Church bells clang, railroad tracks rattle and laughter leaps down the street. On a Sunday morning, the sounds of San Jose, Costa Rica waft through the gated window in my room at Hotel Colonial, landing on my bed along with the sun’s warm rays.
Note: The following is a guest post from my mom, Lea Ann Christenson, who graciously — and safely– drove us around Costa Rica during her recent visit. Recently, I had the pleasure of visiting my daughter Lauren in Costa Rica. To see more of the country and maximize our time together, we decided to rent … [Read more…]
“Don’t touch anything in the forest,” a guide says to an eager-listening group of visitors on a sunny day in the rainforest of Caribbean Costa Rica. “The forest is like a museum,” he adds. “You don’t touch anything.” This is the main lesson a visit to the Jaguar Rescue Center in Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica … [Read more…]
Costa Rica is the most bio diverse country in the world, being home to 5 percent of the world’s species. This is a fact that Costa Rica boldly, and proudly shouts at the top of its lungs in all of its guidebooks, tourism marketing materials and the airport signage that greets you upon your arrival to … [Read more…]
Located at the base of Arenal Volcano, La Fortuna is one of Costa Rica’s top visited destinations. The small city is located less than 20 kilometers from the entrance to Arenal Volcano National Park and provides picturesque views of this stunning Costa Rican landmark. For budget accommodation near Arenal volcano, I recommend staying at a … [Read more…]
With year-round breaks perfect for surfing, a hopping nightlife scene and gorgeous sunset views, Jacó is one of Costa Rica’s most popular beach destinations. True, it is not known for being Costa Rica’s most beautiful beach, but during sunset in Jacó, I beg to differ. Located in the Pacific Coast province of Puntarenas, it’s also … [Read more…]
There’s no doubt that Costa Rica is a haven for animal lovers. With 210 species of mammals, 878 species of birds, 218 species of reptiles and more than 35,000 species of insects, this small Central American nation is one of the most biodiverse regions on the planet. One of the fiercest predators that calls Costa … [Read more…]