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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
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
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.
The tilapia pond found on the farm.
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
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
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
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
The Osa Wildlife Sanctuary is home to many of endangered animals and plays an important role in protecting the wildlife of the Osa Peninsula especially the monkeys. Crocodile Bay guests take an ecotour of the sanctuary and get some monkey love.
Adorable Monkey form the Osa Wildlife Sanctuary
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