Costa Rica

How to travel Costa Rica like a Rich Girl

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Who doesn't want to travel like a rich girl sometimes? As much as I love rougher, more culturally immersive types of travel, I'm by no means immune to the siren song of the luxury retreat - especially since I had kids. I'm not especially rich, but I do like to travel as if I am every now and then; and an ideal place to do that is Costa Rica. A peaceful, p[...]

Top 10 Places to Surf in Winter

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It’s time to trade in that heavy winter coat and those miserable days spent hibernating inside for a neoprene onesie and a trip to the beach. Who says surfing needs to be reserved exclusively for summer? Why not make the most of the ocean 365 days a year? Some of the best swells occur during the colder seasons, and these great conditions aren’t the only perk[...]

The Travelettes Itinerary for Costa Rica

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Of all the places I visited in the past two years, Costa Rica must be the ultimate favourite - possibly because I had more than 5 rushed days to soak up every little bit of information I could gather and had time to actually relax, lean back and let the experiences drizzle down on me like warm summer rain. Or heavy tropical rain showers - that depended on th[...]

Yoga in Paradise: Pranamar Yoga Retreat

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The first time I took part in a yoga class, I was a teenager with a passion for speedy activities like Volleyball or athletics. One day our gym teacher invited an instructor to introduce us to this "new thing" called yoga, and new it surely was back then in my home country of Austria. Unfortunately, 15-year-old me wasn't impressed by stretching her bottom to[...]

The Rainforest of the Austrians in Costa Rica

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With images of wooden jungle cabins, untouched beaches and wild animals roaming free, the word “eco-tourism” resonates with my memories of Costa Rica like no other. Never before have I traveled a place where ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY was written across nearly everything: car rental companies, back country lodges, traditional restaurants, tour agencies and[...]

Hotels we love: Florblanca Villas in Santa Teresa, Costa Rica

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There comes the time when I've just had enough. Carrying at least one heavy backpack from one bus stop to the next, holding on to my valuables on a public bus, curling up on a super-thin dorm mattress trying to avoid leaving the safe (and clean) environment of my sleeping bag. Fighting for the last tablespoon in the hostel kitchen and ending up slurping 1-mi[...]

Surf'n'Sun: Costa Rica Surf Camp in Dominical

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Do you like trying out new things just as much as I do? Learning how to surf has always been a dream, so I naturally got super excited about our trip to the world famous surf paradise  Dominical in Costa Rica - a Travelette has been there before, read more here. To get the most out of it we decided to take part in a surf camp. A surf camp? - what's that? Her[...]

Backpacking in Dominical and Uvita, Costa Rica

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The area around the small towns of Dominical and Uvita, on the Pacific coast of southern Costa Rica, is one of my favorite places in the world. I’ve visited the region four separate times over the course of six years, and although through that period of time there has been many changes, the overall energy of the magical region remains untouched. More hotels [...]