Downtown San Jose Offers Trendy New Travel Scene

In the past, there really wasn’t much redeeming about San Jose, but now downtown San Jose (Chepe as it is known to the locals) is undergoing an exhilarating cultural revitalization.  Historic Hotel Presidente is, unquestionably, the best and most convenient place to...

Rico Tours is now selling travel to Cuba!

Did you know that it is closer from Houston to Havana than it is from Houston to Miami? The Cuban coast is a mere 94 miles as the seagull flies from the Florida Keys. Hemingway’s boat, the Pilar, did the distance from Key West to Havana on many a trip starting in the...

Exploring Nicaragua: Part 3

After reluctantly leaving Jicaro Lodge, it was time for the next phase of our adventure, Nicaragua’s Pacific Coast. We transferred for a while in the van and listened to Juan Carlos tell us stories about William Walker, who we decided to lovingly refer to as “that...

Exploring Nicaragua: Part 2

You will never know how much you can fill into one day until you try to experience a weekend’s worth of activities all in one afternoon! When I left off in my last post, we had just paid a visit to Hotel Plaza Colon. Once we left the hotel, Juan Carlos, our...

Exploring Nicaragua: Part 1

When you think about Nicaragua, do you think revolution, Contras, Sandinistas, combat, danger? Nicaragua has indeed had a tumultuous history and many travelers have expressed to us that they have been wary because of this. When I think of Nicaragua, I think of...

A Summer Trip to Belize

This summer, our Belize Specialists, Marsha Knott and Kandis Nelson, took a whirlwind trip to this charming, Caribbean-flanked country to have a close look at many of the properties that they use in their custom itineraries. At Rico Tours, we like to pay frequent...

The Nicoya Peninsula in 7 Days: Day 7

After a hearty, home-cooked breakfast at Casa Oceano, we reluctantly headed out. We all agreed that we needed at least a week of unwinding in this beautiful house. We made our way to the ferry crossing after about an hour’s drive. I have crossed the Gulf of Nicoya...

The Nicoya Peninsula in 7 Days: Day 6

The drive from Islita to Tambor was uncharted territory for me to drive myself. I have always had drivers for this section. We opted to go the coastal route rather than all the way to Paquera as it is a much shorter drive. I knew there were rivers we would have to...

The Nicoya Peninsula in 7 Days: Day 5

Wow. A free day without moving anywhere! We were so glad to stay put at such a fantastic property, the lovely Hotel Punta Islita. We spent the morning doing site inspections of the hotel and most of the villas on Punta Islita’s large property. These villas are super...

The Nicoya Peninsula in 7 Days: Day 4

After a hearty breakfast at Harmony Nosara, my friend Steve Jacobus picked us up to show us his little piece of paradise – Tierra Magnifica. Tierra Magnifica is a warm and comfortable 9 bedroom villa. Steve regularly hosts retreats, incentive groups, and weddings. He...