Relax away; a guide to unwinding at Kura

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“I’m a fan of relaxing, and when I get tired of relaxing I like to do nothing.” ― Jim Gaffigan Mulling over relaxing vacations, choosing a tropical destination is almost a reflex. Costa Rica has the most ideal setting for a laid back vacation; miles of green rain forest, sandy beaches, vast blue horizon of the ocean. Every vacation is a trip, but not every trip is a vacation. The key difference is “relaxation” and Kura has a lot to contribute to an unflustered vacation: The Infinity Pool The cure…


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Water Heaven; Would You Dip or Dive?

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Where there is water, there is life. Ocean is a mysterious yet very intriguing place. Beneath the powerful waves live many creatures, they cannot be counted! There are also splashing gushes of life rushing to crash into the ramrod rocks, waterfalls. Costa Rica has it all! Blissed with both natural phenomena, at Kura you can dive in the ocean or swim in refreshing waterfall pools . Waterfall Pools Natural waterfall swimming pools are numbered and rare. Although you might find a considerable number of waterfalls, not all of them are…


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Dinosaurs of Costa Rica: Kura’s Coolest Reptiles

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The original Juarssic Park was set in Costa Rica and, although you won’t find any tyrannosaurus rex roaming the forests outside your jungle villa, you will find several interesting reptiles reminiscent of the prehistoric creatures that strutted across the big screen several years ago. Here are a few reptiles to look out for. Black Ctenosaur This massive land reptile reaches up to 1.5 meters in length and is often spotted soaking up the sun on rocks, boulders, and fallen trees. It is a greyish brown colour with faded dark grey stripes…


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The Mystery of Cano Island’s Spherical Stones

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Just a short trip from Kura Design Villas, lies one of the world’s most magical islands. Overgrown, shrouded in mist, and full of wildlife, Cano Island is an absolute must see for lovers of nature, beauty, and mystery. Yes we said mystery. Whispers of pirates, treasure, and ancient tribes float about the island piquing the interest of locals and tourists alike. One of the most fascinating mysteries of Cano Island is the perfectly spherical stones scattered about its forests. The granodiorite spheres range in size from 2cm to 2m in diameter…


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Best Quepos Eateries to Try on Your Way to Kura

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Planning a trip to Kura? The fastest way to get here is by flying straight to nearby town Quepos then driving 50 minutes up the road to Uvita. But don’t be too quick to hop in the car once you touch down on the tarmac. Quaint port town Quepos is the perfect place to stop for a bite. Here are the eateries you have to try. Z Gastrobar With its three open sides, slick white decor, and sand floor (yup you heard that right,) Z Lounge is as much a feast for…


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Kura’s Creatures of the Night

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The rainforest surrounding Kura is chalk full of exotic creatures that you’re likely to see scurrying, flying, and swooping through the trees all throughout the day. However, some of Kura’s coolest creatures you won’t see during the day. These are the creatures who thrive when the sun dips beneath the sea and the rainforest is plunged into darkness. They are some of the most majestic, interesting, and downright bizarre species you’ll never see without a headlamp. Here are three of Kura’s coolest creatures of the night. Jaguar Jaguar sightings are extremely…


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Saving the Planet One Student at a Time

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One night at Kura is all it takes to fall in love with the natural beauty of this country. Home to several of the earth’s rarest ecosystems and most biologically intense zones, Costa Rica is a country full of natural wonders cherished by locals and visitors alike. Located smack dab in the middle of a lush rainforest, we’re passionate about preserving Costa Rica’s untouched ecosystems. This is why we teamed up with Earth Equilibrium! Earth Equilibrium is a non profit organization committed to advancing sustainable living by educating and engaging schools, communities,…


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Kura’s Cutest Creatures

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Just a hop, skip, and a jump away from Kura is Corcovado National Park, a natural wonder containing one of Central America’s last remaining old growth wet forests. With 13 major ecosystems that support a wealth of plant life and wildlife, it’s one of the world’s natural gems. Take a hike through the park and you’ll spot several animal species swinging through the tries and scuttling across the forest floor. Some of them majestic, some dazzling and others…well…just plain cute. Corcodova National Park just might have enough cute animals to break the internet….


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World’s Sexiest Flower

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Coming to Kura for a romantic couples vacation? You may want to avoid picking your sweetheart a bouquet of these funky flowers. Why? First, they’re an endangered species (no picking allowed!) Second, their official nickname is “Hooker’s Lips”— which are never a good way to start a romantic retreat… For years these fascinating flowers—which blossom on Costa Rica’s Psychotria Elata plant— have enchanted and enthralled both scientists and civilians with their uncanny lip-like look. More than just a pretty pair of lips, the plant evolved into this shape to better attract pollinators…


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World’s Tastiest Tuna Tartar

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What goes best with an ice cold glass of champagne and our Sky Lounge’s 360 degree rainforest view? Why our Tuna Tartar, of course! Here at Kura we do a lot of things well—costumer service, cocktails, sustainable energy— but one thing we hear all the time is how well we make our tuna tartar! Guests always leave Kura wanting more of this tasty treat, so we decided to fork up the recipe so they can enjoy it at home (Sky Lounge or no Sky Lounge.) TUNA TARTAR WITH FRIED PLANTAIN…


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