Barking bucketloads of happy dogs roam the hills at this enormous outdoor shelter for 750 to 800 homeless dogs in Costa Rica.
Caliche’s Wishbone in Jacó makes the perfect option for seafood lovers and weary surfers looking for a full meal after a day on the beach.
Nosara has long been recognized as the yoga capital of Costa Rica, if not Central America, and here are the reasons why.
Nosara is a major yoga capital, a teacher of teachers, and it’s a first-class surf destination, but it’s more than the sum of its parts.
Ojo de Agua in Heredia is a perfect day trip for travelers and families looking to beat the heat in one of the Central Valley’s only public pools.
Shopping in Managua, Nicaragua, to stretch dollars and get away from Tamarindo for the weekend, my wife and I were in for an adventure.
Are you up for a shocking dichotomy at the museum, where sculptures of voluptuous women are on display near wooden animal parts hanging from meat hooks?
The profusion of species we saw at Corcovado reminded me of Tarzan’s jungle, and then someone mentioned “The Jungle Book,” which also seemed appropriate.
“Our horses, you’ve got to ride,” says Kay Dodge of the Painted Pony Guest Ranch and Casagua Horse Farm in Guanacaste. “These are horses that will run.” Saddle up!
Here are some opportunities for residents and visitors to donate their time to help needy or disadvantaged youth and adults right here in Costa Rica.
I had already chosen the Hibiscus as my favorite restaurant on the Flamingo Coast when I learned of a horrible tragedy that befell this mom-and-pop French bistro in Potrero.
Here are the Tico Times’ recommendations for 10 good, and occasionally great, hotels on the Flamingo Coast, from Playa Grande to Sugar Beach.
On a sunset cruise with Zafira, we ate, we drank, we laughed, we took a thousand pictures. But the jellyfish were hungry, so the snorkeling was brief.
Why is the Flamingo Coast a good place to buy property? Natural beauty, great schools, fair prices, close airport and a thriving community in a spot that’s neither too overdeveloped nor too remote. And then there’s that new marina coming….
The Flamingo Marina has a star-crossed history and has long been shut down, but all signs indicate that it’s about to get a new lease on life.
The Flamingo Coast, including Playa Grande, Conchal, Brasilito, Potrero and Las Catalinas, offers just about everything people come to Costa Rica for, without the crowds.
In a one-of-a-kind holiday spectacle next Friday, the Marina Pez Vela in Quepos will be hosting its third annual Bright Lights Boat Parade, in which watercraft festooned with Christmas lights sail around the marina basin.
The feria, the weekly outdoor market, is a people watcher’s paradise, and when it comes to finding your favorite fresh fruits and vegetables straight off the farms, there’s no beating it.
At Camaronal National Wildlife Refuge, rangers and volunteers patrol the beach every night to save turtle eggs from human and natural predators.
The most diverse province in Costa Rica, Limón is home to a culture rich in history, language and music that is celebrated in this photo gallery.
Carate, gateway to Corcovado National Park, is the end of the road in Costa Rica — and it’s well worth the trip.
This water park in Aserrí is not quite what we expected, but it’s a reminder that adventure always awaits when traveling in Costa Rica.
A visit to Gandoca Manzanillo National Wildlife Refuge in the south Caribbean offers a glimpse of Costa Rica’s wild and unspoiled beauty.
Reviewing hotels and restaurants in Manuel Antonio and Quepos, we felt like mosquitoes at a nudist colony: We were very happy to be here, but we hardly knew where to begin.
Dozens of great adventures await visitors to Manuel Antonio and Quepos. Here are two we can vouch for: mangrove kayaking and a waterfall tour.
Some in Quepos had their doubts about the Marina Pez Vela, but it’s become an economic powerhouse, welcome neighbor and sparkling centerpiece.
Teatro Espressivo is offering tours of San Lucas Island, plus a ticket to its play about life on the prison island, for $100.
A grueling hike along the beaches and cliffs between Manuel Antonio and Quepos reveals centuries-old stone “turtle traps” in the ocean.
With a national park, a marina and a ridge packed with outstanding hotels, Manuel Antonio and Quepos are the king of the hill of Costa Rican tourism. We explore all the reasons why there is so much more to this area than a walk in the park.
Twenty meters deep while scuba diving in Belize, we were swarmed by dozens of nurse sharks of all sizes — some as long as me — that seemed as curious about us as we were about them.
The white, crushed-shell Playa Conchal, with low-angled trees offering dappled shade and clear, calm water, is a nearly perfect family beach.
As the names of places sometimes do, Rincón de la Vieja had been calling me. The translation of that name to English is tricky, which is perhaps what intrigued me. Was this national park in Guanacaste the secluded hiding spot or “rincón” of its centerpiece volcano, “La Vieja”? Or was there once an old, witchy […]
At the little-known Isla de Chira in the Gulf of Nicoya, rural tourism is transforming a community long reliant on fishing.
Craft beer lovers in Costa Rica have a new place to imbibe while mingling with kindred spirits, listening to great music and trying out some of Costa Rica’s best street food vendors. Treintaycinco Fábrica Artesanal de Cervezas recently began opening its brewery on the outskirts of Ciudad Colón to the public on Thursday nights. Five […]
With this story, Tico Times Travel launches a monthly column called “Fun and free in Costa Rica,” by Ilana Long — short dispatches on interesting things to do that cost nada.
Caminos de Osa is a rural tourism project in Costa Rica that helps small businesses get in on the lucrative tourism business around Corcovado National Park.
Looking for one town in the Nicoya Peninsula, we landed in another, but it didn’t matter. We always get a little lost when we travel. Perhaps that’s the point.
A tour of the Grand Masonic Lodge in San José with Chepecletas makes a fascinating excursion. Just don’t expect the Masons to tell all their secrets.
They say the dead still walk the halls of Sanatorio Durán, and whether you believe that or not, this century-old abandoned hospital is seriously spooky.
Sarchí is the birthplace of the brilliantly painted oxcarts that are the national symbol of Costa Rica, and the Eloy Alfaro oxcart factory is the epicenter.
Alajuela Walking Tours explore this fascinating city’s little-known history — scandals, crimes, heroes and hidden treasures.
We spent over a month exploring the lodging options in this area and growing fat on all the good food. Here are The Tico Times’ top picks for five good hotels and five good restaurants in a range of prices in the Santa Ana area.
The University for Peace in Ciudad Colón, founded by a UN treaty, attracts up to 200 students a year from some 45 countries.
