1. Things you should know about the Annexation of the Partido de Nicoya festival
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Every July 25 Costa Rica celebrates the anniversary of the day when the Partido de Nicoya, today known as Guanacaste, became a part of Costa Rica in 1824.
The festival does not commemorate a battle
The Annexation Festival is not a celebration of a violent takeover, but rather the commemoration of an autonomous canton’s peaceful decision to join the Costa Rican nation.
The Partido de Nicoya included lands located between La Flor River and Nicaragua Lake. That area was very independent and usually responded, as to civil and administrative matters, to the Captaincy General of Guatemala.
With the independence of Central America in 1821, the Party of Nicoya considered an invitation made by Costa Rica to annex its territory.
After deliberations, the Party of Nicoya, through an open council that brought its inhabitants together, accepted the invitation to annex to Costa Rica and indicated that schools should be created and they should provide protection to their lands, because, as indicated, they only had 26 broken rifles.
The Annexation Act was signed on July 25, 1824 by Manuel Cupertino Briceño, Nicoya Mayor, and aldermen Torivio Viales, Ubaldo Martinez, and Manuel García. The head of the Costa Rican government at the time was Juan Mora Fernández.
Guanacaste culture is all about the sabaneros
Before Guanacaste beaches became renowned travel destinations, the region was known for its farms and ranches. Today, the iconic Guanacaste cowboy — or sabanero — continues to exert a huge influence on local culture.
Cowboy hats and blue jeans are the requisite attire for a Guanacaste celebration, and Tico-style bullfights — where the bull is not killed, but ridden and then taunted by a giant crowd — are a fixture in the region.
It’s also not uncommon to see Ticos celebrating on horseback. Don’t be surprised to roll up to a local taberna and find a bunch of cowboys parked out front on their horses, living it up.
- Art. Original Competencia de Aguas abiertas: Why you should try open water swimming
Swimming is one of the most popular activities in the world. If you’re looking to step up and challenge yourself away from the pool then open water swimming is the perfect way to take your swimming in a new direction.
Swimming requires a tranquil and perfectly focused mind. Open water swimming takes a different kind of mental attitude.
Open water swimming has also been shown to significantly combat mental illnesses such as depression and anxiety. The body releases huge amounts of endorphins, adrenalin and dopamine both during and after a swim, to help you adapt and overcome the conditions of the water. There is a refreshing and undeniable high that follows each session.
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The sea of Playa Conchal is perfect for open water swimming. It has a warm but cool temperature and it is a very calm sea with clear water. That’s why the former swimmer Kurt Niehaus began to promote this sport in the country with the “Aguas Abiertas” organization in 2004.
Their goal is to provide events in safe and amazing locations. They want that the participants have a unique and unforgettable experience. For that reason, the “Open Water Circuit” was created in 2013.
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The “Open Water Circuit” is a serie of competitions during the year, which combine incredible scenery. In each competition participants accumulate points for a “general ranking” and by an “age category”.
In addition, the organization has a strategic alliance with Kurt Niehaus Swim Academy to support the development both, new enthusiasts and swimmers that want to improve their performance in this exciting sport.
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Nuevo Arenal, Jaco, Playa Conchal, Playa Hermosa Guanacaste and “el Golfo de Papagayo” are some of the places where the competitions take place.
If you want more information about this organization you can visit their official sites: https://www.facebook.com/AguasAbiertascom/
- We dare you NOT to fall in love with Costa Rica
Are you coming to Reserva Conchal soon? Then you should embark on a magical adventure in our extraordinary National Wildlife Refuge.
Encompassing a broad range of ecosystems — including a dry forest, an estuary and a mangrove swamp — our 98-acre wildlife refuge is truly amazing. Let your eyes, ears and spirit hear the song of the more than 32 species of birds that will welcome you in their home. Discover the daily routine of the 12 species of mammals gathering day by day in the heart of the Guacanaste region. And if you are feeling more adventurous, we dare you to visit the home of the 8 species of reptiles and amphibians that make our refuge an exciting place to wander.
The Reserva Conchal National Wildlife Refuge also treasures the most beautiful flora in the Guacanaste region. Get to know the mystical Rain Tree, the exotic Kapok, the colorful Carao and the unique Guácimo.
