Costa Rica Travel Blog

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 


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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


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Ostional National Wildlife Refuge Costa Rica


Written by Peter Conrad
January 31, 2012

I’ve spent some days in Nosara beach with my friends, and I gotta say that I’ve liked this place a lot, especially since it’s hard to get here and we took a short flight from Liberia, so we decided to stay for a few days and enjoy the beauty of the zone. There are flights from San José too, taking 35 minutes to get to the small Nosara airport. There you can rent a car or t


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Jacó Beach: Get the best vacation packages, hotels & travel tips


Written by Alonzo Solano
January 31, 2012

I’m heading to the Pacific for spending few weeks with some friends who just arrived in Costa Rica. I spent two days in San José. I had so much fun in different places like the National Theater, Central Market, INBioparque and some night clubs and restaurants, but it is time to go back to my Costa Rica travel, and there’s no better way that surfing in Jaco and Hermosa Beach


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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


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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


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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


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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


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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


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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


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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


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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


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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


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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


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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


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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


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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


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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


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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


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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


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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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Costa Rica Seminars: Business seminar for gastronomic and hotel sectors on next January


Written by Travel Excellence
December 15, 2011

The seminar "The Four Legs of the Table", will take place in the country on next January 17, 2012. This event will provide an excellent opportunity for owners and managers of Costa Rica hotels, and the gastronomic industry, to learn and reinforce important concepts about their business activity, and future investments on the market. The event will be one of the most important&nbs


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Costa Rica meetings & conventions: The country will host an international event of medical tourism


Written by Travel Excellence
December 14, 2011

The high quality of its medical services and a health level better than other countries, are the reasons for the country to be again the scene of the Third International Conference of Medical Tourism, which will bring together over 500 attendees from several countries. The Costa Rica convention will take place from 23 to April 25, 2012. The event will be sponsored by the Council for Medicine Pr


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Canadian Couple Wins the First Costa Rica’s Million Dollar Gift


Written by Travel Excellence
December 13, 2011

Husbands Canadian Dianne McGaire, 56 and Scott McGaire, 53, were the first winners of the promotion of the Costa Rican Tourism Institute (ICT) called "Costa Rica’s Million Dollar Gift"; they arrived to the country on December 9th in one of the most amazingTravel Vacations you will ever see. The couple, from Ottawa, is one of the 255 people (families or couples) who, between


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Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie want to live in Costa Rica


Written by Travel Excellence
December 13, 2011

The famous Hollywood couple Brad Pitt and Agelina Jolie - who has six children - are planning to spend Christmas in Costa Rica but no with a vacation package. According to virtual edition of The Sun, the well-known actors could visit the country often to enjoy private Costa Rica family tours together with their children. "Brad has found a large estate, and he thinks that it


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Costa Rica won best booth design fair in London


Written by Travel Excellence
December 12, 2011

Costa Rica received the award for Best Stand Design at WTM, the largest fair in the English market that will help the country to get in position in new markets to find that would want to spend their Travel Vacations here. According to the organization, the judges praised the team of Costa Rican stand by the combination of sound effects of rain forest, music and design in general, whic


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Expotur Travel Mart 2012 will show the best of Costa Rica tourism


Written by Travel Excellence
December 9, 2011

The Costa Rican Association of Tourism Professionals (ACOPROT) will bring together over 300 representatives of tourism companies from Costa Rica and Central America in the EXPOTUR 2012, the main event for the area’s tourism marketing, where companies promote the best tourist attractions and the rest of the region. Expotur is an excellent trading platform for those companies whic


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Vacations Packages: ICT campaign wins followers in the U.S. and Canada


Written by Travel Excellence
December 8, 2011

The campaign "Costa Rica’s Million Dollar Gift of Happiness", conducted by the Costa Rica Tourism Bureau (ICT) as part of the advertising strategies for U.S. and Canada has caused a big sensation in these markets, in just six weeks. The campaign will give away Costa Rica vacation packages to 255 people who will visit the country to know the main Costa Rica attractions for


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Costa Rica Travel Vacations: travel agents visit the country to promote the destination in Germany


Written by Travel Excellence
December 6, 2011

A hundred of employees from different German travel agents are visiting Costa Rica this week. They come to the country due to the traditional Megafam which is sponsored each year by the prestigious German tour operator Weltreisen Meiers. The event is aimed to let the travel agents to know the most beautiful Costa Rica attractions, the comforts of thetravel packages to Costa Rica and other ben


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Costa Rica hotels: First Hard Rock Café will open next year