Santa Ana is fast becoming one of the most popular places for both expats and affluent Costa Ricans to live, and they’re paying dearly for this exclusive address.
The soul of Santa Ana comes alive when viewed through the blue eyes of Héctor Aguilar — architect, antiques dealer and prolific profiler of town characters.
The rides at this amusement park may be a bit tame, and the theme a bit hard to figure out, but it’s a great place to bring a kid — or act like one.
At the Refugio Herpetológico animal sanctuary in Santa Ana, the wards often have heart-breaking histories, but occasionally they are successfully released.
Feet get dirty and hands get wet on a tour of a Costa Rican pottery factory in Salitral, where some of the country’s most beautiful handicrafts are made.
It’s a geographic mystery 455 years in the making, but it’s possible that the first Spanish settlement in Costa Rica’s Central Valley was built in what is today the Valle del Sol, commonly known as Santa Ana.
You’ve saved up for months for that dreamed-of trip to Disneyland or to visit family in another country. You bought a new camera and renewed your passport. But there’s one, very important thing you may have missed: travel insurance. Accidents can happen whenever, wherever, so before you head out the door, consider buying travel insurance […]
Welcome to Valle del Sol, the canton of Santa Ana, home to millionaires, onion farmers, traditional pottery makers, urban professionals, a growing number of expats and ordinary Ticos of all descriptions — one of the least known greatest places in Costa Rica.
Sure, the Cervecería Costa Rica in Alajuela is a great place to have a Fourth of July picnic, but after those Nathan’s hot dogs are gone, where to go next?
My heart was full: The ocean was beautiful, the land was lush, the temperature was perfect, the exercise was invigorating and the company was excellent. This was shaping up to be a nearly perfect vacation in Roatán.
Swiss carrier Edelweiss Air announced the opening of a new non-stop route between Zurich and San José starting May 9, 2017. President Luis Guillermo Solís and Tourism Minister Mauricio Ventura officially presented the new route Monday evening at a special event held at the National Theater in downtown San José. Flights will depart from Zurich on Tuesdays at […]
Aguas Azules parasailing in Manuel Antonio offers riders an unforgettable experience in a remarkable setting above the waters of Playa Espadilla.
The town of Tamarindo, best known for its beaches and nightlife, is inviting the world to see its artsy side for a change.
There are 925 species of birds in Costa Rica, representing almost 10 percent of the species in the world, and tourism officials are hoping to cash in on the rising market of tourists interested in watching them.
Recognizing the growing importance of Costa Rica as a tourist destination for Canadians, Air Canada is increasing the number of Toronto-San José flights it offers from five a week to 11.
Tucked away between the major tourist attractions on Costa Rica’s central Pacific coast, the Punta Mala wildlife reserve goes easily unnoticed, but a new burst of investment in the area could soon change that.
Rainforest Adventures is just an hour’s drive from San José but offers a remarkable day trip to one of Costa Rica’s most pristine tropical rain forests.
Napoleón “Don Polo” Arias of Sámara in Guanacaste is a living legend who spends time drinking contraband guaro on his porch and signing folk songs with friends and family.
The Costa Rica Sailing Center in Playa Potrero combines a down-to-earth, non-pretentious environment with expert guidance from two California-bred sailors looking to spread their knowledge.
Nosara, Costa Rica, is famous for its world-class yoga retreats and big waves. But what does it offer besides meditation and surf?
Costa Rica’s Simón Bolivar Zoo has been a lightning rod for animal rights activists, and in fact it can be a depressing place. Yet with new laws poised to change the landscape of wildlife management in Costa Rica, it’s a complicated situation with no easy solution.
Costa Rica’s emerging plan to build a major new international airport in Orotina, an hour west of the capital, took a major step forward Monday with the signing of a $1.5 million contract with a British firm to conduct feasibility studies.
Costa Rica’s annual Expotur meet-and-greet travel retreat got underway Thursday, bringing together local vendors, international buyers and even a Tyrannosaurus rex.
Expotur, Costa Rica’s premier trade show for travel professionals, kicked off Wednesday at the National Theatre in San José with President Luis Guillermo Solís saying tourism is “one of the most powerful engines of this economy.”
The Ceviche Tour challenges chefs in 16 restaurants to whip up Costa Rica’s best new gourmet ceviche dish.
The Museum of Costa Rican Art, located in a former airport terminal, displays some striking artwork from the 19th century to the present. And it’s free.
The National Museum of Costa Rica is an eye-opening walk through the history of this country, with a splendid detour to ancient Greece.
British Airways will offer two flights a week to Costa Rica during the European summer and three flights a week in its winter season.
Costa Rica’s Corcovado National Park, even on a repeat visit by boat from Drake Bay, is full of surprises.
Snuba diving, in which divers breathe through a hose connected to an air tank on the surface, is a great way for dive novices to see Costa Rica underwater.
A waterfall hike in the Osa Peninsula’s Matapalo provides a decent dose of adventure for out-of-town guests (even when there’s no waterfall).
A San José bus tour by Costa Rica City Square Tours hits all the right spots, and brings to life some of this capital’s little-known history.
Golfito Marina Village has the plans, the permits and the plata to proceed with this $42 million megaproject, and construction is happening so fast that Phase I is expected to open by November.
Since opening its doors last year, the 5-star Esplendor Tamarindo has established itself as one of the finest luxury hotels in this hotel-rich town.
The truth is out there: At Finca 6, the mystery of pre-Columbian Costa Rica stone spheres doesn’t seem so mysterious after all.
Las Cruces Biological Station in San Vito is known for the incredibly diverse Wilson Botanical Gardens. But there’s a lot more to see here than plants (including, supposedly, a ghost).
Sharks, dolphins, turtles and yes, aliens, steal the show on a magical mystery boat tour of the Sierpe River and Isla del Caño, Costa Rica.
Fans of snakes, lizards and turtles (and Komodo dragons) will find a lot to like at Parque Reptilandia near Dominical, Costa Rica’s largest reptile park.
The one-of-a-kind EcoTram at Hacienda Barú near Dominical, Costa Rica, puts guests in the driver’s seat for a slow-motion ride through the rain forest.
CORIPORT, the company that manages the Daniel Oduber Quirós International Airport (LIR) in Guanacaste province, announced it will expand the terminal in coming months prompted by a significant increase in passenger traffic.
The resplendent quetzal is supposed to be hard to spot in Costa Rica — until one flies so close it makes your heart pound.
