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The hidden beauties of Tambor

The hidden beauties of Tambor

January 15, 2021

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Nested in a coastal village in the Nicoya peninsula and the Puntarenas province,  Tambor is the perfect place for a serene family vacation or an adorable destination for your feature home. Living surrounded by stunning beaches will get you inspired forever. Overall, the area is known for its evergreen forest and a large amount of wildlife including turtles, hawks, and more than 200  species of birds for all you bird-lovers! Even though the area is still growing as a popular touristic destination, what it lacks in extravagance it makes up in raw nature and tranquil activities that are perfect for kids and groups of people. Be it snorkeling and deep-sea fishing or horseback riding or a game of soccer on the beach, activities in Tambor abound and are going to keep you entertained during your entire stay.  If that’s not enough, here’s a list of activities you might also like:

  • Hiking trails and fauna observation at Curú National Reserve
  • Visit Isla Tortuga for a glimpse of white sand beaches and options for nautical sports (snorkeling, surfing, kayak routes, etc.)
  • Enjoy the food and beverages on its different beaches including Playa Tambor, Montezuma, Malpaís, or even Santa Teresa which is about 35 minutes away.
  • 9-hole Golf course
  • Visit Cabo Blanco National Reserve
  • And much more…

The access to the area is facilitated by the Naviera Tambor Ferry boat that leaves you in Paquera, 45 minutes away from Tambor, making your travel way more comfortable and less time-consuming.

As you go down to the southern part of the village, you will find a little fishing town where anchored boats fill the view and perfectly complement the calm Pacific Ocean ocean ahead. As you can see, we are talking about a very soothing ambiance that might just be exactly what you need as we course through these stressful pandemic times.

The laid-back atmosphere that permeates the region will without a doubt make Tambor a unique experience of living and or vacationing and help in fully establishing a connection with the area and its wonderful flora & fauna.   Don’t worry, If you’re looking to save a memory of Tambor there are many souvenir shops located around the town and other essentials you might need such as restaurants, bars, supermarkets, and car rental offices. We hope to see you soon in Tambor to enjoy one of the most magical places on earth where you will want to spend the rest of your life in this incredible blue zone in Costa Rica.

New Year in Costa Rica!

New Year in Costa Rica!

December 28, 2020

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The dawn of 2021 has come, and with it we seek for hope and exciting new opportunities. Even though 2020 didn’t turn out as planned, in all periods of confusion and division there are always new possibilities that can make 2021 a turnaround year for everyone. In Costa Rica, New Years’ is a time of reflection and appreciation for the good things that happened along the year and it is often celebrated in the San José area or the various beach towns of Guanacaste. Even if you don’t find any snow on the ground herein Costa Rica, the joyous festivities celebrated will make you feel right at home.

Around December, people here experience a wonderful combination of warm weather and light breezes, making it perfect for outside dinners and any type of family activities. This time a year, especially in the Guanacaste region, the sun is always present and its beautiful beaches and lively environment makes it a delightful tropical New Year’s experience. When it comes to options, Costa Rica is filled with sceneries for every taste, from a luxurious villa with a breathtaking view of the valley to a more adventurous and nature focused vacation in the middle of the jungle.

No matter what part of Costa Rica you choose to go to, you will also be able to enjoy culinary experiences like no other. Be it the typical Costa Rican Tamales or Rompope drinks or other kinds of food;  the last thing you have to worry about when traveling to Costa Rica is Food.

To welcome the New Year in the best way, ‘Ticos’ usually spend their last hours of the year out on the beach surrounded by bonfires and under an amazing starry night. Just as the clock ticks 12:00 AM, fireworks fill the sky and the New Years’ experience reaches its climax. If you are looking for a place to stay during this time, don’t hesitate to ask us for housing options to be able to enjoy the last few days of the year.

Thanksgiving – Costa Rican style!

Thanksgiving – Costa Rican style!

November 25, 2020

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For many people around the globe, this time of the month is reserved for a special holiday where we give thanks to the people that we love and everything around us including all kinds of beings: Thanksgiving my favorite word…

 Currently, every population is struggling with the economic and social impacts of the virus, nonetheless, it is in these moments when times are rough where people try to find good and be thankful for what they do have. Even though Thanksgiving might well be a traditional US holiday, it is surely celebrated in other parts of the world and that is the case of Costa Rica.

Whatever meaning we give to this holiday and where ever we are, one thing is for sure we have to make this holiday something special, to ourselves, celebrating our values, showing compassion,  being kind, and enjoying time on this planet and receiving all the gifts that the season offers us. There is plenty to eat and preserve our empathy towards all beings.

Whether you are living in Costa Rica or are on vacation, there is plenty for you to celebrate the holiday. These options can be found in the Central Valley and popular beach towns such as Jacó or Tamarindo, where several restaurants have made it easy for ex-pats to indulge in a compassionate and healthy Thanksgiving dinner.

