American Students Power Up Costa Rican Community

This August, twenty students, teachers, alumnus and parents from the Meadowbrook School of Weston, Massachusetts, along with three guides from Costa Rican Adventures, traveled through Costa Rica to revisit some of the communities they had been introduced to during the school’s class trip in February 2013. The group came with two very ambitious service goals:  1. Building a library at … [Read more...]

Costa Rica Aerial Photos

If you want to get a overall look at Costa Rica's country side  there is nothing like Aerial photos of cities, hotels, beaches, towns, landmarks, coastline and general landscape. Some of the photos include, Flamingo Beach, Osa Peninsula, Palo Seco, Gulf of Papagayo, San Jose, Santa Ana, Dominical, Playa Conchal, Quepos and Golfito. Click on any photo to start the slideshow.   … [Read more...]

Earthquake Hits Costa Rica – Sept 5th, 2012

Images were downloaded via Twitter with their respected author accounts and added to the photo captions. NOSARA, Costa Rica – A powerful, magnitude-7.6 earthquake shook Costa Rica and a wide swath of Central America on Wednesday, collapsing some houses, blocking highways and causing panic, but officials said there were no reports of deaths. The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake was … [Read more...]

Costa Rica Chocolate – Cacao House

Cacao is Spanish for cocoa. It grows on a tree, which bears a fruit containing seeds that look similar to coffee beans. That’s where chocolate comes from. The farming and use of cacao has a long history in Costa Rica. The valued beans were once used as currency. It was a major Costa Rican export, until surpassed by the introduction of coffee in the late 1700′s. Still cocoa beans … [Read more...]

Costa Rica Street Signs and Addresses. “ We don’t need no stinking street sign!”

I had to laugh the other day when the Wall Street Journal wrote an article on how Costa Rican's find addresses - a country where street names or addresses are fictional. Any expat will tell you, "It is a challenge, hassle, and at most time’s pure frustration to find any home, residents, or business." Costa Ricans use the infamous Landmark System (based on distances). Wall … [Read more...]

The New Jaco – Bars, Nightclubs, and Restaurants

I had not been to Jaco in a while -  with said, a while back I wrote about how wild Jaco is and how I predicted that the desire for tourist bucks will change it.  Needless to say,  I spend some time checking out the ‘new’ Jaco a few weeks ago. Those that experienced Jaco years ago had warnings about the lawless of the town. Druggies, prostitution, pickpockets etc, pretty much ran it.  I’m … [Read more...]

Dominical, Costa Rica – Road, Surfing, Hospital, Festival, Development

Dominical used to be one of those Costa Rican coastal villages that was the talk of surfers and travelers that managed to disregard their GPS settings. However, that started to change in the mid 2000s when private enterprises started to promote the kick-back town as Costa Rica's newest and hottest tourist attraction. Dominical is unique because it has mountains rising behind and around it, … [Read more...]

Costa Rica’s Southern Caribbean – A Pirates Treasure

In the 1600s pirates combed Costa Rica’s Caribbean coast in search of Indian gold and trading ship’s merchandise. However their greatest find is still undiscovered by many today. Its enchanting, uncrowded beaches, distinctive climate and charming, carefree culture make Costa Rica’s south Caribbean a true treasure yet to be known. For nature lovers, Costa Rica’s Caribbean holds a treasure trove … [Read more...]

Driving and Road Conditions to Puerto Jimenez Costa Rica. Highway 245

A once was quiet remote town of Puerto Jimenez has grown to become the largest town on the Osa Peninsula today. Located in the southern part of the Puntarenas province, this kick-back town is one of the main gateways to the beautiful Corcovado National Park. With said, it has become one of the hot eco destinations in Costa Rica. Many will take a plane, but those that like to see the country … [Read more...]

The Future for Guanacaste – Vacation, Invest and Retire

Guanacaste has posted some great numbers in 2011 however things still seem to be slow in talking with many hoteliers, restaurateurs and retailers. Our real estate friends in Guanacaste are positive and things seem to be picking up a bit, but our friends in Atenas are talking about a slump. Their situations were completely reversed a year ago. Many other factors on the table are very positive for … [Read more...]

Atenas, Costa Rica – Retirement and Vacation Community

In 2004 my family and I decided to make our first trip to Costa Rica as a “research” mission to see if the Central America country would be a good candidate to purchase a vacation and/or retirement home. I had met Gerardo Gonzalez-Porras back in the Florida  (part owner of Pure Life Development), and being Tico he had told many stories about  but would never embellish too much, wanting each … [Read more...]

Tobias Bolaños International Airport Security – Pavas, Costa Rica

Most tourist think that Costa Rica has just two international airports, Juan Santamaria International Airport and Liberia's, Daniel Oduber Quiros International Airport -  thats not so. Tobias Bolaños International Airport in Pavas, San Jose is getting known as a private hub for the rich and famous, main airport for various activities of the industry and for its domestic and  international small … [Read more...]