Get Out of Town This Thanksgiving! Travel to Costa Rica with you Family for the Holidays

Posted by on Monday, November 12th, 2012 with 0

Costa Rica Family Thanksgiving

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Thanksgiving is the biggest travel day in America with packed airports and roads, not to mention the super long lines in stores often with screaming kids in tow.  Maybe the best option for Thanksgiving and avoiding the inevitable mess in the kitchen is hopping a plane with your family, and maybe even bring your in-laws, to Costa Rica’s Osa Peninsula.  You can spend real quality time with your family while someone else takes care of the shopping and cooking for you.  Thanksgiving brings to mind images of football, overeating, pumpkin pie, and afternoon naps but what about swapping those activities for fishing, hiking through an exotic rainforest, waterfall rappelling or just being pampered in one of the most exotic places in the world?  Due to the large number of expats and American travelers, Thanksgiving is widely celebrated in Costa Rica making it a great place to jet to during the holidays. It is only a few hours from most airport hubs in the USA and right now travel deals and specials are still possible. Continue reading…

These Are A Few of My Favorite Things: Surfing and Fishing in Costa Rica’s Legendary Matapalo

Posted by on Friday, November 9th, 2012 with 0

Matapalo Costa Rica

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When one thinks of Costa Rica two things pop into most minds: surfing and fishing and for both Matapalo is a paradise. With dreamy images of sandy deserted beaches, open waters, sunny days and removed from the hectic life of modern day civilization. It’s remoteness, laid back culture, biodiversity makes it an excellent spot to unwind and rejuvenate. Matapalo is located on the southern tip of the Osa Peninsula in the Southern Pacific Ocean. It is a pristine environment that is a hideaway for surfers and anglers. It is difficult to access and the best way to get there is by taking a boat across the peninsula for a day trip. Here you will spot monkeys climbing in jungle trees along the beach and an abundance of other wildlife. It attracts an international crowd of anglers and surfers every year. Continue reading…

Offshore Fishing Adventures: Sport Fishing in the Osa Peninsula

Posted by on Friday, November 9th, 2012 with 0

Crocodile Bay guests show off their catches while offshore fishing in the Osa Peninsula.

Wahoo fishing

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Wahoo!

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Ecotourism is the New Chic: Traveling in Style and Sustainably in Costa Rica

Posted by on Thursday, November 8th, 2012 with 0

Sustainable Travel

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Winter vacation is approaching, and it is time to think about traveling in style and sustainably. Climate change is headline news bringing with it a renewed commitment to environmental responsibility. As the east coast of the USA recovers from Hurricane Sandy, climate change is back on the agenda.  The world’s poorest are calling upon Obama to implement climate policy while solar power is being brought to the devastated people of Long Island through the volunteer efforts of Greenpeace, and Costa Rica begins to implement a plan to combat climate change. It appears, for a moment, the whole world has moved from watching to acting. Without a healthy planet, humans can’t lead lead healthy lives. Taking steps to make sure your next vacation is sustainable and supports ecotourism is good for both the planet and your spirit. By participating in ecotourism, you help protect the environment by supporting sustainable business practices. Continue reading…

Encounters with the Many Fish of Costa Rica: Sport Fishing off the Pacific Coast

Posted by on Thursday, November 8th, 2012 with 0

These Crocodile Bay guests went offshore fishing for a day and caught a diversity of fish in the Pacific Ocean. The waters of the Osa Peninsula are abundant!

Headed out to the open waters of the Pacific Ocean to go fishing

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Sport fishermen headed offshore into the open waters for a day of fishing! Continue reading…

A Sportfishermen’s Hunt for a Marlin

Posted by on Wednesday, November 7th, 2012 with 0

This Crocodile Bay guest headed offshore in the Osa Peninsula for a day of sport fishing in hopes of catching a Marlin in the beautiful Southern Pacific Ocean.

Marlin Jumping

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A Sweet Treat that Can Also Heal! Coca is Costa Rica’s Treasure

Posted by on Wednesday, November 7th, 2012 with 0

Cocoa Pods and Cocoa Beans

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Chocolate is the world’s first love and one of the most valuable cash crops on the international market, and not only is it great to eat but it is also a wonderful ingredient to include in your skincare regimen. Few people would think that so many uses could be gained from chocolate. Cocoa is an important crop for Costa Rica. It is a sustainable crop because it grows in tropical areas under heavy rainforest canopy and does not require clearing large areas to grow; it is a crop that fits in with Costa Rica’s micro farming. It was known as the “food of the gods” in ancient cultures. Continue reading…

Where to Travel in November: The Osa Peninsula is a Hotspot for Sport Fishing and Vacationing

Posted by on Tuesday, November 6th, 2012 with 0

Fishing in the Osa Peninsula

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It is November and that means that Sailfish are peaking in the Osa Peninsula.  As winter approaches and much of the the east coast of the USA recovers from Hurricane Sandy, and prepares for another hit from a Nor’easter heading their way, many people may be wanting to just escape somewhere warm. It is time to take a vacation, if you can get away.  While the northeast experiences the direct consequences of climate change, it may be time to take a trip to one of the most environmentally responsible countries in the world, Costa Rica.  If you are in need of some cheering up, fun, sun and relaxation to recover from the devastating weather, a vacation to the happiest country in the world may be perfect destination. It is beautiful in the Osa Peninsula this time of year. Continue reading…

Wildlife Spotted in Costa Rica’s Osa Peninsula: Photo Blog of an Ecotour

Posted by on Monday, November 5th, 2012 with 0

These photos of Costa Rica wildlife including endangered amphibians were taking during an ecotour by Crocodile Bay guests.  They capture the vast biodiversity that inhabits this small area.

Red Eyed Tree Frog

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 Red Eyed Tree Frog of Costa Rica.

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Save The Frogs: Night Walking through Costa Rica’s Rainforest Spotting Endangered Frogs

Posted by on Monday, November 5th, 2012 with 0

Red Eyed Tree Frog

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A night jungle walking tour through Costa Rica’s rainforest is the prime time to spot amphibians, which are among the many endangered species as a result of climate change. Walking through the jungle guided by the tour you will spot many wild night critters of the jungle including endangered frogs such as the iconic Red Eyed Frog of Costa Rica whose population is rapidly decreasing. Unfortunately, scientists in recent years have pointed out that the rapid decline in amphibians is the canary in the coalmine. Costa Rica has seen more than 75% of amphibian species decline in the last 35 years and all signs point to climate change as the main culprit. Costa Rica holds 5% of the world’s biodiversity so rapid species decline in this small area poses a major threat to species worldwide and the stability of ecosystems. Continue reading…