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There’s something undeniably special about being a pioneer—especially when the backdrop is a pristine, deserted bay in the northwestern Costa Rican jungle. I can’t tell you exactly where because then I’d have to kill you. But suffice to say that it’s the perfect canvas for combining the soothing strokes of stand-up paddleboarding (SUP) with the…

You know you’re on to something good when you’re willing to travel thousands of miles for a sport, practice for days, get absolutely pummeled in the ocean, and you still want more. Welcome to kiteboarding. It’s known to be addictive—even when you face plant. I couldn’t resist trying it after witnessing the beauty and grace…

“I forgot to pack my underwear, but I brought a headlamp!” said Winnie. By now we had known each other five days. We were in a remote, Costa Rican jungle and I couldn’t help but laugh at my new Swedish friend and expedition mate. Her parents named her after the loveable children’s character and bear,…

For our annual Adventure Travel issue, we scoured the globe to find the 25 Best New Trips in the World for 2010, complete with a Best Trips photo gallery. Today, we present Costa Rica. The world's far corners are now well within reach. Costa Rica: Coast Confidential With Costa Rica’s Pacific coast looking more and…

Deep in Costa Rica's Central Valley, a lil' lodge is offering a big deal: Stay four nights at the Lost Iguana Resort and Spa and they'll doc your bill by 20 percent (which, if you do the math, works out to about $150 per room per night). Every one of its 42 rooms overlooks Arenal volcano,…

Text by Andrea Minarcek; Photographs courtesy of, from top: J. Andrés Vargas (2); Jeff Akens (2) It’s day four of the Coastal Challenge (TCC) Rainforest Run—a six-day, 145-mile stage race across Costa Rica—and people are starting to wear out. Most of our feet are covered in blisters, and at only 8:00 a.m., the temperature’s shot…

Where can I take my ten-year-old and still get my adventure fix? A. Parenthood and wanderlust aren’t mutually exclusive—and the answer is not an all-inclusive resort. “Of all the destinations we offer, Costa Rica is the best for five-year-olds,” says Jim Kackley, general manager of Thomson Family Adventures, which has a trip designed for hip-high…

Text by Global Travel Editor Costas Christ When NBC's TODAY Show Travel Editor Peter Greenberg asked me to contribute a list of the top 10 places people should avoid when they travel, to include in his new book, Don't Go There! (www.PeterGreenberg.com), I was a little reluctant at first. I am a firm believer that…