Costa Rica

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Costa Rica — Appropriately enough for a country whose national mantra is pura vida (pure life), ecotourism is the major draw in Costa Rica. One of the most biodiverse countries on the planet – home to 4 percent of the world’s species – this stable, safe, and still affordable Central American democracy boasts dense rainforests, tropical beaches, unique cultural attractions, fresh eats, and a growing number of luxury resorts.

Why Go

For the wide range of landscapes and activities sure to please eco-tourists, adrenaline junkies, and beach bums alike.

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How to: Experience Costa Rica and Nicaragua in One Trip

October 15, 2014 by Pamela Jacobs

Long known as a mecca for surfers and sun-seekers, Costa Rica is, has been, and always will be a hotspot. But what many travelers are only just starting to ... Read More »

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Where Travelers Can Celebrate National Coffee Day

September 25, 2014 by Karen Gardiner Dion

For some of us, every day is unofficially Coffee Day, but the official National Coffee Day is just around the corner: September 29. Celebrate by pouring yourself ... Read More »

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You Say Grenada, I Say Granada: 8 Pairs of Cities that Sound Alike, but Are Totally Different

July 21, 2014 by Tommy Burson

Sounds impossible to buy a ticket to the wrong destination, right? You’d never mistake York, England for New York State. But would you notice an airline issuing ... Read More »

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10 Things to Know About Costa Rica and Its Affordable Shoulder Season

July 09, 2014 by Christine Wei

Nothing defines Costa Rica in traveler's minds as much as its leafy tree canopies and endless fields of grass. But first-timers who flock to this Central America ... Read More »

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Memorable & Affordable: 5 One-of-a-Kind Vacation Rentals

June 25, 2014 by Christine Wei

It's no surprise that vacation rentals have stolen the hearts of savvy travelers everywhere. Great savings, extra amenities, even the chance to get some local ... Read More »

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“Diaper bags make fantastic carry-on totes. They're sturdy, fit under airplane seats, and have tons and tons of pockets.”

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