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Central America Caribbean » Costa Rica » San José September 10th 1999

Si un fin de semana, rafting, canopy, en Los sueños Marriot en playa Jaco... read more


We arrived at Playa Samara, on the pacific side of Costa Rica. Playa Samara has a reputation of being one of the country’s safest beaches due to the protection provided by a coral reef. The beach extends for 4 miles. The tropical forest surrounding the area gives you a chance to see Howler Monkeys and Sloths. We stayed at Hotel Las Brisas del Pacifico, which is located on Samara Beach, Guanacaste. We were fortunate to stay in the top bungalows which gave us a view of Samara Beach. In staying in the bungalows, don’t be afraid if you hear a deep howl or grunt over your roof. It's probably howler monkeys hanging around your bungalow. It wasn't surprising, around the hotel area, to see Iguanas as they were part of the landscape. The area is incredibly ... read more
View of our room from the pool
Beach view
Hardscape Iguana style


After the exciting whitewater rafting on the Pacuare River, our next destination is Arenal Volcano. We arrived at Hotel San Bosco which is located in La Fortuna. The hotel is nice, clean, and inexpensive. From the hotel, on a clear day you can see Arenal Volcano. Early in the morning, the volcano was partly covered by clouds and the weather was overcast, which made photographing it quite a challenge. Arenal Volcano is the only volcano in Costa Rica constantly active since it woke up after 400 years with the big 1968 eruption producing huge ash columns, explosions & glowing red lava almost every day. It is considered one of the ten most active volcanoes in the world. It is 5478 feet high. We spent the late afternoon and evening at Tabacon Resort Hot Springs, a resort ... read more
Cover up job
La Fortuna Waterfalls
Striking a pose


Our first stop in the Monteverde / Santa Elena region was the Serpentarium (Snake Farm). It was quite an experience in more ways than one. There was a room full of nothing but Boa Constrictors in all sizes, shapes, and ages. I was so intrigued photographing them, that I wasn't aware of what I almost stepped on. I was backing up to take a photo when I heard this loud hissing that resembled a cat hissing. I turned around and looked, I was about to step on a pregnant Boa Constrictor. The old saying of "If Mama ain't happy, no one's going to be happy". In this case, this saying is true, because Mama to be wasn't too happy with me. It could've been worse, she could've given me a "squeeze". There were all kinds of ... read more
Mama Boa
Two for the price of one
Slither


I picked Costa Rica for the whitewater rafting and also because it had the jungle and the beach. It's really the best of both worlds. Costa Rica has 800 species of ferns, 1,000 of orchids, 2,000 kinds of trees, and 200 species of mammals. I had a feeling that I was going to be in floral and fauna heaven. I was pretty much right! Costa Rica has the Caribbean on the east and the Pacific on the west. Costa Rica Has Nicaragua to the North and Panama to the South. My flight to San Jose took 3.5 hours. When you go to Costa Rica, San Jose is pretty much the starting point of your trip. San Jose has the infamous reputation as the ugly duckling of Central America. The city has some particularly good museums, most ... read more
Celebrate
Working together
Petal power

Central America Caribbean » Costa Rica October 10th 1992

October 1992 I was not able to select "1993" on the Diary Date, so 1999 will have to do... The departure from CR was uneventful, we took a Continental American flight at 6:00 AM, and I was carrying with me a “baguette” and Pate to ensure we would have plenty of food during the journey… I did notice there were not any chickens or any other animals on the flight as it is customary during domestic flights.  Did watch some TV and listen to the radio to entertain myself…. Then finally we arrived at the HOSTON International Airport in USA – wow!  I waited my time inline to get out of the 737 Boing and make it to the Immigration agents… I was not sure where to go because I had a sealed manila envelope giving ... read more

Central America Caribbean » Costa Rica December 17th 1988

This is a continuation of my putting our old travel journals onto this blog site. See previous one: Guatemala 1988, which is the first in this series; this is the second. Again, I am relying on photos I happened to have scanned and ones people have sent to me as I do not have access to my original photos. Thank you all who sent me photos - much appreciated! When we return to the states (this is being written in Germany where we are living this year) I'll add/substitute original photos. YOU CAN CLICK ON ANY PHOTO TO ENLARGE IT, THEN GO BACK TO THE JOURNAL OR GO THROUGH THE PHOTOS (CLICK ON THE NUMBERS AT THE TOP) IN THAT ENLARGED FORMAT. YOU CAN CLICK ON "PREVIOUS ENTRIES" AT THE TOP LEFT OF THIS BLOG PAGE ... read more
Guatemala Post Office
Cozumel, Mexico
Kathy & Bernie in Cozumel 88




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