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Top 7 adventure activities near Arenal, Costa Rica

Top 7 adventure activities near Arenal, Costa Rica For travelers in search of a little adrenaline, the Arenal region of Costa Rica serves up adventure any way you like it. The area around the Arenal volcano in Costa Rica, about 80 miles north of San Jose in the center of the narrow country, is known as the adventure...

25 great adventures for 2010

25 great adventures for 2010 The latest issue of National Geographic Adventure has just hit the newsstand with a special treat inside for adventure travelers looking for their next big trip. The magazine has listed its selection for the 25 best new trips for 2010, offering up suggestions of places to...

Make a difference in December (in warm Costa Rica)

Make a difference in December (in warm Costa Rica) Those of you living in southern states, granted, may not feel the need to disappear when the December winds start to blow. I hear it all around me in New York every winter: it's cold, it's wet, it's awful. Frankly, I dig winter, but I realize I'm in the minority, especially...

Tips for traveling to Costa Rica (or anywhere) in rainy season

Tips for traveling to Costa Rica (or anywhere) in rainy season When I heard that flights from Chicago to San Jose, Costa Rica were going for just $260 per person this Fall, I immediately called my husband and asked if we could go for Labor Day weekend. Despite the fact that neither of us has ever expressed a burning desire to go to...

Voluntourism in Costa Rica doesn't have to be expensive

Voluntourism in Costa Rica doesn't have to be expensive Tropical Adventures is making it pretty easy for travelers to save the world. The company's new Cultural Encounter Package offers a six-night/seven-day package at a steep discount of 45 percent. The first two nights are at the historic Hotel Don Carlos, with the other four...

Traveling the globe with Nat Geo Student Expeditions

Traveling the globe with Nat Geo Student Expeditions In the summer of 2008, National Geographic launched a fascinating and inspiring project called Student Expeditions, which aimed to send high school students to a variety of exotic locals around the globe, immersing them in that location through unique, special projects that...

And the happiest place on Earth is ...

And the happiest place on Earth is ... ... not Disney World! Despite the theme park's claim, Costa Rica actually takes the top spot, according to the New Economics Foundation. This Britain-based independent research firm uses the "Happy Planet Index" to determine and rank the countries with the happiest people....

The most exclusive plane-hotel in Costa Rica

The most exclusive plane-hotel in Costa Rica Not all aircrafts are destined to be cut into pieces and melted for reuse in another life. Here is a unique example of one in Costa Rica -- a fully-outfitted, meticulously detailed, two bedroom, Boeing 727 fuselage suite. This refurbished, vintage, 1965 Boeing 727 airframe...

World's Top Eco-Lodges

World's Top Eco-Lodges Outside Magazine has put together a great list of the top eco-lodges from around the world, with seven amazing escapes that not only offer plenty of luxury, but do so in an eco-friendly way. Each of the resorts is given a rating on the "Green-O-Meter" and for its...

The Highest Cities in the World

The Highest Cities in the World The BootsnAll Travel site has a great article up listing the highest cities in the world. Amsterdam doesn't make this list however, as we're talking the cities that fall at the highest altitude. These mountain communities will have you gasping for air as soon as you step off...

Travel surf etiquette

Travel surf etiquette I was having a grand ole time surfing at Ala Moana Bowls the other day when a rude, disrespecting woman decided to paddle for a wave and proceeded to cut off three other surfers and nearly behead my friend. Growing ever more confrontational in my old age, I began to argue...

Travel Read: 100 Places Every Woman Should Go

Travel Read: 100 Places Every Woman Should Go I never knew there could be a book so thoughtful and inspiring for women as this one. Stephanie Elizondo Griest's second travel book, which lists far more than just 100 Places Every Woman Should Go, is truly an encyclopedia for women travelers. It's the kind of book that...

Four good reasons to visit Central America this fall

Four good reasons to visit Central America this fall With many of our travel budgets shrinking this season, now is a great time to consider the halfway point between that costly trip to Europe and the staycation that you've been dreading. Oh yes, I'm talking about Central America. Honduras, Guatemala, Panama, Costa Rica and...

US retirees changing the face of Central and South American communities

US retirees changing the face of Central and South American communities In warm-weather locales all over the Americas, the same scene is unfolding: US retirees, marching in lock-step in their all-white orthopedic shoes, are ditching traditional retirement communities and spending their golden years in destinations both less expensive and more...

No Wrong Turns: How to Surf, by a Wannabe Surfer

No Wrong Turns: How to Surf, by a Wannabe Surfer I believe the time people put in working, running errands, going to the gym and all the other daily stuff we feel we have to do starts to take its toll on how we live and think. This is a big reason why Tom and I decided to pack up and leave for a little while...to put...

GADLING TAKE 5: Week of 3-21-2008

GADLING TAKE 5: Week of 3-21-2008 Did you have a happy St. Patrick's Day? While I didn't get in to any shenanigans (for once, it seems), I was able to have a few pints with friends up in Anchorage. Though they weren't perfectly-poured Guinnesses, they were locally brewed and likely tasted as good as Guinness...

Fresh fruit, Costa Rican style

Fresh fruit, Costa Rican style One of my most vivid travel memories was the first time I tasted fruit in Costa Rica. I was staying with a host family, and upon arrival they served me a plate of pineapple as a welcome snack. Nothing could prepare me for that first bite. It was sweet and tangy beyond...

The most remote (and beautiful) corner of Costa Rica

The most remote (and beautiful) corner of Costa Rica If you want to experience Costa Rica for its natural parks and avoid beautiful-but-touristy places (such as Quepos) head over to Osa Peninsula, home of Corcovado National Park, which is the largest park in the country (and much of Central America). I was just there in...

Catching bats in Costa Rica

Catching bats in Costa Rica The photo on the right is of my hand--and more interestingly, of a bona-fide vampire bat. I'm sure our resident health-blogger Erik's head just exploded right about now. Handling bats, let alone vampire bats, are a huge no-no since they are one of the animals most likely to...

The less traveled part of the Caribbean

The less traveled part of the Caribbean There's so much to love about the Caribbean, and so much to hate. The "hate" category exists because the Caribbean we have all come to love is now loved by too many; there are too many hotels, too many tourists, and too much development. But there are...

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