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Marino Ballena National Park

Written by Peter Conrad
June 29, 2012

The Marino Ballena National Park is located 8 miles south from Dominical Beach, in the Central Pacific of Puntarenas, and this is where my Costa Rica traveltakes place, so keep reading and let me tell you about this beautiful area of the country. This National Park was created in 1990 to protect the species of whales coming to nest near the coast between December and April. It covers 110 h

      

New York Times Reporter Visited Costa Rica To See Preservation Projects

Written by Peter Conrad
June 27, 2012

Michelle Higgins, the reporter in charge of the travel section for the New York Times, made a visit to our country to experience what is a costa rica adventure travel, and compare it with other places she have visited around the world. Higgins put on context the white-water rafting, along with riding an elephant in Thailand, and visiting Ecuadorean groups to see the imp

      

Samara Beach, a place to relax, enjoy and forget about work

Written by Peter Conrad
June 27, 2012

Samara is a town to relax, to enjoy every calm morning that invites to rest and observe the sand mixed with the movement of the sea, along with a perfect stay in one of the most unique Costa Rica eco hotels in the country. The different options for lodging, food, nightlife, adventure, recreation and nature meet a direct invitation to enjoy it in all senses. Available acti

      

Avellana Beach Guanacaste

Written by Travel Excellence
May 9, 2012

Another beautiful beach in Guanacaste is Avellana Beach. It is 16 kilometers (10 miles) south from the popular Tamarindo, very close to Junquillal Beach. It is a quiet beach with great swells and world-class surfing, often looked by professional surfers and enthusiasts from all over the world. If you are coming to a Costa Rica vacations and are wondering about places to visit in Costa Rica, I will

      

Junquillal Bay National Wildlife Refuge Costa Rica

Written by Peter Conrad
May 9, 2012

When you travel across the North Pacific Coast in Guanacaste, you will find many interesting places spread all over this wonderful province. Everything from Costa Rica volcanoes in the central divide, the Arenal lake, the cloud forest in Monteverde, very close to Guanacaste, to amazing beaches facing the Pacific Ocean, and Wildlife Reserves and National Parks. There are many Costa Rica tourist att

      

Azul Beach One the Most Beautiful Beaches in Guanacaste

Written by Isabella Anderson
May 8, 2012

As part of my Costa Rica vacations, I want to go to every beach that I can find in Guanacaste. From the northern beaches such as Tamarindo, Hermosa,Panama, to the southern beaches in the Nicoya Peninsula, I’m taking the time to visit every place that I can. It’s a hard task, but someone has to step in for it! If you are planning a Costa Rica travel, my experiences could help

      

Barra Honda National Park in Guanacaste

Written by Peter Conrad
May 8, 2012

One of the places that you must visit when you come on your travel in Guanacaste is the Barra Honda National Park, in the Nicoya Peninsula. Guanacaste is a province located at the north of San José, and you can easily get there by car, which is a four hour drive from San Jose to Nicoya. Another why is to take a flight to the Liberia International Airport, and drive from there to Nicoya, or

      

Cobano is a vibrant town in the southern Nicoya Peninsula, Costa Rica

Written by Isabella Anderson
May 7, 2012

Cobano is a vibrant town in the southern Nicoya Peninsula that you have to visit if you are going to Santa Teresa, Montezuma or the Cabo Blanco Reserve as part of your Costa Rica travel. It’s like a small hub in this area, from where you can go to any of the beautiful surrounding places in a matter of minutes.   If you come from Tambor or Santa Teresa, you are on the road to any of t

      

Costa Rica Family Vacations: Tortuga Island tour

Written by Isabella Anderson
May 7, 2012

Tortuga Island is in the Gulf of Nicoya, it is a popular destination. The island has white-sanded beaches with clear and warm water which makes it perfect for relaxing.

