costa rica

A Voyage To Costa Rica’s Underwater Serengeti

Friday, December 6, 2013

330 miles west, or a day and half in boat time, is Cocos Island, an uninhabited island officially part of Costa Rica that is considered to be one of the world’s best locations for scuba diving due to the massive amount of sealife that call the island’s nearby water home (hence the nickname “underwater Serengeti”). […]

A Cheap Bastard’s Guide To Traveling

Monday, February 20, 2012

Pan-American Transmissions Part 3: Costa Rica “Pan-American Transmissions” is a travel series from Special Contributor Diego Cupolo as he travels south from Nicaragua to Argentina. He has few plans, a $10-a-day budget and one flute-playing gypsy companion. Check back as new dispatches are posted from the road. They warned us about Costa Rica. Young travelers, […]

The Visa Run Diaries

Monday, November 21, 2011

What would Che say? Perspiring at a rate that suggests total disintegration is imminent, the police officer wiped another sweat globule from his a forehead. “Where are your papers?” he asks. With nostrils floating in a sea of rubbery flesh, shirt buttons straining against a bloated paunch, the overall impression is one that makes me […]

In Search Of “Pura Vida” In Costa Rica

Monday, June 21, 2010

Finding the “pura vida” in Costa Rica these days takes a little patience and some luck, but once found, well worth the wait. By Maria Russo As beads of sweat trickled across my forehead, I could not help but feel that I had made a mistake coming back to Manuel Antonio National Park. The humidity […]

Psst! This Is Where You Go To Avoid Tourists In Costa Rica

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

So you’ve been hearing great things about Costa Rica, and you’ve been wanting to head there yourself to experience some of the outdoor adventures and impeccable beaches the country’s known for. But, as the year’s gone on, you’ve started to have second thoughts: it seems like everyone who goes to Central America goes there . […]

Costa Rica’s Enchanting Tortuguero National Park

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Whenever the word “enchanting” is used, there is something, well, enchanting about it. Maybe it’s just semantics, but there is definitely a stigma attached to that word. For me at least, it’s worth an investigation. Drifting around Twitter-ville recently, I stumbled across this intriguing word. My predictability took over, and I followed the link to Velvet […]

Can You Really See The Best Of Costa Rica In 8 Days?

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Probably not, but you can make a valiant effort and try, so long as that nasty sunburn doesn’t totally incapacitate you, you survive that skull-crushing fall from the Class IV rapids, and you don’t react too badly from that orange-kneed tarantula bite (actually the venom is unlikely to kill you — more like getting stung […]

Looking For A Relaxing Trip? Avoid Costa Rica

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Maybe being named #5 on the Top 10 Eco-Friendly Countries list helped a bit, but Costa Rica is now known as one of the world’s best places to visit for an active trip. From zip-lining, horseback riding, extreme tubing (dude!), hiking, and maybe even a little rappelling for good measure, Costa Rica offers a huge […]

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