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Handmade and decorated bags, aprons, tablecloths, pillows and other objects for the home are on offer at this boutique featuring the work of local craftspeople. With fish, butterfly and tropical-flower prints, goods purchased here will remind you...
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Villa Nueva, Quepos, 2 km de la escuela, Provincia de Puntarenas, Naranjito, Costa Rica
Villa Vanilla is a spice plantation where farmers grow allspice, black pepper, cacao, Ceylon cinnamon, turmeric and, of course, vanilla. Visitors end a tour of the grounds with a stop in the gift shop, where spices can be bought for giving (or...
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Av. Pastor Díaz, Provincia de Puntarenas, Jacó, Costa Rica
When traveling, it's hard to resist the temptation to purchase beautiful, locally made crafts. Enter Tico Pod Art House & Gifts, which has both traditional and contemporary objects fashioned by Costa Rican artisans. Whether you want a "Pura Vida"–...
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Av Principal de Ojochal, Provincia de Puntarenas, Costa Rica
The menu at Exotica, designed by the French-Canadian owners and influenced by French and Vietnamese cuisine, offers flavors and dishes that aren't typical on other Costa Rican tables, including pho. Getting to the small thatched-roof restaurant,...
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Pueblo del Rio, Main Street Dominical, Off main highway entrance, Provincia de Puntarenas, Dominical, 60504, Costa Rica
A favorite hangout for expats, this café located in a thatched palapa on the bank of the Barú River serves locally grown coffee, along with tea, kombucha, cold-pressed juices and craft beer. There's also a vegetarian menu that features specialties...
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In some Spanish-speaking ports, the seafront boulevard is called the malecón; here, it's called Paseo de los Turistas, or the Tourists' Walk. Designed to be pedestrian-friendly, it's an ideal way to explore the shops and stalls near the part of...
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The Cocalito Waterfall is an unusual cascade in that the water tumbling over the cliff empties not into its own freshwater pool, but directly into the ocean. Along the path leading to the falls you're likely to see brightly colored crabs and the...
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320, Provincia de Puntarenas, Costa Rica
Manicured gardens lush with the colorful flora that define the tropics are the obvious attractions that draw visitors to Pura Vida Gardens. Among the most beloved species here are orchids, which are abundant in this Central American country. Once...
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Puntarenas Province, Costa Rica
Birders won't want to miss Carara National Park, a critical habitat for Costa Rican birds, including the gorgeously plumed scarlet macaw that's spotted here frequently. The park is a transition zone, marking a boundary between the tropical rain...