      

What to do in Costa Rica?: 100% Outdoor Adventure

Written by Peter Conrad
May 7, 2012

We always have the opportunity to do different things and Costa Rica this is not the exception, if you’re traveling with a group of friends or you have an adventure couple this is the opportunity you’ve been waiting to experience the adrenaline into a different level.Here is a list of some awesome adventurous activities for everyone just take a look: Canopy Tour: There is nothi

      

Costa Rica Travel: Ballena Bay

Written by Peter Conrad
May 4, 2012

While visiting the Marino Ballena National Park, I learnt about another great beach called Ballena Bay, 4.5 miles south from Uvita. Ballena Bay was a nice surprise in my Costa Rica vacation travel. If you want to know more, keep reading, and I’ll tell you more about this beautiful beach. The Marino Ballena National Park was created in 1990 with the object of protecting several species of

      

4 Simple Reasons Why You Should Travel to Costa Rica

Written by Peter Conrad
May 2, 2012

The reasons to visit Costa Rica are plenty, and the best time to visit the country is always. I cannot tell you why do people visit Costa Rica but what I can tell you for sure is that the country has

      

South Puntarenas a magical place to be discovered

Written by Isabella Anderson
April 25, 2012

The southern area of Puntarenas, in the Costarican Pacific Coast, is one of the richest wildlife zones in Central America and the Pan American Pacific, and it’s ideal for tourists looking for the ultimate Costa Ricaeco tour. Extending between the Osa Peninsula and the border with Panama, it is home to the famousCorcovado National Park, a huge tropical rain forest which has been defined

      

Costa Rica family tours: Carara National Park in Puntarenas

Written by Peter Conrad
April 24, 2012

The Carara National Park is located in Puntarenas, two hours from San José on the way between Puntarenas and Jaco Beach, on the Pacific Coast, 12 miles south from Orotina. If you are in a Costa Rica travel, consider Carara, since It is a zone of ecological transition, with a mesoamerican ecosystem and the amazonian converging to form a particular biological reserve, with the dry c

      

The Westin Resort & Spa an All-Inclusive Hotel opened in Reserva Playa Conchal – Guanacaste, Costa Rica

Written by Alonzo Solano
April 17, 2012

The domestic and foreign tourists seeking for costa rica luxury tours, comfort and relaxation at theall inclusive hotels in costa rica, have a new alternative in the country. Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Inc. and Florida Ice and Farm Co., through its subsidiary Reserva Conchal, on Tuesday opened its first hotel in Guanacaste, Westin brand, under the "all inclusive"

      

Lacqua Viva Resort and Spa - Nosara Costa Rica

Written by Peter Conrad
April 13, 2012

I want to inspire you with a cozy place in Costa Rica to take your sweetheart on a romantic weekend break. L’ Acquaviva Resort & SPA with fancy architecture is located close to the Ostional National Wildlife Refuge and the beautiful beaches Nosara, Garza, Guiones and Pelada. It has 35 rooms which are separated in bungalows and are surrounded by pools and water courses. The room

      

Costa Rica Hotel: Gift of joy! Harmony Hotel

Written by Peter Conrad
April 11, 2012

The National Institute of Tourism (ICT) of Costa Rica promoted a great campaign with some other Companies and Agencies of Tourism as Travel Excellence. This initiative was to gift a trip to Costa Rica and the Harmony Hotel was the last stop as a perfect way to finish this journey. Located in Playa Nosara you can take a 35 minutes flight from San Jose to Nosara. There you can

      

All Inclusive Resort Costa Rica: Doubletree Puntarenas by Hilton

Written by Peter Conrad
April 11, 2012

The Doubletree Resort by Hilton Costa Rica, Puntarenas is a fresh resort-style hotel, full service and "all inclusive". This beachfront hotel is located in the Central Pacific region, closest to San Jose, in El Roble, Puntarenas, just 60 minutes from International Airport and is the perfect place to discover the natural wonders of Costa Rica. Its location is one of the most

      

Costa Rica hotels: the top ones to visit in San Jose downtown

Written by Isabella Anderson
April 11, 2012

San Jose is a vibrant town with lot of possibilities to enjoy. Spend some nights in one of the hotels there and let yourself be amazed by culture and locals traditions

      

Find the best things to do in Manuel Antonio Costa Rica

Written by Isabella Anderson
April 11, 2012

The world-famous Manuel Antonio area has a lot to offer to its visitors. From natural tours to great beach activities, the area has all you need for vacations.

