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Tabacon Hot Springs, Costa Rica

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...

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 unassuming...

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...

La Fortuna’s Central Park

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...

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 didn’t...

White Water Rafting on the Sarapiqui River

White Water Rafting on the Sarapiqui River

Moises, my rafting guide, is drilling me. “When I say ‘back paddle’, what do you do?” Sitting in the raft, still docked on the side of the river I move my oar in reverse as he’d taught me to do. “Very good. Vamanos. We’re ready.” On this stretch of the...

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, I’ve grown obsessed...

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...

Waiting to Dance in Costa Rica

Waiting to Dance in Costa Rica

My friends and I drove through a drizzly night in San Jose after a long day of sightseeing some of Costa Rica’s best attractions: colorful animals, happy people and green jungles. Then, there was a long drive back into the city and a long slow dinner. While I knew...

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