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So-Called Paradise?

You know, lots of folks dream about living in a paradise-like spot, with beautiful beaches, amazing landscapes, and just living carefree. It's like a perfect postcard picture. But real life might have a few more twists 'n’ turns.

“They call it paradise” is a line from one of my favorite songs by the Eagles.. A place that seems flawless, where ya can escape all the hustle 'n’ bustle of everyday life and find that real contentment. Usually, you think about tropical islands, exotic spots or places that are famous for their beauty and serenity.

Everyone wants to be happy, that's natural, and some folks reckon that moving to a paradise-like place will give 'em everlasting joy. And yes, it can make you feel good temporarily. But real happiness, my friend — it's a whole other deal. It's about finding that inner peace and being grateful for what you have. It's about being true to yourself, being aware and building meaningful relationships.

Sometimes, though, paradise can fool you with its shiny allure. Packing up and moving to a new spot might not solve all the personal issues you have hidden away. You see, adapting to a different culture, dealing with language barriers, or feeling all alone — those things can mess with your happiness.

So, if you're considering paradise, think about these factors:

1. Community and friends

Life in paradise can be lonely if you don't have a supportive group of friends around you. Connecting with the locals or other expats can really spruce up your experience.

2. Money matters

Some paradise spots may be cheap to live in, but others might cost more. Financial situations add to the stress.

3. Learning the culture

Adjusting to a new culture, customs, and traditions is not a walk in the park. Embracing the local vibe, however, can affect how content ya feel.

4. Healthcare and stuff

In some remote paradises, getting access to good healthcare and essential services might be tricky. Especially if you have health issues or a family to look after, this is something to ponder really well.

You see, paradise isn’t all sunshine and rainbows. Behind the amazing landscapes, there's a darker side. Too many tourists can wreck the environment and exploit the locals, making things really bad for the ecosystem and the folks who call the place home. And don't forget the money gap between the wealthy tourists, expats, and locals, that kind of tension is real.

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If you were miserable "there" and you're miserable "here"... you are the common denominator.

But hey, don't let that bring you down! You have the power to find happiness, real happiness, from within. Instead of chasing the dream of paradise, look inside yourself. Be mindful, be grateful for what you have, and cherish the moment you're in.

Do what you love, pursue your passions, and find joy in those little things. Build meaningful relationships, because having a support system is golden.

And you know what? Giving back to the community, and helping out, gives you a sense of purpose and fulfillment like nothing else.

See, it's not about the stuff you have or the places you go, it's about the experiences you have and the memories you make. Life's a journey, and happiness isn’t some destination you can just buy a ticket for.

So, embrace life's ups 'n’ downs, and find joy in the simple moments. Wherever you go, whatever you do, remember that happiness starts with you. Relocation might change your scenery, but it ain't gonna magically change you. That's something only you can do, my friend.

"They call it paradise, I don't know why.

You call someplace paradise, Kiss it goodbye."

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Get ready for some of the most exciting surfing action you’ve ever seen captured in Howler’s pages, as our August cover story showcases the Back-to-Back of Adaptive Surfing competition at two central Pacific beaches. The double-header event, hosted in June by the Adapted Surfing Association of Costa Rica, drew more than 65 elite adaptive surfers and parasurfers from around the world for two consecutive competitions: the 2023 Para Surf League Open of Costa Rica and the 2023 Costa Rica Open Pro of Adaptive Surfing.

In the same issue, you’ll get a preview of what will be visible from different Costa Rica locations during a rare annular solar eclipse in October. We’ll discuss the best time to visit the Caribbean coast, the history of reggae in Costa Rica, the popularity of ayahuasca retreats, and essential attire for deep sea fishing. We also feature the enchanting international story of unlikely paths crossing to fulfill a magic castle-building dream on a Potrero hilltop.


Sylvia Barreto Benites. Writer, teacher, tutor and founding director of IREN Renaissance Institute, a Costa Rican nonprofit organization focused on innovative learning solutions for children and adults.

John Brockmeier. Writer and activist inspired by diverse interests and international life experiences.

Terry Carlile. Served as a U.S. Navy journalist for eight years, and is also a workshop trainer and keynote speaker.

Ronald Harrison. Surf bum from Huntington Beach California.

Karl Kahler. Author of "Frommer's Costa Rica 2017," former travel editor of the Tico Times and former national editor of California's San Jose Mercury News.

John Quam. Howler Magazine Owner, Publisher and Editor-in-Chief, who has called Costa Rica home for nine years.

Tom Schultz. BS Biology and Geology, avid birder and nature photographer, retired software executive. tom@

Andrea Sokolav. Owner of a natural remedy store in Sedona, Arizona.

Colleen Stacey. Long-term resident of Potrero, Costa Rica, who helps others discover their inner wisdom through the practice of yoga and meditation at the Sattva yoga studio in Potrero. Colleen is thankful to live in a country full of inspiration, tranquility and peacefulness.

Patricia Sterman. Argentinian fashion design graduate, living in Costa Rica for more than 20 years. Owner of Azul Profundo Boutique, jewelry manufacturer and cofounder of SalveMonos animal protection group.

Rosalind Stewart. Canadian chef who has lived in Costa Rica for over 20 years and has a cooking show on a San José TV station.