      

To the Community Ornithological: Official List of the Birds of Costa Rica

Written by Peter Conrad
April 11, 2012

This year 2012 marks the tenth anniversary AOCR publish and update the Official List of the Birds of Costa Rica. The first list of Birds of Costa Rica, prepared by the AOCR in 1998, fostered between the community of birdwatchers keen to document and included new bird species that you can watch when you take a costa rica adventure travel. However, with time, there were several ready-to-coun

      

Costa Rica Vacation Packages: Adventure in Heaven Part II

Written by Travel Excellence
March 21, 2012

The more adventurous things I try, the more I want to experience. Last time I was in the beautiful Arenal area where I went to the colossus volcano and visited the Tabacon Hot Springs. 

      

Costa Rica Vacation Packages: Adventure in Heaven Part I

Written by Isabella Anderson
March 21, 2012

I have enjoyed such a great vacation package in Costa Rica. I`ve traveled to the North area, had a Costa Rica Arenal volcano tour, did canopy, and I went to the beach and to a beautiful cloud forest. It’s unimaginable, a small country with so many amazing places to visit and so life. If you are curious about what to do in Costa Rica, just follow my journey. It’s full of

      

Costa Rica Family Tours: Langosta Beach Guanacaste

Written by Peter Conrad
February 16, 2012

The last time I wrote, I was in Grande Beach, south of Tamarindo Beach in Guanacaste, North Pacific Coast. Grande Beach is a perfect spot for surfing, with the same great waves that you find in Tamarindo, but in a quieter, lonely beach. I continued my Costa Rica vacations travel near Tamarindo, to another beautiful beach called Langosta (Lobster). Langosta is an exotic beach, wit

      

Costa Rica Travel Vacations: Hermosa Beach Guanacaste

Written by Peter Conrad
February 16, 2012

My Costa Rica travel vacations continues at the North Pacific in Guanacaste. I’ve been to a lot of Amazing places, like Flamingo, El Coco and Conchal. These beaches are close from each other, and won’t take you long to get to them. I’m now staying at Potrero, 5 minutes from Flamingo, since it is a quieter place, perfect for relaxing. I really enjoyed Flamingo

      

What to do in Costa Rica? Visit Playa Grande in Guanacaste

Written by Peter Conrad
February 15, 2012

If you are wondering what to do in Costa Rica, I invite you to read my journal of my Costa Rica travel. I’m visiting many places all over the country, from volcanoes and rain forests to the Caribbean coast to the Pacific coast. It’s relatively easy to travel in Costa Rica, since distances are short, and will only take a few hours -or minutes- to be in one point or a

      

Costa Rica Travel: Conchal a beach full of shells!

Written by Peter Conrad
February 15, 2012

Last time I wrote, I was enjoying my Costa Rica travelat Flamingo Beach in Guanacaste, North Pacific coast. I made a couple tours to the neighbor beaches like Potrero, La Penca and Brasilito. Flamingo is the kind of busy and crowded Beach, like El Coco, with lots of businesses and Costa Rica Hotels. After being in the wonderful rain forest for a few days at Monteverde and La Fortuna

      

Costa Rica Luxury Hotels: Get to know Flamingo Beach

Written by Peter Conrad
February 8, 2012

After some days staying at La Fortuna, I continue with my Costa Rica surfing vacation at the North Pacific in Guanacaste. I went to some beautiful places in La Fortuna, starting with the Arenal Volcano National Park, and enjoyed some of the tours that take place there, like the suspended bridges tour at Arenal, rappel at the la Fortuna waterfalls, kayaking and windsurfing at the Arenal Lake,

      

Costa Rica Travel Vacations: Brasilito Beach in Guanacaste

Written by Peter Conrad
February 8, 2012

I’m enjoying a great Costa Rica travel vacations so far. I’ve been to the Caribbean coast, had a Costa Ricavolcano tour in the mountains across the country, the rain forest, the cloud forest, dry forest, and beautiful beaches and spots in the North Pacific. It’s incredible, a small country with so many things to see and activities to do. If you are wondering about

      

What to do in Monteverde?

