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How To Make Tres Leches Cake: A Popular Costa Rican Dessert

How To Make Tres Leches Cake: A Popular Costa Rican Dessert

NOTE: The content on this page was last updated on July 14th, 2017. COSTA RICAN FOOD AT HOME Imagine June Clever as a Tica. She would likely spoil her husband Ward on a nightly basis with hearty helpings of some of Costa Rica’s most notorious […]

Flying To Costa Rica: What To Know About International Flights To Costa Rica, Departure Tax, Airlines, Check-In, Baggage, And More!

Flying To Costa Rica: What To Know About International Flights To Costa Rica, Departure Tax, Airlines, Check-In, Baggage, And More!

NOTE: The content on this page was last updated on July 15th, 2017. WE SIFTED THROUGH HUNDREDS OF PAGES OF INFORMATION ON MULTIPLE AIRLINES’ WEBSITES TO FIND INFORMATION ABOUT FLYING TO COSTA RICA SO YOU DON’T NEED TO Costa Rica trip planning can be overwhelming, […]

The Pacuare River Family

The Pacuare River Family

NOTE: The content on this page was last updated on July 5th, 2017. Looking for Costa Rica white water rafting tour discounts? WE OFFER TRAVELLERS FREE ACCESS TO DISCOUNTS FOR WHITE WATER RAFTING TOURS when booking the day tour through Pura Vida! eh? Incorporated. Click […]

Spending Money In Costa Rica: What To Know About USD, Colones, Credit Cards, And More!

Spending Money In Costa Rica: What To Know About USD, Colones, Credit Cards, And More!

NOTE: The content on this page was last updated on July 15th, 2017. SPENDING MONEY IN COSTA RICA: IS USD ACCEPTED? Rest assured, American travellers, when it comes to spending money in Costa Rica, USD is widely accepted, as are Costa Rican colones. Unfortunately, CAD, […]

What To Eat And Drink In Costa Rica: Our Costa Rica Food/Beverage List And Order Tips

What To Eat And Drink In Costa Rica: Our Costa Rica Food/Beverage List And Order Tips

NOTE: The content on this page was last updated on July 15th, 2017. WHO’S HUNGRY FOR SOME COSTA RICAN FOOD? Deciding what to eat and drink in Costa Rica is a bit like jumping off the ledge of a rock-cliff into a dark and unfamiliar […]

Technology, Devices, And The Internet In Costa Rica: Tips For Travel

Technology, Devices, And The Internet In Costa Rica: Tips For Travel

NOTE: The content on this page was last updated on July 15th, 2017. TECHNOLOGICAL PROGRESS IN COSTA RICA AND HOW IT WILL AFFECT YOUR TRIP Remember when vacationing meant leaving work behind? Gone are the days when job responsibilities could be shelved for a weekend, […]

Gluten-Free Costa Rica: Everything You Need To Know

Gluten-Free Costa Rica: Everything You Need To Know

NOTE: The content on this page was last updated on July 15th, 2017. THE GLUTEN-FREE PHENOMENON IN COSTA RICA Finding out you are sensitive to gluten is a bit like discovering you are a reality television fan (if you are one). You never ate a […]

Travel Brain: How To Maintain A Level Head Throughout Your Costa Rica Trip

Travel Brain: How To Maintain A Level Head Throughout Your Costa Rica Trip

NOTE: The content on this page was last updated on May 29th, 2017. Your vacation time is precious. You probably don’t get it all too often, you work incredibly hard to afford it, and it creates opportunities for you and your loved ones to make […]

What To Buy In Costa Rica: Our Costa Rica Souvenirs Shopping List And Buying Tips

What To Buy In Costa Rica: Our Costa Rica Souvenirs Shopping List And Buying Tips

NOTE: The content on this page was last updated on July 15th, 2017. Want to know our pick for the BEST SOUVENIR PURCHASE in Costa Rica? It is featured on DIY Costa Rica! No time to sit down and read? No problem! If you would prefer to […]

Paying For Your Costa Rica Trip: What Is Normal, Common, And To Be Expected?

Paying For Your Costa Rica Trip: What Is Normal, Common, And To Be Expected?

NOTE: The content on this page was last updated on May 27th, 2017. Tourism operations in Costa Rica are all over the map, literally and figuratively speaking. Travellers can hike to volcano craters in the Central Valley, rappel down waterfalls in the Northern In-lands, surf […]

Is Costa Rica Safe? Yes, If You Travel Consciously, Cleverly, And With Common Sense. Here’s How.

Is Costa Rica Safe? Yes, If You Travel Consciously, Cleverly, And With Common Sense. Here’s How.

NOTE: The content on this page was last updated on July 15th, 2017. No time to sit down and read? No problem! If you would prefer to listen to our blog post while on the go, click on the video below to initiate our Costa […]

What To Pack For A Costa Rica Vacation

What To Pack For A Costa Rica Vacation

NOTE: The content on this page was last updated on May 29th, 2017. If your trip departure is just around the corner, your focus has likely shifted from what you’re going to do and see when in Costa Rica to what you’re going to need […]

Vegan And Vegetarian Food In Costa Rica: Everything You Need To Know

Vegan And Vegetarian Food In Costa Rica: Everything You Need To Know

NOTE: The content on this page was last updated on July 15th, 2017. Note: Under the “vegetarian” umbrella, we include fish as a possible meal option with the purpose of appealing to “pescatarians”. Although we are aware of the fact that vegetarians (Nikki included) do […]

Where Your Costa Rica Coffee Comes From (And What It Took For You To Get It)

Where Your Costa Rica Coffee Comes From (And What It Took For You To Get It)

NOTE: The content on this page was last updated on May 20th, 2017. Some people around the world rely on a cup of coffee to make it through their day. In Costa Rica, some people rely on that cup of coffee to make it from […]

Colones To Dollars (USD): Exchanging Money In Costa Rica

Colones To Dollars (USD): Exchanging Money In Costa Rica

NOTE: The content on this page was last updated on July 18th, 2017. EXCHANGING MONEY IN COSTA RICA: HELPFUL COLONES TO DOLLARS CURRENCY EXCHANGE CHARTS Compared to currency exchange elsewhere in the world, exchanging American dollars to Costa Rican colones exchange is an easy process […]

“Culture May Identify Difference, But It Does Not Make Us Different”: Visiting Costa Rica’s Cabecar Indigenous Tribe In Quetzal

“Culture May Identify Difference, But It Does Not Make Us Different”: Visiting Costa Rica’s Cabecar Indigenous Tribe In Quetzal

NOTE: The content on this page was last updated on May 29th, 2017. UPDATE: Since writing the blog post below, we have created a donation project aimed at benefiting the children of some of Costa Rica’s indigenous communities. Please read more about our donation (and plans […]

Which Costa Rica Airport Is The Best? Comparing Costa Rica’s San Jose (SJO) And Liberia (LIR) Airports

Which Costa Rica Airport Is The Best? Comparing Costa Rica’s San Jose (SJO) And Liberia (LIR) Airports

NOTE: The content on this page was last updated on June 1st, 2017. Depending on where you will be travelling to Costa Rica from you may prefer to fly into and out of the San Jose airport (i.e., the Juan Santamaria International Airport, or “SJO” […]

A Costa Rica ‘Rain Day’… the Jack Johnson Way (Banana Pancakes)!

A Costa Rica ‘Rain Day’… the Jack Johnson Way (Banana Pancakes)!

NOTE: The content on this page was last updated on May 27th, 2017. “Well can’t you see that its just raining… there ain’t no need to go outside.” ~ Jack Johnson It’s official. The rain season is here. Well, its officially been the rain/wet/green season […]