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Vanessa Willing

Vanessa is a global traveler who always has her bag packed and ready to go! Born and raised on the West Coast of the United States she grew up enjoying the Pacific on camping trips with her family. Vanessa knew from a young age that travel was her passion and the best education she could give herself. Her mission, “Meet the world & its people!” Early on, Vanessa’s love for travel inspired her to take a position as a tour guide leading groups through Central America, where she fell in love with Costa Rica. She found her Pura Vida spirit and decided to hang up her backpack and stay for a while. Vanessa is a travel industry leader, she has traveled far beyond Costa Rican borders and extensively within Costa Rican borders. A true mermaid at heart, Vanessa can be found sailing the Pacific, snorkeling in the warm waters or deep sea diving.

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Coffee: The Pride of Ticos

1720 is the probable date of the introduction of coffee to America, when the first seeds of the Arab Coffee species, the typical variety arrived in Martinique Island, Antilles, which seed were later sown in Costa Rica at the end of the 18th century. The history of...

The pride of the Ticos: Gallo Pinto

Ticos call Gallo Pinto or Pinto to a combination of rice and beans cooked with lizano sauce, coriander, and sweet pepper, among some of its ingredients. It is called Gallo Pinto because when the beans and rice come together, the rice acquires the color of the beans...

Why is Costa Rica a great destination to get married?

It is known that Costa Rica is a highly requested destination among many tourists around the world, all for its beautiful beaches, its majestic mountains, volcanoes, for its flora and fauna and for the endless activities that are offered to have the experience of a...

Costa Rica Typical Meals

If biodiversity is the first thing that comes to your mind when you hear the name of Costa Rica, the second thing should be exquisite food. The country that stands out for its incredible beaches and volcanoes, also stands out worldwide for its cuisine. Its simple but...

Thanksgiving in Costa Rica

Thanksgiving is one of the most celebrated American holidays in Costa Rica; every year, thousands of expats gather to give thanks and dine on foods that commemorate the autumn harvest. Whether celebrating with family or new friends, it’s a day to relish familiar...

Movies Made in Costa Rica

Costa Rica may not have a large film industry, but many film productions have been made here, as well as many film plots have been set in this country. Thanks to its natural wonders and the variety of places and landscapes, Costa Rica has managed to increase the...

Pura vida, The essence of Costa Rica

Costa Rica is a country in Central America, well known for its lush flora and fauna, home of 4% of the world's biodiversity. Its small territory offers wonderful landscapes, rivers of clear waters and lagoons, beautiful beaches, green mountains, humble and cheerful...

The typical restaurants of Costa Rica: The “Sodas”

When you visit Costa Rica and you want good local food, you have to eat at a soda. You haven’t experienced real Costa Rica if you don’t eat at a “soda”.  “Sodas” are what Costa Ricans call their local restaurants. A Costa Rica soda are normally small open air...

Architectural Treasures of Costa Rica

Religious, cultural and governmental buildings still stand as beauty landmarks throughout the capital. The diversification of architecture in Costa Rica ranges from the Spanish heritage itself to the European heritage in general. One can only marvel at the remarkable...

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