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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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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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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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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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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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Day Tripping to Cano Island

Part archeological site, part diving and snorkeling paradise – the 740 acre Cano Island is worth a visit during your Costa Rica travels. Conveniently accessed from the central or southern Pacific, Cano Island is situated…
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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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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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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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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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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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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…
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Take a tour to the Nauyaca waterfalls in Playa Dominical Costa Rica

Dominical Costa Rica Great For Family Vacation

Dominical is located in the province of Puntarenas, on the southern Pacific coast of Costa Rica. Mainly known for its great surf, this exotic paradise has waves that can reach 10 feet high thus it…
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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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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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New International Airport to Open in Costa Rica´s South Pacific in 2014

Costa Rica´s Civil Aviation Authority (Aviación Civil) is currently working on the development of a new international aerodrome to be built in the South Pacific region of Costa Rica. To be constructed on old banana…
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Costa Rica Humpback whale and calf (Megaptera novaeangliae), South Pacific

Whale Watching Season Begins in the South Pacific, Costa Rica

Have you always wanted to see a hump back whale? Well here’s your chance.  After travelling an incredible 8000 kilometers, these beautiful creatures of the deep have begun to arrive in the warm waters of…
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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 Wildlife at Corcovado National Park

Debt for Nature Fund Helps Protect Osa Peninsula Rainforest

A Debt for Nature swap program in Costa Rica has allocated over half a million dollars to environmental conservation programs in the South Pacific, awarding over $100,000 to the Corcovado Foundation which protects the Corcovado…
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Baby Sloth at Costa Rica Sloth Sanctuary

Costa Rica Sloth Sanctuary Makes International Headlines

The Costa Rican Aviarios Sloth Sanctuary in Cahuita Costa Rica made international headlines in the United Kingdom last November. A Daily Mail article documented the Sloth Sanctuary’s hard work looking after 100 orphaned sloths on…
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Costa Rica Eco Tourism; Beach at Osa Peninsula

Win An All Inclusive Eco Tourism Vacation to Costa Rica!

As part of a campaign to promote a new environmentally-friendly line of paper products, Neenah Paper, Inc. is offering a sweepstakes to win an all-inclusive vacation for two to Costa Rica! The vacation includes a…
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An adult female turtle returns to sea in Costa Rica

Win A Trip to Costa Rica To Witness Sea Turtles In Their Natural Habitat

SEE Turtles, an international conservation and tourism organization, has successfully raised over $100,000 in charitable donations!  To celebrate this achievement the organization is giving away a free space on an ecotour to witness the nesting of sea…
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Dominical Tourism, Costa Rica, Dolphin & Whale Watching Tour

A Dominical Adventure Tour That Amazes: Whale Watching in Costa Rica

No family vacation in Costa Rica would be complete without an eco adventure tour to see something truly spectacular. Nowadays, it seems that not only humans have fallen in love with the tropical paradise of Costa…
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Costa Rica's Sloth Sanctuary in Cahuita, Limon

Costa Rica Sloth Sanctuary In Cahuita Offers Fun & Educational Eco-Tour

Founded in 1997 and located in Cahuita, Limon, Costa Rica, the Sloth Sanctuary rescues and rehabilitates injured sloths. The mission of the Sloth Sanctuary is to ensure the protection of sloths in Costa Rica through…
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