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Holy week in Costa Rica.

Semana Santa or Holy Week

The Holiest of weeks Holidays are a time of joyous celebration in Costa Rica, one of the biggies here is known as Semana Santa or Holy Week. This year Holy week is from April 14…
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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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70 years without an Army

December 1st, 1948 was one of Costa Rica’s biggest accomplishments, that of abolishing its army. This one move brought an era of peace to Costa Rica that has lasted for over seventy years. Instead of pooling…
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Facts about the Costa Rica Independence Day

196 years This year, Costa Rica celebrates its 196th year of independence from Spain on Sept. 15. The country shares its independence day with Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, and Nicaragua. All over the country from Manuel Antonio to…
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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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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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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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Shopping your way through San Jose – 5 Best Spots

San Jose is the vibrant capital city of Costa Rica – the go-to destination for a memorable day of culture, arts, and theater. The city is also fantastic for a bit of retail therapy, whether you’re picking…
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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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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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Must Have Apps for Your Costa Rica Travels

Be prepared for every contingency with this year’s best travel apps that put critical information at your fingertips. Installing a few of these on your smartphone may prevent hassle and headaches, which nobody wants to…
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Statistics Indicate another Banner Year for Costa Rica Tourism

The Costa Rican Tourism Board (ICT) reports that tourism is up this year, with 4.4 percent more visitors arriving in the country’s two international airports during the first six months of 2015. The bulk of…
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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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5 Best Apps for Your Costa Rica Vacation

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…
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Crazy for Coconuts in Costa Rica

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…
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Six Compelling Reasons to Plan a Costa Rica Vacation

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…
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Dominical Prepares for Envision Festival 2015

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…
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Traditional Christmas Tamales in Costa Rica

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…
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Costa Rica’s New National Wildlife Symbol – the Manatee

Move over sloths, Costa Rica has recently adopted a new national wildlife symbol – the West Indian manatee! These adorable marine mammals were officially named the country’s national wildlife symbol in a move that will…
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 the…
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Costa Rica to Host 2013 Adventure Racing World Series

Costa Rica, well known for its rainforest ecosystem as well as its diverse array of beaches, is now being recognized for its world class adventure environment. The 2013 Adventure Racing World Series, a premier event…
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Looking for a Little Happiness? Costa Rica Tourism Board Launches Million Dollar Travel Prize Giveaway

  In a bid to attract even more tourists from North America, the Costa Rican Tourism Board (I.C.T) has launched an innovative million dollar prize giveaway. The advertising campaign titled, “Costa Rica’s Million Dollar Gift…
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Costa Rica Hotels Support Sport Fishing Tourism

  Costa Rica sport fishing represents approximately 27% of the country’s income generated through tourism.  Recognizing the importance of the Costa Rica’s sustainable tourism initiative, several hotels have agreed to support the elimination of the…
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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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First Green Costa Rica Flights Arrive from Mexico

  With all the announcements of the many airlines that will either begin or increase their flights to Costa Rica, it’s great to hear that one airline has gone green. In an effort to offer…
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Popularity of Costa Rica Medical Tourism Continues to Grow

Aside from being a popular beach and sun vacation destination Costa Rica is also known for medical tourism. Offering high quality medical services, Costa Rica has successfully positioned itself as a leader in the medical…
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Costa Rica Celebrates World Tourism Day

World Tourism Day was celebrated on the 27th September. On this day the world tourism organization announced that there have been over 440 million worldwide tourist visits in the first six months of 2011. This…
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The Changing Role of Costa Rica’s National Park Rangers

Have you visited ever visited a Costa Rica National Park during your vacation? Statistics released by the Costa Rica Tourism Institute (I.C.T) show that approximately 86% of visitors to this beautiful country take a trip…
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Costa Rica Tourism with Richard Bangs in Quest For Pura Vida

Pura Vida Costa Rica, Coming to a Televsion Screen Near You

Would you like to know what makes Costa Rica one of the most popular eco adventure vacation destinations in the world? If you live in the U.S or Canada tune in to watch the captivating…
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Costa Rica Recognized as the Best Tourist Destination for 2011

  Costa Rica is the top tourist destination for 2011, according to the American travel and tourism company, Apple Vacations. The winners of the people’s choice “Crystal Apple Award” for best Destination 2011, were announced…
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Caught on Hidden Camera Fascinating Costa Rica Wildlife

  These are the images from hidden cameras that captured truly fascinating Costa Rica wildlife deep in the tropical rainforest. The Costa Rica wildlife photos form part of an album of 52,000 pictures released on…
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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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