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Why historic Santa Ana is Costa Rica’s hottest boomtown

Welcome to Valle del Sol, the canton of Santa Ana, home to millionaires, onion farmers, traditional pottery makers, urban professionals, a growing number of expats and ordinary Ticos of all descriptions — one of the least known greatest places in Costa Rica.

San José bus tour shows off a surprisingly vibrant, history-rich capital

A San José bus tour by Costa Rica City Square Tours hits all the right spots, and brings to life some of this capital's little-known history.

Heredia: Take a walk on the historic side

Locals may tell you that Heredia is most famous for its traffic, but it's one of Costa Rica’s most historic and charming towns.
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The History and Meaning Behind Costa Rica’s Lantern Parade

Every September 14th, on the eve of Independence Day, most towns and cities of Costa Rica celebrate the traditional lantern parade. Driven by educational...

Costa Rica Wildlife: Meet the Common House Gecko

They’re behind your clock. They’re in your curtains. They’re laying eggs in your knickknacks. They’re your constant housemates, so we might as well learn...

Empanadas in Costa Rica are as Easy as 1,2,3,4

All over Latin America, empanadas (turnovers) are eaten for breakfast, lunch, dinner or as a snack. They vary in taste according to the ingredients used...

Costa Rica Independence Day meal with a side of history

TASTE OF THE TROPICS: How to make Chorreadas with Palmito Cheese and Guacamango