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CNNMoney: Zip-lining adventures generate a million bucksupdated: Fri Apr 20 2012 12:18:00

Ken Stamps spotted a business idea thousands of miles from his Michigan home, in rainforest-rich Costa Rica, where a popular tourist attraction sends travelers soaring through the treetops on a pulley.

Slip away to Costa Rica's hot springsupdated: Wed Apr 04 2012 11:18:00

Ziplining through tropical rain forests, rappelling down steep waterfall cliffs and whitewater rafting satisfy the rugged outdoor cravings of Costa Rica's tourists.

Magnitude 5.8 earthquake strikes Costa Ricaupdated: Mon Feb 13 2012 07:05:00

A 5.8-magnitude earthquake struck Costa Rica on Monday morning, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

Money Magazine: Adventure travel bargainsupdated: Wed Feb 08 2012 09:34:00

Lots of Americans these days want something more from a vacation than vegging out on a beach, a mojito close at hand. Some 30% of respondents to a survey put adventure travel on their 2012 wish list, and spending in the category has been growing 17% a year, even as economic woes slowed leisure travel overall. Ann Killion: Solo the only doubt ahead of qualifying game against Costa Ricaupdated: Fri Jan 27 2012 16:18:00

VANCOUVER -- When a team has beaten another team in all seven meetings by an aggregate score of 34-0, is there anything to be worried about?

Exploring Costa Rica's Osa Peninsulaupdated: Thu Nov 17 2011 14:31:00

"Randal was supposed to be your guide into the rain forest today, but a tree fell on his house," the woman behind the counter tells me. "He's fine," she goes on, seeing my concern, "but his house isn't."

Fight to ban shark finning in Costa Ricaupdated: Fri Nov 04 2011 10:45:00

A Costa Rican organization calls for a ban on finning. CNN's Rafael Romo reports.

Choosing the right adventure outfitterupdated: Mon Oct 03 2011 10:43:00

Whether you want to leap from a helicopter onto the icy slopes below or cycle through the Italian countryside, adventure travel is filled with niche experiences for any personality. But finding one that suits your budget, fitness level, expectations and safety needs can feel overwhelming.

Safe and strategic planning tipsupdated: Mon Oct 03 2011 10:43:00

CNN's Alison Kosik offers tips to make an adventure out of your next vacation.

Costa Rica's oasisupdated: Mon Sep 19 2011 11:55:00

From rappelling down waterfalls to zip-lining between mountains, Costa Rica has something for everyone who is adventurous at heart. Beyond the canopied forests, majestic waterfalls and impressive volcanoes, it remains a place full of wonder and magic.

Road-tripping through Costa Rica offers great risks and rewardsupdated: Fri Sep 09 2011 21:28:00

The rainy season is a good time to go to Costa Rica. It's a lot cheaper and there are far fewer tourists. My visit was from July 22 to 31. Even if there is a lot of rain, chances are that it will come down during your afternoon nap and clear up just in time for cocktail hour at 5:30 p.m. Grant Wahl: Three thoughts on U.S.-Costa Ricaupdated: Mon Sep 05 2011 14:19:00

Three quick thoughts following the U.S.' 1-0 loss to Costa Rica on Friday night ... Steve Davis: U.S. player ratings vs. Costa Ricaupdated: Sat Sep 03 2011 02:36:00

U.S. player ratings vs. Costa Rica (scale of 1-10): Avi Creditor: U.S. vs. Costa Rica instant analysisupdated: Tue Aug 30 2011 18:51:00

The U.S. takes on CONCACAF rival Costa Rica at the Home Depot Center in Jurgen Klinsmann's second game at the helm. Join Avi Creditor and SI staff for live play-by-play analysis of the game starting on Friday at 10:30 p.m. ET. Gisele Bündchen and Benjamin Take a Dip In Costa Ricaupdated: Thu Aug 11 2011 22:48:00

The supermodel mama and her 20-month-old son splash around while vacationing

Escaping it all for 'paradise' in Costa Ricaupdated: Thu Aug 11 2011 08:02:00

Nadine Hays Pisani was desperately seeking a permanent vacation.