A Costa Rica-Panama bridge over the Sixaola River near the Caribbean coast should facilitate border crossings for both vehicular and foot traffic.
They often say it’s in the journey, not the destination, where you learn life’s greatest lessons. Those people have never tried driving in Costa Rica, where those supposed lessons will beat you over the head and leave you stuck in a river in the middle of nowhere.
Costa Rica airline Nature Air, promoting its new flights and planes, hosts 14 journalists on a 16-hour junket to Nicaragua. Hilarity ensues.
Costa Rica’s La Selva Biological Station, one of the premier tropical research centers in the world, welcomes biologists, students and ordinary tourists.
The incredibly beautiful Papagayo region boasts some of the nicest hotels in the country. Here’s a comparison of nine Papagayo hotels we visited.
Chirripó National Park phone line will take reservations for April-May-June, with online reservations to climb Costa Rica’s tallest mountain coming in May.
The new Diamante Eco Adventure Park near Playa del Coco aspires to be the best adventure park in Central America, and its Superman flight is a good start.
Cañon de la Vieja Lodge offers a fun float down the river, a little high-wire adventure and some seriously relaxing hot springs. And it’s easy to get to.
Buena Vista Lodge, next to Rincón de la Vieja, offers ziplining, a waterslide, hot springs, horseback riding and more.
Here are some of the best places to go rock climbing in Costa Rica, and one of the best places to learn how.
Sebastián La Rocca, culinary director of a small chain that includes El Mangroove in Papagayo, talks about his passion for food that makes you go “Wow.”
New Dino Park at Blue River Resort in Guanacaste will sink its teeth into your inner child.
For the third year in a row, Costa Rica has been omitted from the list of “The World’s Ten Best Ethical Destinations” in developing countries. Here’s why.
Though it’s the end of a long day for the chain of hikers returning to base camp, it’s the beginning of a new era for the national park that houses Costa Rica’s tallest and best-known peak, Cerro Chirripó.
Cahuita National Park on Costa Rica’s Caribbean coast is a delightful stroll alongside gorgeous beaches. Just watch out for the raccoons.
Whitewater rafting on Costa Rica’s Savegre River is just as thrilling and scenic as on the better-known Pacuare. But watch out for your guide.
Costa Rica set a new record for tourism in 2015, attracting 2.66 million tourists from around the world, of whom about 40 percent were from the U.S.
Photos taken recently at the cool blue Río Celeste in Tenorio Volcano National Park showcase this river’s stunning colors.
When you get a flat tire in Costa Rica you’ll find your inner MacGuyver. And you’ll meet a lot of nice people.
Thanks to its international airport and the Inter-American Highway, Liberia is often thought of as a way to get to somewhere else. But with its colonial architecture and clean, tree-lined streets, the capital of Guanacaste is worth a look in its own right.
Despite a recent fall that could have been fatal, Tamarindo surfboard shaper Juan Diego Evangelista is back to doing what he loves best — making boards.
The Costa Rica ecolodge Selva Bananito is a forest that happens to have a lodge more than a lodge that happens to have a forest. But the lodging is divine.
Luna Lodge is “miles from nowhere,” and if you’d like to escape from civilization without sacrificing all its comforts, you may find this place just right.
History comes alive at Havana’s Hotel Nacional de Cuba, a national monument that has hosted Mafiosi, movie stars and world leaders.
Lapa Ríos was one of the first and is still among the best of the ecolodges in the Osa, if not in all of Costa Rica.
Tico Times travel writers rode the highways of Costa Rica far and wide in 2015, and it’s not a stretch to say we had 10 years’ worth of adventure in one. Here’s our list of our top 5 travel stories of 2015.
Drake Bay ‘Bug Lady’ Tracie Stice and her husband offer an amazing night tour to find spiders, insects, frogs and sloths. So who cares if it rains?
This is the Corcovado model: Animals everywhere, so habituated to human contact that they simply ignore the humans, neither fleeing nor approaching.
When a giant wave swamped my son, swimming at Playa Dominical, the lifeguards came running. But the main thing he was in danger of losing was his pants.
Surfers León Glatzer and Noe Mar McGonagle will be able to avoid Costa Rica’s notoriously bad roads and congested traffic with Nature Air flights as they travel to some of the world’s best surfing destinations.
Driving in Costa Rica is never easy, least of all a long haul from Tamarindo to Puerto Jiménez that ends in the dark the day before Thanksgiving.
PUERTO JIMÉNEZ, Costa Rica — The rustic wooden sign at the entrance to the rickety footbridge separating me from my little cabin in the rain forest was clear as day. “Careful — slippery!” it warned in Spanish. “Watch where you walk. Use closed shoes.” It was the end of a very long day that had begun […]
The Costa Rica craft beer scene has undergone a revolution in the past few years, thanks to brewers like Adolfo Marín and his San José IPA.
When family comes to Costa Rica, renting a vacation house on Lake Arenal turns out to be just the ticket to some serious R&R in a very scenic place.
The beloved Jacó Rustico is a comforting reminder of home for Ticos and a nice slice of culture for foreigners in one of Costa Rica’s most popular tourist towns.
Costa Rica conservation tour at 11th Latin American Congress of Private Nature Reserves comes with a turtle nursery, a sloth sighting and other fun stuff.
When Turrialba Volcano erupted last November it sent tourists running, canceling reservations and leaving many businesses in the area wondering if the newly active colossus would ruin them. A year later, Turrialba is acting up again but this time the tourism sector and small ranchers are hoping there’s a way that they can (safely) take […]
Many residents of Costa Rica’s south Caribbean coast say that in the area surrounding Puerto Viejo crime is no worse than anywhere else. So why is there still a travel alert about armed robbery from the U.S. Embassy?
The Costa Rican airline Sansa is launching its first international service next month with flights to Nicaragua’s Emerald Coast, near the popular destinations of Granada, Ometepe Island and San Juan del Sur.
The Four Seasons jet is set to fly in a group of well-heeled travelers to Costa Rica in a deluxe Boeing 757 in September 2016, sipping on Champagne and caviar, for only $137,000. Where do I sign up?
They sometimes have to borrow jet skis and paddle out on boards to make rescues because the government won’t fund them, yet Tamarindo lifeguards are still saving lives and making a difference.
The owners of Outback Jack’s Beach Bar N Grill in Puerto Viejo are retiring, and the restaurant could be yours if you can win a write a good essay.
Nature Air has chosen seven winners of its contest to design the tails of its new planes.