Written by Travel Excellence
December 5, 2011

The construction of the first “Hard Rock Café” in Costa Rica will start on January 2012. The information was confirmed to La Nación newspaper by Gustavo Araya, president of Ramada Herradura, one of the most prestigious Costa Rica hotels. The businessman will operate the franchise in the country. Araya explained that the new restaurant financing was approved recently, a


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Costa Rica facts: Football League will have six teams in the next tournament


Written by Travel Excellence
December 3, 2011

After overcoming strong obstacles Football has become in one of the activities in Costa Rica that has more participation from both Costa Ricans and foreigners, especially Americans who decided one day to get travel deals to Costa Rica to visit the country but, later decided to come back to stay for a long time. Today, many of them, including some students, engineers, doctors and workers, among


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Costa Rica Tourism: Market of adventure tours in Costa Rica increases every year.


Written by Travel Excellence
December 3, 2011

There are Many Reasons to get Costa Rica adventure travel packages; natural beauty, tropical weather, beautiful beaches and mountains are some of them. But there is another motivation really important to visit this unforgettable destiny: a variety of exciting activities in Costa Rica for visitors to do. In 1985, the country had just two or three options related with adventure tou


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Where to travel in Costa Rica: Kabata U Eco-Lodge waits for visitors in Talamanca


Written by Travel Excellence
December 1, 2011

Talamanca, southeastern Costa Rica, is the land of Bribrís, an ancient Costa Rican tribe formed by generous and hard-working people. This zone is visited by thousands of tourists because of its natural beauty and unforgettable landscapes. In fact, it is one of the most beautiful Costa Rica tourist attractions, especially the Chirripó National Park area. Some years ago an enth


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Activities in Costa Rica: a weekend full of Surfing


Written by Travel Excellence
November 30, 2011

The Reef Centroamérica Surfing Games Costa Rica 2011 began this weekend in Hermosa Beach, one of the most beautiful tourist attractions of Costa Rica’s Pacific coast and one of the favorite destinations included in many of the Costa Rica Travel packages, for its natural beauty and tropical climate. Hermosa Beach is an ideal place for events like this, thanks to its weather and high w


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Costa Rica Tourism: Costa Rica as a destination for Convention Tourism


Written by Travel Excellence
November 30, 2011

The Costa Rican Tourism Board (ICT) will promote the country as an important destination for European tourism of congresses and incentives during the international event of EIBTM, considered the world’s leading event for the industry. The idea is to attract people and firms from different countries to organize this kind of activities in Costa Rica.14 Costa Rican companies and the ICT wi


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Limón celebrates the arrival of the Transat Jacques Vabre winner: Virbac Paprec 3


Written by Travel Excellence
November 18, 2011

Limón, the finish line of the Transat, has received the first sailboat. Part of Costa Rica population had the opportunity to enjoy the arrival of the Virbac Paprec 3, sailed by Jean-Pierre Dick and Jérémie Beyou, who crossed the finish line of Puerto Limón at 8h 15m 54s UTC/GMT, or 2h 15m 54s local time on the Costa Rica’s province. Dick is now a three times wi


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Costa Rica students create a recycling robot at the WRO 2011


Written by Travel Excellence
November 17, 2011

Costa Rica history in technology is growing. The country will be part of the World Robot Olympiad by presenting a recycling robot. Rónald Valverde, Luis Fernando Valerio y Yhojan Ramírez (ITCR students) are the names of the contestants to participate in the WRO this November18th, 19th and 20th, taking place at Abu Dabi, in United Arab Emirates. In its 8th edition, lik


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Business growth is shown at the Awards Night


Written by Travel Excellence
November 13, 2011

Best companies of the year assisted the most important night at the firm level at the Ramada Herradura Hotel, one of the 5 stars hotels in Costa Rica. The Chamber of Commerce rewarded the effort, dedication, and commitment of the companies and business professionals through its Awards Night. There was a remarkable assistance of about 400 people and were hand out 15


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First WINNER! The Happiest Costa Rica One Dollar Million Gift Promotion


Written by Travel Excellence
November 2, 2011

Here’s an extraordinary opportunity to get to know Costa Rica’s wonders. A unique opportunity that could bring you to one of the happiest countries on Earth. Lots of marvels form part of the big amount of Costa Rica attractions. Based on the latter, Costa Rica Tourism Board came up with a surprising idea, by launching an innovative contest in which North Americans were given the opp


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Let’s disguise in a Masquerade Parade!