Valerie Taylor. A native of the western U.S., enthusiastic about herpetoculture and nature in general. An avid photographer who has extensively explored biodiversity and ecotourism in Costa Rica.

Audrey Vargas Gil has lived in the Tamarindo area for over 20 years she is originally from Cali, Colombia, and is now a citizen of Costa Rica. She started Ordry's Spa in Tamarindo 16 years ago and has many local and tourist clients.

Captain Paul Watson. Globally renowned ocean conservationist and environmental activist, advancing marine ecosystem protection initiatives through the new Captain Paul Watson Foundation. Co-founder of the Greenpeace Foundation and founder of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society.


Esteban Zeledon. Administrative & Customer Clerk at GM Attorneys at Law, Flamingo.


Javier Castañeda. Professional photographer and videographer in Guanacaste, whose extensive work encompasses weddings, nature, wildlife, tourism and commercial subjects.

Nicolas Macchi. Professional photographer, filmmaker and droner in Jacó, Costa Rica.

Freddy Madrigal. Specialist in birding/nature photography and tropical biology, with 35 years of experience leading birding and nature tours in Costa Rica, Central America and South America.

Jason Martin. "I love taking pictures, especially wildlife and surfing... it all started with my first trip to Costa Rica in 2004!"

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Guillaume Colin, adaptive surfer from Franceby Jason Martin

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UP FRONT: Thrilling Surf Competition Draws

Adaptive Surfers and Parasurfers from Around the World

Editorial: Are You Happy In Paradise?


• Around the World in 40 Days

• So You Want to Travel Around the World?

• Get Ready for the "Great Costa Rican Eclipse"

• The Best Time to Visit Caribbean Costa Rica

• Howler Monkeys: Fascinating Creatures of Costa Rica's Forests

• Pacific Screech Owl


• Fish-On Fashion

• Del Toro: Costa Rican Made Bikinis

• Sports Meets Fashion

• Almara


• Reggae's Infectious Rhythm of Costa Rica

• Castillo de Lilo: A Hilltop Jewel

• Snapshots of History

• Kids Rock at Camp Experiences


• Simply Spanish: Typical Costa

• Manicures and Pedicures are

• Why Are Ayahuasca Retreats

• Negative Capability


• Tide Chart, Sun, Moon Schedule

• The Allure of Surfing Pavones

• Sam Reidy and Coral Wiggins: 2023 National Surf Circuit Champions


Costa Rican Dishes are Healthy

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Circuit Open

Red snapper recipes and the delicious local sodas featured in this edition.


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• Cooking with Red Snapper

• Enjoying Your Local Sodas

• The Best Wine with Seafood


• Freedom, Opportunity, Lifestyle by Mike Poynton

• Tres Amigos

• Horizon Pacific

• Sun Real Estate

• Grupo Tropical


• Regenerative Agriculture

• Your Residency Has Been Approved: Now What?

Thrilling Surf Competition Draws Adaptive Surfers from Around the World

–Founder Gustavo Corrales

“We adapted the surfing to the person"

Competition and Parasurfers

Adapted Surfing Association of Costa Rica (ADESURFA) is a surf sports association, focused on inclusion, empowerment and comprehensive development of people with disabilities in this sport.

ADESURFA achieves this by developing technical structures and platforms to prepare highperformance para-athletes and trained instructors to support athletes and people with disabilities who want to do adapted surfing in a recreational and/or therapeutic way.

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Costa Rica's Central Pacific attracted more than 65 elite adaptive surfers and parasurfers from 20 countries to compete in the Back-to-Back of Adaptive Surfing competition in June. The double-header event was organized, hosted and conducted by ADESURFA.

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Two distinct events were held consecutively — hence, the “back to back” name: the 2023 Para Surf League Open of Costa Rica, June 16–18 in Calle Bohío, Jacó, and the 2023 Costa Rica Open Pro of Adaptive Surfing, June 19-23 at Playa Boca Barranca.

Josh Bogle Photo by Nicolas Macchi

Back-to-Back competition participants

Canada, Chile, Spain, South Africa, Japan,


participants came from the United States, Hawaii, Argentina, Brazil, Peru, England, Australia, France, Japan, Puerto Rico, El Salvador, Israel, Portugal, Mexico, Wales, and obviously, Costa Rica.

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‘’It is very important to make it known that once again we are making history without an economic budget,” said Gustavo Corrales, event coordinator. “Year after year we have raised funds in an adjusted way to take our national parasurfing team to the world championships and bring medals and important achievements to the country. On this occasion we took an important event to the cradle of Tico surfing, to Boca Barranca, Puntarenas. We dare to say that it was the first time that an official professional event in Costa Rica had jet skis for the entry of the athletes to the takeoff zone, prior to their heats and during the heat after each wave ridden.”

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The Para Surf League Open, an event of global interest, was brought to Costa Rica with support from the AMPSurf (Association of Amputee Surfers), creators of the Para Surf League, and with the endorsement and standards of the International Surfing Association (ISA), the entity responsible for World Cup and Olympic Surfing, in all its divisions. The ISA is currently seeking the inclusion of parasurfing in the Los Angeles 2028 Paralympic Games.

