Tips and Articles for Costa Rica

Amanda Pratt

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... Read More

Catch a WaveSurfing enthusiasts from around the globe will be focused on Costa Rica this August, when the Billabong World Surfing Games are held at Jacó... Read More

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... Read More

If you love to travel because you always learn something, then you probably love learning because it takes you somewhere new. The following itineraries... Read More

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,... Read More

  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... Read More

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... Read More

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... Read More

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... Read More

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... Read More

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... Read More

HikingEvergreen Lodge at Yosemite, CaliforniaThis rustic lodge’s 66 spacious cabins are just a five-mile trek from Carlon Falls, a secret swimming hole... Read More

See our slideshow of Shoulder Season Travel Secrets.After the vacation crowds head home, you’ll find the smart traveler basking in good deals and wide... Read More

It's time to celebrate the new. Not just the new new but also the reinvented, re-created, and incomparably well preserved. T+L's Critics' Choice Awards,... Read More

Tehran CallingWhat a great surprise it was to find Tara Bahrampour's "Returning to Iran" in the October T&L. I am a 24-year-old Iranian who was born... Read More

See our slideshow of The World’s Most Pristine Forests.Forests face an age-old problem: they’re worth more dead than alive. For thousands of years... Read More

For the past decade, visitors on one of Costa Rica's 50-plus "canopy tours" have enjoyed a bird's-eye view of the tropics by zipping across cables that... Read More

Exhaust fumes belched from cars around me as I careened through the traffic-choked streets of Costa Rica’s capital, San José. I was on my way to Costa... Read More

A dozen years ago, I spent a summer backpacking through South and Central America. Having lost my glasses somewhere along a four-day hike to Machu... Read More

WHAT Guaro ("wah-ro") has been Costa Rica's spirit of choice for over 150 years. It's got a hint of citrus with a whiff of vanilla and spice. Los... Read More

If you've ever been on St. Thomas or in Piraeus on a day when a half-dozen cruise liners are moored at the docks, you already know the central advantage... Read More

My husband and nine-year-old son were itching to surf. My daughter, age five, and I longed to play in the sand. We wanted a painless flight from our... Read More

See our list of 27 affordable beach resorts.Imagine yourself, for an indulgent moment, sunbathing on Tiririca Beach in Brazil’s Bahia. Palm trees cast... Read More

ShoppingU.S. + Canada1. GREAT VALUE San Francisco The Four Seasons makes luxury shopping in nearby Union Square even more enticing. Their partnership... Read More

Until a year ago, the words yoga retreat elicited from me a disdainful cause-and-effect reaction—you say hatha, I say, "See ya!"—rather than any feeling... Read More

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