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  • Popular Costa Rica Animal Sightings

    Scientists estimate that the Costa Rica accounts for around 6% of the world’s biodiversity! That means Costa Rica is one of the best countries in the world to see animals. While…

  • Christmas In Costa Rica

    While I grew up dreaming of a white Christmas, I haven’t had too much trouble adjusting to a Costa Rican Christmas. Not only does the holiday season in Costa Rica happen…

  • Best Gifts For Costa Ricans

    There are many reasons to travel to Costa Rica, but one of the best reasons is to meet and interact with Costa Ricans, often called ticos. Ticos are super laid-back (unless…

  • Guide To Costa Rican Fruit

    Costa Rica has so many different climates and altitudes, and that means an abundance of fruits and vegetables. From passion fruit and dragon fruit to bananas and strawberries, there are almost…

  • Coronavirus in Costa Rica

    This guide will tell you everything you need to know about traveling to Costa Rica during the COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic. I recently traveled to Costa Rica in order to complete my…

  • Top 10 Hot Springs Costa Rica

    There is nothing better after a long hike than hot thermal waters to relax the muscles. And Costa Rica with its many active volcanoes and countless springs has some of that…

  • costa rican rancher on a horse in bright yellow rain gear

    Costa Rica Weather

    Costa Rica weather has only two seasons (rainy and dry)- here’s info on the weather so you can make the best travel decision possible. I constantly get the question- when is…

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    Top 10 Costa Rica Study Abroad Excursions

    Studying abroad in Costa Rica? If you are short on time and big on wanderlust, here are 10 destinations you can't miss during your Costa Rica study abroad program.…

  • Adventure Inn airport hotel exterior San Jose.

    Best San Jose Costa Rica Airport Hotel

    The Adventure Inn San Jose Airport Hotel is the perfect introduction to Costa Rica- friendly tico employees, great coffee, typical food and a perfect swimming pool. Oh- and free airport shuttle! …

  • Curving bay of playa nacascolo costa rica.

    Playa Nacascolo Beach Costa Rica

    Between breathtaking views on the drive to the beach, crystal clear warm water, monkeys playing near the entrance, and a completely serene environment, Playa Nacascolo is perfect for families with young…

  • Colorful sign in front of Costa Rica's Jaco beach.

    Where To Eat In Jaco Costa Rica

    We love Jaco beach in Costa Rica for so many reasons- it's super close to San Jose. We have our all-time favorite accommodations there, and there is so much to do.…

  • The perfect family hotel near the Arenal Volcano in La Fortuna Costa Rica isVolcano Lodge and Springs! A mid-priced hotel that caters to families- delicious continental breakfast, gorgeous volcano views, multiple hot springs and cold pools and beautifully groomed walking trails.

    Volcano Lodge And Springs- La Fortuna Costa Rica

    The perfect family hotel near the Arenal Volcano in La Fortuna Costa Rica isVolcano Lodge and Springs! A mid-priced hotel that caters to families- delicious continental breakfast, gorgeous volcano views, multiple…

  • Family hot springs playground and water park Costa Rica.

    Kalambú Hot Springs Review

    Kalambú Hot Springs near La Fortuna de Arenal in Costa Rica is the perfect destination for families wanting to have fun and enjoy the health benefits of volcanic hot springs. The…

  • Should I Take a Stroller to Costa Rica?

    When traveling with young kids to Costa Rica it can be hard to decide- should I take a stroller to Costa Rica? This article will help you make the decision by…

  • Costa Rica Food Photography

    One of my favorite parts of traveling to Costa Rica is enjoying the amazingly delicious food that is everywhere. From bocas at the local bar to casados on the way to…

  • Playa Ocotal, Costa Rica

    We spent the first part of our 2016 Costa Rica vacation in the region of Playas del Coco, and got to spend several mornings at Playa Ocotal. All of the locals…

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    Saving Money In Costa Rican Restuarants

      It’ s no secret that my absolute favorite thing to do in Costa Rica is EAT – especially in local restaurants. Living in Costa Rica expanded my culinary tastes beyond…

  • Top 5 Costa Rica Beaches For Families

    At Casa Pura Vida, we are beach people. We feel so lucky that we currently live so close to the Rocky Mountains, but in our heart of hearts, we are people…