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The Costa Rica Open Pro of Adaptive Surfing had the endorsement of the Association of Adaptive Surfing Professionals (AASP), which enabled Costa Rica for the first time to have a stop on the annual US Open of Adaptive Surfing world tour in OceanSide, California, and the Hawaiian AccesSurf Adaptive Surfing Championship in Honolulu, Hawaii.

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For both Back-to-Back events, ADESURFA had the endorsement and support of the Costa Rican Surfing Federation and ICODER. The double-header competition follows the success of three Open of Adaptive Surf competitions that ADESURFA held in Jacó in 2019, 2021 and 2022, respectively.

Nachman Balulu, Israel Photo by Nicolas Macchi

The association trained more than 60 volunteers in working with people with disabilities in the surf and the logistics of surfing events of this nature. Without the participation of this great volunteer team, the events would not have been possible.

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Freedom, Opportunity, Lifestyle

I’ve lived here in Costa Rica now for 18 years and have never really looked back at my former life as an architect and consultant in Chicago — except for my beloved White Sox and Giordano’s stuffed pizza! Sigh.

When people ask what made me move here? Why Costa Rica? I don’t even hesitate when responding: “Freedom, opportunity, lifestyle.” Pretty simple.

A lot of folks from the USA can be a little shocked at my response. How can you have more freedom in Costa Rica than in the country that defines freedom itself? Well, it has a lot to do with the culture here versus the culture there. People aren’t really uptight like they are in “El Norte.” There’s

more of a “live and let live” attitude toward how one goes about his or her daily life. Folks don’t call the police — they come over and talk to you and work things out. What you do on your side of the fence is your business. So long as no one’s getting hurt, it’s all “pura vida.” I no longer have the feeling that someone is constantly breathing down my neck. And, frankly, I don’t have to deal with toxic U.S. politics 24/7/365.

Opportunity has presented itself to me in a couple of different ways. When I moved here, I started a property management business with an associate. That led to real estate, which led to digital marketing, which then led back into real estate. And now I’m fortunate enough to be working for Tres Amigos Realty Group and am kind of

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Freedom and opportunity easily segway into lifestyle.

scratching my head as to why it took me so long. Better late than never. Slow and steady wins the race.



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The other way opportunity has presented itself is with respect to my family. I’m married to a local girl, and we have a son and a daughter together. My kids have dual citizenship. We, as a family, have been given the opportunity to live in one of the most wonderful and happiest places in the world. My kids have the opportunity to attend a stellar bilingual private school only 10 minutes away from home while they grow up at the beach, in unspoiled nature, and outdoors. You’ll realize after living here for a while that outdoors is just another room in Guanacaste. and contact


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• Fish-On Fashion

• Del Toro: CR Made Bikinis

• Sport Meets Fashion

• Almara

• Makeup with Cannabis Arrives in Costa Rica Thanks to Revlon

• Beach Fashion for the Holiday Season

• Dressing for the Dampness

• You've Come a Long Way, Bikini

• Stay Happy in the Rain

• Clothes Can Make Your Mood

• A Crowed-Pleasing Creativity Showcase

• Underwater Fashion Photography

• Zeji

• Mari Nava Design

• Family Photo Fashion Tips

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Fish-On Fashion

Deep sea fishing is a thrilling and adventurous activity that requires proper clothing to ensure comfort and safety. When embarking on a deep sea fishing trip, it is crucial to choose the best clothes that are suitable for the harsh and unpredictable maritime environment. The ideal attire for deep sea fishing includes a fishing hat, sunglasses, a fishing shirt, long pants and waterproof shoes.

First and foremost, wearing a fishing hat is essential for protecting oneself from the scorching sun. The hat should have a wide brim to shield the face and neck from harmful UV rays. Additionally, a hat that is made from lightweight and breathable material, such as nylon or polyester, is ideal to keep the head cool and prevent excessive sweating.

Moreover, sunglasses are vital for deep-sea fishing as they protect the eyes from the intense glare of the sun on the water's surface. Polarized sunglasses are particularly recommended as they reduce reflected light and allow for better visibility on the water. Opting for sunglasses with UV protection is also crucial for shielding the eyes from harmful rays and preventing long-term damage.

When it comes to choosing the perfect fishing shirt, opt for long sleeves made from quick-drying material, such as synthetic or moisture-wicking fabric. These materials help to regulate body temperature by wicking away sweat and drying quickly. Additionally, a fishing shirt with vents or mesh panels is ideal for providing better airflow on hot and humid days. Furthermore, selecting a shirt with UPF (Ultraviolet Protection Factor) ratings is crucial to protect the skin from harmful UV rays.

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List of items for deep sea fishing:

⃝ Sunscreen

⃝ Sunglasses and hat

⃝ Waterproof clothing

⃝ Sea sickness cure

⃝ Non-skid footwear

⃝ Rain jacket (if rainy season)

⃝ Food and drinks

Your charter will provide details for your trip.

A fishing shirt with vents or mesh panels is ideal for providing better airflow on hot and humid days.

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Our inspiration is the various women who visit every day to browse and purchase our bikini fashions.

Our motivation is to imagine all the beautiful moments that our clients will enjoy with Del Toro Bikinis - with family, friends, as a couple or just relaxing alone.

