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Deoksugung-gil, Sogong-dong, Jung-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Bukchon, the historic neighborhood between Gyeongbok-gung and Changdeok-gung palaces in the heart of Seoul, is the home of buk-chon son mandu, which translates as "handmade dumplings." Even though this is a Seoul chain restaurant, the namesake...
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Malpais, Puntarenas Province, Costa Rica
The original farm-to-table eatery in the area, Mary’s Restaurant, lies just down the road from the fishing harbor in Mal País village. With its pool table, polished concrete floors, and chalkboard menu, it feels like a pub. But along with such...
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Central America
This haunting tree is full of oropendola bird nests and are all over costa rica.
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La trocha a San Luis, Provincia de Puntarenas, Monteverde, Costa Rica
San Luis is a rather unique community for it is divided into two sections: Upper and Lower San Luis. Upper San Luis boasts all the prime tourist attractions like zip lining across the cloud forest canopy, while Lower San Luis, offers humbling...
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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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During a summer studying in Costa Rica I visited many ecologically stunning places I would recommend visiting, and only one inn that stood out from all the rest. This friendly family run Eco country lodge is la Quinta Sarapiqui. The grounds are a...
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Parque Nacional Volcán Poas, Provincia de Alajuela, Costa Rica
Costa Rica, like most of the rest of Central America, is volcanically endowed. Climbing up to the summit of one seems to be on everyone's list--who doesn't want to stare into a steaming crater? Do this easily near San José. The Volcán Poás...
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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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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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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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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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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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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
I highly recommend visiting Samara in the off-season (we went in October). Not only was there sun, but also solitude: We were some of the only people there. The beach is never-ending, the water refreshing, and the locals are eager for your...
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el, Calle Buenos Aires, Provincia de Puntarenas, Costa Rica
It was a girls-only trip for my mother and me after I graduated college. It had its bumps and bruises (literally) as we bumbled from the Costa Rican interior (doing the usual zip-lining, river rafting and waterfall repelling) to the Pacific Coast....
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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...
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Parque Nacional Volcán Poas, Provincia de Alajuela, Costa Rica
Poas Volcano, located in the park of the same name, is one of only a few active volcanoes that you can get incredibly close to if you walk. It's supposedly quite a site to see, if you happen to go when it doesn't look like this. Driving there was...
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10m south of Bahia Azul on the beach, Puntarenas Province, Jaco, 61101, Costa Rica
I've stayed in a lot of hostels, but Room2Board beats the rest. It may be even better than most hotels. With floor to ceiling wrap around windows and a view of the ocean, the private rooms are backpacking luxury. The hostel has two bars, a...
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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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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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Limón Province, Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, Costa Rica
Last I heard, the Standard restaurant located in front of the feared surf break, Salsa Brava, in Puerto Viejo no longer exists. I can neither confirm or deny this as I have not been to Puerto Viejo in some time. However, the Standard served the...
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While traveling to San Juan, Costa Rica I saw a fascinating volcano called Irazu Volcano. This volcano has a delightful spark to it; its height compares to the Sears Tower in Chicago making it more daunting to look at. Our tour guide told us this...
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It was the first volcano i have seen in my life. This was awesome to experience and it felt amazing to see the beauty of Costa Rica. It reminds me of the tall buildings back in Chicago, but the volcano was way taller. It looked like it was active...
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Atirro, Provincia de Cartago, Turrialba, Costa Rica
Costa Rica has so much to explore. While its a bit over-touristed these days there are still some great beaches, warm waters, wonderful food and delicious coffee to be found... go in rainy season and see less tourists!
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Guanacaste Province, Nosara, Costa Rica
A top-notch way to take in Costa Rica's coastal splendor is to experience it on horseback. With the help of Guiones Adventures, a gaggle of us made like equestrians for an afternoon, wending our way through both the Guanacaste jungle and along the...
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Cartago Province, Costa Rica
My husband and I took a week long trip to Costa Rica in Dec 2011. Cartago is about 24 kms from the capital city of San Jose. We took a local bus ride to the city so that we could catch a taxi for Irazu volcano from there. This is en route to the...
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Limón Province, Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, Costa Rica
Secluded beaches! This is what you should think of when you think of Costa Rica my recommendation: rent beach cruisers in town for $4, ride along the road and look for any trail that might lead you somewhere wonderful. The restaurants along the...
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Don’t forget to bring your bird guide — and appetite — if you are heading to La Carolina Lodge on the flanks of Volcan Tenorio on Costa Rica’s northern Caribbean slope (a short drive from Liberia or the Nicoya beach resorts). We saw two species of...
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Playa Guiones, Provincia de Guanacaste, Costa Rica
Costa Rica has an amazing law that prohibits any construction to take place within 200 meters of the coast. Stepping onto Playa Guiones in Nosara feels as if you are in a national park. The beach is pristine and rustic but within easy reach....
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Tropisphere Office, Provincia de Puntarenas, Costa Rica
There are two options for hiking the Montezuma Waterfall: a meandering stroll up the sunlight dappled river, and a steep, treacherous bushwhack through the jungle. The first, well-traveled path is a 20-minute hike from town and leads to the...