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Vacationist: Costa Rica, California, Colorado, Mauritius, and Mexico

This week’s sales surely run the gamut. In Costa Rica, spa-goers unwind in private Jacuzzis high in a cloud forest; in California, lucky travelers will...

Letters | October 2008

It was a thrill to see my beautiful year-round residence, Cape Cod, featured in Travel + Leisure [“The Best of Cape Cod”]. Even though I’ve...

Costa Rica: The Ultimate Guide

With 4 percent of the earth's wildlife species, vast tropical rain forests, and live volcanoes, it's no wonder this former backpacker's haven in Central America...

Go on a Retreat

Turns out a one-man expedition straight to the Inner Self can be a lot more gratifying than it sounds—four hours of yoga a day notwithstanding....

Conquering Costa Rica by Car

Circling Costa Rica is the easiest way to see its varied landscape, but the roughest on your shocks

Ecogolf in Costa Rica

Show Me the Monkeys!
HOTELS

Xandari Resort & Spa

A working coffee plantation 3,900 feet above sea level is the setting for this relaxing resort and spa. Panoramic views of the Central Valley, the lights of San José, and distant mountains can... more ›


RESTAURANTS

Le Monastère

Located in a complex of decades-old stone buildings that once housed a mountainside monastery, this elegant French restaurant has three parts—all worth experiencing: the bar at the entrance,... more ›


ACTIVITIES

Rara Avis Rainforest Reserve

Many of the nearly 400 bird species at Rara Avis can be found nowhere else in the world. Costa Rica’s first reserve, this is the place that kicked off the country’s ecotourism movement... more ›


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