Costa Rica Travel Archive

Rent a Car in Costa Rica, Get a Cell Phone

We frequently lash out at hotels and airlines that annoy their customers with lots of hidden fees and charge them for things that should be as standard—like Internet access in a hotel. So we like it when great companies stand out by taking the opposite approach, by over-delivering instead. Mead Brown Vacation Rentals in Costa […]

Costa Rica Travel App You Can Trust

Want Costa Rica in the palm of your hand? If you’ve got an iPhone, a Touch, or an iPad, you’ve probably noticed that there are two and a half zillion apps out there to choose from, many of them barely worth the space they’re taking up on your handheld. But when one of our contributors […]

Costa Rica Creating Medical Retirement Clusters

In a move designed to lure more Americans to Costa Rica, the country is designating certain areas with good medical facilities to be “retirement clusters.” The country wants to better compete with Panama and Mexico, both destinations that have lured lots of retirees with the combination of lower costs and good hospitals. The Tico Times […]

Costa Rica Elects First Female President

Laura Chinchilla easily soared to victory yesterday and becomes Costa Rica’s first female president. Not so fortunate were any American tourists in the country who wanted to drink beer while watching the Saints beat the Colts in the Super Bowl—no alcohol on election day. Quite a few countries do this, apparently to keep the drunks […]

Interview with Michael Brown of Mead Brown Vacation Rentals – Costa Rica

Michael Brown is half of the partnership of Mead Brown, a boutique vacation rental firm serving Costa Rica. The company offers private villas and homes plus premium condominiums for those who expect excellent value, personal service and supremely comfortable accommodations. Co-founders Mark Mead and Michael Brown once enjoyed successful careers in the U.S. working with […]

Christopher Baker on Tourism in Costa Rica

Christopher Baker was one of the original hotel reviewers for Luxury Latin America, covering most of the luxury Costa Rica hotels for us. His new edition of the Moon Handbook Costa Rica is the seventh edition of this thorough guide and I caught up with him to ask what’s new in the most popular destination […]