The Witch’s Rock surf empire in Tamarindo is branching out with the acquisition of the 29-room Pueblo Dorado Surf Hotel, just a few blocks north of the company’s surf camp and a one-minute walk from the beach in northwestern Costa Rica.
Cristal water and the municipality of Alajuela team up to build a bus stop out of recycled water bottles.
San Andres, the enchanting Caribbean island under Colombian domain, gives visitors a sense of complete isolation and total tranquility.
The Costa Rican airline Nature Air invites artists to submit designs for plane tails. The prize — you guessed it — involves a plane ride.
At the Planet, People, Peace conference on sustainable tourism Thursday in San Jose, speakers addressed how to turn tourism into something that does more good than harm.
Some visitors we met in Cuba wanted to get here “before everything changes” — meaning before tourism is opened wide to the U.S. But things in Cuba are already changing fast.
With amorous turtles, breaching whales, snorkeling, plenty of food and an open bar, there isn’t much not to like about a sunset cruise with Catamarán Visión in Playas del Coco.
Costa Rica’s Tourism Institute reported more visitors than ever before over the first semester of 2015 with more than 1.4 million arrivals, most coming from the United States.
On March 20, 1856, some 400 mercenaries from the U.S., Germany and France arrived at Hacienda Santa Rosa in northwest Guanacaste after a long day’s march, having invaded Costa Rica unopposed four days before. Little did they know they were about to face a lightning battle and a shocking defeat that would give Costa Rica its proudest war story on its own soil.
In Costa Rica’s far northwest, I wanted to go kitesurfing, to find Oliver North’s old Contra airstrip and to not get robbed. I ended up at least 1 for 3.
Locals may tell you that Heredia is most famous for its traffic, but it’s one of Costa Rica’s most historic and charming towns.
The Jesus statue above San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua, is well worth a visit, and getting there is half the fun.
A history museum in Rivas, Nicaragua, was the site of a key 1855 battle with U.S. filibuster William Walker, but the history is a little hard to untangle.
Four French tourists were robbed and sexually assaulted by armed men wearing masks north of Santa Teresa last week when they stopped at a river to see if it was safe to drive across, police and area residents said.
San José is the capital and largest city in Costa Rica, but if you try mapping it on the Internet, you might be in for a long search.
Get up close and personal with dangerous Costa Rican snakes at Serpentario Viborana near Turrialba, and learn why their numbers are increasing.
President Luis Guillermo Solís went whitewater rafting Saturday on the Pacuare River, then signed a decree that bans hydroelectric dams here and on the Savegre River for 25 years.
We went on the hunt for what makes Santa Teresa, Costa Rica’s remote stretch of beach on Nicoya Peninsula’s southwest, one of the world’s most sought-after beaches.
What’s so special about Santa Teresa, the surf mecca on the Nicoya Peninsula that’s been called one of the world’s most beautiful beaches? I set out on a long and tiring journey to find out.
Cabo Blanco’s sheer isolation on the southernmost tip of Nicoya Peninsula makes it a secluded paradise worth visiting. So why don’t more people come here?
Manuel Antonio Adventure Park offers two innovative new ways to fly through the canopy, on a zipline/roller coaster and a Canopy Bike.
The Costa Rican Chamber of Restaurants (CACORE) on Tuesday unveiled its 2015 Gastronomic Laboratory, in which 24 restaurants have pledged to use unconventional local ingredients and nontraditional cuts of meats in their cooking.
Poás Volcano National Park is an otherworldly place where mossy green forests surround a steaming acid lake. And it’s not a bad place to go on Costa Rican Mother’s Day.
How to find the right mix of beach, volcano, adrenaline and relaxation to amuse your family for two weeks in Costa Rica? Here’s one way.
How many men does it take to move a tree in the road in Costa Rica? Plenty, it turns out, but it helps to have one with a Land Cruiser.
A challenge course at Sky Adventures in Arenal offers ziplines, tightrope walking, rickety bridges, hanging ladders, a waterfall Tarzan swing and a pregnant pit viper. Who could ask for anything more?
No hiking required: Tortuguero is Costa Rica’s watery paradise, a wildlife-rich wilderness accessible only by boat.
The jungle canopy zipline was invented in Costa Rica by a U.S. biology student doing research, then reimagined for adventure tourism by a Canadian entrepreneur in Monteverde. And what a tangled web they wove.
Following the devastating floods and road closures that hit the area last month, access to Sarapiquí has returned to normal. Officials from Sarapiquí’s Tourism Chamber said in a statement Wednesday that Route 4 is back to full service within the cantón popular among foreign and national tourists.
The Lava Store on top of Guatemala’s Pacaya Volcano makes jewelry from lava ash, and therein lies a metaphor.
Oceano Boutique Hotel, which opened six months ago, does not have the ideal beachside location, but that is exactly what makes it so attractive.
Often described as “seedy,” Golfito is a bit rough around the edges, and that’s exactly why some people love it.
On the black sands of Playa Hermosa, just below Jacó on the Central Pacific Coast, turtle-hatching season has begun again. And from an ideal vantage point on the beach, the Sandpiper Hotel on Hermosa’s northern end stands as a symbol for the conservation efforts taken to help get as many baby turtles into the sea as possible.
After years of exploring Costa Rica while researching my guidebook, “Costa Rica: The Complete Guide,” I consider its stunning collection of waterfalls to be one of the country’s highlights. Here are my six favorites.
A 60-unit condominium project shakes up Pavones, a tiny surfing capital that a lot of people want to keep that way.
Uvita travel and tourism finds its lifeblood through the humpback and Bryde’s whales that make their way through the waters of Ballena Marine National Park each year.
Heavy rains and flooding that caused a national emergency in Costa Rica also brought on record-low tourism numbers for Caribbean and Central Valley cantons for the month of June. The National Tourism Chamber (CANATUR) reported Friday that Sarapiquí, Limón, and Tortuguero were among those hit worse with cancelations.
Neo Fauna in Jacó gives visitors a peek into what it’s like to house and care for wounded or misplaced animals, before they’re (hopefully) returned to the wild.
The Crocodile Bay Resort & Marina says it will bring Puerto Jiménez and the Golfo Dulce a modern, clean facility to dock, fuel and maintenance boats, with a hotel and condominiums that will create jobs. But a vocal opposition says this project poses major environmental concerns, will not really benefit the community and will make Puerto Jiménez look like Cancún.
Atop the steep, rocky path leading up to Microbeneficio Monte Copey in Dota Tarrazú, I had a second to admire the dreamlike beauty of the hillsides around me. That serene moment quickly evaporated into a half-minute of panic when my car began rolling back down the 45-degree incline even as my foot remained planted on the brake.
