Costa Rica Travel Archive

Rent a Villa, Get Airport Lounge Access in Costa Rica

After my December trip to Costa Rica, in the monthly newsletter I ragged on the international airport in San Jose as being a place with nothing to do but shop and eat American fast food. True, I didn’t have to spend two hours in the immigration line upon arrival like I did on my first […]

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Birds-eye View of Costa Rica with Nature Air

The first time I visited Costa Rica three years ago, I saw way too much of it from the window of a van, while bouncing along bad roads. This time I vowed to spend more time where I wanted to be and to get a big picture view of the country from above. After four […]

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Getting Close to Wildlife at Lapa Rios in Costa Rica

After leaving Playa Nicuesa I puttered across the Golfo Dulce to Puerto Jiminez and bumped my way up to Lapa Rios, this time with my wife and daughter with me. They flew in on Nature Air via San Jose, which is pretty painless considering how remote and wild this area is. It’s a rough road […]

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A True Eco-hotel in Costa Rica: Playa Nicuesa

You might notice a lag in posts on this luxury travel blog these days as I’m spending much of my time traveling through Costa Rica. My Osa Peninsula time has been almost totally off the grid. Is “going offline” the new luxury status update? I’m starting to think so as the guests I’ve been hanging […]

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Getting to Costa Rica – Probably Easier Than You Think

I’ve spent the past few days in the Guanacaste region of Costa Rica, on the Papagayo Peninsula. I’ve hung out with a few other travel editors and some travel agents who handle upscale clients. The one perception issue that keeps coming up is that a lot of people think Costa Rica is remote, or hard […]

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Tourism Climbing in Central America

First it was Mexico reporting a big increase in tourism. They said the number of foreign visitors arriving at its airports the first eight months of the year were up 19.2 percent over the terrible 2009. Central American countries are starting to celebrate as well, with reports that there’s a full recovery going on across […]

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