Costa Rica

Tips and Articles in Costa Rica

See our slideshow of Best Affordable All-Inclusives. An agent at the luxury travel firm Absolute Travel, Natalie Nevares may seem an unlikely candidate to stay at an all-inclusive resort. After all, aren’t all-inclusives the home of bad buffets a...
Q: How can I use Twitter to make traveling easier? —Steve Landman, Michigan City, Ind. A: “While you can search for what’s trending on Twitter, it’s best to rely on companion websites that help you filter tweets based on your interests. You can ...
Looking Back on Bodrum Peter Jon Lindberg’s “Touring Turkey’s Bodrum Peninsula” was most interesting to me, but the glamorous beach resort he describes is not the Bodrum I remember: I arrived there on a sailboat while traveling with a friend from...
Making Merry Around Munich Thanks for Guy Trebay’s excellent article on Munich at Christmas. Well-bundled, my wife and I made our way around the city last December, attending a different orchestral concert almost every night. While the Christkind...
It is morning again in Costa Rica's Monteverde Cloud Forest Preserve, and 15 of us are hearing it for the first time. Fifteen pairs of lightweight hiking boots and Reeboks stand in a single file, rooted to the damp, dark path. Heads back, mouths s...
Catch a Wave Surfing enthusiasts from around the globe will be focused on Costa Rica this August, when the Billabong World Surfing Games are held at Jacó’s Hermosa Beach. While this Pacific stretch’s notorious breaks are mainly for experts, novi...
The new Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica (011-506/696-0000; www.fourseasons.com; doubles from $395), on the Papagayo Peninsula in the northwest, comes fully loaded: it's flanked by two broad beaches and has a full spa, an Arnold Palmer-designed golf...
If you love to travel because you always learn something, then you probably love learning because it takes you somewhere new. The following itineraries may cover places you've already visited or they may include unexplored territories, but any of ...
I had two things in mind when planning my driving vacation. The first was to get a taste of the many flavors of Costa Rica — rain forests, alpine peaks, and savanna grasslands, all in a country the size of West Virginia. The second was to find low...
q. What's the next Costa Rica?--C.L., Seattle, Wash.a. There's no question it's Panama -- with more rain forest than Costa Rica, deserted beaches along the Caribbean, and more species of mammals and amphibians than any other country in Centr...
While you're reading this article, more than 1.3 million people are heading off on trips. This ever-expanding army is rapidly turning travel into the world's largest industry—and placing enormous pressures on the environment. On average, each jet ...
From a tiny platform 110 feet up an enormous stinking-toe tree, I had a monkey's-eye view of Corcovado National Park in Costa Rica. The rain forest was coming back to life after a sudden and violent tropical downpour. Puffs of water vapor hovered ...
See our slideshow of the Best Save-the-Earth Trips. At 3 a.m. on a moonless, steamy night, I trudged along a stretch of Caribbean coast, peering into the darkness. My sneakers sloshed with a mixture of wet sand and seawater; sand flies bit my ank...
It's Noriega's nightmare: I'm standing atop a former U.S. Air Force tower 30 minutes outside Panama City, high above the Panamanian jungle at 10:30 on a warm, windy night. The individuals around me look as if they've just stumbled out of bed (or a...
Once the epitome of elegant travel, cruising nearly vanished with the dawning of the jet age in the 1960's. But just as martinis and cigars are making a comeback, so too is cruising— albeit with a more youthful, adventurous spirit. In the course o...