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Part 2: NYC and Tamarindo – they’re not that different

  In my last article I talked about how after moving from NYC to Tamarindo I was surprised to find that there are many similarities between the two cities. These are lovely, funny little things like sunset drinking and street meat. You can read that article here. So now for part 2, I’ll look at the the dark side of NYC and Tamarindo. Or the two things I had hoped I would leave behind in NYC that still haunt me…

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The Caribbean Side of Costa Rica is NOT Dangerous

The Costa Rican Caribbean is not dangerous for you and me. OK yes it’s got its fair share of problems but doesn’t that exist everywhere? Let’s talk about what I mean by dangerous. Dictionary.com defines dangerous as being something “full of danger or risk; causing danger; perilous; risky; hazardous; unsafe.” As a resident of Puerto Viejo I do not fear for my safety in the Caribbean nor do I categorize this place as being a risky or a hazardous place…

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Suspect of Matapalo murders captured in Nicaragua

The suspected killer of the family in Matapalo was arrested by the Nicaragua police. You can read the full details here. Since Nicaragua and Costa Rica have no extradition treaty it’s unlikely that the suspect will be tried in Costa Rican’ courts. What’s even more interesting about the case was that the crime was committed on Valentine’s Day and is possibly connected to a love triangle. A local blogger also published this article describing how some of the government entities might…

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Costa Rica Surfing World

Costa Rica Surfing World Well, here goes! Welcome to the first-ever Costa Rica Surfing World blog post written by me, Ellen Zoe Golden. Perhaps you know me from my 15 years of surf reporting in The Howler magazine, which was located here in Guanacaste, Costa Rica.  The magazine finished publishing this month, and I wanted to continue the coverage of our national surfers. Or perhaps you’ve read one of my Tico Times news articles about the work of this country’s…

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ryan and kira at beach and pool crawl

The Wandering Wheelers SUNday FUNday in Tamarindo!

There are so many excursions and activities to do around Tamarindo that it can be difficult to decide what to do…When we, The Wandering Wheelers, heard about the Beach and Pool Crawl, which occurs every Sunday, we weren’t sure what we were getting ourselves into, but we went for it anyway and we are so glad we did. We loved this activity so much that we went on it not once, but twice during our 6 week stay in Tamarindo!…

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Envision is not about the partying, it’s about the people.

I’ve been blessed to live in this beautiful country for the past six years, and around this time of year all people are talking about is Envision: are you going or are you not? As the hostess of a busy hostel, my answer had always been the same: “Nah, it’d be fun, but this is our high season and I can’t take a week off just to party.” That’s all I thought Envision was, one giant beach party where tourists…

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Why I’m Going to Envision Festival

Living in Costa Rica may have many advantages. One of the main reasons is the beautiful places you can visit within just a few hours drive: tropical beaches , volcanoes, and lowland rainforest. I have lived in Costa Rica my whole life, and, personally, I think it’s one of the most diverse and beautiful countries I have ever seen so far. Through my friends and social networks, I’ve seen the reviews and comments about the famous festival they do here…

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7 Reasons You Have to Visit Panama Now

In need of a quick getaway and have already been to the surrounding Costa Rica spots like Arenal and Monte Verde?  Tired of your 90-day border run to Nicaragua? Why not try Panama! Recently I hopped on a plane with a girl friend of mine from the grassy Tamarindo Airport and flew to Bocas del Toro to start our Panamanian adventure and have been converted into a true Panama lover. Here are the top seven reasons you should visit Panama…

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