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Los Cerros, Provincia de Guanacaste, Liberia, Costa Rica
Not far west of the Pan American Highway, just off of Hwy 21, if memory serves, in the city of Liberia, Costa Rica, sits a nondescript abode. It doesn't stand out much from the surrounding homes with its white walls, tin roof, and leaning wooden...
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Despite the restaurant's name, you don't come here for the moon, you come here for the sun(set). After my first visit to Costa Rica in May 2003 my efforts to view the sunset were thwarted by the torrential downpours that define rainy season in...
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Noreste de Centro de la Fortuna de San Carlos 13 Km, Provincia de Alajuela, Nuevo Arenal, Costa Rica
A luxury hotel in the shadow of Arenal Volcano features a series of pools—one equipped with slides—and waterfalls set amid tropical gardens. Lava streaming from the volcano may provide an after-dark show. Tabacón Thermal Resort...
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Heredia Province, Puerto Viejo de Sarapiqui, Costa Rica
Finca Corsicana is one of the largest pineapple plantations in Costa Rica. It is a wonderful educational farm that introduces you to the political, economic, and social aspects that make up the plantation. Not only do they teach about the way...
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Vara Blanca, Heredia Province, Costa Rica
Anyone who has the opportunity to visit Costa Rica -- great, do it! We hiked the waterfalls in Alejuela. Once you come back down, then the drive up to Arenal is well worth it. This one of Costa Rica's volcanoes is still active. On the drive up you...
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At the Hacienda Guachipelin Rincón de la Vieja, an eco lodge and a working horse and cattle ranch, we happily took advantage of the adventure pass that combined four activities. Adventure Tours, located conveniently at the hotel, organized the...
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Rincon de la Vieja National Park is located about half an hour north of Liberia, Costa Rica, in the west coast province of Guancaste. To enter the park you will have to drive down a 14-mile bumpy dirt road and pay an entrance fee of $7 per person....
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Puntarenas Province, Punta Arenas, Costa Rica
Asian culture is popular in Costa Rica. This Thai-inspired guest house in Santa Teresa was a gem: the rooms were cheap, the Thai food was delicious, and the bar area attracted friendly locals and travelers. Readers will appreciate the copious...
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Chato Volcano, Alajuela Province, San Carlos, Costa Rica
We only stumbled across this hike because there was a photo of Cerro Chato, the lake carved into the crater of an old volcano, in our room. We hiked from Arenal Observatory Lodge for 2-3 hours, climbing straight up, over large jungle tree roots,...
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Central America
Collin Street Bakery Pineapple Plantation, Costa Rica The pineapple plantation surrounding the Collin Street Bakery is a beautiful sight to see. The tour of the plantation is not only interesting, but tasty ~ thanks to the many samples of...
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Guanacaste Province, Costa Rica
River rapids!
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Central America
We ate a lot of rice, beans and meat in Costa Rica, but Sabador Tico, across the street from the elementary school soccer field in the town of Santa Elena, in the shadows of the Monteverde Cloud Forest, was the best 'Tico' meal we ate. The food...
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San José Province, San José, Costa Rica
One of the great highlights of traveling through Costa Rica, is meandering through the streets of the capital city San Jose. Yes, everyone wants to hit the beaches and rain forests, but a day or two spent in the capital gives a little foundation...
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Central America
For an amazing full day trip go to Rincón de la Vieja for Climbing, Repelling, zip lining, hiking, amazing white water tubing, mud baths, and hot springs. This was so much fun and a great adventure!! It's about an hr and a half away from Tamarindo...
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Manuel Antonio, Provincia de Puntarenas, Quepos, Costa Rica
After hoping and guessing on monkey calls and attempting to lure with food scraps, Manuel Antonio delivered our one demand of Costa Rica: making monkey friends. We didn't think it was too much to ask, and as expected they really liked us. What...
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Playa Guiones, Guanacaste Province, Costa Rica
After a morning surf session on perfect 2-3 ft. curlers, the wind picks up and turns the break into something else. That's when it is time to stretch the legs and take a stroll along the peaceful Playa Guiones. Each day here starts this way, and...
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Cantón de Aguirre, Puntarenas, Costa Rica
A stunning national park on the Pacific coast, Manuel Antonio has it all: nonstop beautiful beaches, lush tropical rain forest, and oh, the wildlife and flowers, everywhere you look. Monkeys abound on these beaches, and they are not timid around...
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Arenal Volcano Main Road 3 Blocks West From Centra, Alajuela Province, La Fortuna, Costa Rica
Arenal Backpacker's Hostel beats most five star hotels in Costa Rica. You can purchase a private room, dormitory, or tent for less than 30 dollars. (Don't assume the tents are the worst option simply because they are the cheapest: they include...
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Alajuela Province, La Fortuna, Costa Rica
Early morning smoke from the active volcano
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Guanacaste Province, Bagaces, Costa Rica
While most people travel to Costa Rica for the jungle ziplining, waterfall rappelling, and famous surf beaches, traveling to rural villages like Bagaces in Guanacaste can have its own rustic charm. On the streets of Bagaces, you won't find any...
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Alajuela Province, La Fortuna, Costa Rica
With Volcan Arenal nearby La Fortuna has several hot springs perfect for relaxing those tired muscles of yours after a day of hiking. There are a handful of options including ritzy all inclusive spa resorts but when my friend and I were traveling...