The heart of the Thanksgiving tradition at the end is about family, friends, and gratitude.

 Find here some very good ideas of Costa Rican Thanksgiving plates you can eat while in Costa Rica, lets start with the Tamales, Sweet potatoes, Mash Potatoes, Green Beans, Plantains, Apple pie,  there is so much to enjoy and share with friends and family!

 Let’s feast on life-giving!

Costa Rica to eliminate coronavirus test requirement for tourists.

Costa Rica to eliminate coronavirus test requirement for tourists.

October 26, 2020

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Starting October 26th, Costa Rica’s minister Gustavo Segura announced that there will be no need for international visitors to show proof of a negative PCR test in order to enter the country.

This decision was subsequently followed by a statement from the Pan American Health Organization which stated that  conducting tests for incoming tourists is not recommended as a tool to mitigate the risk of international spread.

In addition to this news, another important modification to take into account is that the country will no longer send sanitary confinement orders for 14 days to national citizens arriving from other countries. Nevertheless, tourists arriving to Costa Rica still need to purchase a valid travel medical insurance and complete the Health Pass Epidemiological form.


The previous new measures according to Mr. Segura will be continued depending on the evolution of the pandemic, for he reiterated that it is essential to be self-aware of each individual’s situation and if anyone is feeling sick to reconsider flying to another country during this period.


Costa Rica’s economy is heavily influenced by the volume  of tourists arriving to the country, therefore the increasing new measures applied to facilitate traveling will help diminish the huge impact this pandemic has had in the lives of thousands of people that rely in  tourism. Stick around to know how these measures evolve and if there is any changes to Costa Rica’s travel policies in the future.

Your trip to Costa Rica is closer than you think!

Your trip to Costa Rica is closer than you think!

October 7, 2020

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There has been lots of uncertainty regarding Costa Rica’s border opening to the United States ever since the pandemic hit the world, nonetheless, Oscar Segura, Costa Rica’s national Chief of Tourism, has recently confirmed that all states are going to be able to travel in and out of Costa Rica starting November 1st. This means that every US citizen can now travel to Costa Rica regardless of their state of residence. Either way, to be able to travel to the country these are the requisites listed by the Costa Rican government:

  1. Complete digital epidemiological form called “Health Pass”.
  2. COVID-19 test along with negative result, maximum 48 hours previous to the flight.
  3. Travel insurance (preapproved Costa Rican or international policy) that covers eventual hospitalization and internment expenses of at least $50,000, as well as accommodation if the stay is extended starting at $2,000.

American Airlines, to help ease this process for its customers is facilitating coronavirus testing starting October 15th for those travelling to Costa Rica, and the passengers can choose one of the following three options to do so:

    1. Home sample during a virtual visit with medical professional.
    2. In-person PCR test at a CareNow urgent care location.
    3. On-site PCR test at airports.

Just as Segura stated, this change will have a great impact in Costas Rica’s tourism as in 2019 , of the 3 million international visitors to Costa Rica, more than half came from North America (1.3 from the United States). Either way, the entry of tourists will not be similar to that of last year; as a matter of fact, the entry requirements and pandemic’s impact more broadly has reduced this volume by about 40% compared to previous years.

A fundamental aspect to highlight is the fact that until this day, nobody who has entered the country has had the contagion of the virus and there have been no reports showing that individuals have been infected during their stay. Knowing this, it is safe to say that the international and national protocols of the airports and the touristic companies in Costa Rica have been adopted flawlessly, therefore enhancing your new traveling experience.

Be prepared because in a few weeks all states will be free to travel to Costa Rica once again, so sit tight for more news and start packing your bags! we’ll keep you updated.



August 31, 2020

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Puerto Limón is an attractive place for tourists to visit due to the beautiful beaches, wildlife, and exploring this area has to offer. This city is located in the province of Limón, which stretches along the entire Caribbean coast of Costa Rica. Being the seventh-largest city in the Central American country, Puerto Limón is home to a population of over 50,000 Afro-Costa Ricans. This diverse community traces some of its roots to Jamaica, Italy, and China. This region is considered to be one of the most pristine areas in the country as the city prides itself on its efforts in being sustainable and the respect they have for Mother Nature. Puerto Limón’s beauty is a must-see. Here are some of the top things to do when visiting this amazing city.

Veragua Rainforest Park

Visiting the Veragua Rainforest is a great way to see the nature that lies within this stunning province. There are hundreds of species of animals that live in this rainforest. Some of the ones you might be able to see during your visit include monkeys, sloths, birds, frogs, and butterflies. These animals can be seen by walking through the hiking trails that lead to a waterfall, or up above in the treetops, through the aerial tram.