Costa Rica see off nine-man Bolivia to leave Argentina on the brinkupdated: Fri Jul 08 2011 06:07:00

Costa Rica grabbed their first points of the 2011 Copa America on Thursday and left hosts Argentina facing elimination after a 2-0 victory over Bolivia.

Colombia too good for 10-man Costa Ricaupdated: Sun Jul 03 2011 10:38:00

Colombia opened their Copa America campaign with a victory on Saturday, defeating 10-man Costa Rica 1-0 in Jujuy. Jonathan Wilson: Copa America Group A Previewupdated: Fri Jul 01 2011 11:33:00

A look at the teams in Group A and their projected order of finish: Steve Davis: 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup previewupdated: Sat Jun 04 2011 11:32:00

Five storylines to follow as the CONCACAF Gold Cup kicks off Sunday:

Guard faces charges in case of U.S. student killed in Costa Ricaupdated: Fri Jun 03 2011 20:10:00

The security guard suspected of killing a 16-year-old American student in Costa Rica has been charged with simple homicide, authorities said Friday.

High school student killed in Costa Ricaupdated: Fri Jun 03 2011 20:10:00

A 16-year-old on a high school trip was accidentally killed by a security guard who mistook the teen for a thief

Court bars Costa Rica, Nicaragua from disputed areaupdated: Tue Mar 08 2011 20:47:00

Costa Rica and Nicaragua both must refrain from sending or maintaining civilians, security forces or police in a disputed border area, the International Court of Justice ordered Tuesday, offering each side something it could claim as a victory. Brad Womack's Bachelor Blog: Down and Out in Costa Ricaupdated: Tue Feb 08 2011 13:48:00

Womack has a tough week with "very intense emotions" and "extremely difficult" goodbyes

Costa Rica to present case against Nicaragua in international courtupdated: Tue Jan 11 2011 06:29:00

Costa Rica will take its border dispute with Nicaragua to international court Tuesday.

Rescuing Costa Rica's sleepy slothsupdated: Thu Dec 16 2010 08:47:00

Sloths are fantastically weird animals, the junkies of the jungle who seem to spend their lives either nodding off or scratching and occasionally eating a bean or two before drifting back to what looks like a blissful sleep.

Saving sloths in Costa Ricaupdated: Thu Dec 16 2010 08:47:00

Power lines and roads crisscross Costa Rica's jungles, posing a threat to the sloth population, as VBS.TV shows us.

Costa Rica files case against Nicaragua in international courtupdated: Fri Nov 19 2010 06:17:00

Costa Rica has taken its border dispute with Nicaragua to international court, repeating claims that its territory has been invaded.

Call for troop withdrawal in Nicaragua, Costa Rica disputeupdated: Sat Nov 13 2010 06:12:00

The permanent council of the Organization of American States has approved a resolution asking troops to withdraw from the disputed border area between Costa Rica and Nicaragua.

Costa Rica ready to appeal to higher bodies in border disputeupdated: Wed Nov 10 2010 23:23:00

Costa Rica will take its border dispute with Nicaragua to the United Nations and the International Court of Justice, if a resolution is not found, Costa Rican President Laura Chinchilla said.

Costa Rica, Nicaragua remain at odds over borderupdated: Tue Nov 09 2010 18:53:00

The secretary-general of the Organization of American States announced Monday that the two sides in a Central American border dispute had agreed to talks, but the responses from Costa Rica and Nicaragua showed that they remained far from resolution.

Costa Rica observes days of mourning after mud slides kill 23updated: Fri Nov 05 2010 18:11:00

Officials in Costa Rica worked Friday to mop up the damage after heavy rain and mud slides buried homes and killed at least 23 people in the Central American country, authorities said.

