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Costa Rica, The Simple Life | T+L Family

Have you ever felt that the endless planning, maneuvering, and (not least) paying required for a relaxing vacation tends to cancel out the "relaxing" part?Problem solved: journey with this clan to Costa Rica’s Nicoya Peninsula, where a blissfully uncomplicated, $100-a-night, thatch-roofed resort lets them unwind in easy style

A Drive Through Belize

On a drive through Belize's interior, Meghan Daum learns that a Central American road trip calls for an adventurous spirit, a good map—and a sense of humor.

Bright Young Belize

A mere 22 years old, Belize is hitting its stride, thanks to a group of laid-back beach and jungle resorts. Thatched roofs are the new luxury

5 Costa Rica Itineraries

Planning a trip to Costa Rica—where your choices are virtually endless—can be overwhelming. Here, five takes on Central America's jungle-and-beach paradise, whatever your interest.

Undiscovered Uruguay

Colonia, Uruguay is South America’s best-kept secret.

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Working for the turtles in Costa Rica - In Tortuguero, Costa Rica's own mini-Amazon, guests help scientists tag leatherback turtles for the Caribbean Conservation Corporation (www.cccturtle.org) while living in the research facility's basic (but beachside) accommodations.

Adventure outfitter in Costa Rica - Costa Rica Expeditions' multisport packages include zip-lines, rafting Class Four rapids, mountain biking. Or request a bespoke itinerary, customized to your most heart-racing extreme.

Taxis in Costa Rica - Taxis (usually painted red) are readily available throughout the country. Taking a four-wheel-drive taxi is always safer as roads are unpredictable; and hailing one on the street should be done only in San José and during daylight hours. It’s better to have your hotel staff arrange a taxi ride for you. Rates are metered and begin at around $1, with 50 cents added for each kilometer. Pay with small bills to avoid arguments with a driver who claims not to have change; if the driver says his meter is broken, agree on a fixed rate before you get in.

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A 7 day guide to getting into the groove from San Jose to Puerto Viejo.

Action, Nature and Fuel in Costa Rica.

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Creatures & Comforts in Costa Rica

A 7 day guide to getting into the groove from San Jose to Puerto Viejo.

Top 10 Fun Restaurants of Costa Rica

Our list of top Costa Rica cuisine and restaurants

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