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Puntarenas Province, Quepos, Costa Rica
This beautiful park is the second most visited park in Costa Rica so it can get a bit crowded, especially during the high season. I read in a guide book that Playa Gemelas was a smaller, more secluded beach that attracted fewer crowds. Perhaps...
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708 Alajuela Province alajuela, Provincia de Alajuela, Bajos del Toro, 20101, Costa Rica
Costa Rica is known for waterfalls, hot springs and other natural wonders, but many have become overcrowded due to an increase in tourism. If you are planning to hire a car to explore Costa Rica by land, you'll find this breathtaking waterfall...
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Puntarenas Province, Monteverde, Costa Rica
The Hanging Bridges at Monteverde Cloud Forest was an AMAZING way to experience the Cloud Forest. You literally have a bird's eye view of the entire forest. I went later in the day so I basically had the entire trail to myself which was nice...
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Calle Bejuco, Puntarenas Province, Uvita, Costa Rica
This waterfall is such a rush! The rocks block the water most of the way across the top, so that there is a huge divet where all the water rushes, and you just position yourself there and let it launch you off! It is crazy and soo fun! We went to...
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126, Heredia, Sarapiquí, Costa Rica
Located on Tirimbina's private reserve, take a walk with a guide over an extra-long suspension bridge fastened over the Sarapiqui River and sway through damp forest trails to arrive at the plot of land where you'll get a speed-course of how cacao...
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The La Fortuna Waterfall is an easy hike (down, much harder soaking wet on the way up!) to the base of a breathtaking water fall. Jump in the icy water for an invigorating swim at the base of the thunderous falls!
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Avenida 2, calle1, San José, Costa Rica
The 1987 Teatro Nacional (National Theater) of Costa Rica stands glowing on a summer night, lending the Plaza de la Cultura (the town square) an aura of majesty. The sides of its neoclassical facade are adorned by statues of dramatist Calderon de...
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Puntarenas Province, Jaco, Costa Rica
While Costa Rica is known for its jungles, beaches, surf towns and outdoor activities, there is also a serious glamorous side to it. Hotel Villa Caletas is a luxurious boutique hotel that is perched 1150 feet above the Central Pacific coastline....
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2km este de la represa del Lago Arenal, La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica, La Fortuna, 21007, Costa Rica
Costa Rica has quite the diverse ecosystem, and a great way to see it first hand is a walk through the rainforest using the Hanging Bridges. Along the way you'll see countless species of vegetation, birds, and if lucky enough, monkeys. However...
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Alajuela Province, La Fortuna, 21007, Costa Rica
Within the grounds of the Arenal Observatory Lodge in Costa Rica, there are several paths of varying length that can be walked. At the entrance, you will be handed a map showing you all of these paths. One of these takes you down to this...
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160, Provincia de Puntarenas, Costa Rica
I have known the owners of this oceanside resort and yoga studio since the opening. What they have built is an incredible sanctuary and retreat for couple's, families, singles and groups who travel off-the beaten path in Costa Rica. As well as...
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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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Calle Central, Tamarindo, Costa Rica
If you’re craving nightlife and a beach town feel, Tamarindo is the place to be. By far the most developed town in Guanacaste, you’ll be within walking distance of tons of shops, restaurants, and bars. The vibe is laid back and water sports are...
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Limón Province, Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, Costa Rica
This was a great spot we had a local offer to take us on a water fall tour for the whole day, Its only cost about $10USD for the whole day and we got home made ice creams to! This waterfall in particular was really nice and we had it all to our...
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160, Provincia de Puntarenas, Costa Rica
Florblanca offers two kinds of holidays in one place. Scattered along white-sand beaches, nine villas with open-air living rooms were built for relaxation. But a personal itinerary of surf lessons, sport fishing excursions, and yoga classes will...