Google Maps border becomes part of international disputeupdated: Fri Nov 05 2010 14:18:00

The accuracy of Google Maps has been pulled into a debate about the border between two Central American countries.

OAS head to visit both sides in Central American disputeupdated: Thu Nov 04 2010 18:07:00

The Organization of American States will send its secretary-general to Costa Rica and Nicaragua to mediate a border dispute between the two countries, the body announced Thursday.

Five value destinations for winter travelupdated: Thu Nov 04 2010 15:28:00

Looking to get away this holiday season? Who better to find the deals than agents catering to notoriously cash-strapped students?

At least 16 dead in Costa Rica mudslides, Red Cross saysupdated: Thu Nov 04 2010 13:35:00

At least 16 people died and more than 15 others were missing Thursday after heavy overnight rains caused severe mudslides in parts of Costa Rica, the nation's Red Cross said.

Costa Rican president urges restraint in border disputeupdated: Thu Nov 04 2010 05:13:00

Costa Rican President Laura Chinchilla is urging citizens to exercise restraint as her government seeks a diplomatic course to resolve a boundary dispute with neighboring Nicaragua.

Costa Rica turns to OAS in border disputeupdated: Wed Nov 03 2010 19:41:00

Costa Rica on Wednesday made its case in front of the permanent council of the Organization of American States that Nicaraguan troops had made an incursion onto their territory.

Cold case: Grad student vanishes in Costa Ricaupdated: Mon Aug 30 2010 20:54:00

American graduate student David Gimelfarb vanished a year ago while hiking in Costa Rica. He is one of three men who disappeared in Costa Rica in 2009.

Help, my honeymoon flight's been canceled!updated: Tue Jul 27 2010 11:52:00

Doug Miller's honeymoon flight to Costa Rica is canceled by US Airways, and he's left with only one option: a full refund. The airline later agrees to reschedule him on a flight the following day, but it won't cover his hotel bill. Is it allowed to do that? And is there anything he can do to make US Airways sweeten the offer?

Strong quake hits Costa Ricaupdated: Tue Jun 01 2010 13:09:00

A strong 6.1 magnitude earthquake rattled Costa Rica Monday night, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

Don't let geographic illiteracy ruin your vacationupdated: Wed May 05 2010 09:44:00

Want to hear the latest stupid-passenger joke? Just hang out near the galley on your next flight, and you might catch the attendants poking fun at our gullibility -- and geographic illiteracy.

Costa Rica elects first woman presidentupdated: Mon Feb 08 2010 05:34:00

Costa Rica elected its first female president, as the ruling National Liberation Party claimed a historic victory.

Woman leads Costa Rican presidential voteupdated: Sun Feb 07 2010 22:58:00

Costa Rica's first female candidate held a two-to-one lead in the country's presidential election, as the second-place candidate, Otton Solis of the Citizen's Action Party, conceded defeat.

Uncovering secrets to a longer lifeupdated: Tue Jan 26 2010 15:02:00

In the same way organisms select for characteristics that favor the survival and well-being of its species over successive generations, so too do cultures. With organisms, we call this process evolution and it represents a sort of accumulated wisdom. There is no word for this process in cultures, but there is one for the result. And that word is tradition. Soccer America: For U.S., qualifying for World Cup just the beginningupdated: Wed Nov 11 2009 11:40:00

At a press conference prior to the Hexagonal finale against Costa Rica in Washington, U.S. Soccer press officer Michael Kammarman pointed out that in 2009, the U.S. would play its 21st competitive match, the most ever in a calendar year.

Honduras qualify as U.S. thwart Costa Ricaupdated: Thu Oct 15 2009 11:57:00

Costa Rica suffered World Cup heartbreak as the United States salvaged a last-gasp 2-2 draw in Washington to deny the visitors an automatic place at next year's finals.

