Costa Rica Archive

A Tour of Playa Cativo Luxury Eco Lodge in Costa Rica

Can a resort be eco-friendly but also chic and comfortable? Playa Cativo Lodge, a newcomer on the Gulfo Dulce across from the Osa Peninsula, does an admirable balancing act. It’s in a country where the green travel competition is stiff—Costa Rica—but this one does a better job than most of providing a luxe experience while […]

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5 Ways to Make Your Trip Less Fragile

Unless you have the money to always travel by private jet and have a personal concierge on the other end each time, it’s hard to feel special these days when you travel. Everyone is a number on a spreadsheet while in transit. When things go wrong, those with Platinum Elite status at every airline and […]

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Alta Gracia Hotel in Costa Rica is at a Whole New Level

Last summer when we ran down some new and notable luxury hotels that were opening soon, at the top of the list was an ambitious project in southern Costa Rica that aimed to leapfrog over everything else in the country. Alta Gracia Boutique Hacienda hotel looked impressive on paper and there was a serious amount […]

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Renting a Luxury Villa in Los Suenos, Costa Rica

If you’re a fisherman or have friends who like to reel in sailfish and blue marlin, you’ve probably heard of Los Sueños in Costa Rica. Or if you’re an international golfer, you may have had suenos of your own about teeing off here next to the Pacific Ocean. Perhaps you just want a base for […]

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The Best Chocolate Festivals Across Latin America

There’s a chocolate belt across the Americas and perhaps appropriately, it’s a wide belt. It stretches from Tabasco state on the Gulf Coast of Mexico—the birthplace of the bean in the B.C. era—down to Brazil, Ecuador, and Peru. Just as introduced crops like bananas and coffee spread quickly across countries where the conditions were right, […]

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Good News/Bad News in the Airline World

We’ve been watching announcements about new air routes opening up to the countries we cover with joy, but that’s been tempered by a general devaluation among the frequent flyer programs. So those U.S. airlines adding more routes are generally the ones treating you the worst in terms of perks. For the good news, we’re seeing […]

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