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John Christopher Seeks Crowdfunding via Kickstarter for Word Battle: An Addictive Word Game on the My Life Book Social Network.

John Christopher Seeks Crowdfunding via Kickstarter for Word Battle: An Addictive Word Game on the My Life Book Social Network.

My Life Book is Facebook, Myspace, YouTube, Angie’s list, CareerBuilder, WordPress, Ebay and many others all rolled into one.

Baltimore, MD – November 18, 2014.

Crowdfunding is sought for a Scrabble-type of game that will be offered on My Life Book. Designed for anywhere from 2-4 players, Word Battle will pit players against each other as they prove their vocabulary skills on the newest social media platform My Life Book.

The founders of My Life Book were tired of the advertisements, the selling of their private information, the endless invitations from their friends to play games they didn’t care about and so much more.  Being fed up gave them the fire to create their own social media network that captured the very best of everything social media has to offer without the associated hassles and privacy intrusions.

Other social media websites promise to pay their partners a percent of their advertising revenue which sounds great until one considers that all of that user’s information and related content is up for sale to the highest bidder.  Millions of people are giving up their rights every day without even realizing it.

Their Kickstarter project is intended to change the entire paradigm in social media games through a fundamental change in the backend processing of these games which is driven by how game makers monetize the players of those games. On top of that is the philosophy of the founders who were tired of the data mining and psychological profiling that is built in to almost all the social media games out there not to mention the endless amounts of dollars players are enticed to part with.

Our plan is to build our own games minus all that crap. Host them on our servers and our social media site. No information will be transferred to anyone about anything you do. You won’t need to post and beg your friends to help. Games will be 100% fully functional.

If their crowdfunding goal is met, all costs to develop and build the game will be covered as well as all related Kickstarter and Amazon fees.  Should they exceed their crowdfunding goal, those funds will be devoted to creating new games for My Life Book.

The Word Battle Kickstarter Page – http://kck.st/1vkccO3

The Official My Life Book Website – https://www.mylifebook.me/

About My Life Book LLC:  Their #1 mission is to provide a private, advertising-free social platform giving people an oasis and a sanctuary from the increasing incursions into the private lives of anyone who wishes to engage in social media without sacrificing privacy. They create My Life Book allow users to get away from all the privacy intrusions of other sites. They have a firm commitment to never sell any information or use any user’s your information to sell anything while giving users total control over their privacy.

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What is My Life Book?

Ever since it first appeared around a decade ago, social media has grown so much than most, in fact almost all people all over the globe have an account on such platform. And while most social media sites provide you with a way to interact with friends and family, as well as numerous interesting additions, the reality is that many of them are filled with advertising and just unsafe, mainly because others can easily get access to your information. Let’s face it, having someone watching your every move behind your back is definitely unpleasant, and this is the reason why you need an alternative social media site.

MyLifeBook is a social media site that has been created specifically to suit the needs of those users that want a private, yet very fun experience. While using MyLifeBook you won’t have any privacy concerns nor think about data leaks, as the site has been built around the idea that social media should be fun, safe and entertaining. Let’s face it, we all use social media just to hang out with our friends and keep in touch with them, maybe play some games and read the news. Why see advertisements everywhere when we can enter MyLifeBook and forget about them completely.

You can create a MyLifeBook account for free and once you learn the ropes you can upgrade your membership. It will cost you around $5 a year, a small price to pay for a very reliable, reputable social network.

On top of that, MyLifeBook doesn’t only allow you to connect with others, it will help you do so much more. From here you can get to YouTube without leaving the site, find the latest news in the newsroom as well as see if there are any events.

Within MyLifeBook you will also have the opportunity to find coffee houses, contests while also being able to manage your friends, add new ones and insert new photos. After you choose the desired membership you will have the opportunity to enroll into a one of a kind experience that simply can’t be received anywhere in the social media world.

