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You don't have to spend a ton to pull off a dreamy getaway

Want to avoid the winter blues? These warm adventure remedies are here to help, from mountain biking in Baja to hiking Dominica.

I traveled abroad on a shoestring budget. Here's how I did it—and how you can, too.

From remote wilderness resorts to a ski-in, ski-out hotel, these properties care as much about environmental practices as they do guest amenities

'How to Be a Family' and 'Uncharted' give unvarnished views of family travel from two very different perspectives

You can soak and stay at these rad spots

Yep, Costco. Here are six cut-rate trips you can take thanks to the bulk superstore.

Want to stay overnight in a jetliner, a snowcat, or a luxe glass globe dangling off a cliff? You can.

Her surfing students wanted swimsuits that stayed put and had a place to stash a key or money. So Andrea “Mona” Picasso created some—and they’re brilliant.

From deserted beaches to raucous singletrack to ancient Maya ruins, these new adventures and resorts in Central America will warm you up

Score everything from hotel rooms to concert tickets to dinner reservations on the online marketplace

Whether you want to dedicate a few hours or a few weeks, here's how to give back on your next trip

Three months after the hurricane, fly-fishing guides wrestle with what the future of their industry might look like

New approaches to wellness travel offer detoxifying spa treatments, nutritious meals, and awesome fitness options

'A Moment Longer,' from filmmaker Evan Adamson, follows surfer Tommy Witt down to the northern shore of Costa Rica.

Scouts Rickard Sjöberg and Stephan Dombaj explore a forgotten river in the jungles of Costa Rica

Professional wildlife photographer Aaron Baggenstos travelled to Costa Rica to photograph the incredible biodiversity that teems throughout the country’s jungle

The discovery of human remains in Costa Rica complicates theories on his mysterious 2014 disappearance

Presenting the best trips in one of the hemisphere's hottest travel regions.

Fulfill that childhood fantasy and book one of these high-end treehouses, from Costa Rica to Italy to San Francisco

Showering outside is one of life’s small pleasures. Discovering there’s one adjoining your hotel room is an enormous joy.

Following a lengthy trial plagued by missing and mishandled evidence, judges have acquitted seven men charged with the murder of the environmental activist Jairo Mora Sandoval. But with protestors and government leaders incensed by the decision, the case is far from over.

A new 48 Hours documentary looks into the death of an American multimillionaire—and the bizarre trial of his wife.

Roman Dial is an adventure icon and Alaskan legend who raised his son, Cody, in the outdoors. Now Cody is missing in a Costa Rican jungle and Roman is leading the search.

An excerpt from Unruly Places: Lost Spaces, Secret Cities, and Other Inscrutable Geographies examines the spaces between borders

For some surfers and SUPers, hanging ten is the holy goal—toes on the nose, nothing in front of you but pure green wave. With a nerve disorder threatening to destroy his balance, longtime kook Erik Hedegaard asked a waveriding genius to train him for one last shot.

It’s true that Costa Rica stopped being a traveler’s secret sometime during the Reagan Administration. But who cares? Its relative popularity doesn’t diminish the untouched beauty and adventure that this Central American country offers travelers—especially if you go off the beaten path. Follow these tips for planning the ultimate…

Each spring on Costa Rica’s desolate Caribbean coast, endangered leatherback sea turtles come ashore at night to lay and hide their eggs. Poachers steal them for cash, and as Matthew Power reports, they’re willing to kill anyone who gets in their way.

A brilliant American financier and his exotic wife build a lavish mansion in the jungles of Costa Rica, set up a wildlife preserve, and appear to slowly, steadily lose their minds. A spiral of handguns, angry locals, armed guards, uncut diamonds, abduction plots, and a bedroom blazing with 550 Tiffany lamps ends with a body and a compelling mystery.

Costa rica is basically one giant, overrun eco-resort, right? Not here.

Need to get away? Far away? Where you, and maybe someone else, can spend some time on an endless beach and in a whole lot of water? Here you go.

I want to go on a road and mountain biking vacation in the tropics. What do you recommend?

Globe-trotters: we've got you covered. Our 2012 Travel Awards honor the best destinations on seven continents—everything from idyllic beach escapes to camping safaris in Kenya to a mountain-bike expedition in Tibet. Plus: Outside-endorsed outfitters, adventure insurance, and more.

What's the best Central American surf trip for me and my girlfriend (who’s a beginner) in late winter? Honduras? Costa Rica? -Andrew New Haven, CT

I'm planning a trip for my husband's 40th birthday this fall, and I'm trying to find the place with the perfect mix of beach relaxation and adventure. You know, kayaking, hiking, sailing, snorkelling, and windsurfing to go with a super nice room, superb food, and a spa treatment or two. What are your suggestions? –Jill North Attleboro, MA

What are some good, cheap, tropical eco-trips for a winter break? The Editors Santa Fe, New Mexico

People give when they know it will buy something tangible. We asked directors at five organizations to tell us what donations from $50 to $50K would accomplish.

Score a great deal on a tropical vacation.

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