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[ 0 ] August 4, 2011

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Where to stay in Monteverde, Costa Rica

[ 0 ] June 1, 2011

Monteverde is a great base for exploring the cloud forest in Costa Rica and there’s plenty of cheap hostels available.

Check out our reviews of the best places to stay in town…

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Pension Santa Elena - Hostels in Monteverde, Costa Rica - Fabulous Travel Guide

Pension Santa Elena ($10USD for dorm) is our top pick for its communal kitchen, friendly staff and chilled out atmosphere. Hammocks hang out on the porch and there’s free wifi for guests.

Monteverde Backpackers ($10USD per night dorm) is a little dark and dreary but the dorms are clean, there’s a TV area and it’s a stone’s throw from the main street.

Hostel Montelena
offers surprisingly good rates for private rooms. We managed to wangle one for just $6USD. There’s also a kitchen, free internet and clean bathrooms.

Casa Tranquilo has a more worn out, beach hut feel. Dorms cost $8USD and include breakfast and wifi.

Going zip lining through the cloud forest? See which agency is the best one to book through and check out the pics! Don’t forget to visit the best beaches in Central America!

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Swing through the cloud forest in Monteverde

[ 2 ] May 22, 2011

Fancy swinging through the cloud forest in Costa Rica? Monteverde is home to some of the best canopy tours in Central America and the zip lines are insane!

Aventura is a great company to go with as it boasts 12 cables, a gigantic Tarzan swing, rope bridges and the spectacular Superman Cable – where you actually feel like you’re flying! And the best part? You’re 260ft in the air.

Zip-lining in Monteverde, Costa Rica - Ziplining in Costa Rica - What to do in Costa Rica - Fabulous Travel Guide

Zip-lining in Monteverde, Costa Rica - What to do in Costa Rica - Fabulous Travel Guide

A two-hour tour, including equipment,  hostel pickup and a team of guides, costs just $40 (less with a student card). Staff here are friendly, professional and good fun! Email:  aventuracanopy@monteverdecostarica.info to reserve your spot.

What to wear

The cloud forest is usually wet and muddy so wear hiking boots/trainers, thick socks, a waterproof coat and long trousers. You can take your camera but make sure it’s secure or give it to one of the guides.

Travelling through the rest of Central America? See pictures of the best beaches and don’t forget to follow us on Twitter for more travel tips!

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Best beaches in Central America

[ 5 ] March 17, 2011

Planning a trip to Central America? With so many beaches to visit, both on the Pacific and the Caribbean, you’ll be hard pushed to see them all. So we’ve come up with a list of must-see places:

1) Caye Caulker, Belize

Head to The Split in Caye Caulker and enjoy a cold beer on a picnic bench in the sea. Don’t miss the snorkelling trips from Raggamuffin Tours – they’re the best on the island!

The Split, Caye Caulker, Belize - Fabulous Travel Guide

The Split, Caye Caulker, Belize - Fabulous Travel Guide

2) Playa El Tunco, El Salvador

The black sand beaches on the coast of El Salvador are a welcome change from the rest of Central America. Make sure you hire a surf board and hit those waves – they attract surfers from all over the world.

Playa El Tunco, El Salvador - Picture of the Week - Fabulous Travel Guide

Playa El Tunco, El Salvador - Picture of the Week - Fabulous Travel Guide

3) Tulum, Mexico

The Mayan ruins in Tulum are perched 39ft above sea level on a cliff overlooking the sea. Get there early to catch the sunrise and avoid the tourists.

Mayan ruins in Tulum, Mexico

Best beaches - Tulum, Mexico - Fabulous Travel Guide

4)  San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua

There are several beaches in San Juan del Sur – all great for keen surfers. We love the local beach for its spectacular sunsets and chilled out vibe.

San Juan Del Sur, Nicaragua

San Juan del Sur - Best beaches in Central America - Fabulous Travel Guide

5) Tamarindo, Costa Rica

Playa Tamarindo stretches as far as the eye can see – making it great for those who like their own space. It’s also a great place to party and meet fellow travellers.

Playa Tamarindo, Costa Rica

Playa Tamarindo, Costa Rica - Best beaches in Central America - Fabulous Travel Guide

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Hit the surf in Tamarindo, Costa Rica

Hit the surf in Tamarindo, Costa Rica

[ 2 ] March 14, 2011

Looking for a good surf spot in Costa Rica? If you don’t mind high-rise hotels, throngs of wealthy Americans and eating at fast-food restaurants, then Tamarindo can be lots of fun.

With two pretty beaches, and great waves for surfing, this little town attracts backpackers and families alike. But with prices on the increases, it’s starting to lose its appeal, so get down here quick while you can still afford it.

Surfer at Playa Langosta, Tamarindo

Josh Allen hits the surf at Playa Langosta, Tamarindo

Where to surf

Nearby Playa Langosta caters to the more experienced surfers (head there at 7am to catch 5ft waves) while the local beach is more geared up for beginners. Most hostels offer surf board rental for $10 per day and you can get lessons pretty much anywhere.

Tamarindo, Costa Rica - Fabulous Travel Guide

Tamarindo, Costa Rica - Fabulous Travel Guide

Where to eat

Want to kick-start the day with a healthy breakfast? Head down to Pura Vida for delicious smoothies (1000 colones – £1.20) and if you fancy a quick snack try the empanadas at nearby Burger Beach. Be warned: they’re addictive.

Where to party

There is something different happening every night of the week from open mic events to ‘Single and Mingle’ nights. Aqua is a cool club on the beachfront with regular ladies’ nights and parties that keep backpackers flocking in their droves. If salsa and live music is more your thing head to the Crazy Monkey.

Want to see more pictures of Costa Rica? Check out our photo gallery of Tamarindo and see what else there is to do in Central America.

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