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Anamaya is located in Montezuma, Costa Rica. This image is taken from their extremely tranquil yoga deck, where guests practice twice a day. This hidden gem is affordable, has gorgeous cabanas, and serves the best vegetarian food I've ever had....
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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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Costa Rica
The thermal hot springs in Rincón de La Vieja at Rio Negro (Black River) may not be as well known as those in the Arenal area, but we had the pools and surrounding forest to ourselves. From where we stayed at the Hacienda Guachipelin Rincón de La...
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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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Frente Parque Lobo, Barrio El Carmen, Puntarenas, Av. 4, Provincia de Puntarenas, Puntarenas, Costa Rica
Montezuma was a must-stop recommendation of all the beaches, so when we two Floridians finally arrived on the miniature, desolate coast in this small town we were confused. The communal bonfire atmosphere described seemed unlikely and the view was...
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Provincia de Puntarenas, Pavones, Costa Rica
I volunteered here for almost a month and had an amazing time. You can also just stay as a guest, but staying a little longer to participate with other volunteers made for an incredibly rewarding experience. Described as a "rustic yoga center and...
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I might be biased because I became engaged on the beaches of Playa Guiones, in Nosara Costa Rica, but this place is heavenly. I spent the month practicing yoga at Nosara Yoga Institute and when I wasn't doing yoga I spent the rest of the time on...
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Jaco Beach, Puntarenas Province, Costa Rica
Watching the surfers as the sun sets on Playa Jaco.
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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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Guanacaste Province, Tamarindo, Costa Rica
Beautiful evening sky looking back up Tamarindo Beach towards the El Diria hotel in Costa Rica.
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Limón Province, Cahuita, Costa Rica
As day breaks upon this tropical "oasis" the steam begins to rise into the atmosphere and the jungle is alive with noise. Cahuita, Costa Rica is a small town on the Caribbean and has easy access to the proportionately small national park that...
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Limón Province, Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, Costa Rica
All along Avenida 71 in the tiny surf town of Puerto Viejo, on the Caribbean side of Costa Rica, can be found terrific shopping for the curious tourist. From handcrafted furniture to factory-made trinkets to woven clothing, hammocks and bags -...
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Puntarenas Province, Jaco, Costa Rica
It's our last day of surf camp at Waves Costa Rica and our instructor, Allen, has surprised us with a visit to Jaco beach. We sit in the back of the school's van and watch experienced surfers shred as the day ends with a fiery sunset over the...
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Puntarenas Province, Costa Rica
Sunset Surf is Costa Rica. Dylan Park and crew bring a full complement of experience, equipment and environments to tailor a surf adventure in Dominical to your needs. They are invaluable to my surfing enjoyment in giving me the technique tune-up...
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Provincia de Puntarenas, Playa Hermosa, Costa Rica
The rugged Playa Hermosa is a quiet beach just outside of Jaco with great surf.
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Guanacaste Province, Tamarindo, Costa Rica
I took a boat trip out to Witch's Rock and surfed the biggest and best waves of my life. I barely slept the night before because I knew the waves were going to be a challenge for someone at my skill level. After a few bad wipe outs on the biggest...
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Playa Tamarindo, 152, Provincia de Guanacaste, Tamarindo, 50309, Costa Rica
One of the best places to surf. Long left breaks with constant swells make for a great week trip of sun, waves, food, and friends.
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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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Playa Negra, Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, Limón, 70401, Costa Rica
Tucked away in its own little world, a 20 minute beach walk north of the laid back surfer town of Puerto Viejo, Hotel Banana Azul is a little piece of heaven. You become their family and they become yours as you share meals, get to know the house...
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Cabo Matapalo, Puntarenas, Costa Rica
or at least it seems that way.Cabo Matapalo is located at the very tip of the Osa Peninsula where the Golfo Dulce meets the Pacific Ocean. Located 500' straight down a cliff from our cabina this ruggedly wild stretch of beach is reached by an hour...
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Guanacaste Province, Costa Rica
Watch the surfers, haggle with the beach vendors selling wooden bowls or jewelry and sit back and relax while you enjoy the local beer Imperial or my favorite Bavaria Dark in one of the many beach cafes. PURA VIDA
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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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Montezuma Beach, Puntarenas Province, Santa Fe, Costa Rica
I love Montezuma. It's a small fishing town with one main street and a few restaurants scattered around. The main Montezuma beach is lovely, strewn with rocks but further down about 20 minutes away is Playa Grande. The waters are warm, shallow and...
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Playa Guiones, Guanacaste Province, Costa Rica
Local Costa Ricans taking some time out from the perfect surf on Playa Guiones. This beach near Nosara is the most relaxing, perfect surf break we have visited. The town is small enough to be peaceful with just the right amount of great...
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Costa Rica
I was pleasantly surprised to discover that the best carpaccio EVER was not located in Italy. It is located at the Totem Hotel & Resort in Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica. I opted for the regular meat carpaccio, but they had several different types of...
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Guanacaste Province, Costa Rica
The best camping spot in Samara is Camping Los Cocos. Surrounded by coconut trees and directly on the beach, we were the only ones there when we visited in October. The hotel next door has a great menu and cocktails for reasonable prices, and...
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Provincia de Puntarenas, Pavones, Costa Rica
It takes a bit of effort to bus, hop a small plane, or drive rutty, muddy roads, but well worth the trip to Pavones, near Oso Penninsula. Nature Air will get you there quicker from San Jose (400Km), then a short taxi ride over jungle roads and...
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2 km south of Dominical, Provincia de Puntarenas, Costa Rica
Dominical has grown from a dusty surf camp hangout to a tourist destination reaching beyond the break to lure visitors to this slice of paradise. Costa Paraiso is a little resort tucked away on a private cove just south of town, keeping you close...
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Montezuma Beach, Puntarenas Province, Santa Fe, Costa Rica
When staying in Costa Rica, we decided we wanted to go to Montezuma; we had heard a lot about it and wanted to check it out for ourselves. So, we rented a car, started at the top of the Nicoya Peninsula, and worked our way down - stopping off at...