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Costa Rica

The Ultimate (Affordable!) Tropical Vacation

Budget Travel | Posted 03.09.2014 | Travel
Budget Travel

We can almost guarantee that if you haven't been to Costa Rica yet, one of your travel-crazy friends has. And they've told you all about it, right? The beaches and the rain forests. The food. The eco-resorts. And, of course, the zip-lining. Yes, it really is as great as your friends say it is.

WATCH: Woman Catapulted Into Air By Raging Bull

Posted 01.23.2014 | Weird News

The bull must have been seeing orange. At the Zapote Bull Festival in Costa Rica this past week, a bystander standing inside the ring had quite th...

Confessions of an Ecotourism Pioneer in Costa Rica

Ethan Gelber | Posted 03.03.2014 | Travel
Ethan Gelber

The contrast between the imagined urban cacophony below and the tranquil urban removal is part of what makes the latter so glorious.

Through a Humanitarian Lens: An Unusual Year

Chris Herlinger | Posted 02.26.2014 | Religion
Chris Herlinger

If we look at 2013 through a humanitarian lens, what do we see?

Climate Change This Week: Arctic Thermal Hole, Megadrought Now? and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 02.18.2014 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

Find the news below grim? Remember that you can make a difference by switching to clean energy, whether or not you own a home. Check out how others ar...

Ton Of Cocaine Seized From Jet

AP | Posted 01.23.2014 | Latino Voices

SAN JOSE, Costa Rica (AP) — The Costa Rican government says it has seized a jet carrying more than a ton of cocaine and it detained the two pilots f...

Cowboys vs Pirates: A Weekend in Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica

Jeff Jones and Gay Haubner | Posted 02.15.2014 | Fifty
Jeff Jones and Gay Haubner

I try not to tell people our horse got bitten by a snake and died -- it tends to put some people off the idea of visiting us here. It also put me off horse owning for a minute, even though one of the reasons we chose to retire here is that Costa Rica is a horse-y country.

If You Want the American Dream, Go to Finland

Blake Fleetwood | Posted 02.13.2014 | Politics
Blake Fleetwood

The American dream --- the notion of equal opportunity for all, the chance to pull yourself up by your boot straps and make something of yourself --- is gone.

Living La Pura Vida: What Eight Days In Costa Rica Can Do For The Soul

Melissa Jun Rowley | Posted 02.10.2014 | Travel
Melissa Jun Rowley

Being in Costa Rica, meeting change makers there and reconnecting with mother Earth, opened me back up to my purpose, and expanded it even more.

5 Incredible Grand Tours You Can Actually Afford

Budget Travel | Posted 02.04.2014 | Travel
Budget Travel

Sometimes a one-week vacation just isn't enough, especially when you wake up the last morning of your trip and don't want to leave yet -- it's too soon, and you've just begun to discover what makes your destination so special.

1984 Bombing Investigation Closed

AP | JAVIER CORDOBA | Posted 12.03.2013 | Latino Voices

SAN JOSE, Costa Rica (AP) — An investigation of the 1984 bombing that killed three journalists and four Nicaraguan rebels at a news conference has b...

Costa Rica For Everyone | Posted 01.26.2014 | Travel

For thrill seekers, beach bums, nature fiends and honeymooners alike, Costa Rica is a freewheeling adventure playground.

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Gruesome Shark-Finning Tactic Lets Fishermen Bypass The Law | Dominique Mosbergen | Posted 11.20.2013 | Green

Exporting shark fins is a lucrative business in Costa Rica, where it appears fishermen are exploiting a legal loophole to get as many of them as they ...

I Met The Sloths ... & I'm Not Sure How I Feel

Sydney Levin | Posted 01.23.2014 | Entertainment
Sydney Levin

I don't mean to brag, but I've liked sloths since before it was cool. Remember the teacup pig craze of 2009? I don't, because I was busy liking sloths.

Conscious Coffee: A Farm to Cup Model That Goes Beyond Fair Trade

Culture-ist | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact

If you happen across a café that serves THRIVE Farmers Coffee, your cup may as well be served straight from the worn hands of the Costa Rican farmer that grew the beans for its brew. And he would definitely be smiling.

Travel With a Message

Luis Diego Oreamuno | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Luis Diego Oreamuno

One Young World is no less than the most international and diverse of youth gathering in the world. I traveled with a message and got back with an enforced mission.

How My Pineapple Became a Computer Lab

Heritage Radio Network | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Heritage Radio Network

It starts with a banana that turns into a college scholarship for a young woman in Rwanda. Or a pineapple that becomes a computer lab. It's women who have started their own businesses in the poorest areas of Central America, and pineapple farmers who are learning to read.

Climate Change This Week: A Snip in Time, Microgrid Mania, and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 01.23.2014 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

A Snip in Time Saves Nine... Billion humans from occupying Earth simultaneously, is the point behind World Vasectomy Day, reports Caroline Winter et a...

Isabella -- Given Pause by Eco-immersion at Age 13

Crawford Hill | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Crawford Hill

In a world where those most privileged often tend more towards sybaritism than desiring to foster mutual benefit, we can all learn a lot from Isabella's attempts to repair one broken home, inspired by a far from ordinary trip abroad.

Global Brushes With Officer Krupke - Law & Order: Looney Front

Mike Arkus | Posted 12.15.2013 | Travel
Mike Arkus

It's not nearly as bad as when I was much younger, when you might say I was rash, reckless and craving trouble. There was a time when I couldn't go fr...

Costa Rica Seeks To Stop Nicaraguan Canal

AP | Posted 10.14.2013 | Latino Voices

THE HAGUE, Netherlands -- THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Costa Rica is asking the United Nations' highest court to call a halt to construction by Nic...

Three Doctors Detained In Kidney-Trafficking Ring

AP | Posted 10.12.2013 | Latino Voices

SAN JOSE, Costa Rica -- SAN JOSE, Costa Rica (AP) — Costa Rican authorities have detained three doctors and a Greek citizen as suspected participant...

How Retirees In Costa Rica Really Spend Their Days

Jeff Jones and Gay Haubner | Posted 01.23.2014 | Fifty
Jeff Jones and Gay Haubner

If we'd retired to Paris, I would be lingering over overpriced coffee at a sidewalk café; if it had been the Cotswolds in England, I'd likely be trainspotting. But my husband and I retired to Costa Rica, so I spend a large part of my day sweeping poop out of the house.

United Gala for Orphaned Children in Developing World

Jim Luce | Posted 11.25.2013 | New York
Jim Luce

Orphaned children--especially in poor countries--face daunting odds against succeeding in life. In many countries they have little, if any, opportunit...

Traveling With Parents: Costa Rica

Michele Bigley | Posted 11.24.2013 | Travel
Michele Bigley

Balancing the needs of everyone on a trip requires a careful dance, especially as parents take to the road with their grown children. It might be hard not to baby your kids, but in most cases, when you treat your kid like a child, she will start acting like one.