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Italian Restaurant Guide

Italian Restaurant Guide
Destination(s): San Jose

Italian cuisine is many people's favorite choice for dinner, ours included. Even in Costa Rica, wonderfully authentic plates cooked by real Italians can be found in the city and the country. Make your way from San Jose to Puerto Viejo by stopping for a bite at these fine places.... read more about Italian Restaurant Guide... Read More

Top 10 Things to Do in Belize

Top 10 Things to Do in Belize
Destination(s): Belize City

Though small, the Central American country of Belize offers many opportunities to experience traditional Mayan cultural sites, and local arts and handicrafts in a relaxing tropical setting. Here we’ve compiled a top ten list of the best things to do in Belize. For a genuine look at the ancient Mayans, walk through the spectacular ruins of Xunantunich, or wade through Actun Tunichil Muknal Cave to discover Mayan artifacts. St. John’s Cathedral combines English architecture and native history, and provides a look at the country’s colonial background. If you are seeking more current local culture, museums and art galleries abound. There are plenty of opportunities to shop as well, and the two activities often go hand-in-hand. We give you the top local art galleries where you can find jewelry, pottery, sculpture, and more. Also included are performing arts spaces, like the Bliss Institute of Performing Arts where you can catch a theater or dance performance. Experience the modern and ancient culture that Belize has to offer. read more about Top 10 Things to Do in Belize... Read More

Top 10 Restaurants in Belize

Top 10 Restaurants in Belize
Destination(s): Belize City

In between relaxing on the beach and touring the Mayan ruins of Belize, you have to stop to enjoy the savory local eateries. In such a small country, small restaurants flourish. Spots like the Riverside Cafe do well with both tourists and in-the-know locals. Menus tend to be eclectic, like the jerk chicken, Thai noodles, sandwiches, and focaccia of Cafe Sol. Seafood dishes feature prominently at many locations. The Smokey Mermaid, for example, offers a daily catch crusted with yuca. We also suggest you leave your mark at the Wet Lizard, a happening spot overlooking Belize City's Swinging Bridge. For those adventurous visitors who enjoy testing their mettle against the extremes of spicy foods, sample the vindaloos of Hannah's (but don't say we didn't warn you). For a taste of local Belize game in a small, comfy venue, check out Macy's chalkboard specials. Belize delivers a diverse selection of flavors for every palate, try some from our top ten to find your favorite. read more about Top 10 Restaurants in Belize... Read More

Top 10 Romantic Restaurants in Belize

Top 10 Romantic Restaurants in Belize
Destination(s): Belize City

Belize is not known as a destination for romance, but that doesn’t mean this tropical nation doesn’t have an ace up its sleeve in the romance department, as Belize restaurants with views of the sea, harbors, and tropical foliage make great places for an intimate dinner for two. So treat your partner right and consider one of these gems for a romantic dinner rendezvous in Belize: Running W Steak House and Restaurant in San Ignacio for steaks, grilled meats, and Belizean dishes at the San Ignacio Resort Hotel (opt to dine on the outdoor patio for a great view of the jungle); Harbour View in Belize City, with waterside tables as well as views of the harbor from the restaurant’s second floor, for live jazz and cosmopolitan cuisine with an emphasis on seafood; and The Smokey Mermaid in Belize City for al fresco dining among trees, ferns, and flowers (do try the chocolate coconut pie). read more about Top 10 Romantic Restaurants in Belize... Read More

Top 10 Hotels in Belize

Top 10 Hotels in Belize
Destination(s): Belize City

We have ten suggestions to help you decide, when visiting Belize, will you stay at a chain hotel or will you try a local bed and breakfast? For those who prefer well-known chains, Radisson runs the Fort George Hotel & Marina in the Fort George Lighthouse area. A smaller, cozier choice, the Villa Boscardi bed and breakfast sits on the outskirts of Belize City, and offers a quiet living space. To stay nearer native flora and fauna, you might want to try a stay at the Blancaneaux Lodge which sits near the Noj Kaax Meen Elijio Panti National Park, filled with rare plants and animals from the region. Another exciting natural lodge choice we like is Chaa Creek. Suites set in the treetops, and a view of the Macal River make this an appealing place to set up base. Belize also hosts plenty of resorts, offering comfort and luxury for travelers. Our favorites include the San Ignacio Resort Hotel with large rooms that open onto gardens. Regardless of where you stay in Belize, there is a choice on our list for you. read more about Top 10 Hotels in Belize... Read More

Top 10 Nightlife Venues of Costa Rica

Top 10 Nightlife Venues of Costa Rica
Destination(s): San Jose

The nightlife in Costa Rica is an eclectic phenomenon that takes all kinds of different faces to cover all preferences in music, style and budget. Whether you choose to mingle with the locals or enjoy a few cocktails in a posh, exclusivistic spot, the Costa Rica night scene has all these offers on display.

Shake the night away with traditional salsa and merengue at Castro's or the huge El Tobogán, or dress up carefully and try a more hip feel at the minimalist Utopia. Most bars tend to get realy crammed with smoke during busy evenings, so you might want to consider open places or optional patios like those at Terra U or Copacabana. However, for a really authentic Costa Rican feeling, we recommend the film-themed El Observatorio or Jazz Café, one of the favourite hangouts of local artists. Just make sure you get fully prepared for a smoky atmosphere. read more about Top 10 Nightlife Venues of Costa Rica... Read More

Top 10 Things to Do in Costa Rica

Top 10 Things to Do in Costa Rica
Destination(s): San Jose

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Top 10 Romantic Restaurants of Costa Rica

Top 10 Romantic Restaurants of Costa Rica
Destination(s): San Jose

Our idea for the best romantic locations to eat in Costa Rica ia all about an unforgettable culinary experience and an intimate, inviting atmosphere that will literally have you eating from each other's hands. We therefore picked the best restaurants that offer such experiences to their clients, having in mind the food, the services and most of all the atmosphere.

The best fusion cuisine in Costa Rica is to be found at Park Café, the ultimate culinary adventure that is meant to share by design. On the adventurous side you also have La Luz, a traditionally inventive and provocative Costa Rican eatery. Enjoy the amazing view of the city lights while indulging in the extensive list of appetizers for some assorted love bites. However, if this pretentious style is not the thing for you, just head straight towards Machu Pichu (the restaurant, not the place) for some good old traditional Peruvian cooking. read more about Top 10 Romantic Restaurants of Costa Rica... Read More

Top 10 Romantic Things to Do in Costa Rica

Top 10 Romantic Things to Do in Costa Rica
Destination(s): San Jose

Costa Rica is an amazing destination for romantic activities, so we put together our best choices for things to do in and outside San Jose. Whether you are looking for exotic destinations with savage natural landscapes or prefer to stay on the safe side with guided tours and museum visits, Costa Rica has it all. Visit the best outdoor spot for perfume sampling and smell the 800 different orchid species at the Lankester Gardens, or dive into a luxuriant setting at the La Paz Waterfall Gardens - swimming with trouts included. Make the most of Costa Rican wonders at the INBio Park, where nature and culture come together to offer you an attractive and well informed experience. Interested in some man made wonders as well? We highly recommend the Jade Museum for a huge collection of sophisticated artifacts and the interactive Children's Museum for an easy, playful afternoon. read more about Top 10 Romantic Things to Do in Costa Rica... Read More