Costa Rica

Author: Richard Koss

Tags : Adventure Trip, Blogs, Central America, Costa Rica, Couples, Eco-Tourism, Kids Club, Multigen

Me and My Monkey in Costa Rica

We were told about the monkeys when we checked into to the Hyatt’s Andaz Peninsula Papagayo Resort, a delightful, all natural spot nestled on Culebra Bay on the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica. There were two types in evidence — the capuchins and howler monkeys — and, instead of being alarmed to hear the latter earning their name at night, it was suggested we might become friends.

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Author: Beth Hoots

Tags: Central America, Costa Rica, Exploring, Semi Finalist

One Ola at a Time

Waving goodbye to my chaperones and fellow exchange students, all of the excitement that had built inside me on the 12-hour plane ride to Costa Rica turned to dread as I realized that my classroom Spanish wasn’t going to cut it. 
 

Author: Justin Velasco

Tags: Central America, Costa Rica, Exploring, Winner

Where Humans and Wildlife Collide

The miniature howler monkey clung to its mother’s back as the older monkey undulated through the branches of the twisted tree. With one movement, the mother pushed off the bowing bough and transferred her weight to the powerlines running just beyond the reach of the tree. I watched enthralled as she hastened along the thick black wire, reaching the supporting pole in a matter of seconds. Moving into an upright position, baby clinging securely to her limber body, the mother began to scale the pillar, moving out of my range of sight from the back seat of the car.

Author: Kaitlyn Mitchell

Tags: Central America, Costa Rica, Finalist, Volunteering

Is that....pepper???

I looked at the Styrofoam plate that held the cheesy lasagna and closed my eyes trying to convince myself to take a bite. Oh yeah. I forgot to mention; it was covered in bugs, not pepper. I recently traveled to La Montana, Costa Rica with my two sisters, Kristen and Kellie. That is where this adventure takes place. I bet you twenty dollars that “bug covered lasagna” and “Costa Rica” were not holding hands in the back of your mind. But I am going to introduce a few travel tips that will be helpful no matter where you decide to go!

Author: Fran Falkin

Tags : Adventure Trip, Beach, Central America, Costa Rica, Eco-Tourism, Family-Friendly Hotels, Kids, Museums & Culture, Teens

It's Easy Being Green On Costa Rica's Osa Peninsula

Forget Kermit's self-doubts. Kids and adults will discover how much fun they can have within an incredibly well sustained biosphere on the Osa Peninsula.

Named one of the most biologically intense places on the earth by National Geographic magazine, the Osa Peninsula of Costa Rica is THE place to see throngs of animals and birds, including many rare and endangered species.  In this remote area, howler monkeys will replace your alarm clock, as we found out on a recent visit.

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Author: Fran Falkin

Tags : Adventure Trip, Central America, Costa Rica, Eco-Tourism, Family-Friendly Hotels, Kids, Museums & Culture, Teens

Costa Rica's Lapa Rios: River Of Scarlet Macaws

If eco-lodge makes you think "rustic," read on about a high-end place that offers unique accommodations, gourmet meals, attentive staff and spa treatments on the remote Osa Peninsula of Costa Rica.

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Author: claudiala

Tags : Central America, Costa Rica, Europe, Italy, Teens, Volunteer

Studying abroad in high school

For those of you looking for a study abroad program for your teen, go with SPI Study Abroad:

Both of my kids have studied abroad with SPI (in Costa Rica and in Italy) and loved it. I felt very comfortable with the level of supervision provided, and SPI is so supportive before, during and after the program.

The leaders make themselves very readily available to the students.

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Author: Allison Hyman-Tibaldi

Tags : Central America, Costa Rica, Couples, Eco-Tourism, Family-Friendly Hotels, Kids, Teens

Family Fun In Guanacaste Costa Rica

Guanacaste, on Costa Rica’s Pacific Coast, is a mix of beautiful beaches, lush rainforest and fascinating fauna. Costa Rica’s rich biodiversity, strong infrastructure and stable political situation make this country a popular destination for families who wish to visit Central America.  This peaceful nation abolished its army permanently in 1949 and even recreational hunting is banned.  Its progressive educational policies seem to have worked, as it enjoys one of the world’s highest literacy rates.

Note! This story was accurate when it was published. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question, and stay up to date with current events to ensure a safe and successful trip.

Author: Brendan Hogie

Tags: Central America, Costa Rica, Exploring, Semi Finalist

Blind in Costa Rica

I have lived my whole life in Colorado, a place known for its natural beauty.  I have grown accustomed to the magnificent Rockies and the incredible sunsets.  I have taken for granted my ability to experience this beauty through the use of my senses, notably my vision, until I lost this sense on my outward bound trip in Costa Rica.

Author: Kayla Johnson

Tags: Central America, Costa Rica, Vacations

The Wonders of Costa Rica

The night that I arrived in Costa Rica it was like stepping into a whole new world. I had never been out of the United States before but I was more than enthusiastic to venture out into new surroundings with my friends from school. We had boarded delta airlines from Norfolk to San Jose that afternoon, after prying ourselves out of our parent’s reluctant arms, and sat, looking out of the airplane windows with gazing eyes and pounding hearts.

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