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Monteverde, Settled by Quakers

[caption id="attachment_1492" align="aligncenter" width="501"] resplendent quetzal[/caption] The Community named Monteverde was settled by eleven Quakers  families from Alabama in the early 1950s.  They left the United States and came to Costa Rica looking for a new home,  because they had a strong belief against the military system of the US ....

Costa Rica Unique Ecotourism Destinations for the Nature Lover

[caption id="attachment_1037" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Arenal Volcano[/caption] Tortuguero Canals Rancho Margot Costa Rica Unique Ecotourism Destinations for the Nature Lover While working many years  as a travel agent specializing in Costa Rica, I have had the opportunity to explore most of this small unique country , now on the f...

The Ethnic Make Up and Character of Costa Rican People

The  Ethnic Make Up and Character of Costa Rican People By international standards Costa Rica is characterized as a third world country or a developing country.  However, on first impression it does not appear so.  You don't see the cardboard shanty towns that dominate the landscape of other developing countries.  The people are well dressed. ...

Should I Include Alajuela, the City of Mangos

Should I Include Alajuela, the City of Mangos Alajuela is Costa Rica's second largest city with a population of around  50,000.   It's biggest advantage is that it  is located only two miles from the international airport Juan Santa Maria.  It's a great place to spend the first night in and your last night out, before departing Costa Rica. ...

Weather around Arenal Volcano, Costa Rica

Weather around Arenal Volcano, Costa Rica Many tourist have asked me about when is best time to travel to the Arenal Volcano to get the best weather? There is not precise answer for that question.  The weather around the Arenal areas is rainly all year.  There is no rainy or dry season.   However, the month of March seems to be the best month t...

Marino Ballena National Park Costa Rica, whale watching

Marino Ballena National Park Costa Rica, whale watching I am planning a vacation to Costa Rica and I want to see whales.  Is that possible?  Yes it is.  The best time of the year to see them in Costa Rica is  from December through April.  They can be seen from the mid Pacific coastlines all the way down to the Osa Peninsula.   The whales  ...

Traveling to Costa Rica, Which International Airport to fly Into?

Traveling  to Costa Rica, Which International Airport to fly Into? If you are planning to travel to Costa Rica and are wondering which international airport you should fly into?  Costa Rica has two international  airports.   SJO  or San Jose international airport is located  in the center of the country, 2 miles outside Alajuela and approx ...

Driving from Arenal Volcano to Tamarindo Beach on NW Pacific, Best Route to Take

Driving from Arenal Volcano to Tamarindo Beach on NW Pacific, Best Route to Take This article to is  inform you about the best route to drive  from Arenal Volcano to the NW Pacific beach of Tamarindo:  Best route to drive  is go around the north face of Lake Arenal to Tiliran, then to Canas.  This is very scenic and takes about 1.5 hours.  T...

Rancho Margot, Costa Rica

[caption id="attachment_1153" align="alignleft" width="300"] Animal Sanctuary "Baby Mimi"[/caption] Rancho Margot Bungalow     Rancho Margot, Costa Rica Let's travel to Costa Rica to the Arenal volcano area and visit Rancho Margot.  Rancho Margot is a self sustaining organic farm located near the Arenal  Lake with  great views ...

Renting a Car in Costa Rica, Credit Card Company car rental Insurance.

Renting a Car in Costa Rica,  Credit Card Company car rental Insurance. Renting a car in Costa Rica? First call up your credit card company and ask them what Insurance coverage they provide with car rental in Costa Rica?    Each credit card company is different.  But just for purposes of example- let me tell you about mine.  I have a gold Ame...