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Looking for gorgeous sun, smooth sand and lots of fun? You must visit Costa Rica during Spring Break 2018. Whether you want to experience a beachside party in the twilight or enjoy a more adventurous experience – like ziplining through the forest – I’ll be happy to show you around... [More]
Monteverde in Costa Rica, is one of those places that you visit excepting to see beauty, but still have your breath taken away when you get there. The beauty in this area is natural, thanks to conservation efforts that date back to the early settlement years of Monteverde. While one of Costa Rica’s most popular destinations for tourists, it is worth braving the crowds to check out all that this area has to offer. Tourism has been popular in Costa Rica for about 40 years, taking off in the 1980's. It is no surprise that people began to quickly migrate to the Monteverde area – with natural beauty, diverse flora and fauna, friendly Ticos, and a unique community, it is the perfect recipe for premium tourism... [More]
During your trip to Costa Rica, you may never feel like leaving. Unfortunately, that time will need to come, but you can take a little bit of this country home with you. No, you cannot take me, Javi the Frog, home with you, but there are plenty of Costa Rica souvenirs available... [More]
Living in one of the most beautiful countries in the world means that you don’t have to travel very far to enjoy paradise. November mark the transition between Rainy and Dry season and December is when many Ticos travel domestically... [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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
While my home country is well ­known for having some of the world’s most renowned surfing, the beaches are for more than just surfing! For those that want to take it easy and hit the beach for some relaxation and to just kick back, there are plenty of places for that too!... [More]
One of the most common things that I see during my exploration of my home country, Costa Rica, is surfers. I see people from all over the world gathering on the beaches with their most valued possession – their surfboard. There are people that look like they came straight from California – with their long blonde hair and blue eyes – and people from all different races and cultures. I see males and females, adults and children. All of them descend upon Costa Rica with a common goal to find their perfect wave... [More]
Food in Costa Rica is second only to the country’s beauty. Known for its use of fresh ingredients, like fruits and vegetables, the cuisine in Costa Rica is generally on the mild side... [More]
Costa Rica is a place of pure beauty, and a country with a lot of places to explore. There is something exciting to do, no matter which province you visit. Here is an overview of each province, and the most highly­-rated activity to do while visiting each... [More]
As with any place though, there are other things to do than what you see in the travel brochures. I would know, I’ve looked at all the brochures, and I’ve hopped all over the country! While adventure is calling in Costa Rica, there are some activities that are just as awesome, even if they are underrated. Here are a few of the most underrated Costa Rica activities, as collected by me over the years... [More]
If you’ve never been to Costa Rica, good for you. I mean, the place is just SO GREEN. You shouldn’t bother going. The government has been so focused on protecting the natural land and environment, that there are just trees and animals everywhere. Seriously, everywhere. Would it kill them to have a couple more Starbucks or a mall for tourists to shop at? Where do they expect us to get our coffee – at the local coffee stands and restaurants run by the locals? I’m pretty sure they grew the coffee themselves, and I just don’t know how to feel about that. At least with Starbucks, I know the coffee beans go through a whole corporate process before they get to me, and I’m sure they are just as fresh as locally­-grown beans... [More]
As a big city, San Jose can seem a bit overwhelming - there is so much to do and to see that you might not know where to start; especially if the city is just kind of a layover in your travel plans. Whether planned or not, your stay in San Jose can be rich with amazing, educational experiences. One activity that is perfect for singles, families, groups, and any other traveler, is a trip to one of the city's many museums... [More]
The thing about Costa Rica is that, as a country, we believe in preserving the natural land, and allowing the animals to live in their natural environment. Because of this, it isn’t guaranteed that every tourist is going to be able to see every animal that they want to see. Sometimes, if the timing is just all wrong, there may not be lots of wildlife around. I’m always sad to meet a tourist that seems disappointed because they didn’t get to see a lot of animals or wildlife – mostly because there are so many other things to appreciate in my homeland! However, if seeing as many animals as you can is your ultimate Costa Rica bucket list, then keep reading to find my picks of the wildest spots in Costa Rica, where you are most likely to see Costa Rica’s animals... [More]
Here is an overview of some of the Costa Rican traditions you can look forward to if you visit in December, as well as a list of where the locals head to for their “stay”­cations... [More]
While there is so much to look at on the ground and at eye level in my country, it is nice to know that you can see even more beauty in the skies. Birds are a presence in Costa Rica year round, too. No matter where you go and what time of the year you plan Costa Rica vacations, you'll see beautiful birds flying up above. Here are my favorite species to watch... [More]