We see them playing sports, dancing, relaxing, and on their travels. We hear their laughter and see their happiness. Those realities are what encourage us to continue making bikinis.

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Sport Meets Fashion

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Update by Howler Staff: "The History of Sports Fashion"

The place where sport meets fashion is a two-way street. Believe it or not, there’s a word for it: “sportsanista,” naturally, means a fashionista who loves sports.

This trend can be defined simply as comfortable clothes for a fashion market. It blends sweatshirts with high heels and sweatpants with silky shirts. People are seeking clothes that take them all around the city in style … no hassle to make meetings on time and easy to pack for traveling. Athlete’s wear is no longer a stereotype for the stay-at-home lazy look but now a hallmark of successful business people.

In dual-track terms, we are seeing sport brands hiring famous fashion designers, and fashion brands becoming more athleticoriented. This new look has invaded our wardrobes, creating a high demand for high-end sportswear. Technology has become an important factor with the incorporation of lightweight fabrics and super-soft textures.

Adidas was ahead of the pack, launching its first fashion collaboration with Yohji Yamamoto back in 2003. This was the first time a high-fashion designer worked with a sportswear company, breaking down the walls between the two target markets.

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• Reggae's Infectious Rhythm of Costa Rica

• Castillo de Lilo

• Snapshots of Costa Rican History

• Costa Rica's Unwavering Love for Soccer

• Colplay Sets a New Standard

• Sloth's Poetic Serenity

• Protecting hte Indigenious Tribes

• Sebastian Kaya Salgueiro

• Muralist Returns to Restore Atenas Mural

• The Language of Wood

• Rolo's History Collections

• Marching to the Rose Parade Beat

• Earth Without Humans

• Artist: Allan Murillo

• Liquor Factory Legacy

• Dreams Come True For Costa Ricans In Science and Technology

• Comic Con Costa Rica

• Miles and Decades Apart

• In Memory of Walter Ferguson

• The Lost Legacy of Costa Rica's Railroads

• Artist: Daniela Vargas Winiker

• Pura Vida Show

• Hundreds of more articles

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Reggae's Infectious Rhythm

Reggae music has undeniably become a significant part of Costa Rican culture, captivating the hearts of enthusiasts across the country. While Costa Rica is primarily known for its lush rainforests, stunning beaches, and diverse wildlife, reggae music has managed to establish itself as a prominent and beloved genre among the local population.

Reggae's infectious rhythms and uplifting melodies have found resonance with the Costa Rican people, who appreciate its messages of love, peace, and social justice. The genre's roots can be traced back to Jamaica, where it originated in the late 1960s, but it has since spread its influence worldwide, including in Costa Rica.



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Reggae's powerful and relatable messages resonate deeply with Costa Ricans.

Castillo de Lilo

A Hilltop Jewel with a Magical History

Castillo de Lilo is no ordinary venue for hosting a dinner, celebrating a wedding or anniversary, or just getting together with friends. And it’s unlike any other castle in the world that enchanted history buffs are drawn to explore. Perched on the highest peak of the surrounding mountains at 2,230 feet above sea level, this Gold Coast treasure is becoming legendary for the peace, calm and magical energy that Potrero-area visitors seek to experience.

Photo by Julio Chavarria

This is the story of a young Costa Rican woman, Ericka Villalobos, who was determined to find her way in the world and take care of her family in the process. This is also the story of Klaus Jung, a German engineer who sought after a magical place where he could eventually lay his daughter’s precious soul to rest.

When these two lives would collide, an incredible story would unfold.

Chapter I: Ericka

Ericka’s mother had become so ill after the birth of her second baby that it would be apparent that this would be the last child that she would bear. Eleven years later and at the age of 43, Ericka’s mother would find out that she was indeed pregnant again! This was a beautiful surprise for the family and Ericka’s mother quickly referred to her unborn baby as a miracle in the making. Ericka’s father was ecstatic and certain that the baby was going to be a boy — the boy that he had always dreamed of having since they were so lucky to already have two beautiful girls. video

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Kids Rock at Camp Experiences

Studio '71 and Good Vibes Rock School joined forces in July to offer some unforgettable experiences for aspiring young musicians at Rock Camp for Kids. Participants from ages 8 to 18 came together in Guanacaste for five-day courses in Guanacaste on how to rock in more ways than one.

The sessions were directed by Colombian Latin pop singersongwriter Fatiniza and mentored by performing musicians from the area. Who better than to show your kids how it's done?!

Even for those who have never picked up an instrument, the courses are designed to make rock stars out of any kid with the right attitude. They encourage each participant to be humble, confident, a team player, creative, and a problem solver.

“At Rock Camp for Kids, we don't teach music, we experience music,” the organizers explain. “By creating a grassroots original music community, by encouraging your children to write new original songs and play real instruments, we are keeping the basic essence of music and creativity alive.”

Another goal of Rock Camp For Kids is to support and raise

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Travel & Adventure

In August's Edition:

• Around the World in 40 Days: Introduction

• So You Want to Travel Around the World?

• Get Ready for the "Great Costa Rican Eclipse"

• The Best Time to Visit Caribbean Costa Rica

• Howler Monkeys: Fascinating Creatures of Costa Rica's Forests

• Pacific Screech Owl

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• What's the Huge Nest In the Tree?