Osa Wildlife Sanctuary, just north of Golfito, is a merry menagerie of damaged animals being nursed back to health.
A farmer who leads chocolate tours near Puerto Jimenez, whose family was uprooted from Corcovado to create the national park, says the park isn’t protected enough.
Hiking El Puma trail on Nicaragua’s Mombacho Volcano: Pumas are scarce, but the journey is its own reward.
Discovery Horseback Tours near Jacó focuses on natural horsemanship, without horseshoes, bridles or bits. The horses approve.
How many Costa Rican border cops does it take to inspect two urns containing human ashes? Seven, it turns out.
Seeing a grown woman completely nude on the side of the highway in El Salvador was the most bizarre thing that happened to us today, but with two border crossings ahead, plenty of surprises lay in store.
MIAMI BEACH, Florida – The perfect-sized bag was proposed Tuesday by the world’s largest airline association, as it aims to resolve how to squeeze everyone’s carry-on luggage onto a crowded plane.
Leaving Mexico behind, two travelers make Guatemala on their drive to Costa Rica. No problems so far, knock wood.
On day 3 of a drive from Arkansas to Costa Rica, here are some thoughts on just how dangerous (or safe) this is.
The biggest surprise on Day 2 of driving to Costa Rica from the U.S. is how beautiful Mexico is, and how uneventful the crossing — except for a rogue window washer at a red light.
What to do when you suddenly inherit a car in Arkansas? Drive it to Costa Rica, of course.
NARANJO, Alajuela – Between the arts-and-crafts capital of Sarchí and the reveling festivities in Palmares lies the oft-overlooked town of Naranjo. Bundled into the high hills of the Central Valley northwest of the capital, Naranjo hardly gets more than a paragraph in most guide books. But the small town has its claim to fame: Naranjo is home to the best coffee in Costa Rica.
After living in Costa Rica for a few years, seeing world-class wildlife becomes routine.
Toucan Rescue Ranch is a magnet for cuddly critters, and if you only came for the furry and feathery toddlers, you will leave well satisfied. But the place is more than a mere menagerie: True to its name, the ranch inherits scores of animals, nurses them back to health, and then releases fully recovered specimens back into the wild.
Low-cost Mexican airline Volaris on Monday announced expansion into Costa Rica with the launch of two weekly flights from Cancún and Guadalajara beginning Sept. 10. Volaris’ CEO in Costa Rica, Fernando Naranjo, confirmed that flights from both destinations will depart Thursdays and Sundays.
Hit the open seas (and the open bar) on the Antares, an 80-foot schooner built in 1947 that offers daily sunset cruises in Tamarindo.
Now that the afternoons are getting soggy again, we thought we’d revisit this video homage to “the green season,” a time of breathtaking clouds, verdant renewal and resourceful attempts to keep dry.
I went bungee-jumping for the first time at the age of 51 with Extremo in Monteverde, Costa Rica, and I have two thoughts on the subject. One, nobody in their right mind should ever try this. Two, every person on earth should do it once.
A tour of the Bat Jungle in Monteverde will tell you everything you ever wanted to know about bats, and probably a whole lot more.
I’m not afraid of bungee jumping, scorpions, spiders or snakes, but I do have one secret phobia. I’m afraid of driving in San José.
An orphaned baby sloth found crying in a tree gets some love (and a tasty leaf) from a human surrogate.
Whether you’re a cliff-dumping daredevil or a baby wanting to splash in puddles, Uvita’s Cascada Verde is a great waterfall to visit.
Some 800 people packed into the Wyndham Herradura Hotel on Thursday for Expotur, Costa Rica’s annual travel trade show extravaganza, where tourism professionals meet to network, make deals and showcase their hotels, tours and transportation options.
Uvita’s Ballena Marine National Park is a splendid beach famous for whales — but you’ll see a lot more crabs, and they’re quite entertaining.
Travelers who avoid Costa Rica during its rainy season are missing out on a resplendent time of year — and some great hotel deals. Here’s our list of hotels around the country where you can stay some nights for free.
Uvita’s La Cusinga Lodge offers luxury lodging and fine dining in the middle of a coastal jungle crawling, hopping and flying with wildlife.
A horseback ride to the spectacular Nauyaca Waterfall leads to some cliff jumping, and some reflection on the wisdom of splurging once in a while.
After five years researching his book “Costa Rica: The Complete Guide,” James Kaiser presents his list of Costa Rica’s greatest beaches, with his spectacular photos.
Accessible only by boat, Playa Cativo Lodge offers rustic luxury and surprisingly sophisticated cuisine in the middle of an unspoiled rain forest far from civilization.
The legendary springs fell into disuse and ended up lost, forgotten and buried in a garbage dump for decades — until an Israeli Indiana Jones named Avraham Kotlitzky tracked them down here eight years ago, moved garbage and weeds aside, and thrust his hand into a hot spring.
Tapantí National Park is a wild and beautiful place an hour and a half from San José, popular with Ticos but little known to foreigners, where there are easy trails and tough trails, plus tarantulas, tapirs and torrential rains.
The Jaguar Rescue Center is a Noah’s ark of traumatized animals being groomed for reintroduction to the wild in a virgin jungle on Costa Rica’s south Caribbean coast. On the day we visited, four sloths were being released.
Río Chollín, at the base of Costa Rica’s Arenal Volcano next to the Tabacón resort, is a bathwater-hot, fast river with rapids and waterfalls. Best of all, it’s completely free.
The striking blue hues of Río Celeste in Costa Rica’s Tenorio National Park make this river one of the most spectacular you may ever see.
A visit to the Museo de Cacao on Costa Rica’s Caribbean coast is a walking chocolate tour with a happy ending.
The ancient ruins at Guayabo National Monument offer a fascinating glimpse into Costa Rica’s pre-Hispanic culture, where cacique chiefs and powerful shamans ruled over a peaceful agricultural people who were prodigious builders.
Cerro Chato is a dormant volcano just southeast of Volcán Arenal that has been inactive for an estimated 3,500 years, with a green crater lake at the 1,140-meter summit. It’s well worth climbing, even if you’re not the kind of person who ordinarily climbs volcanoes.
Small planes, big windows, short flights, epic scenery – these are the qualities that make Nature Air so fun to fly. During a recent flight from Bocas Del Toro to San José, we caught a view of this cumulonimbus cloud rising above the Talamanca mountains. The longest Nature Air flight is less than 90 minutes, but the views are always spectacular.