The best thing about MyLifeBook is that alongside the social media features that we all know and love, here you get the opportunity to find stores that allow you to purchase items online. You also get quizzes that are suitable for entertainment and, if you want, you can even create your own resume and apply to job postings without actually leaving the site. There are also auctions, crowdfunding campaigns as well as integrated apps that will make the whole experience worthwhile.

What we like the most is that MyLifeBook is a place for everyone, so no matter if you are a business or normal person, you will get what you want without a problem. Businesses can sell their services and make quite a lot of money online, while users can easily interact with other persons and take full advantage of the wonderful services that the platform is offering. MyLifeBook even comes with a rewarding referral system that allows you to make your money back from your subscription and much more.

Why would you enroll in MyLifeBook? They provide the safest social media site that you can find right now online, and here you can literally gain access to anything that you might need, from managing your friends to events, job postings, auctions, apps and reading news. With MyLifeBook you have everything under your fingertips, so we recommend that you give this great social media site a try right away!

Donate to our Kickstarter page and get a major discount on yearly membership and upgraded to lifetime onetime fee!

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Our new blogs can only be seen on mylifebook now!

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Chance to make $10K usd before Xmas!

 is offering to all of its members a chance to make $10K if MyLIfeBook reaches 50K paid members by the end of Nov. Think what you can do with $10K for Xmas? That is in addition to what you will have already made as you get paid a 50% commission. Membership are as low as $5 year. So if we don’t make it you still get paid! Its a win win!

The bonus goes to the member with the highest paid sign up numbers. You will need to acquire an affiliate code so your sign ups can be tracked.

There is also a coupon that will upgrade your membership and those you sign up to Free for life after your 1st year of paid membership. FREE FOR LIFE! That offer expires soon! Check the coupon section for more details.

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Expats, Expats, Expats!!!

“Why are expats so set on setting themselves up to be an easy target? I can understand making a mistake here and there. I know don’t blame the victim. I get that, but why do something if you know you are going to make yourself a target? This is what I don’t understand. Safety 1st and try to make yourself not a target! I wrote a blog on this from a individual perspective. Check out the link attached. Expats that own businesses here amaze me at what they do sometimes.”

You can find the rest of the blog here: Best of Costa Rica

Pura Vida!

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Best of Costa Rica on Mylifebook.me

All new posts will now be on the blog section of My Life Book. You can find it at http://www.mylifebook.me

You can find us in the Coffee House section at Best of Costa Rica

There you can find my blogs, there is a live chat, videos, we can have discussions. You name it. Its a more interactive blog! So come join me there!

Here is what a current My Life Book member sent to his friends and us.

Here is a message from head of Marketing for My Life Book, LLC

 

Also My Life Book is running a crowdfunding project to raise money to place games on their site. Their games will have no advertising, no need to beg friends for help,they will be fully functional and not crippled and no privacy issues! So check out their funding site My Life Book Games.

If you own a business or sell products on ebay you want to check out these features of My Life Book!


Check out this other cool video telling you what My Life Book has to offer for members!



Pura Vida!

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Funniest Pet Photo Contest!

Ok all you amature photographers out there. We are running a Funniest Pet Photo contest over a My Life book Join up and submit your photo for voting. The prize for the winner who gets the most votes is a $25 amazon.com gift card! So come check it out!

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Food Chick tip of the day

Welcome to Meatless Monday! This is a fantastic side dish that easily becomes the main dish for anytime you want to go meatless. And the best part is that is so easy to make!
Pair this with a great green salad for a fantastic meatless meal. Don’t want meat but need the protein, grill some salmon or your favorite fish to complete this delicious dish!
One can White Beans, two tablespoons fresh grated Parmesan cheese, one handful organic spinach, salt, pepper and fresh basil.
Rinse the beans and add to pot with salt and pepper. Heat to warm on stove top. Add cheese and spinach and continue to heat until the cheese is begins to melt and the spinach slightly wilts. Add basil leaves and serve.
Bonus Tip – you can also prepare this on the grill by combining all of the items in aluminum foil and sealing. Be sure to spray the foil with pan spray first.