Written by Isabella Anderson
February 3, 2012

If you visit Monteverde in your Costa Rica travel vacations, besides the popular Monteverde Biological Reserve, there are other places to visit while you are in town. I couldn’t go to all the places that I will list, but some of my friends have, so we made a little list that could help you to maximize your time in Monteverde. Monteverde’s Frog Pond is very popular for 

      

Costa Rica Travel: Monteverde Hotels & Accommodations

Written by Isabella Anderson
February 3, 2012

There are so many places to visit while staying at Monteverde in the middle of our Costa Rica travel, that we stayed a bit longer than planned. We visited the Monteverde Natural Reserve, and it is an impressive place, which I described in my previous journal entry. The Costa Rica cloud forest is breath taking, with its surreal atmosphere due to the mist and clouds, the suspended bri

      

Costa Rica turtles: Ostional National Wildlife Refuge

Written by Peter Conrad
January 31, 2012

You can’t miss this natural spectacle during your Costa Rica holidays. The opportunity of watch the “arribadas” will be a lifetime memory and a unique experience. 

      

Costa Rica beaches: Jacó is a nice option for your vacation here

Written by Alonzo Solano
January 31, 2012

A nice and full-of-life beach waits for you during your Costa Rica holidays. Let us show you why it is a top destination for surfers and visitors in general

      

Costa Rica Travel: Braulio Carrillo National Park Part 2

Written by Isabella Anderson
January 27, 2012

Last time I was in the middle of the jungle at Braulio Carrillo National Park. Sightseeing is great, and if you are in a Costa Rica birding tour, this is a great spot. I watched toucans, quetzals, eagles and a lot of other species. The park is located 20 miles northeast of San José downtown, so it took me a few minutes to get there to continue my Costa Rica adventure travel. The people a

      

Resort & Spa Cristal Ballena: the magic of Costa Rica Resorts

Written by Isabella Anderson
January 27, 2012

Surrounded by the fantastic tropical nature of the South Pacific area and with a magnificent view of the deep blue ocean, we can find the Resort & Spa Cristal Ballena, one of the magical resorts that Costa Rica offers for those who decide to visit this country. This Mediterranean style hotel located in Costa Ballena, Puntarenas – about 4 hours from San José – of

      

Costa Rica Travel: Braulio Carrillo National Park Part 1

Written by Isabella Anderson
January 25, 2012

There is a multitude of National Parks in Costa Rica. You will find national parks located in the rainforest, the beach, high mountains, islands, rivers, volcanoes etc. One of the most popular National Parks in Costa Rica is the Braulio Carrillo, heading east from San José, and one of the richest areas in the country. It’s huge, and it has a lot of things to offer if you are coming in

      

A place you have to visit in Costa Rica: National Theater in San José

Written by Isabella Anderson
January 23, 2012

So I am in San José for two days, and I’m visiting some touristic spots before I continue touring Costa Rica. I went to the Central Market, did some shopping, ate traditional food and tasted fresh made costarican coffee. Not bad for a rest day in my Costa Rica travel vacations! I walked over the Central Avenue Boulevard, a pedestrian route that crosses a big part of the city from east

      

Costa Rica Travel agency recommendation: Turrialba

Written by Isabella Anderson
January 20, 2012

Turrialba is a beautiful place you must visit when you come to Costa Rica. It is located in the province of Cartago. Prints adorned by temples and historic houses, rivers, coffee and horticultural areas await you if you choose the route of the little towns: Pacayas, Capellades, Santa Teresa, La Pastora and Santa Cruz. Turrialba is the ideal place for those experience adrenaline lovers. A t

      

Costa Rica Luxury Beach Hotel Cala Luna reopened

Written by Isabella Anderson
January 19, 2012

Costa Rica Luxury Beach Hotel Cala Luna reopened its doors while ago, is now remodeled and improved as never been. Cala Luna Boutique Hotel & Villas is located on Langosta Beach, in Costa Rica’s Guanacaste province on the northern Pacific coast. Cala Luna Hotel is souranded by beautiful beaches and one always growing area Tamarindo which is considered as a city in Guanacas

      

North Pacific Coast: Tamarindo Beach

Written by Isabella Anderson
January 14, 2012

Tamarindo Beach is one of the most popular beaches in Costa Rica. Known worldwide for its scenic beauty, with yellow sand and warm water, it is located in the district of Tamarindo, in Santa Cruz, Guanacaste, 150 miles from San Jose and 50 miles from Liberia. It is an old fishing town with Geographic and weather conditions perfect for practicing surf and sea Sports.  The average tempe

      

