Monday, May 28, 2007

Costa Rica snorkeling is worth extra effort

Green Sea Turtle (Chelonia mydas), endangered species, and fish swimming over reefs off of Cocos Island, Costa Rica. Photo by Flip Nicklin for Getty Images.By ANDREA SACHS, Washington Post

Coast Rica's coastline touches the Pacific and Caribbean, yet its shallow waters are hardly teeming aquariums. "Snorkeling is not off the beaches like in Belize," says Orlando Burgos, owner of Costa Rica Travel Guide (877-786-6826, www.costaricatravelguide.com), which specializes in Latin America. "You need to journey a little bit."

Burgos adds that while many of the country's resorts have beach access and snorkeling, the best look at marine life requires a drive or boat ride.

Some of the best snorkeling, for example, rests inside national parks. Manuel Antonio, on the central Pacific coast, has pockets of good snorkeling, such as in the tidal pools of Playa Espadilla Sur and around the coral reefs of Playa Manuel Antonio. In Cahuita, on the Caribbean, snorkelers can explore a coral reef aswarm with sea fans, tropical fish, green turtles and other critters.

Cocos Island, nearly 345 miles off the Pacific coast, is the ultimate underwater experience. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, it has been compared to the Galapagos Islands. Reaching the park, which has no accommodations, is an adventure unto itself: The boat trip from Puntarenas can take up to 36 hours. For a less arduous adventure, take a snorkel tour to the Murcielago Islands in the Guanacaste region, along the northern Pacific coast. The islands are rife with whale sharks, manta rays and dolphins.

If you plan to spend most of your time in mask and fins, stay in the Tamarindo region. Tamarindo Diria Beach and Golf Resort (www.tamarindodiria.com), for one, is a four-star property that offers three-hour snorkeling tours. Barcelo Langosta Beach (800-227-2356, www.barcelo.com) includes snorkeling equipment in its all-inclusive price, and guests can snorkel off the beach or see more vibrant sea life on a tour. For more information: Costa Rica Tourism Board, www.visitcostarica.com.

Thursday, May 24, 2007

Costa Rica Sand Fest 2007

The Costa Rica Sand Fest will be celebrated on the 28th and 29th of April, 2007 at Coco Beach, Carrillo, in the province of Guanacaste.

The sand fest is an eco-tourism festival held outdoors with world-renowned exhibitions of sand sculptures, concerts, and exciting entertainment shows, as well as a food fair and an environmental educational agenda.

The event will also offer art and craft exhibitions, photography, paintings, books, sports tournaments and activities for children to enjoy.

Another goal the event aims at is to clean the beaches of the Gulf of Papagayo.

Monday, May 21, 2007

Costa Rica cloud forest video

Here I share with you some images and video from Costa Rica's cloud forests. Images of tree ferns, bullet ants, Stained Glass Palms, leaf cutter ants and cloud forest vistas are also shown. Video by Hila Science Video. I hope you like this relaxing video.

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Frontier's Costa Rica service to begin November 30

(AP) - Frontier Airlines says it will start flying between Denver and San Jose, Costa Rica, this November –- a move that comes after the Department of Transportation approved the low-cost carrier's application to fly the route.


In addition to its U.S. service, Frontier also flies to eight Mexican resort cities including Cancun and Puerto Vallarta as well as two cities in Canada.

Frontier's Costa Rica flights are scheduled to operate four days a week (Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday) beginning Nov. 30.