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Lodging

There is a hotel in downtown San José called Momentos. It has no website. You won’t find it listed in any mainstream guidebook, now can you book it on Tripadvisor. It’s not the kind of place where you enjoy the view, explore the city, and make a home base for

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A shot of Turrialba's activity recently. Photo by Andrés Madrigal.
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If you’ve noticed a fine coating of ash around, you’re not crazy, nor has housekeeping fallen asleep on the job. It’s genuine volcanic ash, spewed from Turrialba Volcano’s active main crater. OVISCORI, the Costa Rican Volcanological and Seismological Observatory, keeps a close eye on the massif’s doings. Because activity has

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City Living

Hundreds of people show up to the Feria Verde de Aranjuez, an organic farmers’ market that takes place every Saturday at the Aranjuez neighborhood’s sports center (polideportivo). The Feria Verde brings together locally sourced, organic produce, cultural events, live music, and great food. If you go on foot, you’ll likely

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San Jose

I was walking around San José, taking in the rhythm of urban life when a crazy pig caught my eye. This image is of Avenida 5, just west of Parque Morazán, and is a fairly nondescript portrait of life outside of the pedestrian malls. Except for that crazy pig. Do you

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San Jose

San José´s social and cultural hub is undoubtedly the Plaza de la Cultura. It seems that all activity emanates from this square. Naturally, this is a wonderful place to take a break, get your bearings, and watch the world go by. Plaza de la Cultura is a relatively new public space

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Puerto Viejo from the sea, on Costa Rica's Caribbean coast.
Beaches

We are heading to Puerto Viejo de Limón next week. This part of Costa Rica, located on the Caribbean coast just north of Panama, is almost like an entirely different country. In addition to Costa Rica’s unique brand of Spanish, you’ll hear Caribbean-accented English, Mekatelyu (a local Creole dialect), Bribri

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Surfing at Manuel Antonio Beach, Costa Rica
Beaches

It’s the weekend, and a great time to head to the beach. This shot is from Balu, a beachfront bar and restaurant (and, as you can see, a surf school) located a short walk from Manuel Antonio National Park, just outside of Quepos. Even if you’re not interested in catching

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Health and BeautyNicoya

Chanel has launched a new line of skincare products inspired by Costa Rica’s famous Blue Zone in the Nicoya Peninsula, where the inhabitants live longer and healthier than nearly anywhere else on Earth – 85 is still a young person, and you’ll find many centenarians there. Coffee is one of the

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Río Celeste waterfall surrounded by rainforest
Costa Rica Day Trips

Seven reasons why Rio Celeste is one of Costa Rica’s most unique natural attractions 1. The waterfall. The intense blue color makes it one of the most unique in the world. Although the waterfall is one of the first sights along the walk, we recommend saving it for last. 2. The

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A young woman sells flowers in a market in Costa Rica.
CultureHotels

There has been some ballyhoo about the members of U.S. reality-show royalty arriving in Costa Rica and setting up their reanimated plastic corpses at Papagayo Peninsula’s Villa Mazu. The price per night? Twenty-three thousand dollars. Towards the other end of the spectrum, I’ve rented a furnished studio apartment near downtown San

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