Costa Rica

Exploring Costa Rica with Massi Devoto Chen

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Exploring Costa Rica with Massi Devoto Chen

Get In The Know About Costa Rica with Massi Devoto Chen Our video Interview I had the pleasure of meeting Massi Devoto Chen at Pann’s in Los Angeles to discuss one of my favorite topics, Costa Rica. What I remember most about my first trip to Costa Rica, a visit t read more

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Finding the Lost River in Costa Rica

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Finding the Lost River in Costa Rica

A Hidden Thermal River in Costa Rica’s Dry Forest What is Rio Perdido? Floating in the river, I close my eyes and let the hot water wash over me, easing all the stress and fatigue from my body and mind. Blue butterflies drift languidly through the air, floating through patches of sunlight that peek through the treetops and make the river water crystal clear and sparkly. Here, deep in the Costa Rican tropical dry forest and removed from much of the world as I know it, is Rio Perdido. The relatively unknown Rio Perdido is a difficult...

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Costa Rica Cruise Season

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Costa Rica Cruise Season

Costa Rica Cruise Season Destination announces new cruise strategy including the addition of a Mesoamerican route and an agreement with Royal Caribbean SAN JOSE, Costa Rica – October 21, 2013 – With the 2013 – 2014 cruise season officially underway, Costa Rica has announced a new strategy to strengthen and promote the cruise industry. “In addition to reaching important agreements with industry executives, we have concentrated our efforts on improving port infrastructure and the amenities available to passengers through our local...

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Costa Rica Surf and Yoga Retreat Offering Last Minute Discount

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Costa Rica Surf and Yoga Retreat Offering Last Minute Discount

Pura Vida Adventures, (PVA), a surf and yoga retreat in Malpais, Costa Rica is holding a Thanksgiving Week Surf Retreat, Nov. 18-24 as a healthy and active alternative to the traditional Thanksgiving feast. They are offering a last minute discount of $400 off for a starting rate of $1,995 for the 7 day retreat. If you are going to trek across the country during the busy travel season, you might as well be going on vacation. Located in Malpais, Costa Rica, PVA is offering a co-ed Thanksgiving Week Retreat, from November 18-24. This retreat...

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“Hola Papi” Love Found Me in CR

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“Hola Papi” Love Found Me in CR

Hola Papi She said. “Hola Papi,” I had taken a short stroll in the rain with my super-compactable umbrella from my four-star hotel, which sat on the pedestrian walkway at the corner of Avenida Central and Calle 1 in San Jose Costa Rica. I had just walked past a pharmacy with giant advertisements for Viagra, Lavitra and Cialis. The streets were crowded and the weather did not help walking a fast pace. As the light turned green, there she was, waiting for me, as I crossed the busy intersection. When I got near her, that’s when she said it just...

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Hilton Hotels Launch “Authentically Local” Vacation Experience

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Hilton Hotels Launch “Authentically Local” Vacation Experience

(MIAMI, Fla., February 2012) – In an effort to meet travelers’ growing desire for authentic vacation experiences, a selection of Hilton Hotels & Resorts, DoubleTree by Hilton, and Hilton Garden Inn hotels in the Caribbean and Latin America today announced the “Authentically Local” package – an exciting new program that introduces travelers to local culture and language. Available now through Dec. 31, 2012, the “Authentically Local” package features accommodations and a number of local touches including: ·         Local culture...

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Copa Airlines Announces Service to Four New Destinations

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Copa Airlines Announces Service to Four New Destinations

(PANAMA CITY, Jan. 25, 2012) — Copa Airlines, subsidiary of Copa Holdings, S.A., announced that it will begin non-stop service in June 2012 from Panama to four new destinations: Recife, Brazil; Liberia, (Guanacaste), Costa Rica; Las Vegas, Nevada and the island of Curacao. Passengers who depart or connect to these new flights through Copa’s Hub of the Americas at Tocumen International Airport will have access to a network of 63 destinations in 29 countries in North, Central and South America, and the Caribbean. As part of the...