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159, Provincia de Guanacaste, 50101, Costa Rica
I believe travel is one of the best forms of education. I always come home from a trip with knowledge or a new skill. Often times I seek out trips that will teach me a sport like surfing or a new language. Hotels offer many great learning...
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Central America

Guests at this 13-room retreat in Costa Rica’s central highlands can tour the estate’s 36 acres of coffee fields. After the walk, try a “cupping,” or tasting, of the shade-grown organic blends. End with a soak in your suite’s jungle-view tub. ...
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Puntarenas Province, Costa Rica
Chef Norman Roqhuett Mata rules Santa Teresa’s top kitchen, Nectar, at the Florblanca hotel. Local sourcing is the norm, and most of Mata’s ingredients are grown less than 20 miles away. The chef hosts full-moon dinners at his favorite organic...
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Playa Avellana, Beach front, Guanacaste Province, Playa Avellana, 50303, Costa Rica
Served under palm trees on the beach, Lola's specializes in healthy, organic food with lots of vegetarian options. Here, on Playa Avellana, you can enjoy a wholesome meal while you watch the sunset with soft sand underfoot. Don't leave without...
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Av 6, Provincia de Alajuela, Atenas, Costa Rica
Every Friday from 6 a.m. until 2 p.m., the Farmers' Market is in full swing in downtown Atenas. Featuring choice eats and treats from all the surrounding farms, it doesn't get any more 'natural' than the selections here. You'll be able to find...
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Puntarenas Province, Costa Rica
This is the best taco stand in the world. Period. It's located on the main road in the dusty beach town of Playa Santa Teresa, Costa Rica, near Malpais. You have to get into the hot sauce at this joint. On offer was chipotle mayo and some sort of...
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El Pelicano is a local spot recommended by some folks that live in the area. It's a lovely beachfront spot that drops 'fresh from the water' seafood on your plate, along with ice cold beer (or wine) to accompany it. The dining area is big, open...
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Av 3, Provincia de Alajuela, Atenas, Costa Rica
We came upon this wonderful breakfast and lunch spot while visiting Costa Rica. Located in the quaint town of Atenas, and new to the scene, Natural opened in May of 2013. Their menu is pretty extensive, comes in both Spanish and English, and...
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142 94, Provincia de Alajuela, La Fortuna, Costa Rica
If you've had your fill of rice and beans with one choice of protein (the traditional Costa Rican dish) and you find yourself in La Fortuna or Arenal then check out Don Rufino! I ordered the pollo mole and a half chicken smothered in a tangy mole...
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Hotel Bahia del Sol, Provincia de Guanacaste, Playa Potrero, Costa Rica
On Playa Potrero, literally on the beach, you'll find this gem of a hangout that serves casual food and refreshing cocktails. This is the place to go for a memorable sunset any night of the week. However weekends are their specialty with live...
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Next to Pulperia Las Orquídeas, Santa Elena, Monteverde, Puntarenas Province, Monteverde, 60109, Costa Rica
We found the Common Cup in the small town of Santa Elena outside of the Monteverde Cloud Forest. A small coffee shop with fresh baked treats, they also roast their beans right in the shop. It turned out to be the best cup of coffee we had anywhere...
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Puntarenas Province, Parrita, Costa Rica
Our van stopped at a roadside alligator stop, and even though it seemed touristy, the men at the stop were very gracious. We had the best coconut water (and the least expensive) of the trip. So refreshing!
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Guanacaste Province, Tamarindo, Costa Rica
Guaitil Pottery Studio in Tamarindo is a truly unique experience. Here, owner Arbin Espinosa Guevara displays and sells his Guaitil pottery, and gives lessons to visitors interested in learning the craft themselves. One of the few remaining...
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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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646 Main St, Dallas, TX 75202, USA
Philip Johnson's simple concrete memorial to the late president is controversial in the very face of that simplicity, but I found it to be a fitting, moving tribute. The open tomb, known as a cenotaph, is an ode to JFK's free spirit. Nothing wrong...