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The best beaches in Costa Rica

Costa Rica’s miles of Pacific and Caribbean coastlines are a beach lover’s dream. Whether you body surf, soak up the rays or dance in the sand, there is a space for you.<p>The 1,016km of Pacific coastline in Costa Rica is infinitely varied as it twists and turns around gulfs, peninsulas and many small …

Central America

Top five nerve-shredding road trips in Costa Rica

Renting a car in Costa Rica is costly and can even be dangerous if you're not prepared for what's to come. It’s also ridiculously good fun. Some of the most interesting, little-explored destinations are only accessible by car, and for the adventurous traveler, there’s simply no substitute for the …

Central America

Top 10 stops for Central America first-timers

The green cufflinks between North and South America, these seven compact countries would be easy to skip on a map. Yet they represent a complex web of cultures, ancient ruins, tropical wildlife and adventure.<p>For starters, try climbing lava-gurgling volcanoes with perfect cones that poke above the …

Central America

Rio Celeste Waterfall Is Quite Possibly The Bluest Waterfall On Earth

It may look like Photoshop, but it's not.<p>This is the waterfall at Rio Celeste, a river in Costa Rica's Tenorio Volcano National Park. The water is actually this dazzling blue color because of volcanic minerals below the surface-- it's the real-life version of an effect usually only achieved with …

Urban oases: the best towns in Central America

Central America is one of the most biodiverse regions on the planet but its natural assets are just part of its allure. The “sweet waist of America", as South American poet Pablo Neruda christened it, is also rich in history and home to a diverse and dynamic mix of cultures.<p>Dip into its museums, …

Kiribati, World's Least-Visited Country, Is REALLY Beautiful

Is it just us, or is the world's least-visited country actually one of the most beautiful places to ever exist?<p>Kiribati (pronounced kiri-bas) had just 6,000 visitors last year -- this makes it the least-visited country on Earth for which data is available from the United Nations World Tourism …

15 Maldives Experiences You Must Try

With its dreamy overwater bungalows and impossibly soft sands fading into shallow, emerald waters, the Maldives is everyone’s image of tropical …

9 Things That Make Maui Irresistible (In Photos)

I've been missing Maui a lot lately. Like a lot, lot. From the simplicity of lazing around being a beach bum to the incredible beauty of Hawaii's second largest island, nostalgia is definitely an understatement.<p><b>Beach vacation now, please!</b><p>I started missing Maui so much I began looking at old photos …

Viva the new San José: how Costa Rica's capital became cool

There you are, playing table tennis with a stranger in the middle of a park. All around you loom primeval trees festooned with vines. Around noon, you amble over to the century-old National Theater for a free performance of the National Symphony Orchestra. Feeling famished, you visit a posh new …

13 Reasons To Get To Nicaragua Before Everyone Discovers It

Ahh, Central America. While most travelers spend their time plotting escapes to Europe or Southeast Asia, this little nugget sits unassumingly right under their noses (literally -- it's pretty much directly south, and a shorter flight than you'd think).<p>And Nicaragua may just be the best nation in …

Villa Mayana

A stunning nature retreat hidden deep in the green, luxuriant expanses of Costa Rica’s western coast, not far from Hermosa Beach, Villa Mayana stands …

First time Bali: where to eat, stay and play

Decades of tourism haven’t dampened Bali's deep-rooted spirituality and natural charms. Volcanoes rise from the sea, monkeys swing in the trees, and there are still dozens of idyllic spots to escape the crowds. And all of this paradoxical magnificence is crammed onto an island less than half the …

The 15 Most Surreal Destinations to Visit in 2015

Be prepared for dropped jaws, kids.<p>1. Sea of Stars on Vaadhoo Island in the Maldives<p>photo: Doug Perinne<p>2. Antelope Canyon in Arizona, United States<p>photo: Laura Grier<p>3. Cave of Crystals, Naica, Chihuahua, Mexico<p>photo: Adventure Medicine<p>4. Salar De Uyuni, Bolivia<p>photo: PlanetDen.com<p>5. Tunnel of Love …

Costa Rica’s top five marine adventures

Costa Rica’s thriving forests and abundant wildlife have made it a premier destination for eco-travelers, but the country’s lesser-known offshore environments teem with life and have just as much to set the spine tingling. Sadly, in recent years these underwater habitats have been tainted by …

19 spectacular photos of tourist attractions around the world that were taken illegally

For years, the two photographers have risked frightening heights and legal implications to scale some of the world's highest and most well-known buildings, which they then highlight on their website, On the Roofs.<p>The images are breathtaking and capture views of these famous destinations we might …

Skyscrapers

Stunning drone footage from Sicily's active volcano in Mount Etna

This drone footage of Italy's Mount Etna was captured at approximately 11,500 feet above sea level. The Sicilian stratovolcano has five regularly erupting craters at its summit.<p><i>Produced by Emma Fierberg. Video courtesy of Associated Press.</i>

Disneyland Seeks Sweetheart Deal on Gate-Tax Waiver for Expansion

The Walt Disney Co. is considering a $1 billion expansion of the Disneyland Resort and is asking the city of Anaheim to forgo a tax on theme park …

Hawaii Has Another Month of Tourism Growth, Thanks to Mainland Visitors

The number of tourists visiting Hawaii surged 9.3 percent in May compared to the same month last year as more travelers came to the islands from the …

19 of the most mind-blowing Google Street View images from under the world's oceans

Google partnered with the XL Catlin Seaview Survey, NOAA's Office of National Marine Sanctuaries, and the Chagos Conservation Trust to showcase stunning new images from 40 locations around the world, including underwater dives in Bali, the Bahamas, and the Great Barrier Reef.<p>Google says on its Maps …

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