By Land or By Sea: Kayaking and Mountain Biking in the Osa Peninsula are Great Activities for a Family Vacation

Posted by on Wednesday, November 14th, 2012 with 0

Family Vacation in Costa Rica's Osa Peninsula

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When planning a family vacation finding the right activities that keep your kids out of mischief and that even the adults can enjoy are key to a successful vacation. Mountain biking and kayaking are two great day activities that everyone can do and no one will be bored!  You can explore the rustic countryside and rainforest by bike or travel along one of the many waterways in this region. Either way you are guaranteed to spot lots of wildlife ranging from white-faced monkeys, Scarlet Macaws, alligators, dolphins and whales just to name a few. You can also gauge the difficulty and length of the trek to suit your experience level and your family needs. Every family has different needs finding a a hotel or resort that can cater to your needs and  provide your family with the best experience is a critical factor when deciding where to stay. Continue reading…

Skip Black Friday and Give Thanks with your Loved Ones: Gratitude and a Holiday Family Vacation in Costa Rica

Posted by on Tuesday, November 13th, 2012 with 1

Black Friday Crowds

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Thanksgiving is quickly approaching along with the biggest retail day in the year, Black Friday. Which one do you choose: being in an over crowded mall and stuck in a traffic jam to buy the latest gadget or spending a relaxing fun day with family and loved ones?  As Thanksgiving approaches many people are contemplating what to do with the time, why not take advantage of the long weekend and spend time with the people that mean the most to you?  If you and your family are on vacation, hopefully somewhere warm like Costa Rica, or even at home this Thanksgiving how about rounding up the troops and having everyone write down five things they are thankful for and why. This exercise is something you can easily do at the table whether it is your own or at a resort. Continue reading…

Playing in the Turquoise Waters: Surfing in Costa Rica’s Pacific Ocean

Posted by on Tuesday, November 13th, 2012 with 0

A Crocodile Bay guest’s photos from a day of surfing off the coast of the Pacific Ocean.

View of Pacific Ocean from the beach at Crocodile Bay

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 View of Costa Rica’s crystal blue Pacific Ocean from the beach at Crocodile Bay. Continue reading…

Discovering the Wonders of Micro-Farming: Ecotour of a Costa Rica Tilapia Farm

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

A photo blog of a Crocodile Bay ecotour of a Tilapia Farm in Costa Rica’s Osa Peninsula. This farm in an example of the popular micro-farming taking place throughout Costa Rica’s rainforest. A sustainable farming technique that has minimal impact on the ecosystem.  Most of these farms include the highly profitable Cocoa tree as one of their crops. Tilapia is a very popular Costa Rica fish.

Costa Rica Tilapia Pond

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The tilapia pond found on the farm.

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Get Out of Town This Thanksgiving! Travel to Costa Rica with Your 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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