Costa Rica

Tips and Articles in Costa Rica

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 open spaces. Quick: What’s the best time of year to visit Thailand?If you’re looking for grea...
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, new themselves this year, honor the innovations that keep us traveling. Our distinguished pane...
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 in California but lived the first half of my life in Iran. Bahrampour's informative and moving sto...
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 humans have slashed and burned their way through millions of acres of wilderness, turning it into ...
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 run through the trees. But thanks to the enterprising actions of Canadian transplant Darren Hre...
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 Rica’s version of the White House: a nondescript office building. "Rápido, por favor," I said to...
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 Picchu, I arrived in Costa Rica to find a wilderness where green landscapes blurred into turquoise h...
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 Angelenos Sandi and Scott Dinsdale sampled it on vacation and vowed to introduce the drink, d...
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 of a smaller vessel: access to uncrowded ports. You also won't have to fight for a spa reserva...
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 home in New York; an inexpensive, well-situated hotel; and adventures we could take—or leave. Fort...
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 slender shadows along the stretch of golden sand; the sparkling, azure ocean beckons you in ...
Shopping U.S. + Canada 1. GREAT VALUE San Francisco The Four Seasons makes luxury shopping in nearby Union Square even more enticing. Their partnership with stores like Gump's and Boucheron means discounts of up to 20 percent, and some of these ...
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 of anticipation or interest. It took an unbearably round-numbered birthday to make me embrace ...
Every day, dozens of species are threatened by poaching, habitat destruction, and political strife. These conscientious outfitters are mobilizing travelers to protect endangered creatures, ensuring that future generations can witness them in their...
1 ADVENTURE Costa Rica Expeditions (011-506/257-0766; www.costaricaexpeditions.com; 10-day packages from $1,808 per person) pioneered active travel in the country in 1978; founder Michael Kaye was the first outfitter to raft some of...