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New Project

Is going to be taking up some of my time. So I will try to get you content as I can. I am in the process of created a new social media page called My LIfe Book. It will be a Facebook type of page without all the things we hate about Facebook. There will be a subscription fee, but we will keep it hopefully under $5 a year so you won’t have to deal with advertising. It will be a place where you can share your life with your friends and family and only your friends and family or the public if you want, but we won’t be changing things all the time. Once we have the look we want it will be set and other than some software updates no changes! You will be able to post messages, created groups, upload video and pictures. So please be patient with me and if you want beta access let me know. We have increased the number of beta testers. So if you want access  Send Mail

Pura Vida!

 

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Monkey Monday Youtube Videos

This is from a recent trip to a local beach.  Its a blue flag beach. It has a very nice restaurant that is open Thursday – Sunday. Shaded areas, tables, and grills. Really a nice place to take the family.

Playa Doña Ana

 

 

 

Pura Vida!

 

 

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Top 10 Happiest Countries In The World

Costa Rica made #1!!!!!!!!!!!! We who live here know this! 

The world is just full of happy people, from one stretch of the earth to the other.

Yet, some countries do seem to have a higher concentration of local joy and satisfaction than others,

featuring traits like high life expectancies, booming economies, and great education.

But what’s the secret to these happy countries – is it the location, environment, politics, culture, or just something in the water?

While we may never know the precise reasons, after compiling data from various resources like the Happy Planet Index, the World Happiness report, and Forbes’ list of happiest countries,

we can at least let you know what the 10 happiest countries in the world are.

Then, all that’s left for you to do is pack your bags, pick a country, and make your move.

1. Costa RicaCosta-Rica

Not only does Costa Rica abound with natural beauty, from the sandy beaches and ocean waters to the volcanoes and lush rainforests, but the people of this army-free country also report having one of the highest life satisfactions in the world. With a high life expectancy of 79.3 years, locals get to enjoy the pleasant living for years and years. It’s no wonder that their local saying, “pura vida”, loosely translates to “life is good”.

2. NorwayFjords-Norway

It’s not surprising that Norway tends to rank very high on world happiness reports – it’s one of the most prosperous countries in the world, has the 2nd highest level of satisfaction with standards of living, and three quarters of its residents report that they have more positive than negative experiences each day. The country is also one of the most naturally beautiful places on earth, with an abundance of fjords, glaciers, and mountains.

3. DenmarkDenmark

With its fantastic community, high environmental scores, and people’s great work-life balance, Denmark ranks number three in our list of happiest places. Its hydrocarbon economy is booming and unemployment rates are low, with well-educated people (partially due to their free education system) and a 100% literacy rate.

4. SwitzerlandSwitzerland

Switzerland is simply stunning, with its towering snow-capped mountains, beautiful lakes, and environments that range from lush to frozen. Its people are also some of the happiest, with higher than average life expectancies, strong health rankings, plenty of community involvement, and great safety. Plus, in a place that’s known for its abundance of delectable chocolate, how could you ever be sad?

5. VietnamVietnam

According to several reports, Vietnam is the happiest country in all of Asia. Residents have a very high level of satisfaction with their life, enjoying the gorgeous beaches, green mountains, dramatic scenery, and mouthwatering regional cuisine.

6. CanadaCanada

One of the largest countries in the world is also one of the happiest; Canadian people are incredibly content with their current lives and the direction that they’re heading in. Canadians have one of the highest life expectancies in the world, live in one of the safest of all countries, and have a top performing education system. Plus, 80% of all residents say that they enjoy more positive experiences than negative in the average day.

