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Off the eaten path: La Tacopedia

When the owner is the one in the kitchen, you’re in for a treat. La Tacopedia is no exception.

5 good restaurants in La Fortuna, from pizza to parrilla

While many of the luxury hotels in Arenal offer fine dining, here are five stand-alone restaurants we really liked in La Fortuna.

Fun and free in Costa Rica: Get your veggies at the feria

The feria, the weekly outdoor market, is a people watcher’s paradise, and when it comes to finding your favorite fresh fruits and vegetables straight off the farms, there’s no beating it.

5 good hotels, 5 good restaurants in Manuel Antonio and Quepos

Reviewing hotels and restaurants in Manuel Antonio and Quepos, we felt like mosquitoes at a nudist colony: We were very happy to be here, but we hardly knew where to begin.

Relaxing in style in Granada, Nicaragua’s best hotels and spas

Whether it's in the tranquil islets of Granada on the massive Lake Nicaragua or on the cobblestone streets of La Calzada, we have assembled some of our favorite places for R&R in the colonial town.

Santa Ana: 5 good hotels, 5 good restaurants

We spent over a month exploring the lodging options in this area and growing fat on all the good food. Here are The Tico Times’ top picks for five good hotels and five good restaurants in a range of prices in the Santa Ana area.
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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