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The Hidden Secrets of Southern Costa Rica

Everyone knows Costa Rica is a beautiful and amazing place to vacation, but do you know about the lesser-traveled southern Costa Rica and its breathtaking secrets?

9009058866?profile=originalWild, breathtakingly beautiful and incredibly biodiverse, southern Costa Rica is not on most tourists’ itineraries. Least-explored and less-traveled than other parts of Costa Rica, the southern Pacific region is a wondrous, untouched paradise to discover. Best loved by adventurers and nature-lovers, this is the place to go to for rugge

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9009019095?profile=originalIf you are lucky, you will be spending your Christmas vacation in Costa Rica on an amazing tropical beach alongside the incredible Costa Rica rainforest at Playa Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge.

 

To help get you in the holiday spirit, here are some of the fun activities the Nicuesa Lodge staff has planned for you.

 

There will be special dinners on Dec. 24 for Christmas Eve and Dec. 31 for New Year’s Eve. The gala feasts will include roast pork, grilled whole fresh fish caught by Nicuesa staff, and other

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9009013676?profile=originalThere is a magic in peacefully gliding along in a kayak, especially when it is on calm, smooth water along picturesque coastline.

Kayaking in Costa Rica in the “sweet gulf” of Golfo Dulce by the Osa Peninsula – one of only four tropical fjords in the world – it is like paddling across a giant mirror to the sky. Close to shore, the clear water’s blues and grays turn to liquid jade, reflecting endless shades of green palm trees and jungle that crowd the water’s edge. Look down and you’ll probably s

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It's Sea Turtle Nesting Time in Costa Rica

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If you’ve never seen it, the amazing phenomenon of
massive arrivals of hundreds of thousands of sea turtles coming ashore all at once to lay their eggs on Costa Rica’s beaches is one of the world’s most spectacular nature events.

They arrive literally in waves, slowly hauling their heavy bodies out of the ocean and up the beach. They wait for the high tide at night, using the high surf to propel them farther up the sand, and the protection of darkness against predators to dig their nests and l

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Sistema Sagitario - Mexico Cave Diving

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Cave diving in Mexico is a wonderful experience combining underwater diving with the exploration of cave systems that date back eons. In Sistema Sagitario evidence can still be seen of human remains and previous rock movements that tell a story of who lived here before the caves were flooded.


A recent ceremony was held to ensure that local guides were aware of the work that the archaeologists and explorers are doing in order for them not to disturb the closed parts of the dive sites that are cur

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Heading to a tropical destination means you've booked some fun in the sun to erase your daily routine and responsibilities for a while. Staking out a beach or poolside lounger to catch up on some reading with a drink in your hand and toes in the sand are at the top of your agenda. But at some point you'll likely be itching to explore the culture and sights outside your hotel.

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Conveniently overlooking the stunning turquoise waters of Mamitas Beach on the Mexican Carribean and within walking distan

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9008893481?profile=originalWhat is it like to stay at Playa Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge?

 

The extraordinary Costa Rica eco-lodge is designed sustainablywith lodge buildings tucked into the forest back from the beach. All construction is from beautiful tropical hardwoods taken from naturally fallen or farmed trees, and recycled materials.

 

9008893672?profile=originalFor accommodations at Playa Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge, there are three one-bedroom cabins, one cabin suite, one two-bedroom cabin, four rooms in the two-story Mango Guesthouse, and the two-sto

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9009114289?profile=originalChoosing to stay at eco-friendly hotels when you travel is a great way to help the planet. Now there is a simply way to make greener travel choices. The travel review website TripAdvisor has devised a certification program to help people make environmental travel choices to stay at eco-friendly accommodations around the world.

Called TripAdvisor GreenLeaders, the program awards badges at different status levels to eco-friendly hotels, lodges and B&Bs, from budget to luxury, that are all committed

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9009051872?profile=originalComing to Costa Rica on vacation?

 

Here are some quick and easy tips on what to pack for your vacation in Costa Rica. Of course, what you need depends on where you are going and what you will do, but these general guidelines will serve you well.

 

9009005259?profile=originalCosta Rica is a top 2016 vacation destination, offering warm tropical sunshine, beautiful beaches, rainforest adventures, and affordable travel. It is one of the safest countries in Latin America and easy to get around since English is widely spoken.

 

For

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When we go on vacation, it’s time to do new things, discover new places, try new foods, and generally renew ourselves.

 

At Caribbean Costa Rica Hotel Le Caméléon, they live the mantra: “every day is a new day.”

 

9008974469?profile=originalThe location of the Costa Rica luxury hotel is definitely rejuvenating: on beautiful Playa Cocles, where wild rainforest meets golden sand and the dazzling, turquoise Caribbean Sea. Hotel Le Caméléon rests on the road connecting the vibrant, bohemian beach town of Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica

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With spring at our doorstep, why not escape to Caribbean Costa Rica for a romantic vacation on the beach in the rainforest.