Soccer rise in the U.S.updated: Thu Oct 15 2009 11:57:00

CNN's Richard Roth reports on the rise in soccer in the United States and fans are looking forward to the World Cup 2010.

Football's gunslingers enter World Cup's last-chance saloonupdated: Thu Oct 15 2009 04:16:00

Some of the world's top footballers remained eligible -- barely -- to compete in next year's World Cup after tense matches late Wednesday in Europe and South America.

History repeats as Brazil face Ghana in U20 finalupdated: Tue Oct 13 2009 16:45:00

Alan Kardec scored a spectacular second-half winner for Brazil against Costa Rica to set up a replay of the 1993 Under-20 World Cup final against Ghana in Egypt.

Costa Rica stun hosts Egypt at Under-20 World Cupupdated: Tue Oct 06 2009 17:01:00

Costa Rica sent hosts Egypt crashing out of the Under-20 World Cup, moving into the quarterfinals with a shock 2-0 victory in Cairo on Tuesday night.

Costa Rica tops list of 'happiest' nationsupdated: Sun Jul 05 2009 08:56:00

Forget Disneyland! Costa Rica is the happiest place in the world, according to an independent research group in Britain with the goal of building a new economy, "centered on people and the environment."

Mexican navy uncovers drugs inside frozen sharksupdated: Wed Jun 17 2009 19:50:00

The Mexican navy smelled something fishy and their intuition paid off. They found nearly a ton of cocaine hidden inside a shipment of frozen sharks. Jonah Freedman: U.S. must rebound vs. Honduras after debacle in Costa Ricaupdated: Fri Jun 05 2009 15:00:00

CHICAGO -- A U.S. team, meticulously prepared and riding a wave of confidence, marched into hostile territory and proceeded to get ambushed. The whistle had barely blown before the Americans' game plan fell to pieces and they gave up an early, back-breaking goal.

Five Costa Rica adventuresupdated: Thu Apr 23 2009 14:03:00

With its exotic wildlife, sun-soaked coasts and dramatic mountains, this Central American playground offers trips for all types of explorers. Luis Bueno: Costa Rica has Mexico in its sights at Azteca once againupdated: Thu Mar 26 2009 12:46:00

In 2001, Costa Rica pulled off the unthinkable. Los Ticos went into Mexico City's Estadio Azteca and walked away with a 2-1 World Cup qualifying victory. The so-called Aztecazo was one of the most important victories in Costa Rican history and still stands alone in CONCACAF as a monumental achievement.

Costa Rica re-establishes ties with Cubaupdated: Thu Mar 19 2009 00:20:00

The president of Costa Rica announced Wednesday that he is re-establishing diplomatic relations with Cuba more than 47 years after one of his predecessors severed them.

Where even a workaholic can relaxupdated: Tue Jan 27 2009 10:59:00

When I travel in Europe, I'm working. So when I take a vacation, I like to go elsewhere. I asked my friend Kurt Kutay, who runs Wildland Adventures, to set up the best possible eight-day Costa Rican vacation for a variety of experiences. This was a rare chance for our entire family to be together for the holidays.

Rich experiences a bargain in Costa Ricaupdated: Wed Jan 21 2009 10:14:00

If you consider new experiences and foreign cultures an investment, Costa Rica might be a better option than the stock market right now.

34 dead, dozens missing from Costa Rica quakeupdated: Sat Jan 10 2009 21:59:00

The number of people killed from an earthquake in Costa Rica rose to 34 on Saturday, a government official said.

Costa Rica earthquake death toll rises to 15updated: Fri Jan 09 2009 23:21:00

The official count of confirmed deaths grew to 15 Friday afternoon, one day after a 6.1-magnitude earthquake shook north central Costa Rica, a government emergency official said.

Strong Costa Rica quake kills two girlsupdated: Thu Jan 08 2009 20:36:00

Two girls died in a landslide Thursday triggered by a 6.1-magnitude earthquake that struck near Costa Rica's capital of San Jose, the National Emergency Commission of Costa Rica said.