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Trafalgar Expands Family Experiences with New Itineraries

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Trafalgar Expands Family Experiences with New Itineraries

(Anaheim, October 2011) – With family travel in high demand, Trafalgar has introduced four exciting new itineraries in the 2012 Family Experiences brochure. Now adding up to 18 itineraries, the Family Experiences guided vacations are activity-packed and designed specifically to meet family travel needs.   The four new itineraries invite guests to explore Europe, as well as North America, Costa Rica, Peru and South Africa: Sorrento & Sicily Surprise; Greek Island Hopper; Conquistadors, Sacred Valleys & Inca Mysteries; and Dude...

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New Latin American Vacations in 2012

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New Latin American Vacations in 2012

Brendan Vacations, the Ireland Specialist, is also a leader in providing unique and memorable guided vacations to Latin America. Brendan is now pleased to announce their 2012-13 South & Central America 2012-13 Brochure highlighting the region’s vibrant culture and vast natural and historical treasures. Brendan knows it’s all about you, the customer– everyone has different travel needs and expectations. By “taking you personally,” Brendan ensures its highly trained, hands-on team focuses on old fashioned service, taking care of each...

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Paradisus Playa Conchal

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Paradisus Playa Conchal

If you’ve been to one all-inclusive resort, you’ve been to them all. Short of offering some regional cuisine at the buffet restaurant, most all-inclusives lack the personality and charm of their respective countries. Paradisus Playa Conchal on Costa Rica’s Pacific coast is no exception. While the property is spectacular, the rooms luxurious and the service superior, one could just as well believe she’s in Florida. That’s why my favorite part of Paradisus Playa Conchal was steps outside the gates of the resort on the beach. Using the resort’s...

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Tabacon Hot Springs, Costa Rica

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Tabacon Hot Springs, Costa Rica

I’m watching a young girl who seems to believe she’s posing for Sports Illustrated’s swimsuit issue. Draping herself over the black rocks in a small, churning waterfall, she arches her back and purses her lips. Steam rises from the warm water and condenses on the tropical flower tucked behind her ear. As her mom snaps her photo, a Jesus Christ Lizard darts across the surface of the water, right into the frame. This is the Tabacon Hot Springs. When you get right down to it, the springs are the perfect representation of Costa Rica: Submerging...

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Costa Rican Cuisine

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Costa Rican Cuisine

I am travelling from La Fortuna in the north, mid-western part of Costa Rica, to Playa Conchal, on the pacific coast. It is a four hour drive and I am starving. “We will stop at Aromatico,” my shuttle driver says as if reading my mind. He stops at an unassuming soda (the name for inexpensive restaurants) in the center of a small town. My salad is composed in front of me, an amiable man piling on fresh vegetables and homemade salsa. I add some chilero, a traditional, marinated hot pepper condiment, from the large jar on the counter. My...

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La Paz Waterfall Gardens Nature Park

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La Paz Waterfall Gardens Nature Park

In one day, toucans perched on my shoulders, renegade frogs postured on my head and hummingbirds literally ate from the palm of my hand. I hiked through a lush Costa Rican cloud forest and felt the spray of 10-story high waterfalls crashing into crystal-clear lagoons below. It’s just another typical day here at Peace Lodge’s adjoining property, La Paz Waterfall Gardens Nature Park. The nature park is comprised of two sections, including an animal reserve filled with Costa Rican wildlife including jungle cats, snakes, frogs, monkeys,...

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La Fortuna’s Central Park

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La Fortuna’s Central Park

My husband and I had passed through La Fortuna’s central park area several times travelling to various excursions. While I was excited for each adventure, every time we passed through, I was a little more tempted to scream “Stop the van!”, jump out and spend the day exploring. Through the van’s window I’d see laughing couples sharing ice cream on park benches, shopping bags in tow and marveling at the Arenal Volcano. After a day of adventure, it seemed like a fun way to pass a lazy late afternoon. La Fortuna de San Carlos, a picturesque town...

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Finding Peace in Costa Rica’s Cloud Forest

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Finding Peace in Costa Rica’s Cloud Forest

My driver is navigating a winding, dangerously narrow dirt road. Not a problem, save the fact that one false move and the van will careen off the road and over the side of a cliff. The white-knuckled ride proves worth it though, when I arrive at the isolated Peace Lodge in Costa Rica’s cloud forest. While I’ve never been one for themed rooms, the inn’s rock façades aplenty, faux waterfall shower and rustic wooden beams somehow seem appropriate. Each of Peace Lodge’s rooms faces the majestic Poas Volcano, which I find myself admiring each...

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