Central Pacific Coast: Dominical Beach

Written by Peter Conrad
January 12, 2012

One of the richest spots in Costa Rica is the Central Pacific Coast, a narrow gap crossed by the “Costanera” highway, going all the way from Puntarenas to the South Pacific in Golfito. It is a two-lane road in good conditions, with breathtaking views for more than 200 kilometers. If you are still wondering what to do in Costa Rica, the Central Pacific Coast is an excellent option

      

Nosara ranks 41st in the New York Time list of places to visit in 2012

Written by Alonzo Solano
January 10, 2012

Costa Rica has a lot of impressive destinations to visit, especially on the Caribbean side, and the Pacific Coast. Precisely, Nosara is a beautiful beach in Guanacaste province, which is one of the best Costa Rica attractions for tourist from all over the world to enjoy travel vacations. So, this fascinating place appeared in the 41th place on the article “The 45 Places to Go in 2012&rd

      

Travel Vacations: Knowing Moin Costa Rica

Written by Peter Conrad
January 6, 2012

Well, it´s been a few days since I drove to Play Bonita and I found out about that beautiful-unusual place. However, the locals in Limon told me that I couldn´t go to the beaches on south, if I haven’t visited “playa Moin” as one of the destinations in my Costa Rica travel vacations agenda; So, I did. Moin is about five minutes from playa Bonita, but it&a

      

Best Hotels in Costa Rica: The Clarion Suites will operate in Jaco next year

Written by Isabella Anderson
December 23, 2011

A new option for Costa Rica tourism will open from the second semester of 2012, in the Pacific coast. The Clarion Suites hotel will start receiving guests next year in Jaco area, one of the most popular destinations for vacation tours in the country. The project will have 150 rooms in two towers, one of 14 floors and other one of six. The company has already completed the construction of two bu

      

Costa Rica package tours: Jaco opens a theater with a Christmas classical play

Written by Isabella Anderson
December 21, 2011

For thousands of local and foreign tourists, the area of Jaco means sun, beach, and fun. However, this magical place is not only a favorite destination included in many of the best Costa Rica package tours, it is now synonymous of good theater. This week will be staging one of the great classical: the play "A Christmas Carol", from the English writer Charles Dickens, which marks

      

Miley Cyrus, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie and other famous people prefer Costa Rica to live or to spend vacations

Written by Alonzo Solano
December 21, 2011

The travel agencies and tour operators sell a lot of packages for Costa Rica travel vacations every day. Buyers of these favorable trips and tours are an increasing number of famous people, including singers, actors, football players, TV stars, among other celebrities from different countries. This week, the famous actress, and singer Miley Cyrus is enjoying one of the group tours that the coun

      

Costa Rica hotels: Greentiques Green Luxury in small hotels

Written by Alonzo Solano
December 19, 2011

The new costa rica villas that take combines nature with a tremendous peaceful staying are sensational for your next vacations. These hotels were created for personalized first-ecological practices; an original choice for your Costa Rica vacations this summer. Now the pleasure of rest can be enjoyed in small-sustainable spaces that grow in the country; make sure your costa rica v

      

Meetings and Events: Costa Rica Convention Center has a face

Written by Alonzo Solano
December 19, 2011

For over 20 years, successive governments have placed on the presidential agenda building and operating a state convention center to house local and international main events. However, more than two decades, these promises have remained only on paper. This time, however, it appears that the project is serious: the Costa Rican Tourism Institute (ICT) has given a face to the new initiative; th

      

Juan Santamaria International Airport: Travelers have access to restaurant, bar and wi-fi

Written by Peter Conrad
December 19, 2011

The airline Avianca-Taca and credit card company Credomatic opened a costa rica all inclusive deals lounge last night, with all the amenities for their VIP clients flying through the Juan Santamaria International Airport. The new space offers travelers the services of restaurant, bar, wireless internet and 20 screens that replicate the flight status and doors that must be addressed. The

      

Costa Rica hotels expect a higher services demand in last weeks of the year

Written by Travel Excellence
December 16, 2011

Most of Costa Rica hotels managers expect an increasing activity for this high season. The 87.5% of the hotels industry trust in a bigger demand of its services from 15 to December 31, according to a poll made by the National Chamber of Tourism (CANATUR) to 92 companies from the hotel sector, car rental business, and tour operators. This is a good time for visitors who enjoy fami

      

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