• Fred's Bird Adventures

• Surrounded by the World's Largest Sunflower Field

• Should I Use a Travel Agent?

• Coatis the Clowns of the Forest

• A Sticky Subject

• Gyrocopter Girl Returns!

• Jungle Hiking Tips

• Planning Your Holiday Vacation Early

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Around the World in 40 Days

Introduction: Planning an Epic Adventure Watch for more installments of this special Howler series

Mt. Cook, New Zealand

Story and photos by Tom Schultz

Ichase total eclipses of the sun, and I also love birdwatching, traveling all over the world to photograph both. In 2020, as the COVID pandemic raged, our scheduled trip to southern Chile and Patagonia for an eclipse got delayed, canceled, and eventually rescheduled for two years after the eclipse.

We were watching our 2020 chance go up in smoke, and the next eclipse was not until 2023. So in May 2020, when I received an email from Wilderness Travel for an April 2023 total eclipse trip — occurring off the western coast of Australia, with a really interesting twoweek itinerary — we went ahead and booked it.

Western Australia is the opposite side of the world from where we live in Costa Rica. When we decided to go and witness the eclipse, we discussed how to get there: Should we fly east or west? Looking at costs, it was expensive either way. Really expensive. So we bought much more affordable “Round the World” tickets.

That started the snowball rolling. If we were to fly around the world, we may as well add a few stops to the itinerary!

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By the time we left, we had almost 100 moving parts of the trip to track.

So You Want to Fly Around the World?

There May Be Just the Ticket


Back in the day, when I was working, I had a speaking tour with stops from London to Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Australia, New Zealand and Japan. The company booked my travel using a “Round the World” ticket.

Yes, you can buy a plane ticket to go around the world!

They are not booked through a single airline, but through one of the three big airline alliances. You can follow the links below to go to the round the world site for each one.

OneWorld Alliance Star Alliance SkyTeam

Each airline alliance has pluses and minuses, mostly on where they fly, so your destinations will determine the best one to choose.

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If you stop three times or 16 times, the price is the same.

Get ready for the “Great Costa Rican Eclipse”

As an introduction: I am an eclipse chaser. We go all over the world to see eclipses of the sun. We have chased them for 30 years from places like Mexico, Africa, Mongolia and Easter Island. In less than one year’s time, we will watch three of them. Recently, on April 19, 2023 we watched a total eclipse of the sun from a ship in the Indian Ocean off the coast of Australia. Next year, on April 6, 2024, we will watch another total eclipse in the U.S. In between is an eclipse you can witness without leaving Costa Rica.

The "ring of fire" effect of an annular eclipse

On October 14, 2023 there will be a solar eclipse visible here in Costa Rica. It will not, however, be a total eclipse of the sun. What will occur here in Costa Rica is called an annular eclipse of the sun.

What is an annular eclipse?

An annular solar eclipse happens when the moon passes between the sun and Earth while it is at its farthest point from Earth. Because the moon is farther away from Earth, it appears smaller than the sun and does not completely cover it. This creates what is commonly referred to as the “ring of fire” effect in the sky. While not as awe-inspiring as a total eclipse, it is still very interesting and cool to witness.

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Caribbean Costa Rica

Have you wanted to visit the Caribbean side and just haven’t gotten around to it? Well, it’s time to hop in the car, or take a flight over, and experience the wonderful culture of Costa Rica’s Caribbean coast.

The best time to visit the Caribbean side of Costa Rica is typically during the dry season, which generally runs from March to September. This period offers warm and sunny weather, making it ideal for outdoor activities such as beach visits, snorkeling, and exploring the lush rainforests in the area.

It's important to note that the Caribbean side of Costa Rica experiences a different weather pattern compared to the Pacific coast. It receives more rainfall throughout the year, even during the dry season.

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Bird in Brief

This owl is a species in the family Strigidae. It is found in Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, and Nicaragua. With nocturnal and crepuscular habits, it hunts in clearings — mostly large insects but also other arthropods such as scorpions and small vertebrates like birds and squirrels.

About the Photographer

Freddy Madrigal has 35 years of experience leading birding and nature tours in Costa Rica, Central America and South America. Freddýs expertise is mainly in the area of birding, wildlife, birding/ nature photography and tropical biology. Birds have been his passion for three decades.

In addition, Freddy has vast experience in cultural tours, rural tourism, nature and adventure. His wealth of knowledge is used for the benefit of other nature enthusiasts, together with his leadership and ability to run smooth, productive and successful expeditions.

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Fascinating Creatures of Costa Rica's Forests

When it comes to the diverse wildlife found in the forests of Central and South America, one creature stands out for its distinctive calls and intriguing behavior — the howler monkey. Here, we will explore the fascinating world of howler monkeys, focusing on their characteristics, vocal abilities, social dynamics, and importance in the Costa Rican ecosystem.

The forests of Costa Rica are home to a vast variety of wildlife, and among them, howler monkeys capture the attention of visitors with their captivating presence. These large primates belong to the family Atelidae, making them the largest of all New World monkeys. With their stocky bodies, long tails and powerful limbs, howler monkeys are perfectly adapted to an arboreal lifestyle.

The howls serve various purposes, including territorial defense, dominance establishment and group coordination.