Places inspire great gifts for young readersupdated: Mon Dec 15 2008 14:12:00

There's just one thing 12-year-old Emily Wolfram can't live without on vacation. And it's not her cell phone or Internet access.

How to take a volunteer vacationupdated: Thu Nov 13 2008 10:43:00

"Voluntourism is not about martyrdom," says Christopher Hill, CEO of Hands Up Holidays, a London-based company that arranges high-end excursions that incorporate volunteering. "It's about making a difference, even if you're staying at a luxury hotel."

Tours offer glimpse of sea turtle nestingupdated: Tue Sep 30 2008 15:15:00

The beach is pitch black, except for the light from the stars dancing across the sky. The ocean waves pound. And right in front of us, a huge (more than 300 pounds and three feet long) green sea turtle methodically drops her eggs into a nest she's dug deep in the black sand -- more than 100 eggs in just a few minutes.

Costa Rica adventures keep kids on the goupdated: Mon Aug 25 2008 12:43:00

Soccer turns out to be the only language the kids need. Charlie and Brooke Honeymoon in Costa Ricaupdated: Tue Jun 03 2008 14:48:00

The newlyweds "love the landscape" in the country, a source tells PEOPLE

Costa Rican security minister steps down over FARC concernsupdated: Mon Mar 31 2008 05:37:00

The security minister in Costa Rica stepped down Sunday after alluding to possible links between a Colombian rebel group and Costa Rican politicians. Luis Bueno: CONCACAF Champions League is an ill-bred conceptupdated: Fri Feb 01 2008 12:40:00

Europe has the UEFA Champions League, South America has the Copa Libertadores. Almost by default, North America also has to hold an international club tournament that pits champion against champion. Luis Bueno: Mexico struggles, but reaches Gold Cup semisupdated: Sun Jun 17 2007 22:22:00

Mexico's win against Costa Rica on Sunday wasn't pretty. The beautiful game was hardly on display in Houston's Reliant Stadium, as El Tri struggled with an undermanned Costa Rican side as fouls, dives and cards dominated.

Learning from overseas travelupdated: Fri Jan 05 2007 05:06:00

For many business school students in the United States, early January would usually see them enjoy some time off to visit friends and family, or perhaps take a holiday. Not any more.

CNNMoney: Job Forecast: Steady - but cautiousupdated: Fri Dec 08 2006 14:47:00

U.S. employers are set to enter the new year with a steady - if more cautious - hiring pace, according to a survey released Tuesday.

Seeing the beauty of Costa Rica, from the saddleupdated: Wed Nov 15 2006 07:42:00

Costa Rica is a magnet for international tourists and the Central American state's astonishing geographical and biological diversity -- packed into an area just slightly bigger than Switzerland -- means many are attracted by the great outdoors.

Costa Rica eco-trip: A veggie anniversary adventureupdated: Fri Oct 27 2006 16:11:00

This year, David and Laurie Bergthold, of Oceanside, California, are celebrating their 10th wedding anniversary -- surprising to some, considering the couple got engaged after knowing each other only four months, and were married four months after that.

Costa Rica coach Guimaraes quits updated: Tue Jul 04 2006 11:29:00

Costa Rica coach Alexandre Guimaraes has resigned after his team's dismal performances at the World Cup finals -- where the Central American nation suffered three straight defeats.

Bosacki pair as Poland say goodbyeupdated: Tue Jun 20 2006 12:05:00

Bartosz Bosacki scored in each half as Poland finished their World Cup with a 2-1 win over Costa Rica in their final Group A game in Hanover on Tuesday.

