Nature in Balance: The Butterflies of Costa Rica

Posted by on Thursday, August 9th, 2012 with 0

Butterflies

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Greeks believed butterflies represented the human soul, and for the Chinese and Japanese, butterflies represent the presence of loved ones. These mystical creatures with their delicate wings are insects and one of the many species that inhabitat Costa Rica. Hecale Longwing, Owl Butterfly, Florida White, Ruby-spotted Swallowtail and Blue Morpho are among the many varieties of butterflies found throughout the country’s many microclimates and habitats. Continue reading…

In Search of the Ultimate Wave: Matapalo

Posted by on Wednesday, August 8th, 2012 with 1

Surfing Matapalo

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While Pavones is home to the longest left in the world, Matapalo is known for its long excellent rights. When the die-hard surfer wants to escape civilization and catch some of the best rides of his life, Matapalo is the place to go. It is an adventure just to get here since it is only accessible by a rustic dirt road or by boat. Here, you will not find restaurants, bars or shops to distract you but, instead you will discover world-class surfing and inshore and offshore fishing in the middle of paradise. Continue reading…

Point Break Left

Posted by on Tuesday, August 7th, 2012 with 1

Giant Swell

Costa Rica is famous for its surf. Both the Caribbean and Pacific Coasts offer great waves. On the Southern Pacific bordering Panama in Golfo Dulce is Pavones, one of the top ten surfing destinations in the world. This surfers paradise is only accessible by a dirt road or boat. It is a legendary spot that revolves around surfing. Continue reading…

Sanctuary for the Wild

Posted by on Monday, August 6th, 2012 with 0

Osa Wildlife Sanctuary

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Along a remote beach in the Golfo Dulce covering some 700 acres that borders Piedras Blancas National Park and 25-miles from Puerto Jiminez, lies a sanctuary for the wild. Carol Crews is a San Franciscan native who came to Costa Rica only to accidentally find her true calling in life. In 1996, she started the Osa Wildlife Sanctuary. The sanctuary is a non-profit supported by researchers, conservationists and volunteers. Continue reading…

The Undying Lands

Posted by on Friday, August 3rd, 2012 with 0

Corcovado Rainforest Trail

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While poking around for a blog topic today, I found an advertisement that sparked my interest. In order to protect a patch of rainforest bordering Corcovado National Park from development, a couple bought the land and are now selling it into parcels for sustainable houses that will be part of a nature preserve. With human habitat included in the development plan, the reserve will restore migration paths and habitats for the native species. This couple devised sustainable development plan to raise the funding for a nature preserve.

Sustainable development is a term growing in popularity these days but what does it mean? The United Nations defined it in Our Common Future as follows:

“Sustainable development is development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. It contains within it two key concepts: the concept of needs, in particular the essential needs of the world’s poor, to which overriding priority should be given; and the idea of limitations imposed by the state of technology and social organization on the environment’s ability to meet present and future needs.” Continue reading…

Save the Sea Turtles

Posted by on Thursday, August 2nd, 2012 with 0

Costa Rica Sea Turtles

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With their impressive beauty and gigantic stature, the fabled sea turtle is on the verge going bye bye from planet earth. Species extinction is largely the result of human development and the destruction of the environment. The once abundant sea turtle now dwindling population reveals the problems caused by unsustainable development. Conservation groups play a critical role in protecting endangered species. Continue reading…

Protecting Eden on Earth: Ecotourism is Big Business in Costa Rica

Posted by on Wednesday, August 1st, 2012 with 0

Costa Rica Aerial

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This week a New York Times editorial by a former climate change skeptic confirmed climate change is real and humans are the chief culprits. Yes, global warming is a real threat, scientists are speaking out, and already many cultures are suffering the impacts of climate change. As the climate crisis escalates, necessity drives the growing international popularity of sustainable development. Costa Rica’s ecotourism industry is a sustainable development model that emerging economies can learn from.  Continue reading…

Escape and Unplug: Inshore Fishing in Costa Rica

Posted by on Tuesday, July 31st, 2012 with 0

Golfo Dulce at the Mouth of Rio Platanares, Puerto Jimenez

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Drake Bay, Matapalo, Puerto Jimenez and 
Golfito are hot spots for inshore fishing on the Pacific side of southern Costa Rica. A favorite getaway spot for international travelers and anglers, this region remains virtually untouched by large-scale tourists. With rainforests, pristine beaches and wildlife reserves, you can get lost here for days. You can unplug here and escape the hectic daily grind of urban life while enjoying world-class fishing in one of the most pristine places on earth.

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Catch and Release: Big Business and Big Fun

Posted by on Monday, July 30th, 2012 with 0

Catch and Release: Hooked A Sailfish

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Costa Rica is a world leader in developing and implementing catch and release fishing. The efforts of both conservationists and anglers with the support of resorts fosters a prosperous ecotourism industry. Catch and release fishing plays a critical part in the continued success of this industry. Continue reading…

Diving With Sharks: Exploring Costa Rica’s Pacific Coast

Posted by on Friday, July 27th, 2012 with 0

White Reef Shark

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Lurking under the surface of the pristine warm turquoise waters off Cano Island is Costa Rica’s best diving site. A dive here promises that you will spot a shark or two but don’t worry these sharks are of the mild variety. Located 13 miles off the coast of Drake Bay and accessible by boat, the island has empty sandy white beaches and waters teeming with life. Everything here lives under the sea where fish of every color dart around the coral reefs surrounding the reserve. Visibility is excellent and averages about 65-feet. The warm cerulean waters offer an undistorted view into the vast marine life below.

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