The oldest European-founded city in the Americas is just over the border with Nicaragua. This city of around 100,000 is the epicenter for our northern neighbor’s tourism industry, and with good reason.
The skyline over Jacó Beach on the Costa Rican Pacific has gotten a little bit more crowded with the addition of the long-awaited Crocs Casino Resort to the beach. But while the looming towers may look like just another resort, the hotel brings a level of luxury and class not often seen on the Jacó beachfront.
When National Geographic first acknowledged Atenas for having the best weather in the world (or el mejor clima del mundo as you’ll see plastered across buses passing by), they — perhaps inadvertently so — opened the floodgates to shivering North Americans.
I saw these panhandlers all the time — men and women, all ages and shapes, who stood before the busload of people and recited their grievances in rehearsed monologues. Then they made their way down the aisle, taking coins in their hands. Sometimes they sold things, like breath mints or religious tchotchkes. Other times they asked only for alms.
If not for Jimmy Buffett, there would be no Latitude Blue Restaurant in Tamarindo. That’s because after seeing over 100 of the rocker’s concerts, Michael Holly decided he wanted to create a place with the tropical feel inherent in Buffett’s songs. Oddly enough, he also used his experience from the 10 years managing a Wendy’s […]
Looking for succinct, visual ways to explore Costa Rica and plan your trip? Costa Rica Vacations has a YouTube channel with a number of short, informative videos that showcase Costa Rica’s wonders from beaches, basic itineraries, travel tips, and more. The video above runs through ten favorite destinations in Costa Rica in less than three minutes. Enjoy!
After the invigorating horseback ride, the thrill of whitewater tubing, the first three ziplines and the heart-stopping drop off a bridge over a canyon in a harness, we sit on a ledge contemplating a Tarzan swing and a rock climb and I think: I’m too tired to climb that rock. But not thinking you can […]
Copa Airlines has unveiled its new frequent-flyer program ConnectMiles, which will begin in May. Copa Airlines flies to 73 destinations in 30 countries, and is a member of the Star Alliance, which includes over 1,300 destinations in 193 countries around the world. The new plan will allow members to accumulate miles based on the actual […]
We are proud to present to you Sloth Kong, The Tico Times’ friendly representative. This character was created during the collective euphoria of Costa Rica’s historic run in the 2014 World Cup, and his antics were published in The Tico Times. As the National Selection’s legend grew, so did Sloth Kong. It was a complete […]
The jungle on the edge of Jacó played host to the fifth annual Jungle Jam, a multi-day music fest that has brought some big-name groups to Costa Rica this year. The second day of the festival showcased a dynamic lineup, headlined by Thievery Corporation. The event grew in energy – and dancing fans – as […]
Black bean soup is as old as the hills – but this version at El Sano Banano made the recipe seem new again. Thick, savory, and delicious, the soup is like a liquid version of refried beans. Add a butterfly drawn with sour cream and the warm glow of candlelight, and even paradise gets a […]
Oh, how wonderful it is to sip a new brand of beer as you explore the tropics. And if you’re traveling in Costa Rica, chances are that you’re drinking Imperial or Pilsen. With a cold one in hand, you’re probably not thinking about much, except perhaps about how freaking nice it is to have a […]
Most travelers don’t spend much time in Parrita. Except for an annual Mule Festival, the town doesn’t have much going for it. But Parrita is a great place to stop for gas, grab a casado, and admire the scenery. Oh, it doesn’t have the folded mountains or epic oceanfront of other Costa Rican communities. But […]
Cocal Amarillo has it all: secluded beaches, spectacular Pacific sunsets, and some of the best surfing in the country. For travelers hoping to get away from it all, nothing beat Bahía Pavones, the bay tucked into Costa Rica’s southwestern coast. There’s just one problem: How do you get there? This region is extremely remote, so […]
The fifth annual Jungle Jam plays this week at Hotel Doce Lunas in Jacó, and it’s more than just a music festival: It’s a chance for Costa Ricans and world travelers to get together and appreciate the improvisational art form. The nation has its share of concerts and music festivals, but Jungle Jam has become […]
The chorreador is Costa Rican coffee purists’ way of brewing their joe. Even as recent as 25 years ago, many homes and businesses only used this technique to make coffee. The device consists of a wooden frame with a hole on top where you place the bolsita, a small filter with a rigid wire around […]
Do you prefer the solemnity of the rainforest? Abundant wildlife, soaring canopies, and the orchestra of the forest all come together when you get off the beaten path and into the rain and cloud forests throughout Costa Rica. Or do you prefer the beach? Where warm waters roll over sandy beaches, and the […]
One of our readers, The Drone Master, sent us this video. It offers a gorgeous glimpse of Costa Rica from above – but not too high. Instead of airplane elevations, this drone takes us to where birds fly. How might a hawk view our varied landscapes? Take a look.
