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What kind of surfer are you? Have you been riding the waves for years? Are your looking for a new challenge? Maybe you’ve developed a little skill on the beaches near your home... [More]
Today, we’re going to visit five of the best spots for Costa Rica birdwatching. We have more than 600 resident avian species and more than 200 migratory species. From colorful toucans in the forest to the magnificent frigatebird off the beaches... [More]
I have had many exciting adventures during my lifetime in Costa Rica, but my adventures with the local crocodiles are second to none. While there is something for every nature lover in my home country – mountains, forests, more unique species that I can count, and some of the most amazing flora and fauna in the world – nothing compares to seeing these impressive creatures close up...[More]
If you’re thinking about or preparing to visit Costa Rica, you probably already have an amazing bucket but you should make room for one more thing: staying at a hotel so unique that you couldn’t find it anywhere else in the world. With its tropical climate and diverse ecosystem, Costa Rica boasts some of the coolest places to stay while on vacation...[More]
One of the easiest ways to get around Costa Rica is with a car rental. Nothing beats the freedom of jumping in a car and heading out on an adventure through Costa Rica! Since everything in the country is fairly spread out, it can take twice as long to get to any destination using public transportation... [More]
Whether you are a couple seeking adventure or just wanting to lie in the sun, you’ll say “I do” to honeymooning in my country. I’ve been all around Costa Rica, talking to world travelers and locals alike. I often run into honeymooners in my travels, and I’ve learned a lot about the honeymoon spots. Here are the top five best places to honeymoon in Costa Rica... [More]
There are many ways for people to kick off the new year, but there aren’t many ways that compare to how Ticos kick off the new year. Fresh off the festive feeling of the holidays, residents of Alajuela throw one of the country’s biggest – and most anticipated – parties of the year. This traditional Costa Rican celebration, Fiestas del Palmares, takes place in Palmares, which is a small coffee town with a big heart... [More]
If you are someone that travels a lot, then you have probably seen many gorgeous places, and had many amazing cups of coffee. I’m sure the sights and cup o’ Joe were satisfying wherever you were, but, and I may be biased, you won’t find a better landscape or drink a better cup of coffee than when you’re in Costa Rica... [More]
The Caribbean province of Limón is a place that I love because it offers so much. Limón borders Nicaragua and Panama, and calls out to travelers with its exotic side as well as with its peaceful side... [More]
Spoiler alert: I’m going to tell you that there is NO bad time to visit Costa Rica. My home country is amazing year-round! There are, however, pros and cons to each season depending on what you have on your Costa Rica's bucket list, and which region you are interested in visiting... [More]
Bugs…yum! I’m a tree frog in Costa Rica, so I have my choice of big, juicy, delicious bugs to snack on. You’re probably not into eating bugs as snacks, and that’s cool, but I love that I am able to find dragonflies, moths and so many more bugs during every trip through the rainforest... [More]
Costa Rica is a place with dense wildlife, and that wildlife includes four species of monkeys that I’m going to highlight today: the howler monkey, the spider monkey, the tiny squirrel monkey, and the Capuchin (or white-faced) monkey. I travel through the country constantly, and you can bet that when I look up, I am likely to see some monkeys swinging in the trees above me... [More]
The first fun fact is that technically, Costa Rica never really had to fight for its independence from Spain. Along with Nicaragua, Costa Rica was declared an autonomous province according to the Spanish Constitution of 1812. This doesn’t stop Costa Rican from celebrating the official Central American independence from Spain, though... [More]
One of the sets of animals that I am never able to get too close to are wildcats, including the Margays. These adorable, small wildcats are sometimes mistaken for domestic house cats, but make no mistake – they would eat up little frogs like me pretty quickly! Margays are beautiful creatures, even from afar, and they are also highly endangered. Margays look very similar to Ocelots, but they are about the size of a large housecat... [More]
The stadium is located in San José, in La Sabana Metropolitan Park, and it replaced an older stadium that was built in the early 1920's and used to seat about 25,000 football fans during matches.... [More]
There are several places along the beaches of Costa Rica that allow travelers to see a breathtaking glimpse of these massive creatures, but Marino Ballena National Park is known for it! Sometimes I like to hop to this park and sit in a tree high up to see the humpback whales, and let me tell you - it's pretty incredible. You'll see them swimming in packs, flapping their fins and flopping into the crystal clear waters. Any lover of marine life must visit this park! Did I mention the park is also home to the largest coral reef on Central America's Pacific Coast? That's a must-see, too!...[More]
Craft brewing has become very popular in Costa Rica recently, and I was lucky enough to get to meet with Costa Rica’s Craft Brewing Company for a tour!...[More]
It was the year 1821 and Central America had declared its independence from Spain, leaving several of the colonies in conflict. They weren’t sure how to govern themselves effectively with their newfound independence. Nicoya citizens found themselves identifying more and more with Costa Rica over Guatemala or Nicaragua... [More]
There is so much to do and to see in Costa Rica, that I frequently hop on a tour that is happening. These tours help me see my beautiful home in a whole new light. Most recently, I partnered with VIP City Bus to tour San José, and it was a very fun experience!...[More]
Off the coastlines, underneath the waters of the Pacific and the Caribbean, lies an expansive other world that makes it no wonder that scuba diving is such a popular activity for visitors. Scuba diving is so popular here that some people even leave Costa Rica with their scuba diving certification... [More]
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