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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Tips for the Solo Female Traveler to Costa Rica

Every year, thousands of solo female tourists enjoy Costa Rica’s varied adventure offerings without a concern for personal safety. The nation has a long-standing reputation as one of the safest Latin American countries for good…
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Costa Rica Spanish made easy with new iphone App

A Costa Rica Spanish Idiom iphone Application was launched in September 2011. The perfect companion for your Costa Rica vacation.…
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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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Exciting Costa Rica Volcano Tour Takes Off in September

For the first time in Costa Rica, you’ll be able to take an incredible aerial tour that encompasses all of the country’s volcanoes. The new Volcano Route is a 2 hour flight that promises to…
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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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Things to Do in San Jose: Costa Rica International Jazz Festival

  Thanks to last year’s successful musical event, the immensely popular Costa Rican International Jazz Festival has returned in 2011.  San Jose will be filled with the sweet tunes of jazz from July 26th to…
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Things To Do in San Jose Costa Rica: Urban Night Tour

Looking for fun things to do in San Jose, Costa Rica? Looking for a cheap and exciting evening out? Then how about signing up for the $4 San Jose urban night tour! Known as the…
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Concerts in Costa Rica—Red Hot Chili Peppers and Pearl Jam to Play in San Jose

  It looks like San Jose, Costa Rica is the place to be!  The Red Hot Chili Peppers and Pearl Jam have announced their plans to rock out the recently inaugurated National Stadium in La…
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Touring Leonardo Da Vinci Exhibition Opens in San Jose, Costa Rica

Da Vinci: The Genius Exhibition opened on the 8th of July at the Old Aduana in Costa Rica’s capital San Jose, to a crowd of expectant enthusiasts. If you are planning a Costa Rica vacation…
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Do You Know the Way to San Jose? The Drive to Increase Travel and Tourism in Costa Rica’s Capital City

San Jose, Costa Rica is launching an online campaign to increase travel and tourism to the area. The country’s vibrant capital wants tourists to spend more time learning about and enjoying the exciting attractions in…
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Costa Rica Travel & Tourism Continues to Change

President authorizes $30 Million Convention Centre Project. Costa Rican President, Laura Chinchilla approved the Convention Centre Project as part of the inauguration of Central America’s most significant tourism industry event, ExpoTur, on Wednesday, May 11th.…
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Costa Rican Turtles Find Help and Care at Tortufauna Turtle Center

Costa Rica is famous for its many varieties of sea turtles, but this popular vacation destination is also home to several species of freshwater and land turtles as well. These freshwater turtles face many difficulties…
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Costa Rica Artist Scott K. Wimer Creates Original Artwork Using Your Vacation Photos

Costa Rica art is available in many forms all over the country. However, a lot of tourist art and souvenir paintings can start to look the same after awhile. If you are looking for a…
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Costa Rica to Host Medical Tourism International Conference

Costa Rica will be hosting the 2011 Medical Travel International Business Summit from May 2nd to 4th.  The international medical conference will include a series of roundtable discussions to be held from the 2nd to…
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Bungee Jumping in Costa Rica at Rio Colorado Bridge

Bungee Jumping in Costa Rica: An Extreme Adventure Tour!

Experience the exhilarating feeling of free falling from a great height, being held upside down by nothing more than a rubber band, while bungee jumping in Costa Rica! One of the many exciting things to…
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Things To Do in San Jose Costa Rica: Yogarte, The Art of Relaxation through Yoga

If you’re in need of a chill out weekend then head down to the Costa Rican Museum of Art, Museo de Arte Costarricense (MAC), for Yogarte, located in La Sabana Park in San Jose.  The…
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Stone Spheres of Costa Rica

The Diquis Stone Spheres of Costa Rica: An Archeological Mystery

Costa Rica, the popular tropical vacation destination, is well known for its beautiful beaches, luxury vacation rentals and exotic hotel resorts. However, Costa Rica is rich in culture and history as well. For those visitors…
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Costa Rica Sanke Refuge in San Jose

Costa Rica Snake Refuge & Rehabilitation Center Opens to Public

Costa Rica, the popular tropical vacation destination, is home to a variety of slithering snakes and roaming reptiles. Ever wanted to get up close and personal with a python or a poisonous Bushmaster? At the…
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National Museum’s Butterfly Garden: Paradise Found in San Jose

Downtown San Jose is one of the few places in Costa Rica you would expect to find tropical serenity.  But hidden amongst all that inner city chaos of San Jose is the newly inaugurated National…
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Haunted Costa Rica: Ghost Stories & Urban Legends

Like all places in the world, even popular vacation destinations like tropical Costa Rica have ghost stories and urban legends. In fact, American ghost tracker TV shows including Ghost Hunters International and Paranormal State have…
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iPhone GPS App for Driving in Costa Rica

iPhone GPS App – Driving in Costa Rica Just Got Easier

iGO My way has introduced the first iPhone GPS navigation application for Costa Rica, one of the world’s most popular beach vacation destinations. If you have ever traveled through Costa Rica then you are already…
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Costa Rica Hosts II International Planet, People, Peace Ecotourism Conference

Costa Rica has played a pioneering role to help redefine the concept of responsible tourism, demonstrating that ecotourism is much more than a public relations trend. As popular beach vacation destination, thousands travel to Costa…
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National Theater Offers Plenty of Things to Do in San Jose Costa Rica

Looking for things to do in San Jose during your vacation in Costa Rica? Then make sure to visit one of the most beautiful attractions in San Jose Costa Rica, the stunning Teatro Nacional (National…
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Costa Rica Culture Exemplified at San Jose Ox Cart Parade

On November the 24th three hundred colorful oxcarts filled the streets of San Jose Costa Rica to celebrate the tradition of the boyero.  The San Jose Oxcart Parade takes place every year in Costa Rica’s…
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