Adventure and solitude at the JW Marriott Guanacaste in Costa Rica, in words and pictures

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For years I’ve heard stories describing Costa Rica and all it has to offer and for years, I’ve been eager to experience a particular region of this country. Recently my quest to visit Central America came to fruition and Guanacaste, Costa Rica didn’t in any way fall short of everything I had hoped it would […]

How to Tell if an Adventure Company is Safe Abroad

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I was recently interviewed by NBC’s Today Show to comment on a zipline accident in Mexico that left a California man tragically in a coma. The show asked me how travelers can tell if an adventure company outside the United States is safe, and to comment on the importance of travel insurance. Below is the […]

Travel Contests: Week of July 23, 2014

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This week’s contests include: Win a Cross-Trek 22” Wheeled Carry-On Duffel from Granite Gear! (JohnnyJet.com contest) Win a week-long vacation for two in Tuscany Win a trip to The Galapagos Islands Win a free Iceland vacation Win a trip for two to Costa Rica Win an all-inclusive trip for two to the Bahamas Win 2 American […]

15 Highlights in Costa Rica, a Naturalist’s Delight

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Pura Vida! That’s the phrase you’ll hear most often in Costa Rica. It means “pure life” or “plenty of life.” It’s a greeting and a response to a greeting, but it also reflects the essence with which the Costa Ricans lead their life. Costa Rica was like an adventurous dream, a dream of the unexpected […]

Travel Contests of the Week: November 20, 2013

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This week’s travel contests include: Win a three-night “Spirit of Sante Fe” escape to the Four Seasons Resort Rancho Encantado Santa Fe (JohnnyJet.com contest) Win a trip for two to Nicaragua for a Cigar Safari Win a culinary trip to Italy Win a romantic getaway in Coronado, California Win a trip for two to Australia to […]

JetBlue’s New Service: Fort Lauderdale to San Jose, Costa Rica with flights for $129

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JetBlue Airways announced today plans to add daily nonstop flights between Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport and Juan Santamaria International Airport in San Jose, Costa Rica, beginning on  June 27, 2013. Flights are available for purchase today at www.jetblue.com/new for as low as $129 one way. Sale dates are for travel between June 27 and August […]

Discovering Costa Rica with a Small Group Tour Experience

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By Carly Blatt: Full disclosure: I’m not often a group tour person. When I set out to plan a recent two-week Costa Rica adventure, my original plan was to do it solo. My goal was to create a trip that involved ample opportunities to see wildlife, along with a strong focus on outdoor activities and […]

My Top 2009 Hotel Rooms

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Copacabana Palace — Rio De Janeiro, Brazil The most prestigious hotel in South America is the Copacabana Palace. It was built in 1923 and practically every celebrity (Tom Cruise checked in just after we checked out) or dignitary who has visited Rio has stayed here. Here’s my trip report. JW Marriott — Guanacaste, Costa Rica […]