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Paradisus Playa Conchal

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...

Costa Rican Cuisine

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...

La Paz Waterfall Gardens Nature Park

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...

Ziplining Arenal

Ziplining Arenal

Whether I'd zipline in Costa Rica was never a question; I'd done it before and had heard that Sky Trek's ziplines feature breathtaking views of Lake Arenal, the Arenal Volcano and untouched Costa Rican jungle canopies. Despite my fear of heights, I...

Gallo Pinto in Costa Rica

Gallo Pinto in Costa Rica

"The right way to make Gallo Pinto," Roberto the cab driver informs me in flawless English, "is with yesterday's beans and rice." He pauses, then adds "And you must add Salsa Lizano." In the short time I've been in Costa Rica,...

Want to Run Away This Holiday?

Want to Run Away This Holiday?

A friend of mine alerted me to these last minute holiday deals at 5-star properties in Costa Rica. So, I thought I'd pass them along. Los Suenos Marriott Ocean & Golf Resort and Costa Rica Marriott Hotel are both offering discounts on Christmas/New Year's stays...

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