7. NetherlandsNetherlands

This European country isn’t all tulips, windmills, and clogs – Netherlanders rate themselves as some of the most satisfied people in the world. With their strong job market and great work-life balance, this doesn’t come as much of a surprise. In their very free country, locals also get to enjoy plenty of personal choice, from religion to sexuality and everything in between.

8. SwedenSweden

Sweden has both exciting big cities and stunning natural beauty, with thick green forests, rocky islands, and vast frozen landscapes. The country also scores high in areas of environmental quality, overall health, life satisfaction, and number of business opportunities.

9. FinlandFinland

Known for its great education system, this Nordic country also offers a high quality of life, low levels of corruption, high literacy rates, a small income gap, high life expectancy, and a great work-life balance.

10. AustraliaAustralia

Don’t let all the sharks, snakes, and venomous spiders fool you – Australians are some of the happiest in the world. Not only do they live in one of the most adored spots on earth (who wouldn’t like sunny skies, coral reefs, and white sand beaches?), but they also rank high in many life-happiness categories; they have some of the highest scores for community engagement, health, environmental care, and employment.

Pura Vida and Congratulations to Costa Rica!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Another adventure yesterday in Costa Rica

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i thought my wife was never going to make it home!

Originally posted on Keeping You In Stitches:

Thursday is a Beach Day and I decided I needed to have a hat that would cover my face – more than a baseball cap would.

Asked Denise and Michele if they would like to go to MultiPlaza on Sunday; they agreed to go. Spent most of the day there….yes, during the World Cup, we were shopping!

I look stupid in hats; just plain stupid!!! Felt even more stupid when I tried on “visor-type” with the top of my head sticking out. We searched and searched; into any store that had hats. Most hats are too big for me unless I stick my ears inside the hat, which is uncomfortable. However, if I “sit” it on top of my head, one gust of wind and off it will go!

Tried many hats with various brims sizes; finally settled on one; has any one bought a hat for themselves they have…

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Joke of the day

A farmer is sitting in the neighborhood bar slowly getting drunk. A man comes in and asks the farmer, “Hey,why are you sitting here on this beautiful day getting drunk?”
The farmer says, “Some things you just can’texplain.”
“So what happened that is so horrible?” the man asked.

The farmer then decides to try an answer, “Well if you must know, today I was sitting by my cow milking her. Just as I got the bucket about full, she took her left leg and kicked it over.” 
“That’s not so bad,what’s the big deal?”
The farmer says, “Some things you just can’t explain.”
“So what happened?” the man asked again.

The farmer relenting, continued, “I took her left leg and tied it to the post on the left with some rope. Then I sat down and continued to milk her. Just as I got the bucket about full she took her right leg and kicked it over.”
“Again?”
The farmer says, “Some things you just can’t explain.”
“So, what did you do then?” the man asked, intrigued.

“I took her right leg and tied it to the post on the right. I sat back down and continued to milk her, and just as I got the bucket just about full, the stupid cow knocked over the bucket with her tail.”
“Wow, you must have been pretty upset!” but that’s no reason to just sit here getting all depressed.”

The farmer says, “Some things you just can’t explain.”
“So then what else did you do?” the man asked again.
“Well I didn’t have any more rope, so I took off my belt and tied her tail to the rafter. That’s when my pants fell down and my wife walked in…”
Pura Vida!

Don’t forget to check out our Cafe Press shop! $3 of every item purchased goes to Charities here in Costa Rica. They do mail to Costa Rica fairly cheap. I did a test of a mouse pad and got it in 12 days delivered to my house! Amazing!!!!



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Use this link to see all thing Costa Rica on Amazon! Make your purchase today! All things Costa Rica

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Water sports in Costa Rica

Water sports in Costa Rica: Unlimited thrills for you by Costa Rica Dave

If you get an adrenaline rush from participating in water sports, head over to Costa Rica, one of the world’s best destinations for this. Its superb climate, virgin beaches, tropical rainforests and whacky night life all add to the charm of this paradise on earth.

