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It's not just the country's largest national park: The 417-square-kilometer (161-square-mile) Corcovado National Park could be described as Costa Rica's Amazon given its remarkable biodiversity. The trees here can soar higher...

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Central America
Exotica Restaurant, located in Ojochal, Costa Rica (just south of Dominical/Uvita), is one of those places you’d pass by in your 44 and not make much note of… but upon entering this serene, candle-lit bungalow, you are greeted by one of the most...
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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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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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Puntarenas Province, Quepos, 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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Puntarenas Province, Costa Rica
Drivers can pull over near this bridge outside of Jaco to observe these large beasts bathe in the river. The crocodiles can grow to be up to 11 feet long. Rumor has it that an occasional crock has made its way to the ocean and attacked surfers.
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Noreste de Centro de la Fortuna de San Carlos 13 Km, Provincia de Alajuela, Nuevo Arenal, Costa Rica
On the west side of Arenal Volcano, this 900-acre tropical reserve was a labor of love for owner and architect Jaime Mikowski, who spent years planting acres of native plants and coaxing the land’s natural mineral springs into a river that...
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Bajo Garita, Provincia de Alajuela, La Garita, Costa Rica
No cage...just a perch under the forest canopy at the "Zoo Ave" bird sanctuary, just west of San José, Costa Rica. Several of the parrots and macaws do "speak," but most of these splendid creatures are not pets; tame enough, though, so you can...
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Provincia de Puntarenas, Playa Hermosa, Costa Rica
Some experiences in life immediately have that once-in-a-lifetime quality. For years, my birdwatching boyfriend spoke of the elusive Scarlet Macaws. How desperately he wanted to see them in the wild (they're quite limited in their range). Last...
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Dominical, Puntarenas Province, Savegre, Costa Rica
Costa Rica's untouched beauty sets this country apart from other popular beach and surf destinations. The small village of Dominical, in particular, offers one of the country's most beautiful coastlines for enjoying nature on its own.
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Agujitas de Drake, Provincia de Puntarenas, Costa Rica
The Osa has been dubbed the most biologically intense place on the planet by National Geographic. It is home to a vast array of plants and animals, and an amazing conservation project that helps future turtle populations. These aged species have...
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Provincia de Puntarenas, Puerto Jiménez, Costa Rica
The Osa Peninsula in the southwestern portion of Costa Rica is a nature lover's dream. A 45 minute plane ride, but 10 hours by car; this unspoiled paradise is unparalleled for spotting wildlife.4 species of monkey, birds in all the colors of the...
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Road from Puerto Jiménez to Carate, km 22., Osa Peninsula - Puerto Jimenez, Costa Rica
While we were staying in a really great cabin down off of Matapalo Beach on the Oso Peninsula in Costa Rica (Sueño Verde), we were often visited by families of Capuchin monkeys who would go foraging for insects and coconuts in the trees right...
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Puntarenas Province, Buenos Aires, Costa Rica
Near Puntarenas, Costa Rica the El Manantial Macaw Sanctuary works hard every day to protect colorful macaws, monkeys, birds and sloths that have been seized in customs. All over South America people still try to smuggle or domesticate these wild...
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Manuel Antonio, Provincia de Puntarenas, Quepos, Costa Rica
North of oft-visited Manuel Antonio on the Pacific side of Costa Rica, is a small cove with a public beach by the name of Biesanz. The beach is hidden from the cliffs high above where resorts are like stars in the sky, numerous and crowding. Hike...
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Puntarenas Province, Quepos, Costa Rica
Even though Manuel Antonio Park is one of the most visited areas of Costa Rica, there's still lots of wildlife to be seen lurking the jungle.
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Manuel Antonio, Provincia de Puntarenas, Quepos, Costa Rica
My husband and I took a week long trip to Costa Rica in Dec 2011. This is the view of the Manuel Antonio National Park and surrounding areas from the town above (Manuel Antonio/Quepos). We took a guided tour in the park and had a great time but be...
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Puntarenas Province, Quepos, Costa Rica
The capuchin monkeys are so used to people visiting Manuel Antonio Park that they are not scared of humans. They will wait with the racoons in the trees by the beach waiting to steal food from unguarded bags.
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Puntarenas Province, Quepos, Costa Rica
My husband and I took a week long trip to Costa Rica in Dec 2011. We spent a day in the Manuel Antonio National Park on the Pacific coast. We started the tour of the national park with a tour guide who was equipped with a high end telescope to...
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Puntarenas Province, Quepos, Costa Rica
My husband and I took a week long trip to Costa Rica in Dec 2011. We spent 2 of those 7 days in Manuel Antonio National Park area. The nearby town Quepos has plenty to do including zip-lining. On my way to ziplining , I spotted this squirrel...
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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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Espadilla Beach, Puntarenas Province, Quepos, Costa Rica
Manuel Antonio National Park is one of the most visited and talked about places in Costa Rica. It can also be difficult to enjoy because the cost to enter the park is high in comparison to other activities, and the organization who manages the...
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Main road to Manuel Antonio, Puntarenas Province, Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
Even the monkeys are yawing. One would think that as they swing through the rainforest from restaurant to restaurant down the road to the beach that they would be energetic and fun...like monkeys should be. But this was a rainy day and these guys...
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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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Manuel Antonio, Provincia de Puntarenas, Quepos, Costa Rica
When you grow tired of swimming, basking in the sun, rock climbing or eating...explore the semi-permanent market that is open every day tourists are present in the tiny village area close to the main entrance of Manuel Antonio on the pacific side...
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Puntarenas Province, Quepos, Costa Rica
My friends and I stopped here on the way back from our nature hike through Manuel Antonio National Park. The view is stunning and what a unique restaurant. Just down the hill are a few more transportation-themed restaurants. Stop in for a...
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Central America
A close friend was getting married at Punto de Vista and wanted to take pictures on the beach before the ceremony. When we to a quick ride down the street, I had no idea what I was in for. The beach was more gorgeous than any I've seen before.
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Manuel Antonio Beach, Puntarenas Province, Quepos, Costa Rica
Manuel Antonio Beach is by far the most beautiful beach I have ever been to in my life. Everything from the white sand to the clear blue water to the lush green trees made this beach unforgettable. The water was extremely warm and it's the only...
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Puntarenas Province, Quepos, Costa Rica
I decided to do a guided tour of Manuel Antonio National Park and it was by far one of the best decisions I've ever made. The guide knew exactly where to look for animals and we saw howler monkeys, cobras, poisonous grasshoppers, toucans, sloths...
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Puntarenas Province, Quepos, Costa Rica
Africa has its "Big 5" but Costa Rica boasts its own cast of critters. I saw dozens of white-faced monkeys and lizards in Manuel Antonio as well as some tropical raccoons scavenging on the beach. The highlight of the day was spotting two sloths...
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Manuel Antonio National Park is one of the smallest national parks in Costa Rica, despite the size is loaded with monkeys, sloth, birds, bats, iguanas and three beautiful pristine white sand beaches, there are not places to buy food or drinks,...
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Manuel Antonio, Provincia de Puntarenas, Quepos, Costa Rica
Costa Rica held many delights but my most memorable one was the hunt for the ultimate flan. After randomly walking around one night, my friends and I stumbled into a restaurant on a lonely street and asked if they had flan...this was whipped up...
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Puntarenas Province, Quepos, Costa Rica
It was a blazing hot December afternoon. After a busy, fun-filled morning wandering around Manuel Antonio National Park spotting sloths, iguanas, spiders, leaf-cutter ants, monkeys, and more, we were ready to spend the afternoon cooling off...