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How Growing Up with a Tico Dad is Anything but Basic

While everyone else watched The Crocodile Hunter, you were raised by one.
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He’s got the blowgun to prove it.

That “hunter” gave you a machete for your 5th birthday present.

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Mamá loved that one.

Read: What You Say vs. What Mamá Hears

Every wall in the house was a different color.
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And he can’t stand to be in your white-washed apartment. Is he allergic to blanco?

He regularly tricked you into eating the spiciest chiles. 

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I swear that was child abuse.

Every meal had to include rice and beans…

Last #costaricanbreakfast … Last few hours before going back home… #desayunotico

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Even breakfast when all you wanted was pancakes…just once.

The house smelled like fresh food every hour of the day.

If you recommended eating out, dad looked at you like you were crazy.

READ: Latino Dishes that’ll Cure Anything

And the house also smelled like rotting food every hour of the day.

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How did he not notice?

The yard looked like a jungle.
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If you suggested weeding, he got teary.

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His childhood stories sounded like Mowgli’s memoirs.
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“…and when I got to the top of the mango tree, there was a viper waiting for me!”

And your suffering NEVER, EVER could compare. 

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He’s survived flesh eating caterpillars and a volcanic eruption…he’s not impressed you broke a nail.

What stunts does your Tico padre pull? Let us know in the comments below and be sure to share on Facebook and Twitter!

Why Latino Dads Don’t Say I Love You

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Why Latino Dads Don’t Say I Love You

Growing up in Latino households, the dynamic between parents and their kids is pretty straightforward. They rule the house and what they say goes. While they could be a little strict at times, they show love in other ways such as making homecooked meals, fixing anything that needs fixing and sacrificing a lot for a better life.

In a new video by Mitu, the relationship between fathers and sons is spotlighted as one where discussions about love and sensitivity can be difficult.

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In most Latino households, the machismo mentality is very present, and breaking down that wall of emotions is almost impossible to do. Dad’s will undoubtedly say that they do love their children, but they have a difficult time saying the actual words.

In three generations of fathers and sons, each dad admits that they just don’t say “I love you.”

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It could be the language barrier or a cultural difference, but hearing “I love you” from a parent to their child is the best thing to help a relationship grow in a nurturing way.

One of the most touching parts of their stories is when the sons tell their fathers how much their love means to them.

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Each son spoke so eloquently and told them that they admire their hard work, and everything they sacrificed for them, and how they understand that all they do is to help their families, and others.

A beautiful portion of the video (and you will cry so grab some tissue) is when Sergio Garcia tells his dad Manuel Garcia that he has taught him so much throughout his life.

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Sergio says that his dad taught about having a good work ethic, that he knows how much he did for their family, and how to be humble and respectful.

Check out the full video here.

This Costa Rican Plane Hotel Boasts More Monkeys Than People And It Is The Perfect Escape

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This Costa Rican Plane Hotel Boasts More Monkeys Than People And It Is The Perfect Escape

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Latin America wins the Most Creative Hotels Award, and it’s possible that Hotel Costa Verda is the clincher. Suspended above a private rainforest, adjacent to protected Manuel Antonio National Park, is a refurbished 1965 Boeing 727 airplane.

The vessel has been refurbished with hardwood floors, walls, and ceiling. It is a coveted private suite among a rainforest resort. They’re calling it an “Avion Hotel,” but we’re calling it Latin magic.

This spot beats any Bali treehouse hotel.

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The plane itself is suspended by a 50-foot pedestal. It might seem counterintuitive to relax on an airplane, but wait till you see inside it.

The furniture is hand-carved Indonesian teak wood is as beautiful as it sounds.

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The main suite is two bedrooms, each with a private bathroom. It also includes a kitchenette and dining area. Talk about a sweet suite.

Plus, you get jungle-side ocean views all in one frame.

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Every glimpse outside one of your dozen little airplane windows is breathtaking. Plus, you might even get up close and personal with the wildlife.

The hotel boasts “Still More Monkeys Than People🐒” as its Instagram description.

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So you’re going to see monkeys galore. A recent traveler shared a tip on TripAdvisor, “If you love wildlife, this is the place to stay. Monkeys every day would visit us, as well as beautiful Toucans, and other birds and animals. We did hear the Howler Monkeys every morning and they became our alarm clock.”

The Avion Hotel has become a wedding destination for obvious reasons.

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This is what the plane looked like before it was renovated. If you follow @hotelcostaverde, you’ll see the amount of machinery it took to properly place the plane.

You don’t have to get married to stay here.

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The hotel offers dozens of rooms that all include access to several pools, sunning decks and all the same wildlife. In fact, for some guests, it was too much wildlife.

Some suites include private outdoor bathtubs surrounded by jungle sounds.

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Although, one TripAdvisor reviewer from Massachusetts noted that it can come with a catch. “‘Creatures’ can get in, a salamander greeted us in the bathtub,” TyBL15 wrote.

You can walk through the jungle to the beach or take a bus.

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With warm ocean waters nearly year round, it’s both beautiful to look at, and access. If you’re not feeling it, you can just stay in the pool and look out at the ocean.

There is an adults only section.

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Which includes its own pool and patio, free from children. Whether you’re looking for a family vacation with a plane out of a museum for your kids to enjoy, or a relaxing stay, Hotel Costa Verde seems to have it all.

Plus, apparently “Willie the bartender makes the best frozen drinks.”

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At least according to one reviewer. Plus, Costa Rican fruit drinks are fresher than anything you’ll find stateside. Often, you can find some of the fruit growing around the property.

There are four restaurants on the property.

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Kristin recently wrote that “the food was amazing and the portions were huge. We learned to start splitting some meals because they provide “Costa Rican portions.”

We don’t know that there’s any other place like it in the world.

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One reviewer gave it to us straight: “The images on their site do this place no justice. This place is gorgeous and very cool with the airplane cottages.”

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