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In-shore fishing off the coast of Manuel Antonio

Manuel Antonio is known for its world-class sport fishing, but you don't have to go far to drop your line. In-shore fishing is an often overlooked adventure in Manuel Antonio.

By Ryan Van Velzer |  Apr 16, 2014

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Enjoying Puerto Viejo on $28 a day

Costa Rica often gets a bad rap as the most expensive country in Central America. There is some truth to that, but you can still find $10 a night hostels, $2 beers and a wealth of free sunshine, white beaches and clear water off the Puerto Viejo's coastline in Costa Rica's southern Caribbean.

By Ryan Van Velzer |  Feb 25, 2014

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How conservation saved Tortuguero

A trickle of red sap pools under the knuckle of a sangrio tree on the river's edge. More than 50 years ago, before the creation of the Tortuguero National Park, locals would come and gather this sap to use as a salve on cuts earned from working the land. For thousands of years, the local Indian tribes –closely related to the Mayans – used and passed down this knowledge from generation to generation.

By Ryan Van Velzer |  Jan 28, 2014

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    In-shore fishing off the coast of Manuel Antonio

    Manuel Antonio is known for its world-class sport fishing, but you don't have to go far to drop your line. In-shore fishing is an often overlooked ...

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 - Costa Rica

    Enjoying Puerto Viejo on $28 a day

    Costa Rica often gets a bad rap as the most expensive country in Central America. There is some truth to that, but you can still find $10 a night ...

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 - Costa Rica

    How conservation saved Tortuguero

    A trickle of red sap pools under the knuckle of a sangrio tree on the river's edge. More than 50 years ago, before the creation of the Tortuguero ...

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    Puerto Viejo in Pictures

    It's not the gold-leaf or the volcanic-coal of Puerto Viejo's beaches that separate it from the rest of the country, it's the ivory sands of its many ...

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    Tortuguero's Wildlife in Pictures

    The howler monkey's wild grunts signal the dawn as the sun breaks through the rainforest foliage spilling into the canals. Golden-eyed caiman peer out...

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    Eating cheap while traveling is a way of life

    Eating cheap while travelling is an ethos. It's a way of life. And it's not about frugality. That's just a perk.

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    Dominical in Pictures

    If working is trading time for money, then vacation is trading money for experience; and Dominical is full of experiences. Dominical is the best type ...

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    Reflections on how Jaco has changed

    Jaco's not what it used to be. Not when a 25-year-old single male walks Jaco's main street after dark, takes an empty seat at a bar and is left to ...

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    Enjoying Jaco on $25 a day

    Sometimes I like to pretend I'm Anthony Bourdain; eating at all the best places, staying at comfortable hotels and getting drunk with the locals.

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    First time surfing in Costa Rica: Paddling

    My second surfing lesson with Brett took me to the burnt almond sands of Playa Bejuco, a secluded beach just south of Playa Esterillos Este.

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