Costa Rica has gone 76 straight days using 100% renewable electricity

Costa Rica is pulling off a feat most countries just daydream about: For two straight months, the Central American country hasn’t burned any fossil fuels to generate electricity. That’s right: 100 percent renewable power. This isn’t a blip, either. For 300 total days last year and 150 days so far this year, Costa Rica’s electricity has come entirely from renewable …

Expats in Costa Rica Happiest in the World

Costa Rica ranked very high in yet another international survey in terms of quality of life and ease of settling in for foreign residents. The Expat Insider poll recently reported its third annual rankings, which aim to encapsulate the quality of expat life in hundreds of countries with a variety of indexes and subcategories. Costa Rica ranked No. 1 in the …

Casa Linda

Around the house, there are many things for kids to do. There are plenty of small lizards that are fun to hunt down and try to pick up (just make sure you put them back). There are howler monkeys just down the hill near the pool. THey stay in the trees and you can observe them from beneath. The view …

Rincón de la Vieja

One of the most interesting places we went to was Rincon de la Vieja National Park. This is a beautiful volcanic area with many of those small electric-green iguanas. It’s not much hiking to visit the mud pots, which there are several of scattered around, and at each one there is at least one lookout point, a lot of steam, …

Cabo Blanco and Ara Project

We also went to Cabo Blanco Natural Reserve, which was a 6 hour drive, crossing many streams and rivers on dirt roads. This was difficult and is not recommended during the wet season because the rivers swell and become impossible to cross. Do not do this unless you have a four-wheel-drive. It was a very fun experience, with beautiful hikes …

Playa Flamingo

One of the beaches a little bit further away is Playa Flamingo. It has very, very large waves during high tide, and they are not much smaller during low tide. The waves crash very close to the shore. It was very fun for us because we enjoyed jumping around in the white foam right on the shore. One of the …

Witches Rock Canopy Tour

Another great place to go in Guanacaste is Witches Rock Canopy Tour. This is also an activity for all ages. It is by far, one of my top two favorite places in Costa Rica. It is about an hour away, near Playa Hermosa and it costs $105 per person. Here, the zip lining is superb, and a gopro is highly …

Playa Conchal

Playa Conchal is a great beach to visit for all ages. It is great for snorkeling and scuba diving. The sand on the North side of the beach is closer to what someone would think of as “Playa Conchal”, which means “Shell Beach”. The sand looks like whole shells put into a blender that exploded. The water is normally calm …

Playa Grande and Playa Ventanas

Playa Ventanas is the closest beach to Casa Linda. It isn’t a huge beach, but there are almost no people there. It is a great beach during all tides. It’s very standard, nothing special, except that it leads to the path of the secret beaches, which I will mention later. Swimming is great because the waves are strong but there …