The best thing about enjoying water sports here is that you can come to this country at any part of the year and you can enjoy all the water sports they have to offer. The large gushing lakes and rivers and the Caribbean Sea and Pacific Ocean make it the best place to enjoy water sports.

Here are some of them that you’re sure to enjoy:

Whitewater rafting: Central America’s best rapids are in Costa Rica which are suited to novice rafters and experienced ones too. The best rivers for rafting are Río Reventazón and Río Pacuare. It’s best to raft in all parts of the year except June to October.

Fishing: Serious fishers consider this an amazing place for fishing. They bring their personally owned equipment and fish here for hours. The winter is the best time to come fishing here and you can also take a fishing tour, if you like.

Waterfall rappelling: Something that water sports enthusiasts love indulging in, waterfall rappelling gives you a real close look at the waterfalls here. Also called canyoning, waterfall rappelling excursions can be taken between Manuel Antonio and Arenal, though the best spot is Los Chorros Waterfall, a superb cascading waterfall all of 180 feet. This highly visited tourist spot is very close to San Jose.

Sea kayaking: Here’s something not as stomach curdling as other water sports. Sea kayaking can be done on the Caribbean Sea and the Pacific Ocean side at sunset. You can also go kayaking on the bays along the Pacific Ocean. You can rent a kayak from most of Costa Rican beaches for an hour or for a maximum of one day.

Scuba diving: Scuba diving is popular here because divers love the warm waters here. Additionally, there are unimaginably beautiful coral reefs on the side of the Caribbean Sea that you can see at Playa Manuel Antonio (Pacific), Gandoca-Manzanilla (Caribbean), Isla del Caño (Pacific), Cahuita (Caribbean) and Parque Nacional Ballena Marina (Pacific). Here, you can also see several species of crustaceans and dolphins.

Along the Pacific Ocean coast, you can dive at these locations: Playas del Coco, Bahia Drake, Playa Ocotal and Playa Hermosa.

Surfing: You can find just the waves you want on the Caribbean and Pacific coasts. Manuel Antonio, one of the most superlative Costa Rican beaches, is home to surfers and also has surf camps where beginners can learn the sport. Here, surfing also takes the forms of standup paddle surfing and windsurfing, which you can enjoy at Lake Arenal at the foothills of Arenal Volcano. This is the country’s top destination for windsurfing, so die-hard windsurfers will never leave this country without spending some valuable time here.

If these sports grab you, come to Costa Rica and enjoy what thrills you most–water sports.

 Pura Vida!

Don’t forget to check out our Cafe Press shop! $3 of every item purchased goes to Charities here in Costa Rica. They do mail to Costa Rica fairly cheap. I did a test of a mouse pad and got it in 12 days delivered to my house! Amazing!!!!



Also check out our House for Sale and Rent listings as well!  If you are traveling and you want a cheap $4.99 a month and good VPN so you can watch hulu, your countries Netflix, and amazon click here. Good for travel or if you live here in Costa Rica. Don’t forget about our Amazon shop as well!

Use this link to see all thing Costa Rica on Amazon! Make your purchase today! All things Costa Rica

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YouTube video of the day

Its monkey around Monday!!!!!!

This is why you never ever leave your bag unattended if there are Monkey’s around!

Pura Vida!

Don’t forget to check out our Cafe Press shop! $3 of every item purchased goes to Charities here in Costa Rica. They do mail to Costa Rica fairly cheap. I did a test of a mouse pad and got it in 12 days delivered to my house! Amazing!!!!



Also check out our House for Sale and Rent listings as well!  If you are traveling and you want a cheap $4.99 a month and good VPN so you can watch hulu, your countries Netflix, and amazon click here. Good for travel or if you live here in Costa Rica. Don’t forget about our Amazon shop as well!

Use this link to see all thing Costa Rica on Amazon! Make your purchase today! All things Costa Rica

Remember if you get an account with the Unblock-US vpn you can than Live stream your movie and tv shows at our link! 