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Sam Reidy And Coral 2023 National Surf Open Champions

More than 250 athletes competed in the return of the 2023 Social Protection Board National Surf Circuit.

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Coral Wiggins: Surf Circuit

Following a four-year hiatus, the 2023 return of the National Surf Circuit Open Championship saw Sam Reidy and Coral Wiggins take top spot in the Men’s and Women’s rankings, respectively. It’s the first national Open title for both. Their emergence as champions wrapped up the season’s fifth and final event at Playa Guiones de Nosara, July 21-23.

Sam Reidy, a local from Playa Dominical, reached the semifinal round and added 1,220 points to secure the first position in the ranking. In just five months, this 19-year-old surfer went from winning an Open category date for the first time in his career to obtaining the coveted national title.

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The Allure of Surfing

Nestled on the shores of southern Costa Rica in the province of Puntarenas, the magnificent surf spot known as Pavones awaits avid wave riders. This coastal gem has become renowned among surf enthusiasts for its exceptional waves and breathtaking natural beauty. Pavones offers an unparalleled experience for those seeking an adventure-filled escapade in the realm of aquatic thrills.

To truly comprehend the magic of Pavones, one must embrace the language of the waves. It is a language that transcends words, yet can be felt deep within the core of every surfer's being. Each swell carries a message, whispering secrets of the ocean's vastness and power. The exhilaration of riding a wave becomes an intimate conversation between rider and nature, a communion of human spirit and elemental force.

The allure of Pavones lies not only in its picturesque setting but also in the perplexity and diversity it brings to the surfing landscape. As you immerse yourself in the art of riding the waves, you'll encounter an intricate tapestry of swells and breaks, each with its own unique character. From powerful barrels that challenge even the most experienced surfers to mellow, playful sections that invite stylish maneuvers, Pavones offers a burstiness that keeps riders on their toes.

The surf experience at Pavones is marked by the ebb and flow of the ocean's rhythms. Mother Nature herself crafts the canvas upon which surfers unleash their skills, painting a diverse and captivating picture with every wave. The interplay between short, intense rides and long, meandering glides creates a symphony of movement, drawing surfers into a dance with the sea.

Pavones enchants surfers not only with its mystique but also with its profound connection to the natural world. As you paddle out into the vast expanse of water, you become a part of something greater — an infinitesimal speck within the grand tapestry of life. The immensity of the ocean and the pulsating energy of the waves instill a sense of humility and awe, reminding us of the immense power and beauty that exist beyond the confines of our daily lives.

For those seeking an unforgettable surfing experience, Pavones beckons with open arms. Its waves, both mesmerizing and challenging, invite you to embark on a journey of self-discovery and adventure. Whether you're a seasoned pro or a curious novice, the magic of Pavones will captivate your senses and leave an indelible mark on your soul. Surrender to the rhythm of the tides, embrace the burstiness of the waves, and let Pavones weave its spell upon you.



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Pura Vida Living

For Ticos, the term "pura vida" is an expression of happiness, optimism, and is impossible to visit Costa Rica without hearing this phrase continuously.

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1. Simply Spanish: Typical Costa Rican Dishes

2. Manicures and Pedicures are Healthy

3. Why Are Ayahuasca Retreats in Such High Demand?

4. Negative Capability

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Manicures and Pedicures are Healthy

Manicures and pedicures are more than just beauty treatments. They are essential for maintaining the health and hygiene of our nails and feet. Manicures and pedicures involve the cleaning and trimming of nails, removing dead skin, and moisturizing the hands and feet.

Regular manicures and pedicures can help prevent nail diseases, infections, and other foot-related problems such as calluses and dry skin. It is important to remember that hands and feet are two areas of the body that we use the most for daily activities, and taking care of them is crucial for overall health.

Massage therapy during a pedicure can help improve blood circulation and relieve muscle tension.

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Negative Capability

It was when I looked deep into the eye of a dying sperm whale, a whale that could have killed me but chose instead to spare me. I saw my own reflection in that eye, and I was struck by the awesome intelligence of the creature before me.


All my life I have had to listen to critics telling me that what I am doing is foolhardy, counterproductive, impossible, or reckless. It has never bothered me. What people say and what they accuse me of has never been a concern to me. I’ve never been bothered about failing and I’ve never allowed feelings of doubt or uncertainty to restrict me from focusing on my objectives.

In 1817, John Keats observed what he described as “negative capability.” He explained that negative capability is “when a person is capable of acting through uncertainties, mysteries and doubts, without any irritable reaching after fact and reason.”

Keats wrote that what is more important than talent or work ethic is the ability to step into and push through doubts and uncertainties. Those who possess negative capability, who can sit with uncertainty, who can spend months or years working on something while knowing that there is a real possibility no one will care about it or if they will succeed — they often possess another quality. They do what they do, not as a means to some end (money, fame, awards, etc.), but for the sake of doing it, because it is a challenge.

