Category: Free Things To Do

Best Honeymoon Spots in Costa Rica

May 16, 2013

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Costa Rica is one of the most popular Central American destinations for newlyweds. It’s not hard to see why. With its world-famous beaches and rainforests, it’s the perfect spot for couples looking to relax or explore. In fact, Costa Rica has been ranked in the world’s top ten honeymoon destinations by Brides Magazine, the Signature Travel Network, Ask Men and Elle.

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Costa Rica’s Most Beautiful Beaches

April 4, 2013

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Costa Rica is home to pristine rainforests and some of the most colorful and exotic creatures on the planet, but it is the country’s beautiful beaches that draw the most visitors. Assaulted by crashing surf, crowded and full of activities, or just plain secluded, Costa Rica offers a variety of coastline.

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Bird Watching in Costa Rica

January 24, 2013

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Bird watching in Costa Rica is a hugely popular activity and with over 850 species of birds crammed into such a small geographical area, it’s easy to see why. The diversity of birds is thanks to the varied habitats spanning the small country – the cloudforests of Monteverde; the verdant lowlands of the Osa Peninsula and the Talamanca Mountains, Central America’s tallest range, offer up everything from the elegant Jacamar to the striking yellow–chested Keel-billed Toucan.

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Sarchi: The Handicrafts Capital of Costa Rica

July 26, 2012

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A handicraft in Sarchi, Costa Rica. Photo courtesy of Carlos Reusser Monsalvez via Flickr.

In the misty coffee-growing altitudes of the Central Valley is Costa Rica’s colorful crafts center, Sarchi. You’ll know you’ve arrived to the sprawling village, scattered throughout the rolling foothills of the Cordillera Central, when you begin to see beautiful hand-carved furniture displayed in front of pretty family homes and workshops along the side of the road.

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Where to See Sloths in Costa Rica

July 12, 2012

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A Sloth Spotted in Costa Rica. Photo courtesy of marissa_strniste via Flickr.

Sloths, or “perezosos,” are quite common in Costa Rica, and can be found everywhere from the cool cloud forests of Monteverde to the steamy lowland jungles along both coasts. Regardless, they can be rather difficult to see.

A sloth’s key to survival in the forest canopy is camouflage. They move so slowly that they don’t catch the attention of big cats, circling hawks or would-be wildlife photographers. Their coarse, grayish or yellowish coat blends well with the rainforests palette, more so once greenish algae grows in their fur.

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Visiting Manuel Antonio National Park in Costa Rica

June 28, 2012

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The Beach in Manuel Antonio National Park in Costa Rica

Arguably the most beautiful national park in Costa Rica (Forbes magazine ranked it as one of the 10 loveliest in the world) is Manuel Antonio. It is a slender peninsula that reaches out into the Pacific toward a string of beckoning islands. It has a rocky spine that is lushly carpeted in rainforest, rising to a massive cliff formation called “Cathedral Point.” A handful of perfect, pristine beaches lie on either side, waiting for wandering travelers to take a break from watching wildlife and relax by the sea instead.

Though the national park itself is small—just 683 hectares (2.6 square miles)—the surrounding jungles have been carefully conserved, and today are home to so many monkeys, sloths and tropical birds that you will likely see the menagerie promised in your Costa Rica travel brochures before even leaving your hotel.

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