Costa Rica Day TripsUncategorized

Ah, 5:00 a.m. Not an ideal time to start the day, but necessary if you want to trek to Isla Tortuga in time to embrace the sunshine. With its sugary sand beaches, emerald waters and swaying coconut canopies, Tortuga provides a perfect landing point for one of the most sought-after

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Playa Conchal in Guanacaste is a draw for beach lovers from around the world.
EnvironmentUncategorized

Discovery Communications, the parent company that owns Discovery Channel and Animal Planet, announced yesterday that they are going license their name as part of a $1-billion ecotourism park in Guanacaste. The park, which is scheduled to open at the end of 2020, will be located at four different points around

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Volcanoes

Poás Volcano continues its heightened activity, according to a statement from the National Emergency Commission (in Spanish, CNE). “Activity continued through last night into the morning with at least 13 registered eruptions,” the statement on the CNE’s Facebook page reads. “These [eruptions] have been smaller than the one that happened

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poas eruption
Volcanoes

Poás Volcano, located 30 kilometers from downtown Alajuela, has shown a dramatic increase in activity over the past several days. The massif erupted this morning shortly before 8:00 am, sending a plume of ash and gasses over three kilometers skyward. Parque Nacional Volcán Poás, the second-most visited national park, is

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Semana Santa

Semana Santa, or Holy Week, is here. A peak time to vacation in Costa Rica, public employees and schools are off all week, and the majority of other businesses close their doors from Thursday until Sunday. City streets will be all but deserted as Ticos and foreigners flock to the

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News

It’s been almost 70 years since women gained the right to vote in Costa Rica, and although a gender wage gap still persists, the country has made significant progress towards gender equality in the workforce. The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development places Costa Rica second highest for pay equity,

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Environment

In the first three months of 2017, Costa Rica produced more than 99 percent of its electricity by using renewable energy sources, according to data from the National Energy Control Center (in Spanish, CENCE). Between January 1 and March 31, 2017, water, wind, and geothermal activity — employed according to

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Photo Essay

Outside of downtown San José, tucked into a lot on a side street, is this odd Mercedes-Benz graveyard. It’s an odd place to be. The sign flapping in the wind advertising designated drivers is far from any bar or restaurant. In fact, all that’s around are houses. For some reason,

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Dota

If the heat is getting to you, relief is right around the corner. Or up the hill. San Gerardo de Dota is nestled into the foothills of the Talamanca mountain range, and its highland location means that it’s kissed by cool breezes and crossed by crystalline streams. Because the temperature

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Culture

Semana Santa, or Holy Week, begins on Sunday, April 9 and ends on Saturday, April 16. Much of Costa Rica shuts down towards the end of the week as Ticos gather their families and head to the beach. It’s a tradition here: the streets of San Jose will be nearly

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