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Typical Costa Rican Dishes

arroz con pollo — rice with chicken

olla de carne — beef stew with potatoes, corn, carrots and other vegetables

casado — a varied dish consisting of chicken, beef, pork or fish with rice, beans, salad, picadillo and sweet plantains

chifrijo — pork rind (chicharrón) with beans, rice, chimichurri and tortilla chips

chimichurri — a common dip for tortilla chips, typically made with tomatoes, onions, cilantro, avocado, lime and salt

frijoles molidos — mashed beans, a popular dip

gallo pinto — rice and beans served for breakfast, often with eggs, tortillas, fruit and sour cream (natilla)

guacamole — mashed avocados with tomato, lime, salt and sometimes chili

natural — a fruit drink made with milk or water and blended pineapple, tamarind, watermelon, cantaloupe, banana, strawberry, blackberry or other fruits

patacones — mashed, fried plantains

picadillo — chopped vegetables, which may include pumpkin, chayote (vegetable pear), potatoes, green plantains, arracache (a tuber), heart of palm, green papaya, garlic, onion, cilantro, bell pepper and/or celery, and may contain beef, pork, chicken or bacon

plátano maduro/maduro — sweet, fried plantain

rice and beans — Caribbean rice and beans, made with coconut milk

rondón — a Caribbean stew of seafood, vegetables, coconut milk and whatever the cook can “run down”

sopa de mondongo — tripe soup

tamales — tamales, a Christmas favorite made of corn meal filled with beef or pork and sometimes vegetables, wrapped in a plantain leaf

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Why are AYAHUASCA RETREATS in Such High Demand?

Ayahuasca, a potent plant medicine with centuries of traditional use by indigenous tribes in the Amazon rainforest, has recently gained significant popularity. People from diverse backgrounds are increasingly seeking out ayahuasca retreats as a means of personal growth, healing and spiritual exploration. In this article, we will delve into the reasons why ayahuasca retreats are in such high demand. From the transformative experiences they offer to their potential therapeutic benefits, we will explore the various factors contributing to the growing interest in ayahuasca retreats.

In today's fast-paced and often disconnected world, individuals yearn for a deeper connection with themselves and a sense of purpose in their lives. Ayahuasca retreats provide a safe and supportive environment for individuals to embark on an inward journey of selfdiscovery. The ayahuasca experience is often described as a profound and transformative encounter with one's own psyche, enabling participants to explore their fears, hopes, and dreams in a profound way.

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Your Residency Has Been Approved:


Do you know what to do after receiving the immigration office resolution approving your residency in Costa Rica?

Once you have received your legal temporary resident approval resolution from the immigration department, you must read it carefully to complete any pending requirements established in the resolution. You must also proceed with the following steps:

1. Enrollment with CCSS: You must go to the Costa Rican Social Security (CCSS) to obtain a social security number in the CR health care system. The mandatory monthly amounts are approximately US $400 for the investor or fixed annuity category, and approximately US $115 per month for the pensioner or retiree resident category. These amounts are payable at the exchange rate in colones at the CCSS branch on the day of registration and after that monthly at any of the CCSS offices or through online banking with a CR bank.

Afterward, all dependents must submit the required documents before the assigned EBAIS (Basic Team for Comprehensive Health Care) to register and obtain the "carne" confirming registration or the social security dependent number.

2. Scheduling appointment: Call 1311 to schedule an appointment at Correos de Costa Rica (Costa Rica Post Office) or the nearest immigration offices. Ensure you have your resolution handy; they will ask for detailed information. You will receive the appointment confirmation by email. Please check to make sure everything is accurate, and note the date and time to avoid losing the appointment.

Twenty-four hours before the scheduled appointment date, you must proceed with the payments of the guarantee deposit, the amounts indicated in the residence approval resolution, and any other amount indicated by the immigration representative during the appointment call. Bring proof of those payments on the day of your appointment.

3. Guarantee deposit: This amount is established at 75% of the cost of a travel ticket to your country of origin, or the country of habitual residence during the last five years before legally residing in Costa Rica. The value of the ticket will correspond to an open ticket for one year and will be set according to the route of entry into the country.

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This deposit must clearly state the full name of the applicant and in favor of the "Direccion General de Migracion y Extranjeria" per section 133 of Law 8764, equivalent in colones to the reference exchange rate "sale" that is calculated daily and published in the Central Bank of Costa Rica to the account precisely indicated in the resolution for each.

Dues and expenses to be paid: Per section 33 subsection 4, and sections 251, 252, and 253 of Law 8764, the following amounts — equivalent in colones to the reference exchange rate "sale" that is calculated daily and published in the Central Bank of Costa Rica — are payable

to the account precisely indicated in the resolution for each:

• US $25 in favor of the "Fondo Social de Migracion" for the use of immigration services

• US $98 for the value and issuance of the document that accredits you as a CR Temporary Resident.

Both payments must be in favor of the "Direccion General de Migracion y Extranjeria" in the applicant's full name.

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Regenerative Agriculture

A Sustainable Path Towards a Flourishing Future

In recent years, the world has witnessed a growing interest in regenerative agriculture — a transformative approach to farming that not only sustains our planet but also enhances its natural resources. As proponents of this innovative practice, Howler believes in its immense potential to shape a more sustainable and resilient future for our food systems and the environment. We are blessed here in Costa Rica to have people who implement and embrace this practice.

Regenerative agriculture goes farming methods. It aims to restore soil, improve biodiversity, promote and mitigate climate change. Unlike agricultural practices that focus yields, regenerative agriculture takes approach, emphasizing the health the entire ecosystem.