Both of these photographs are of Playa Conchal, in Guanacaste. The above photo was taken in June, and shows the shell-laden beach at the beginning of Costa Rica’s winter (invierno). Winter in Costa Rica doesn’t mean polar vortices or deep snow. It just means more rain. Temperatures remain fairly constant year round. […]
The alarm rings at 5:00 am, and I’m ready. The bags are in the car, dogs fed, and coffee brewing. “Wake up sleepyheads,” I whisper to my children. They toss and turn and brush me off. Then I call our big Labrador dog Odie and have him assist me in waking up my husband and sleepy […]
1. The park Manuel Antonio National Park is the region’s crown jewel and raison d’etre. The park is one of the most visited national parks in Costa Rica, but that doesn’t mean it gets crowded. Only 600 people are allowed in the park at any given time during the week (800 on weekends), so be […]
Along the highway that runs along the Central Pacific Coast between Jaco and Dominical, you will see vast plantations of African palm trees, broken up by the occasional group of homes clustered around a soccer field. You may wonder what all that is. Here’s a quick primer: Plantations What were once vast banana plantations […]
If you’re looking for a break from Jacó’s non-stop action, the beach town’s antithesis is just eighteen kilometers away. As close as that is, it feels worlds apart.. Bijagual is a small rural town perched atop the hills that overlook the Central Pacific Coast. Carara National Park forms a backdrop for the bucolic community, like […]
Jacó needs a moniker. I propose “The Biggest Little City in Costa Rica.” Really. Jacó’s population is only around 12,000, but the nonstop activity that radiates from this town belies it’s modest population. Due to its proximity to San José – just over an hour drive on Ruta 27 – city dwellers flood this once-sleepy beach […]
Two buses, one perplexing walk to the Mepe station, a taxi, and two boats is what it took for my wife Melanie and I to complete her border run from Ciudad Colón, Costa Rica to Bocas Del Toro, Panama. Simply typing it feels exhausting. The border run, or simply known by Costa Rican expats as […]
In this final excerpt from the “Weekend in Nicaragua” series, Robert Isenberg and Bill Holman paddle kayaks into “Las Isletas” – 365 tiny islands that stand in the shallows of Lake Nicaragua. According to geologists, the islets were created when Mt. Mombacho exploded, hurling giant chunks of rock into the water. We met a man […]
Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar. And sometimes it’s a work of art. In this third excerpt from our Nicaragua travelogue, Bill Holman bikes around the city of Granada and visits the Doña Elba cigar factory. Housed in an elegant colonial building, Doña Elba produces hundreds of cigars from scratch. We talked with one […]
When you live in Costa Rica the general assumption is that you spend all of your time lounging near beaches and traipsing through the forest. But for those of us with business in San José, long stretches of time can pass where the only jungle we find ourselves in is one of the urban variety. […]
When the Spanish conquistadors stumbled into Masaya Volcano in the 16th century, they were horrified by what they found: a lunar basin with a glowing core. They heard stories of the indigenous people throwing human sacrifices into the lava-filled opening. They decided that Masaya was “La Boca del Infierno,” or “The Mouth of Hell,” and […]
During one of her many trips to Costa Rica, Ann Becker received an unusual offer: a serving of termites. “They said it tasted just like carrots,” recalled Becker recently. “And I thought, ‘I’m just going to go for it.’” This is the kind of fearless experimentation Becker craves when she organizes trips to Costa Rica. […]
“In Nicaragua, everybody is considered to be a poet until he proves to the contrary.” – Salman Rushdie, The Jaguar Smile • In November of 2013, I was renting my first apartment in Costa Rica, and I was restless. There was so much to see, not just in Costa Rica, but beyond its borders as […]
The greatest show on Earth takes place all over Costa Rica, every day. On the beach, sunset is a magical time. I always find it amazing that just before the sun dips below the horizon, everyone on the beach seems to stop what they’re doing and watch. There is something that touches the human spirit […]
(WARNING: Very shaky video. Not appropriate for viewers sensitive to motion sickness, seizures, or generic electronica). Costa Rica is overflowing with natural spaces and rustic paths, so it’s no wonder that trail running is picking up speed. Exchanging hard pavement for rocks, roots, and mud, trail-runners are some of the hottest athletes in the world […]
Casey Halloran, the CEO of Costa Rican Vacations, recently conducted a poll of some of Costa Rica’s top travel-industry professionals in order to gauge sentiment regarding Costa Rica’s prospects for 2015. The participants included owners and executives of a wide range of the industry, from hotel and tour operators to ground and air transport providers. So what […]
What you see above is a lentil burger. There’s tomato, avocado, a multigrain roll, and a patty made of puréed lentils. The dressing is made of chili pepper. The burger is called the “Hamburguesa Mandala,” named after the establishment, Mandala Restaurante, in San Rafael de Escazú. And it is delicious. I live in a vegetarian […]
One of our readers, Svεnska, has shared this beautiful video with us. She’s a French video director based in Tamarindo, and about this video she writes: “Initially from Spain, inspired by medieval jousts, La Carrera de Cintas is a traditional event in Costa Rica, and especially Guanacaste, the province renowned for its “cowboy” (sabanera) identity […]
Even among high-end accommodations, there is a rare breed of hotel that overshadows the others with mind-blowing luxury: AltaGracia has stables full of purebred horses, an infinity pool overlooking a vast valley, and its own airstrip – allowing planes and helicopters to land directly on the 340-hectare property. That alone would make AltaGracia an unusual […]
The sun poked out for a short spell, and I was fortunate enough to capture the moment at Los Sueños Marina, in Playa Herradura. I´m in the area preparing a series of articles on the Central Pacific Coast, which stretches from Herradura and Jacó to Quepos and Manuel Antonio. Check back with us over the […]
“Get ready,” shouted Dante as water swooshed around us. “Okay, here it comes! Get on the board, Robert! Now!” I jumped upward and threw my body on the surfboard. My stomach smacked hard and my hands clasped the sides in a talon grip. I pried my eyes upward, toward the beach, because I knew that’s […]
This photo was taken in Escazú, but scattered showers and abundant sunlight mean that rainbows could appear almost anywhere. Costa Ricans routinely proclaim that early “summer” (January and February) is the best time of year – increasingly dry afternoons, fluffy clouds, and lots of cooling breezes.
