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Costa Rica, Travel Tips

Basic Travel Tips for Costa Rica

Costa Rica is a wonderful country with friendly people. But like traveling anywhere, having a little information ahead of time can help you avoid problems and make sure you have a great time on your vacation. Here are some basic travel tips for Costa Rica: What to Bring Costa Rica is […]

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Costa Rica, Destinations

Arenal, La Fortuna

Arenal / La Fortuna is one of my favorite places to go in Costa Rica. To me it is the quintessential Costa Rica. It is green, green, green. It has a perfect volcano and a perfect waterfall. It is chock-full of wildlife, both on the ground and in the air. […]

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Costa Rica, Destinations

Costa Rica

I have a long, loving history with Costa Rica, and I’ve traveled there more than 20 times in the past 12 years. When I fly over San Jose and see those rolling rich green peaks and valleys, my heart leaps. When I step into a rainforest, I feel like I […]

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California, Destinations

San Francisco

San Francisco My husband had to attend a conference in San Francisco, and luckily I was able to tag along. To make it even better, we added a couple of extra days to the front of the trip so we could visit the northern California wine country. (Click here to see that […]

Joyful Heart Travel Northern California Wine Country
California, Destinations

Northern California Wine Country

For better or worse, we arrived in California at the same time as El Niño. Our plan included a 4-hour flight followed by a relaxing lunch in a nice restaurant and a 1 1/2 hour drive to the northern California wine country. But it was one of those travel days where nothing went as planned. […]

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Destinations, Florida

Miami, Florida

Miami, Florida (aka Party City!) For me, Miami is the perfect getaway. It gives me the feel of being somewhere exotic without the hassles of a long flight. The warm weather, palm trees, Latin music, fresh seafood, expansive beach, and happy people put me in a party mood as soon as […]