Playa Bonita

If you’re looking for a more relaxing approach to your visit, I definitely recommend visiting Playa Bonita. Going to this amazing light-sand beach with crystal-blue waters is a perfect way to spend the day. You can surf, watch an amazing sunset, and eat delicious local food.

Reventazón River

If you’re someone looking for something more active to do in Limón, definitely go rafting on the Reventazón River. Taking part in this activity is a great way to have fun with your friends and family. Since the river’s habitat is home to a bunch of wildlife, you might see sloths and other animals as you’re rafting down the river.

Puerto Limón is a great place to visit with your entire family. Although this city might not be as popular as some other areas in Costa Rica, the traditions, culture, and nature are what makes this place stand out. No matter what you enjoy doing, I can assure you there’s definitely something out there for you! Visit Puerto Limón, you’ll love it!

Most Popular Dog Breeds in Costa Rica

Most Popular Dog Breeds in Costa Rica

August 22, 2020

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If you are a dog lover, you are probably wondering about popular dog breeds in every country you plan to visit or live in. When it comes to the most popular dog breeds in Costa Rica, the situation is a bit unique.

Costa Rica is a tropical country that is very pet-friendly. It has a lot of animal shelters, and most of its cafes and restaurants allow dogs. In fact, this country has one of the biggest dog shelters on the American continent, Territorio de Zaguates, which is a home of more than 1300 homeless dogs! After hearing this, you won’t be surprised to know that Costa Rica has many dog lovers. In fact, studies show that more than half of Costa Rican households own up to two dogs. This article will go over the most popular dog breeds in Costa Rica and explain what makes the dog situation in this country so special.


Most Popular Dog Breeds in Costa Rica



Everyone loves poodles, and Costa Ricans aren’t an exception! Poodles are one of the most popular dog breeds in this Central American country. And why wouldn’t they be? Poodles are energetic, social, and, most importantly, the most intelligent dog breed out there. Even though they aren’t a territorial breed, it is still one of the most common dogs to have in the home. Not only that, but poodles are loved by people who want to style and groom their pets in a unique way. You can’t imagine a poodle without a specific coat shape owners groom its fur into!



Chihuahuas are temperamental dogs that can become relatively aggressive and borderline annoying – but they are small and cute, so they are forgiven. Despite their size, they have a big personality and can guard a house equally well as larger breeds. Sure, they don’t look scary, but they won’t hesitate to bark loudly, alerting everyone of the danger. Chihuahuas are excellent house dogs, which makes them one of the most popular dog breeds worldwide.


American Staffordshire Terriers

Despite being wrongly characterized as aggressive dogs, American Staffordshire terriers are still among the most popular dog breeds in Costa Rica. These canines are smart, reliable, and above all, good-natured. They are loveable dogs that are suitable even for families with little children. All of this makes them a broadly loved dog breed, no matter the reputation they didn’t deserve.


Miniature schnauzer

What’s cuter than a schnauzer? A miniature schnauzer! The bushy beard and eyebrows make this breed irresistible. Created as farm dogs, miniature schnauzers have quickly adapted to the comfort of a cozy home. They are small enough to be kept in an apartment but energetic enough to patrol a big yard. You can easily train them and teach them tricks, and they can even be – small but efficient – guard dogs. All of this made them extremely popular, even in Costa Rica.


Mixed breeds

Surprisingly, the most commonly owned dog in Costa Rica is a mixed breed dog. Most canines in this country are a mix of two or more dog breeds, making every dog one of a kind. In fact, mixed breeds are so popular that many dog shelters, starting with Territorio de Zaguates, have begun naming breeds according to a particular dog’s DNA. For example, there you may find a Long Legged Irish Shnaufox, a mix of an Irish fox terrier and a schnauzer. Other popular dog breeds are the Freckle Terrierhuahua, and the Chubby-Tailed German Dobernauzer. A truly unique practice!

Costa Rica’s Blue Zone

Costa Rica’s Blue Zone

August 18, 2020

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Blue Zones are regions around the world where according to explorer and author Dan Buettner, people live longer than average (over the age of 100!). This term first came about in the National Geographic magazine in November 2005 when Buettner published his story “The Secrets of a Long Life” claiming that there were five of these zones around the world, one of them being in Nicoya, Costa Rica.

Here are some of the ways that Nicoyan centenarians have been able to live longer, healthier, and happier lives.

Have a “Plan of Life”

You must have some sort of plan, either broad or detailed, of the major goals you want to achieve in life. Nicoyans utterly believe in feeling needed and contributing to the community. Having a plan will allow you to always have a goal to work towards.

Drink LOTS of Water

Drinking water has many benefits such as improving memory and mood, helping maintain your weight, and preventing and reducing the risk of diseases and infections. The water in Nicoya is known for having the highest calcium content in the country, which explains why Nicoyans have stronger bones, fewer hip fractures, and also low rates of heart disease.

