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Santa Ana: 5 good hotels, 5 good restaurants
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Dining
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Santa Ana: 5 good hotels, 5 good restaurants

The Tico Times - July 29, 2016

This report is sponsored in part by:   SANTA ANA, San José — Here on the edge of urban boom and bucolic bliss, there are a dozen…

1 day in Valle del Sol, 3 ways to spend it
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Central Valley
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1 day in Valle del Sol, 3 ways to spend it

The Tico Times - July 27, 2016

SANTA ANA, San José — Suppose you had only one day to spend in the (usually) sunny valley of Valle del Sol. What to do? We asked…

Expotur travel mart: Costa Rican vendors, international buyers, old friends and new ideas
Hotels
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Hotels
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Expotur travel mart: Costa Rican vendors, international buyers, old friends and new ideas

The Tico Times - May 12, 2016

LA GUÁCIMA, Alajuela — The annual Expotur meet-and-greet travel retreat got underway here Thursday with a new visitor stalking the halls: a Tyrannosaurus rex. I recognized the…

Esplendor Tamarindo vying to be king of the hill in a crowded market
Destinations
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Destinations
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Esplendor Tamarindo vying to be king of the hill in a crowded market

The Tico Times - April 4, 2016

TAMARINDO, Guanacaste — A couple years ago, those who walked, ran or drove the trails behind Tamarindo noticed a major construction project underway on top of the…

Barceló hotel chain expands into Panama with 10-year lease of the Occidental
Central America
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Central America
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Barceló hotel chain expands into Panama with 10-year lease of the Occidental

The Tico Times - April 1, 2016

The Barceló hotel chain, owner of the Hotel Barceló San José Palacio, expanded into Panama on Friday with the acquisition by lease of the 4-star, 143-room Occidental…

Río Celeste: Communing with nature at the aptly named Hideaway Hotel
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adventure
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Río Celeste: Communing with nature at the aptly named Hideaway Hotel

The Tico Times - March 10, 2016

As I dig my fork into the warm omelet con hongos, I get the distinct feeling I am not alone. Ever since waking to gray morning light…

Tirimbina: Catching kinkajous, and other jungle adventures
Eco tourism
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Eco tourism
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Tirimbina: Catching kinkajous, and other jungle adventures

The Tico Times - February 29, 2016

LA VIRGEN, Heredia — When I was shown to my room at the Tirimbina Biological Reserve in Sarapiquí, my host pointed to a shared kitchen/dining area and said…

Papagayo hotels compared: Where the 1 percent stays, and how you can too
Destinations
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Destinations
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Papagayo hotels compared: Where the 1 percent stays, and how you can too

The Tico Times - February 15, 2016

PAPAGAYO GULF, Guanacaste – When you crest the hill on the highway where you catch your first view of this gulf, you understand why some of Costa Rica’s finest…

Cañon de la Vieja Lodge delivers on the river
adventure
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adventure
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Cañon de la Vieja Lodge delivers on the river

The Tico Times - February 3, 2016

RINCÓN DE LA VIEJA, Guanacaste — After floating 3km down the Río Colorado, hitting the sauna and having my body painted in volcanic mud, I heard a…

Buena Vista Lodge offers a full dose of adventure in the mountains
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Buena Vista Lodge offers a full dose of adventure in the mountains

The Tico Times - February 1, 2016

RINCÓN DE LA VIEJA, Guanacaste — On our walk to the top of the 450-meter waterslide at Buena Vista Lodge, my guide showed me a place where…