Scorer Lahm praises Germany's fansupdated: Fri Jun 09 2006 14:28:00

Philipp Lahm, who gave hosts Germany a great start at the World Cup with the first goal in a 4-2 win over Costa Rica in Friday's opening game, praised the noisy home fans for their support.

showbuzzupdated: Fri Jun 02 2006 12:06:00

Former MTV talk-show host Tom Green said an accident near his house in Costa Rica has made him more respectful of the ocean.

Freak goal means misery for Polandupdated: Tue May 30 2006 14:30:00

A freak goal from goalkeeper Luis Enrique Martinez helped Colombia to a 2-1 win on Tuesday in Poland's last home friendly before the World Cup.

Ukraine too strong for Costa Ricaupdated: Sun May 28 2006 14:21:00

Ukraine received a perfect send-off to the World Cup on Sunday when they crushed fellow qualifiers Costa Rica 4-0 in their final warm-up on home soil.

CNNMoney: More than 500 arrested in phony lottery scamsupdated: Tue May 23 2006 12:36:00

At least 565 individuals have been arrested on allegations they operated phony sweepstakes and lottery contests and a variety of other mass marketing fraud schemes in the United States and four other countries, Justice Department officials announced Tuesday.

Costa Ricaupdated: Wed Apr 26 2006 08:43:00

Group A | World Ranking: 26

First Round Groupsupdated: Wed Apr 19 2006 06:25:00

The top two teams in each group advance to the 16-team knockout round.

This week in the medical journalsupdated: Fri Mar 10 2006 13:42:00

Coffee-heart attack link clarified

Costa Rica through to finals againupdated: Sun Oct 09 2005 14:32:00

Costa Rica qualified for their second successive World Cup with a 3-0 win over a makeshift United States side.

Business 2.0: Why Latin America Is The New Indiaupdated: Mon Aug 01 2005 00:01:00

With its beaches, golf courses, cuba libres, and rock-solid social-security system, it's no wonder that Costa Rica is luring American executives who want an alternative to Indian outsourcing. After...

Turtle tours: If you goupdated: Thu Jul 07 2005 12:24:00

Sea turtles are a migratory species found in a variety of coastal areas around the world, including southeastern U.S. beaches from North Carolina to Florida, Hawaii, the Caribbean, Mexico and Costa Rica.

Message in bottle saves drifting migrantsupdated: Tue May 31 2005 14:20:00

A desperate message for help stuffed into a bottle helped save 88 South American refugees stranded at sea near Costa Rica, officials said Tuesday.

Money Magazine: Voyages of Rediscoveryupdated: Sun May 01 2005 00:01:00

Libya. Rwanda. Croatia. Nicaragua. We expect to see these names on the evening news, not travel brochures. A war or another well-publicized horror can keep tourists away for generations, but these ...

Iraq squad reach quarterfinalsupdated: Mon Aug 16 2004 05:09:00

Iraq's fairytale campaign continued as they followed their shock win over Portugal by securing their place in the Olympic quarterfinals with a 2-0 defeat of Costa Rica.

FSB: Separate Peace His-and-hers fall getaways: For men, fly-fishing in northern Maine. For women, yoga boot camp in Mexico.updated: Sat Sep 01 2001 00:01:00



It's hard enough to know what you want in life, and it's especially hard on the cusp of retirement, when the prospect of considering a new home conjures both hopeful fantasies and grim premonitions...

Money Magazine: The perils and pleasures of retiring abroad Be careful. There's lots to learn besides the language.updated: Tue Mar 15 1994 00:01:00

First, the good news: Jane Parker, co-author with Allene Symons of Adventures Abroad (Gateway Books, $12.95; 800-669-0773), estimates that a couple can live in some foreign retirement Edens for a t...

Fortune: BIGGIE NAMED IN WALL STREET STINGupdated: Mon Jan 15 1990 00:01:00

Meet Eruga gutfreundi, a species of female wasp recently discovered in the mountains of Costa Rica and named for John H. Gutfreund, CEO of Salomon Brothers. Why the honor? The investment bank helpe...

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