And if you still want to learn more about the spectacular flora and fauna you can be part of the many on-site research programs and environmental education classes throughout the year, such as our “Green Future” wetlands program. This magnificent activity is popular among groups of schools, colleges and universities from both Costa Rica and around the world.
Still curious? Allow our in-house biologist to give you and your loved ones a special guided tour while pointing out beautiful butterflies, swinging monkeys, exotic birds, ring-tailed coatis, and other native wildlife hiding in the brush!
Be part of the most wonderful treasures in Costa Rica right inside Reserva Conchal.Our 98 acre wildlife refuge will welcome you at any time during your stay. Get lost in our stunning two kilometer trail that offers nature-lovers and wildlife photography enthusiasts the ideal opportunity to capture the rich and enchanting natural heritage of Costa Rica. Only 90 minutes will take you to become the most talented nature photographer or audacious explorer.
And if you are a risk taker delve into our additional trails outside of the refuge.No matter what kind of challenge you’re looking for – an invigorating jog or run among the trees, a thrilling bike ride spotting native birds, or a calming hike surrounded by many different elements of nature – these trails are the place to find what you seek.
What are you waiting for? Be part of Guacanaste’s most treasured jewel. Be part of Reserva Conchal.
- Mission possible: organize a multi-family vacation
Getting together has also never been harder given people’s increasingly busier lives and the rising cost of nearly every form of travel. Making sure that you make the most of your family get together is important. It all starts with just a little bit of upfront planning.
How to plan a multi-family reunion
- Don’t do it alone. This is, after all, a family reunion. Involve family from the start.
- Give yourself enough time. If this is a first-time reunion and you plan to invite a large group, you must allow a year or more for planning. Members may need to request vacation time from work and some may need to save money to make the trip. Many details need attention, and the earlier you start, the better off you’ll be.
- Set a date and stick to it. Selecting a date can be one of your most complicated tasks. Check with others to see if there are any calendar conflicts: weddings? graduations? trips? Send a save-the-date message as soon as your date is set so everyone knows not to schedule anything at the same time. Do NOT change the date under any circumstances.
- Location, location, location. Like all things in life, location can make or break a reunion. First you must decide where that place will be … Will it be near or far away?
- Make your reunion affordable. One significant difference between family reunions and all other reunions is that all ages, abilities, resources and life stages must be taken into account.
- Don’t be a control freak. Nothing can sap the fun out of a vacation than somebody who can’t roll with the punches – and especially for the person who is organizing or helping to organize the vacation. No vacation works out exactly as you plan. Remember that you are having a vacation and that means having fun, not making sure everything on the planned itinerary is checked off.
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Once upon a time in Reserva Conchal
You want your wedding to be a truly magical and enchanting moment? Then why don’t you make it a tropical fairy tale?
Reserva Conchal is where dreams and magic come true. Picture yourself enjoying the most beautiful moment of your life surrounded by an authentic tropical paradise that will captivate the heart of your loved ones. Emerald green landscapes, pristine and crystal clear beaches, white and smooth sand will join together to create the most enthralling moment of your life.
Magnificent venues and enchanting beachfront settings will be at your disposition to guarantee you a truly tropical fairy tale wedding. Our colonial and stylish architecture and five-star amenities will astonish your special guests and give them the most magical and invaluable experience of their lives.
Our impeccable service will ensure that no detail is overlooked. These are the hallmarks of an event at Reserva Conchal.
Set against the breathtaking backdrop of Costa Rica’s Northern Pacific Coast, Reserva Conchal is the premier destination for wedding celebrations from intimate to grand. Whether you’re planning a small family affair or a formal ballroom banquet, our in-house wedding coordinator is available to ensure that every moment of your special day exceeds all expectations.
Each detail, from planning the menu to arranging entertainment, photography, flowers and more, is deftly handled. Guests may also select from an array of ceremony and reception sites throughout the resort, including Reserva Conchal private Beach Club, lush gardens, beachfront pool deck or one of our sophisticated ocean-view function rooms.
Reserva Conchal is the perfect place for a truly authentic wedding that no one will ever forget. We know how to create enchanting moments, we make every detail superb and we are definitely experts in creating atmospheres and experiences that will accompany you and your loved ones throughout their lives.
Tie your hearts together in the jewel of the most captivating and genuine place: Reserva Conchal.