Written by Travel Excellence
October 31, 2011

On October 31st, Halloween is celebrated in the United States of America.  Nevertheless, in Costa Rica, at Cartago city, there’s a celebration in which masks, music, and other activities are turn into a tremendous celebration called Masquerade. Part of Costa Rica culture , in which people take different customs and disguise as several political figures and traditional characters.&nbs


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Costa Rica New Surf World Champion: Craig


Written by Travel Excellence
October 30, 2011

After an unforgettable performance, Craig "Tequila" Schieber wrote his name on Costa Rica history as the first world champion at the last ISA World Masters Surfing Championship held in El Salvador. The “tico” entered the history books of world surfing as the best surfer in the Grand Kahuna category (over 50 years). Schieber, naturalized Costa Rica 20 years ago, l


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Costa Rica facts: Nery Brenes Wins Gold at Pan-Am Games


Written by Travel Excellence
October 28, 2011

Once again the most important local athlete, Nery Brenes, put the Costa Rica map over the rest of the world thanks to his speed and excellent condition. In a very unforgettable performance, Brenes, the highest Costa Rica attractions as individual sportsman, won the gold medal in the 400 meters race at the 2011 Pan-American games in Guadalajara, México. The famous s


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“Travel + Leisure” Magazine Gives Costa Rica The November Cover


Written by Travel Excellence
October 24, 2011

The International magazine “Travel + Leisure” chose Costa Rica to be their cover of the month of November as one of the most amazing destinations in the world and with the most wonderful natural attractions in the world. The plan in this edition is to give the travelers an idea of the many things Costa Rica has.  The pictures are from Osa, where you can see falls and the tremen


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Jaguar with her two cubs swimming at Tortuguero Canal, Costa Rica


Written by Travel Excellence
October 18, 2011

We have been informed by our Tour Guide Alex Castro, who is accompanying a group of 20 tourists from our client Master Travel (UK), that on Monday October 10th, on their way to Tortuguero, they had the chance to watch a mother jaguar with her two cubs swimming across the canal. Nos reporto nuestro guía Alex Castro que acompaña a un grupo de 20 turistas de nuestro cliente la agenci


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Costa Rica Attractions: Japan Won The Rafting World Championship


Written by Travel Excellence
October 11, 2011

The Rafting World Championship celebrated in Costa Rica ended with Japan’s team as the winner in men’s and second place in the ladies category, the Pacuare River, one of the best places where to travel in costa rica was the place of the competition. Both teams came in June to study the river and to plan their strategy for the World Championship; all that paid at


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Costa Rica Attractions: Ticas Win Second Place In Slalom In The 2011 Rafting World Cup


Written by Travel Excellence
October 11, 2011

The team “Banca Mujer” promised they will leave the Costa Rica name really high when the World Rafting Championship 2011 finishes, well; they did as the group managed to win the second place of the slalom category disputed in Turrialba, one of the unique places and one of the best costa rica attractions. The team from Czech Republic won the competition yesterday over


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Surfer’s heaven is surely between two seas


Written by Isabella Anderson
October 11, 2011

Costa Rica is a surfer’s paradise for vacations and it is not just because there are great waves throughout the whole year. There is a vibrant surf culture on both oceans with a welcoming attitude, the only thing you need is to keep a great one you too. The Caribbean coast offers great massive waves. Salsa Brava is probably one of the best and it’s c


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What to see in Costa Rica: World Rafting Championship 2011


Written by Travel Excellence
October 8, 2011

375 athletes from 32 countries will compete between 4 and 11 October at the World Rafting Championship 2011 in Costa Rica, one of the most important sport activities in Costa Rica this year. The Pacuare River in Mojones, Turrialba, about 70 miles east of San Jose, was selected by the International Rafting Federation, beating other nominees such as Italy and Aus


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Costa Rica celebrates 190 years of Independence


Written by Travel Excellence
September 15, 2011

The beautiful country of Costa Rica with their mountains, beaches and breathtaking landscapes celebrates their 190 years of independence on September 15th, the most value day of the costa rica history. Part of the costa rica attractions in a day like this is that the visitors get to watch the parade where many schools play their best songs while marching through the streets. &quo


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Get in Tamarindo, like being in Paradise


Written by Peter Conrad
September 11, 2011

Here at Travel Excellence we are always looking for new ideas to suggest places that make your trip unforgettable and Tamarindo is a place you should experience when traveling to Costa Rica. If you want to enjoy a beautiful sunset and lay down to forget about everything, this is the perfect place. Located on the Pacific Coast, Tamarindo&nbs


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