Booking a vacation? Use our link below! 


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The 90 Day Tourist Visa and Public Misconceptions

Originally posted on Outlier Legal:

As an attorney, I have a number of goals, one of them is to provide accurate information to the people out there, which is the primary reason I decided to create this blog. Putting some extra time to write the blog is the easy part. The hard part is for people to listen.

There has been some wrong information going around about extending 90 days visas. Michael Skofield from Travel Costa Rica Now even posted a video indicating that people can extend their 90 day visa if they pay a $100 USD to the Immigration Department. I offered to assist Mike with any information he needed in order for him to provide accurate content in his video. I would like to say that he politely declined but he did not even had the courtesy to respond to my messages. I do not know Mike personally, but I have seen a handful…

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4th of July Celebration in Costa Rica

I was invited to a 4th of July celebration at a resort here in Costa Rica. The owner Jerry invited me and his lovely wife Maggie who I had yet to meet were wonderful hosts! The party, I think was a great success. He had his staff on hand to help everyone. There were a ton of people there. It was a pot luck type of event. People brought all kinds of side dishes to share. There was the normal BBQ fair of hot dogs, hamburgers, chicken and such. All the fixings. I got to meet some new people and some people I know sort of though facebook and who know me the same way.

That gathering was very eclectic as there were people there from all over the world. British, Canadan, US, Tico, etc. This just shows that no matter your nationality people will come together for a party and especially if there is free food involved! Even the British who we are celebration our independence were there. :-) I know after over 200 years its all water in the Boston harbor now. :-) I know I am only funny to me.

So of course I had to sample everything! I did just sample I only took a tablespoon of everything that was there. I have to say nothing was disappointing. I think everyone did a wonderful job. They had a really good grill master who handled the grill perfectly. My next BBQ I will most certainly use him.

The highlights of the dishes I tasted, for me were, the meat balls! They were cooked just right and the sauce was very nice. The beans were perfection on a plate. There were a number of sauerkraut type sides which all were tasty. Like I said there wasn’t a dish there that I went, “Oh hell no who made this crap”.

See my video of the day at YouTube Video of the Day  for how not so American our most American celebration really is.

Very nice night the views are amazing from the resort. I could see my house very clearly from his back and front viewing areas. Have to wonder if he uses that telescope he has to watch me nude sunbath? lol Just kidding Jerry.

Now remember I get nothing an accept nothing when I talk up a place be it a restaurant or a resort. This place is a great place to stay if you are coming to Costa Rica. It is a great couples resort no doubt. He put a lot of thought into the design of the rooms as well as how to maximize his views. So if you are coming I would most definitely recommend you stay at Barons Resort. Here are some photo’s of the resort from their facebook page. Barons Facebook

So looking for a nice place to stay while visiting or moving to Costa Rica this really is a place you should try! The view alone is well worth the price. So check them out on the Facebook link.
Pura Vida!

Don’t forget to check out our Cafe Press shop! $3 of every item purchased goes to Charities here in Costa Rica. They do mail to Costa Rica fairly cheap. I did a test of a mouse pad and got it in 12 days delivered to my house! Amazing!!!!



Also check out our House for Sale and Rent listings as well!  If you are traveling and you want a cheap $4.99 a month and good VPN so you can watch hulu, your countries Netflix, and amazon click here. Good for travel or if you live here in Costa Rica. Don’t forget about our Amazon shop as well!

Use this link to see all thing Costa Rica on Amazon! Make your purchase today! All things Costa Rica

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YouTube Video of the day

How not American our 4th July celebration really are. This guy nails it on the head! 

 

Pura Vida!

Don’t forget to check out our Cafe Press shop! $3 of every item purchased goes to Charities here in Costa Rica. They do mail to Costa Rica fairly cheap. I did a test of a mouse pad and got it in 12 days delivered to my house! Amazing!!!!



