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A Stress-free Trip to Costa Rica's Nicoya Peninsula

Richard Fousler Costa Rica

Photo: Richard Fousler

Have you ever felt that the endless planning, maneuvering, and (not least) paying required for a relaxing vacation tends to cancel out the "relaxing" part?Problem solved: journey to Costa Rica’s Nicoya Peninsula, where a blissfully uncomplicated, $100-a-night, thatch-roofed resort lets you unwind in easy style.

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Inspired by: Costa Rica, The Simple Life | T+L Family — by Ursula Fousler, Published Nov. 2007

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    El Sueño Tropical

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    Hotel Playa Negra

    As the only beachfront hotel in the Playa Negra area, surfers are especially attracted to this location right in front of the word famous surf brea

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    Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica at Peninsula Papagayo

    Take Four Seasons pampering (chilled towels delivered to your pool chaise), cross it with the charm of location (just north of the Nicoya Peninsula... More

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    Café Playa Negra

    Cloe, Maia, Andrea and Carlos Velardes, a family of Peruvian surfers, came to Playa Negra on the north Pacific coast in search of “peace, nature an

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    Lola's, Costa Rica

    Named after its now-deceased mascot, an 800 pound pink pig, Lola’s beach café continues to delight visitors with its idyllic scene at Playa Avellan

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    Playa Negra Surf School

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    Manuel Antonio National Park

    Just south of Quepos on the Pacific coast of Costa Rica are a series of wide, white-sand beaches backed by dense, tropical forest, mangrove swamps,

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    Thomson Family Adventures

    For the super-active family with older kids, the company has introduced teen-focused itineraries that include surfing, photography, and salsa danci

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    Costa Rica Expeditions

    The oldest and most reputable adventure outfitter in the country (founder Michael Kaye left his native New York to open the biz in 1978), Costa Ric

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