Costa Rica Travel 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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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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Gourmet Cuisine in Costa Rica?

There are a hundred reasons to visit Central America, but the food isn’t usually one of them. It’s long been a mystery to travelers with a discerning palate: how can a region that grows so many wonderful ingredients produce such unimaginative food, even in nice restaurants? Why does all the culinary creativity stop as soon […]

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Small Ship Cruising Tips From AdventureSmith

When it comes to traveling from one interesting place to another on a small ship (as in not a giant cruise ship), there’s one company that’s at the top of the list: AdventureSmith Explorations. The company is active on several continents. In Latin America, however, it is best known for its trips around the Galapagos […]

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New Andaz Papagayo Resort in Guanacaste, Costa Rica

The Andaz brand from Hyatt is meant to be luxury with a playfulness, upscale but fun, well-equipped but laid-back. Their foray into Latin America is a good start, with the new Andaz Papagayo Peninsula Resort in northern Costa Rica getting high marks from our reviewer who was just there. The Papagayo Peninsula is an upscale […]

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