The only vacation cooking school in Central America holds one- to three-day inclusive cooking vacations with accommodations, meals and hands-on instruction in the heart of Costa Rica on a 70-acre nature preserve. This five-star luxury hotel and gourmet cooking school is situated in an idyllic retreat perched on a remote hilltop, with plenty of outdoor adventure activities to choose from. Charles Leary and Vaughn Perret, chef-owners of Trout Point Lodge in Nova Scotia, teach guests about sustainable and organic agriculture, as well as exploring the culinary history of America. Classes delve into Creole, Latin and Mediterranean styles of cookery. Among the highlights are field trips to markets, gardens and coffee plantations.