know?  Avoid common traveler pitfalls with these pointers so you can enjoy a smooth and…
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Traveler Tips: Understanding Costa Rica Directions

Veteran travelers to Costa Rica know that local directions are just a wee bit different than those you’d use back home. Forget street names or numbered buildings… in the land of Pura Vida this type…
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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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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Win a One Week Stay at an Escape Villas Costa Rica Luxury Vacation Rental

Always wanted to stay in a luxury Costa Rica vacation rental? How about Casa Fantastica or Vista Azul in Manuel Antonio? Help raise funds for an incredibly important cause this October 22nd and participate in…
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Lend a helping hand with the Turtle Rescue Tour in Manuel Antonio

Planning a Costa Rica vacation to Manuel Antonio in the next three months and want to lend a helping hand? During these months hundreds of fledgling turtles hatch and begin their journey to the deep…
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Manuel Antonio National Park, Rated Among Best in World, According to Forbes Magazine

  Manuel Antonio National Park has been recognized as one of the most beautiful in the world, according to the highly esteemed Forbes Magazine. Of course, if you’re lucky enough to have visited Manuel Antonio…
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Things to Do in San Jose, Costa Rica: 21st Credomatic Music Festival

Kicking off Saturday, August 13th, the 21st Credomatic Music Festival will bring a wonderful variety of sights and sounds to the streets and theaters of San Jose, Costa Rica. The official opening of the 21…
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Make a Splash! Waterfall Rappeling Tour in Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica

Grab your water shoes and a swimsuit and get ready for the adventure of a lifetime, waterfall rappelling in Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica! Home to a variety of truly spectacular waterfalls, Manuel Antonio is the…
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