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Tulum, Quintana Roo, Mexico
What combats humidity and sweltering air that feels like it's being expelled from a jet engine? Paletas! At less than a dollar and in a range of bright juicy flavors, these little Mexican popsicles offer a melty respite from the summer heat. Try...
9101 International Dr #2230, Orlando, FL 32819, USA
Live music venues are available on almost every scale and variety. The House of Blues at Downtown Disney and Hard Rock Live at Universal CityWalk are state-of-the-art venues whose stages showcase a constant lineup of national and international...
4102 Butler St, Pittsburgh, PA 15201, USA
Double D's is a local bar in Lawrenceville, Pittsburgh. Its one of those entertaining dive bars with patrons from all walks of life: old men hanging out on weekdays drinking Bud Light to hipsters sipping PBR. The owner is also the DJ and it's just...
Courchevel 1850, 73120 Saint-Bon-Tarentaise, France
It’s rare to find a hotel that caters to kids, unless you’re in Disney World. Many fancy hotels ban kids altogether. But at L’Apogée everyone gets VIP treatment, especially the kids. This ski-in/ski-out hotel in the posh French ski resort of...
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...
Guanacaste Province, Costa Rica
On my recent road trip through the provinces of Costa Rica, one of our stops was the Monteverde - Santa Elena cloud forest reserves in the province of Guanacaste. One of the most popular activities here is zip lining as you get to zip through and...
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...
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...
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...
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...
These little red frog are the namesake of a beautiful stretch of sand on Isla Bastimentos, an island in the Bocas del Toro archipelago in the Caribbean Sea. The island is easily reached by water taxi from Bocas del Toro and has a few good trails...
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...
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...
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...
Lapa Rios, Provincia de Puntarenas, Puerto Jimenez, 1000, Costa Rica
The howler monkeys are my alarm clock. At 4:30am, I lay awake under the diaphanous mosquito netting covering the bed, watching the array of colors and clouds that will evolve into the perfect sunrise. The many species of birds begin to rouse the...
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