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Dining & Recipes

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• Cooking with Red Snapper

• Shrimp Mediterranean

• The Soda Dining Experience

• Seafood & Wine

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Steaming preserves the delicate flavors and nutrients of the red snapper, providing a light and healthy meal.


Cooking with Red Snapper

Versatile and Flavorful

The variety of ways to cook red snapper is an exciting topic for seafood lovers. Red snapper is a delicious and popular fish known for its firm texture and mild flavor. As a high school student with an interest in cooking, understanding the different techniques to cook red snapper was essential for expanding my culinary skills.

One popular way to cook red snapper is by grilling it. Grilling gives the fish a smoky flavor and a crispy outer layer. To grill red snapper, simply rub the fish with some olive oil, sprinkle salt and pepper, and place it directly on a preheated grill. It is important to cook the fish on medium heat and flip it once to ensure even cooking. Grilling red snapper brings out its natural flavors, making it a healthy and delicious choice.

Another technique to cook red snapper is by baking it. Baking is a simple and convenient way to prepare fish. To bake red snapper, preheat the oven to 400°F (200°C). Place the fish on a greased baking sheet and season it with your choice of herbs and spices. Bake for about 20 minutes or until the fish is opaque and flakes easily with a fork. Baking red snapper allows it to retain moisture and results in a tender and flavorful dish.

For those who prefer a more exotic method, steaming is a fantastic option to cook red snapper. Steaming is a healthier alternative as it requires minimal oil. To steam red snapper, place the fish on a steamer rack and season it with salt, pepper and some lemon slices. Steam the fish for about 10–15 minutes, or until it is opaque and flakes easily. Steaming preserves the delicate flavors and nutrients of the red snapper, providing a light and healthy meal.

If you are looking for a quick way to cook red snapper, pan-frying is your best bet. Pan-frying gives the fish a golden-brown crust and a tender interior. To pan-fry red snapper, coat the fish with flour and season it with salt and pepper. Heat some oil in a skillet and cook the fish for approximately 4–6 minutes on each side. Pan-frying allows for a crispy and flavorful result, making it an excellent choice for weeknight dinners.

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Shrimp Mediterranean

When it comes to cooking with shrimp, there are endless possibilities. Whether you like them grilled, sautéed, or fried, shrimp is a versatile and easy-to-cook ingredient that can be used in all types of dishes.

Start by selecting fresh shrimp of the right size for your recipe – larger ones are great for grilling while smaller ones work well in stir-fries or pasta dishes. It's important not to overcook them - shrimp should be cooked until they turn pink and opaque but not so long that they become rubbery. To really bring out their flavor, consider marinating the shrimp beforehand in your favorite herbs, spices or citrus juices.

Shrimp pairs particularly well with garlic and lemon flavors or try them coated in bread crumbs for a crispy texture. Whatever your preference may be, cooking with shrimp is an effortless way to add flavor and protein to any meal.

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Shrimp Mediterranean

Often Overlooked: the Soda Dining

When you think back to your hometown, there is probably an eatery that represents the taste of you and your neighbors. Coming from Long Island, I would say it’s the local pizzeria, or a diner or maybe even a local chain restaurant like the Waffle House or Bojangles.

In Costa Rica it is undeniably the local soda. Every town or pueblo has a few. They all serve the same fare at reasonable prices. Sodas are where local Ticos go for breakfast or lunch every day, similar to the American cafe. You can count on them serving homestyle typical Costa Rican black bean dishes with an ever-changing collection of side dishes and Tico comfort foods.


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eafood & Wine

When it comes to enhancing the flavors of seafood, selecting the right wine can truly elevate the dining experience. While personal preferences play a significant role, certain wines tend to pair exceptionally well with seafood due to their vibrant acidity, light body, and flavor profiles. Among the top contenders for the best wine to pair with seafood are sauvignon blanc, chardonnay, and riesling.

Sauvignon blanc, renowned for its high acidity and herbaceous flavors, is an excellent choice for seafood dishes. Its grassy and citrusy notes, often accompanied by hints of tropical fruits, complement the delicate flavors of seafood, especially light and tangy seafood dishes like ceviche or grilled fish. The refreshing crispness of sauvignon blanc cuts through the richness of the seafood, leaving a clean and invigorating taste on the palate.

Certain wines tend to pair exceptionally well with seafood due to their vibrant acidity, light body, and flavor profiles.

Chardonnay, known for its versatility and lush flavors, is another popular choice for seafood pairings. The buttery and creamy characteristics of some chardonnays work beautifully with buttery seafood dishes like lobster or shrimp scampi. Additionally, chardonnays from cool-climate regions often showcase vibrant acidity and flavors of green apple and lemon, which pair well with shellfish and white fish recipes.

Riesling, with its inherent sweetness and bright acidity, is a fantastic option for those who prefer sweeter wines with their seafood. While riesling can range from dry to off-dry to sweet, the off-dry styles are particularly exceptional with spicy seafood dishes or those with a touch of sweetness. The floral aromas, fruitforward flavors, and acidity of riesling beautifully balance the flavors of dishes such as Thai curry mussels or sweet and spicy glazed salmon.

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