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6 Healthiest Places To Live Or Retire Overseas

Suzan Haskins and Dan Prescher | Posted 03.26.2013 | Fifty
Suzan Haskins and Dan Prescher

Ask most retired expats why they've moved overseas and you'll get a variety of answers -- many having to do with a more comfortable lifestyle and a lower cost of living. But there's another reason ... and if you're currently on the high-stress, low-relaxation lifestyle path, you may want to read on.

The Wild Beauty Of Costa Rica

Charlotte Temple | Posted 03.22.2013 | Travel
Charlotte Temple

Costa Rica is about the size of West Virginia, yet it has some of the most varied landscapes and wildlife on earth.

Professional Travelers Share Their 2013 Itineraries

Joy Pecknold | Posted 03.19.2013 | Travel
Joy Pecknold

So many places to see, so little time. To help make planning a great escape in the new year more breezy and less run-of-the-mill, a few travel bloggers and I chime in on the destinations that top our 2013 travel bucket lists.

PHOTOS: 15 Hotels You Didn't Know You Wanted To Stay In

Oyster | Posted 03.16.2013 | Travel
Oyster

This year you should stop putting that trip on hold. It is possible to go on a vacation staring a design or luxury hotel if you happen to know the right places.

10 Top Health Care Destinations for 2012

Josef Woodman | Posted 03.06.2013 | Healthy Living
Josef Woodman

There's now plenty of global choice: At the close of 2012, more than 350 international hospitals have been awarded JCI accreditation, offering nearly any type of medical procedure to patients seeking access to lower-priced medical care without compromising quality.

Rainbow Giddy

Carl Pope | Posted 03.03.2013 | Green
Carl Pope

Perhaps the secret to climate recovery is less in presenting the global projections of a future climate -- with all their unavoidable and scary uncertainties -- and more in encouraging and empowering people to watch their own backyards closely.

Takers and Makers in the Rain Forest

Carl Pope | Posted 02.25.2013 | Green
Carl Pope

Can a tree tell the story of some forms of capitalism better than an economics lecture? Perhaps.

First Latin American Country To Ban Hunting As A Sport

Reuters | Posted 02.10.2013 | Green

SAN JOSE, Dec 10 (Reuters) - Costa Rica on Monday became the first Latin American country to ban hunting as a sport, following an unanimous and fina...

Why Cooking Up A New Life In Costa Rica Is Harder Than Expected

Jeff Jones and Gay Haubner | Posted 02.07.2013 | Fifty
Jeff Jones and Gay Haubner

Between the biking, snorkeling, surfing, lazing in the hammock and cocktail mixing in Costa Rica, we kinda like to eat. Back in New York, I put at least one hot meal on the table every day for 30 years and had a robust repertoire of family-pleasing recipes -- few of which, for various reasons, can be reproduced here.

One Recipe Not on the Menu: Shark Fin Soup

Francesca Koe | Posted 02.03.2013 | Green
Francesca Koe

As families around the world prepare festive plans for holiday feasting, thankfully a certain soup is swimming off the menu this year -- shark fin soup. As a result, many of the important and majestic sharks that maintain balance in our marine ecosystems will roam free, fins intact.

PHOTOS: Family Adventure In Latin America

Jacada Travel | Posted 01.31.2013 | Travel
Jacada Travel

Help herd sheep with the gauchos on the Patagonian steppe or learn how to heal yourself with Amazonian plants as instructed by rainforest tribe leaders.

Costa Rica's Medical Tourism Boom

Reuters | Posted 01.26.2013 | Travel

SAN JOSE - When Canadian house cleaner Marlene Trithardt needed a tooth replaced, she drove past her local dentist's office in Alberta and flew to ...

A Nicaraguan Haven For World Travelers

Norm Schriever | Posted 01.20.2013 | Travel
Norm Schriever

There was no 'localism' nor territorial problems -- Nicaragua's surf champions regularly share waves with beginners and tourists.

Eco-Immersion at 9,000 Feet Above

Crawford Hill | Posted 01.13.2013 | Travel
Crawford Hill

Andy was cementing the cinderblocks together deftly as he was speaking to me in his rapid-fire way, when I remarked "You, ah call yourself a Tico (native Costa Rican) but you sure don't look like any I have ever seen!"

Costa Rica to Take a Bite Out of Global Shark Finning

Leila Monroe | Posted 01.23.2014 | Green
Leila Monroe

Costa Rica is often applauded for its progressive environmental policies and peaceful democracy. I know it as a Mecca of sustainable tourism and perfect surf breaks. Yet the brutal, enormously profitable shark fin trade has prospered in Costa Rica's waters and ports since the late-1990's, making this tropical Central American country a key outpost in the global shark fin trade.

WATCH: Tiger Sharks Return To Cocos Island After Decades

Sandra Larriva | Posted 11.01.2012 | Travel
Sandra Larriva

There are few places left where you can predictably encounter tiger sharks without luring them in with bait, and to the surprise of many, Costa Rica's Cocos Island is now one of them.

From Eco-Tourism To Eco-Immersion

Crawford Hill | Posted 12.29.2012 | Travel
Crawford Hill

The key to eco-immersion is somehow connecting with a network of folks who live and work in compelling areas and getting a fast-tracked, authentic exposure to their home, centering on their culture.

From Eco-Tourism To Eco-Immersion

Crawford "Chill" Hill | Posted 01.05.2013 | Travel
Crawford

The key to eco-immersion is somehow connecting with a network of folks who live and work in compelling areas and getting a fast-tracked, authentic exposure to their home, centering on their culture.

PHOTOS: The World's Best Cities For Coffee Lovers

U.S. News Travel | Posted 12.26.2012 | Travel
U.S. News Travel

Costa Ricans refer to coffee as their "golden bean" because it has paid such high dividends to the local economy.

The Best Place To Retire South Of The Border (Not Costa Rica!)

Huffington Post | Shelley Emling | Posted 10.23.2012 | Fifty

Move over, Costa Rica. When checking out places to retire south of the border, retirees are increasingly turning to Guatemala -- dubbed Land Of The Et...

PHOTOS: 7 Great Hikes Around The World

Conde Nast Traveler | Posted 12.22.2012 | Travel
Conde Nast Traveler

These hikes may be the loveliest in the world. Go for a walk.

What We Wish We Had Learned Before We Retired In Costa Rica

Jeff Jones and Gay Haubner | Posted 12.15.2012 | Fifty
Jeff Jones and Gay Haubner

When you're standing in the store with a line of people behind you and the cashier mumbles something like quatromilledoscientoscinquenta and it sounds like quatromillcan'tyouevencountyoustupidstupidgringo, it's a bit nerve-wracking.

Costa Rica Bans Shark Finning

Reuters | Posted 12.10.2012 | Green

By Isabella Cota MANUEL ANTONIO, Costa Rica, Oct 10 (Reuters) - Costa Rica on Wednesday passed a blanket ban on shark finning, in whic...

Earthquake Rattles Costa Rica

AP | Posted 10.10.2012 | World

MEXICO CITY -- Seismologists say a magnitude-5.3 earthquake has shaken Costa Rica. There are no immediate reports of damage. The U.S. Geological Su...

Costa Rica To Approve Landmark Hunting Ban

Reuters | Posted 12.03.2012 | Green

SAN JOSE, Oct 2 (Reuters) - Costa Rica is poised to become the first Latin American country to ban hunting as a sport, after Congress on Tuesday pro...