Keep Connected with Family

Staying in touch with family is among the main characteristics of living in the Costa Rican Blue Zone. This is important since family members can provide a person with many forms of support; they can make you feel happy and can give you a sense of belonging. Nicoyans commonly make an effort to visit their families as frequently as possible. They believe that these interactions help them keep their brain and heart-healthy.

Work Hard

Hard work is a key way to learn how to be a disciplined, dedicated, and determined individual. Nicoyans place a large value on working hard. Elders usually continue working or remain active to keep their minds and bodies healthy.

Get Some Sun

Being exposed to sunlight is great as your body will produce Vitamin D. This vitamin is known for promoting overall health, protecting against inflammation, and lowering high blood pressure. Since the Nicoya Peninsula has a tropical climate, Nicoyans get a reasonable intake of the sun simply by having an active lifestyle.


Beaches in Costa Rica

Beaches in Costa Rica

August 11, 2020

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Going to the beach is a great way to release some stress and clear your thoughts. Costa Rica, bordered by the Atlantic and the Pacific Ocean, is home to some of the most beautiful beaches around the world. Here are five of the best beaches to visit in Costa Rica.

Conchal is located in the province of Guanacaste, north of the town of Tamarindo. A unique characteristic of this beach is that the beach itself is made up of white shells instead of sand. Conchal is ideal for snorkeling as it contains a variety of coral as well as marine life. To get to this beach, you must take a 15-minute walk across Brasilito. However, two resorts have their private access to the beach, the Westin Conchal, and the W Costa Rica. Conchal beach is a perfect place to relax and swim as the weather in the area is sunny almost year-round.

Just north of Conchal Beach, you will find Flamingo Beach. This beach is one of the most family-friendly beaches in Costa Rica as it has soft waves and is located in a highly developed area. Flamingo is known for its lovely sunsets, which can be seen from the hotels and condos in the area. This beach is also famous for its fishing, sailing, and diving.

Manuel Antonio is considered by many to be the best beach in Costa Rica. Located in the province of Puntarenas, this national park has four amazing white sand beaches with clear turquoise water. Since the park is filled with wildlife, as you walk from the park’s entrance to the beach, you will have the chance to see a variety of animals including monkeys, sloths, and iguanas. Manuel Antonio beach is a great place to explore, as there are several hiking trails you can hike through.

Are you into surfing? If so, Tamarindo is the beach for you. This touristic beach in Guanacaste is known for its waves, wildlife, and nightlife. Tamarindo has tan sand and bright blue waters. Due to its proximity to Las Baulas National Park, if visiting between October and February, you might get the chance to see leatherback sea turtles swimming around. After a long day of surfing and relaxing on the beach, head over to the town of Tamarindo and check out all the dining and nightlife options they have to offer.

In the Nicoya Peninsula, south of Guanacaste, you will be able to find the beautiful beach of Santa Teresa. Although slightly difficult to get to, Santa Teresa is the perfect place for surfers and yoga enthusiasts. If you are looking for a secluded white sand blue water beach, this is a great place for you.

Education in Costa Rica: A Role Model Across the Americas

Education in Costa Rica: A Role Model Across the Americas

July 31, 2020

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When it comes to education, Costa Rica is often viewed as a role model across the Americas given its successful literacy rate of 96% – one of the highest in the region. The country’s established leadership position can be heavily attributed to its government funding.


Their education system consists of four levels: pre-school, primary school, secondary school, and higher education. Article 78 of the Constitution of Costa Rica states that every child must attend pre-school and primary school. These levels are free of charge, as all costs are financed by the Costa Rican government.


The Ministry of Public Education (MEP), currently lead by Giselle Cruz Maduro, is the governmental organization in charge of developing an accessible education system that promotes the growth of individuals and the society as a whole. Additionally, the MEP supervises all public and private educational institutions and has the power to approve, revoke, or modify any decisions determined by the directors of the ministry.


Costa Rica’s public higher education system is considered by many to be one of the best in Latin America. After graduating from secondary school and attaining a baccalaureate degree, students have the opportunity to apply to universities. There are five public universities in Costa Rica: Costa Rica Institute of Technology (TEC), University of Costa Rica (UCR), National University (UNA), National Technical University (UTN), and Distance State University (UNED). The baccalaureate program for university students is usually four years. After graduating from a university, students will then have the option to pursue a licentiate degree, which corresponds to three additional semesters of study.


The Costa Rican government continues the efforts made on December 1st, 1948 by President José Figueres Ferrer when he abolished the army and decided to allocate such resources to education instead. By following in Figueres Ferrer’s steps, the government is sending a message to the world regarding the importance and need for free education, and at the same time, deviates from what is considered the norm — pumping millions of colones into funding a military defense — and establishes itself as one of the few countries with no active military force. By prioritizing education over a standing army, Costa Rica has popularly gained the nickname of “The Switzerland of Central America”.


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