In this age of helicopter parenting, childproof everything, and lawsuits galore, you don’t see many handmade slides in public parks. And yet here we have an example in the heart of San José. The capital city’s Parque La Sabana, just west of downtown, is knowns as the lungs of San José and spreads out over […]
Café Rojo is cute. The red sign hanging from the iron gate is cute. The one-room dining room is cute. Slatted wood tables out front are cute. The waitstaff and cooks are cute. Even the place settings, with their simple-elegant plates and carafes of water stuffed with mint, gush with cuteness. But it’s not the […]
With nearly 2.5 million visitors in 2013 (the latest statistics available), Costa Rica’s diverse national parks system is the main reason many people travel here. Whether you’re looking for mountain landscapes, active volcanoes, virgin rainforests or white-sand beaches, you’ll find something in the country’s protected lands. Here are the six national parks that received the most […]
For every new skill, you first have to get your feet wet – especially if you’re scuba diving. There are thousands of PADI-certified divers in Costa Rica, plus innumerable dive-masters and instructors. But there are so many others who want to dive, but they have no idea what the experience is like. How will they […]
When we arrived at Sibú, Julio Fernandez Amón handed us a cup of hot chocolate. But this was not the Swiss Miss cocoa we were accustomed to. No mini-marshmallows bobbed on the surface. The liquid wasn’t heavy on the sugar, nor was it boiling hot. “It’s very different, no?” asked Fernandez, looking pleased. Different. And […]
One of the most-visited volcanoes in Costa Rica is Poás, a 2,700-meter mountain located just north of Alajuela. At the end of long and winding roads, you’ll find an enormous crater with a smoking core, along with beautiful views of the surrounding highlands. The high altitude and strong sulfuric scent make Poás a (literally) breathtaking […]
I should have known better. This is the tropics, after all. I mean, even fence posts turn into trees in these hyper-fertile lands. But it was just for a few minutes. I opened my sleeve of Chiky cookies, a wonderful chocolate-covered wafer that goes great with my two favorite beverages, coffee and milk. Unfortunately, I […]
My wife Melanie and I made a special point of taking the train, which runs obscenely limited hours, from San José to Cartago as far as it travels in that direction. The final stop is near the famous Básilica de Nuestra Señora de los Ángeles. On the train we met an expat who has […]
Whether they’re called “sloths” or “osos perezosos” (“lazy bears”), these slow-moving mammals have never earned a flattering name. But sloths are unperturbed by pretty much anything. In the frantic rainforest, where animals are conditioned to leap, sprint, or fly away from potential predators, the sloths take the opposite approach, moving so gradually that other animals […]
The Fairchild C-123 in Manuel Antonio is shocking on many levels: The first thing you notice is that the nose of an airplane is sticking out of a restaurant. Its presence is so surprising that your car might weave a little as you drive past. The plane is old and rugged-looking, painted the olive-drab color […]
There are plenty of endangered marine animals, but sea turtles capture the imagination. They swim with Taoist calm, patiently drifting thousands of kilometers over the course of their lives, just as they have done for at least 100 million years. To think that sea turtles have unhurriedly wandered the oceans since the days of T. […]
They say Puerto Viejo is a party town. Surfers lazily flip flop around the old port toward the infamous waves of Salsa Brava, take a siesta, and come out once more to party through the evening and into the morning. Bob Marley’s greatest hits can be heard throughout the day and into the night, […]
“When you’re on vacation,” says Andrés Oreamuno, “you want to take the most advantage of your time. You don’t want to waste a minute.” So Oreamuno came up with an idea: Since thousands of travelers end up in San José, why not show them the sights? Most people end up lost and bored in Costa […]
If you’re from the U.S. or Canada, you likely understand the concept of free refills quite well. You order a soft drink. When you’ve finished, you can either request another one from your waitperson or, if you’re in a fast food joint, you walk up to the dispenser and get it yourself. This has long […]
You hear it all the time: Some bearded guy from Oregon decides to brew beer. He loves beer. He loves gastropubs. He reads all the beer blogs. He has dreamed for years of building his own mush tun. Finally he gets together with some buddies and they try some recipes in the basement. They throw […]
NOSARA, Guanacaste – The tent is big, but not too big. The bed is an air mattress, but it’s firm. The door and windows are basically just mosquito netting, but you can zip up a cover for privacy, and the openings admit a soothing breeze. There’s no air conditioning, but the rotating fan is a […]
Each year, the men of Boruca cover their faces in elaborate balsa masks and pretend to fight a bull. Los Juegos de los Diablitos (“The Little Devil Games”) are centuries old, symbolizing indigenous defiance of Spanish conquistadors. Participants drink chicha, an earthy beverage made of fermented corn, which enables them to run, leap, shriek, and […]
I find no better way to spend my Saturday mornings that going to a local farmer’s market (feria del agricultor). Because I’m still getting settled into my new digs, I don’t have a lot in the way of foodstuffs in my empty pad. So this morning I set out to the feria en Guadalupe, just […]
The Costa Rican Tourism Board’s latest campaign, “Save The Americans,” has reached Wall Street. This sand sculpture, which features such Costa Rican personalities as the howler monkey, sloth, and sea turtle, appeared in the heart of the United States’s financial world. The campaign is predicated on the idea that many North Americans are overworked, don’t use their […]
On a recent trip to Manuel Antonio National Park, I stopped at a pharmacy in Parrita, which is about 20 minutes outside of Quepos. While my cohorts were inside, I noticed this interesting sign. It appears to be a large “W” (or is it an upside-down “M”?), and underneath it reads “comidas rapids” (fast food). […]
Two Costa Rican lodges have some serious bragging rights. The Pacuare Lodge, in Talamanca, and Lapa Rios Lodge, in the Osa Peninsula, have made National Geographic’s list of Unique Lodges of the World. This prestigious collection of accommodations looks not only at the gourmet meals, guest experiences, and beautiful settings that these lodges offer. National Geographic’s rigorous […]
After 11 days of bullfights, carnival rides, and junk food, Las Fiestas de Zapote finally drew to a close on Sunday, allowing the spotlight to shine on January’s other regional festivals. No Costa Rican New Year is complete without a fistful of churros and some bone-crunching rodeo injuries, but now the barrio of Zapote will return […]
It’s the holidays, and that means that San Jose’s streets are absolutely teeming with shoppers, gawkers, hustlers, helpers, and all in between. On the Avenida Central a couple of days ago, I spied this curly-haired fellow strumming his guitar. Once he started playing a Christmas tune some people turned their heads, but these other two […]
With nearly 300 beaches to choose from, finding a beautiful beach in Costa Rica is easy. Here are five of our favorites. Punta Uva – Limón. Located halfway between Puerto Viejo and Manzanillo, this is a spectacular slice of Caribbean heaven. Turquoise waters, white sand, and a great local restaurants make Punta Uva a […]
I was a bit surprised to find a slice of my Midwestern Christmases right outside my door in San Jose. On the surface, it doesn’t feel like the holidays when I’m down in the tropics. Palm trees, brilliant sunshine, and bougainvilleas bursting with color simply don’t remind me of those December days when I trekked […]
On the outside wall of Costa Rica’s National Assembly I found this phrase: “Refugees are like you or me, with just one difference: they have been forced to flee from their country in order to save their lives.” According to ACNUR, the United Nations’ Agency on Refugees, around 12,500 refugees have been granted […]
If you’ve clicked here, you’ve stumbled across the beta version of The Tico Time’s new travel site. We’ve decided to share it with those intrepid cybernauts who happen across in hopes that you’ll share your thoughts with us. And if you don’t see much new material over the next couple of weeks, don’t let that […]
Southwest Airlines could start offering service to San José, Costa Rica, from Houston, Texas, as early as October 2015, according to a statement from the company on Thursday. San José is among six destinations for which the airline is seeking permission to serve in Latin America, along with four locations in Mexico and Belize. More…
Rip currents (more commonly known as rip tides or undertows) are one of the most dangerous and ubiquitous members of Costa Rica’s beach communities. While many factors, including weather, alcohol and misinformation, contribute to ocean-related deaths, the root of most tragedies is rip currents. Before entering the ocean in Costa Rica (or anywhere) it is […]