9009039096?profile=originalWith dozens of flights to Costa Rica available from the U.S., Canada and Europe, getting to Costa Rica is easier than ever. Come enjoy the fun-in-the-sun Caribbean lifestyle at the best value travel destination for 2016, resting in luxury at one of the best Costa Rica luxury hotels: Hotel Le Caméléon.

9008974469?profile=originalPicture yourself lounging on a day bed under shady palm trees with soft whi

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It’s the new year, and that means it’s time for Costa Rica’s summer festival season! Known for their gregarious, fun-loving style, Costa Ricans’ enthusiasm is contagious when the country celebrates its numerous fiestas, festivals and horse parades from January to April. Plan your travel to Costa Rica to experience these fun cultural events with rich local traditions, tasty cuisine and vibrant music. Besides the main festivals, every town and community has its own “turno” (a country fair) to enj

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Creamy, gooey, mouth-melting, milk, white, dark, bitter, sweet … chocolate melts our hearts not just our taste buds.

Cacao-beans-photo-courtesy-of-Smithsonian-Magazine-300x161.jpg?width=300As the story goes, chocolate was once considered gold. Prized by the Aztecs and Mayans, and formerly reserved only for royalty in Europe, chocolate has held an irresistible allure for cultures worldwide over the past 4,000 years. In some areas, chocolate beans were even used as currency.

Chocolate comes from the seeds of the cacao fruit tree, which originated in the Americas, and g

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9296604258?profile=originalPay per night for a hotel room, with maybe breakfast included? Or, enjoy a private spacious condo or beach house that lets you have your own, comfortable “home away from home” while on vacation?

Over the past 10 years, vacation rentals in Costa Rica have become very popular, and it’s no wonder. Vacation rentals can be a really economic travel option for families, groups of friends, and couples. Staying in privately-owned apartments or homes that are rented by the day, week or month gives vacation

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Nearly all of Costa Rica’s two million-plus tourists each year visit at least one beach during their vacation. Logistics are easy given that the San Jose International Airport is a little less than one hour from the closest Pacific Coast beach, and it only takes 30 minutes or so to get to the coast from the Liberia International Airport in Guanacaste in the north Pacific.

Called “El Coco” by Costa Ricans or “Coco Beach” by foreign visitors and residents, Playa del Coco is one of the oldest beach

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9008967088?profile=originalComing very soon to Playa Hermosa by Jacó in Costa Rica are the Costa Rica National Surfing Championships for 2015. The annual national event will take place July 17 to 19 on Playa Hermosa in front of the Backyard Bar & Restaurant.

 

If you are in Costa Rica at this time, don’t miss this fun beach party and exciting Costa Rica surfing competition on the third weekend in July 2015. Newly opened Hotel Tramonto is the best place to stay in Playa Hermosa by Jacó. The modern 76-room hotel is located on

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9008963894?profile=originalEco-friendly travel and sustainable tourism are some of the top buzzwords today in the travel and tourism industry worldwide. “Go Green” is the slogan you hear most often nowadays. Planet-conscientious travelers are more frequently seeking out eco-friendly lodging wherever they travel.

 

In ecotourism hotspot Costa RicaL'acqua Viva Resort & Spa is a leading eco-friendly hotel in Nosara on the Nicoya Peninsula. The Bali-style Costa Rica luxury hotel is located between the beautiful white sand bea

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Santa-Teresa-233x300.jpg?width=233Once, Santa Teresa was a small fishing village, home to a handful of families who lived off the sea, along with small-scale agriculture and cattle ranching. Like many of Costa Rica’s top beach destinations along the Nicoya Peninsula, Santa Teresa’s isolation from poor or non-existing roads kept this tropical paradise off the beaten track for decades.

From the hilly interior, the jungle sweeps down the mountains to the Pacific Ocean, hugging the shore and creating some of the most beautiful and hi

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9008946659?profile=originalIt’s no wonder that Jacó Beach is one of the most popular beaches in Costa Rica. There is so muchto do on the Central Pacific Coast of Costa Rica – beaches, surfing, outdoor adventure sports, the Carara National Park, Manuel Antonio National Park, and the Tarcoles River with its famous huge crocodiles.

 

9008946490?profile=originalThe thing about Jacó, though, is that it is one of the closest beaches to the capital city of San Jose, and is always really busy. If you’re like me, and you want to experience this spectacular re

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Like all travelers, when you plan a vacation to an unfamiliar location, you want to have an idea of what to expect. TripAdvisor is a great resource for getting insider information about a place from guests who have been there.

 

Here are 5 great travel tips for your vacation to Nosara, Costa Rica from guests who stayed at L’acqua Viva Resort & Spa by Playa Guiones.

 

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1. What’s the best way to get to Nosara, Costa Rica? Fly.

 

The area of Nosara includes the town of Nosara and the beaches of Playa Guio

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