Costa Rica

Author: McKenna Lanter

Tags: Quarter Finalist

The Blue Morpho of Tortuguero

A slight flutter in the corner of my eye captures my attention.  I turn my head to catch a glimpse of the brilliant, shimmery blue morpho butterfly.  As a butterfly enthusiast, I drink in the sight of this gossamer creature, desperately willing it not to fly away.  Ecstatic about my welcoming friend, I cannot contain my excitement for my adventures in Tortuguero, Costa Rica.

Author: Stefan Miller

Tags: Vacations

El Casado

“¿Puedo tener el casado?”

The waitress from Tierra Mia smiled at me. “I speak English, honey. You’d like la comida típica?”

I nodded my head up and down, careful not to further embarrass myself.

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.

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: Beth Hoots

Tags: 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: 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: 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 : 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.

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: Fran Falkin

Tags : 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.

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: 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.

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: Allison Hyman-Tibaldi

Tags : 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.

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