Gaycation Magazine Issue 22 Jun-Jul 2017

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If you ever wondered about things to do in Costa Rica, we've got you covered. We're exploring the towns of Manuel Antonio, Monteverde, and La Fortuna. You are also going to learn about Mama Di'osa, a project based on sustainability, healing, and transformation. There is always something to do in Costa Rica, you just have to figure out where to start!

Summer is here, and it's time to Gaycation! Are you ready to explore? Discover things to do in Costa Rica with our guides Catherine Groux and Monica Joan. They will take you deep into the rainforest and show you the real Costa Rica.

Costa Rica: Embrace and Explore

Costa Rica is one of my favorite places on the planet, but I think that has more to do with who I am when I'm there than the destination itself.

It's the kind of place that demands you to fully surrender to it, giving into its relaxed lifestyle, relinquishing to its natural beauty, and fully appreciating the stunning landscapes that surround you. It invites you, it enchants you, and it grips you until your only option is just let go. Trust me, you'll be sipping a cold Imperial, zip-lining through the forest canopy, and swimming in the pool of a towering waterfall before you can say "pura vida."

In the past decade, Costa Rica has blossomed into a gay hot spot, quickly becoming the most gay-friendly country in Central America. That being said, it is still a conservative, Catholic country so PDA (especially in rural areas) is frowned upon...

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Grab your speedo and set sail with us as we cruise the Caribbean, and finally sit back, relax and pitch a tent, as we go camping throughout the Midwest, This is going to be a great Summer for a Gaycation!

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