Also check out our House for Sale and Rent listings as well!  If you are traveling and you want a cheap $4.99 a month and good VPN so you can watch hulu, your countries Netflix, and amazon click here. Good for travel or if you live here in Costa Rica. Don’t forget about our Amazon shop as well!


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YouTube video of the day

In case you missed Fireworks this is pretty amazing!

Pura Vida!

Don’t forget to check out our Cafe Press shop! $3 of every item purchased goes to Charities here in Costa Rica. They do mail to Costa Rica fairly cheap. I did a test of a mouse pad and got it in 12 days delivered to my house! Amazing!!!!



Also check out our House for Sale and Rent listings as well!  If you are traveling and you want a cheap $4.99 a month and good VPN so you can watch hulu, your countries Netflix, and amazon click here. Good for travel or if you live here in Costa Rica. Don’t forget about our Amazon shop as well!


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YouTube video of the day

Costa Rica Documentary

Pura Vida!

Don’t forget to check out our Cafe Press shop! $3 of every item purchased goes to Charities here in Costa Rica. They do mail to Costa Rica fairly cheap. I did a test of a mouse pad and got it in 12 days delivered to my house! Amazing!!!!



Also check out our House for Sale and Rent listings as well!  If you are traveling and you want a cheap $4.99 a month and good VPN so you can watch hulu, your countries Netflix, and amazon click here. Good for travel or if you live here in Costa Rica. Don’t forget about our Amazon shop as well!


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Squashed!

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Pura Vida!

Don’t forget to check out our Cafe Press shop! $3 of every item purchased goes to Charities here in Costa Rica. They do mail to Costa Rica fairly cheap. I did a test of a mouse pad and got it in 12 days delivered to my house! Amazing!!!!



Also check out our House for Sale and Rent listings as well!  If you are traveling and you want a cheap $4.99 a month and good VPN so you can watch hulu, your countries Netflix, and amazon click here. Good for travel or if you live here in Costa Rica. Don’t forget about our Amazon shop as well!


Originally posted on Veggie Gringa Devours Costa Rica:

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Simply baked or boiled and mashed with a little butter and cinnamon is good, 

But this is so prevalent, and such a great versatile veggie, why not have some fun with it?

I have a family recipe for squash pancakes “channeled” from my grandmother (she never actually gave me the recipe – I just somehow ended up making them like she did!)  Very easy and quite wonderful. A favorite of my dad’s.

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Peel seed and cut your squash into small chunks. Put them in your blender or food processor,  add a couple of chopped cloves of peeled garlic, about a tablespoon of olive oil (salt and pepper if desired) and pulse the squash into small bits. You might have to help distribute it with a spatula in between pulses. If its stuck, add one or two tablespoons of water, just enough to get it moving.  I don’t…

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Charity Poll for July 2014

Last month with my matching contribution we only raised $36 total. So that is rolling over into this month. Because of Costa Rican rules I can not accept donations. Feel free to follow the links and donate to them on your own.

Last month Light House Animal Rescue won the voting, but we did not raise enough money. The rule is they are removed from the poll for this month. They will return in August to the list for voting. Each month the money will roll over until $100 min is reached. This min. is reached by the money added from revenue sources and my matching. So if we only raise $24 more this month the Charity Pot will reach $100 with my matching donation. Once that is reached which ever charity won the vote for that month will get the funds. If we still do not reach it in July what is in the Pot will roll over again and another vote will be taken in August.

We receive revenue by either purchasing an item from our CafePress Shop, Amazon Shop, or clicking on one of our affiliate links, even listing a house for sale or rent will add to the Charity Pot. $3 on every Cafepress item sold goes into the pot. 50% of the Amazon Shop of our revenue goes into the pot, and 60% of our affiliate link revenue goes into the pot as well. I will personally match upto $100 in the pot. Which also comes from the other 50% and 40% of the revenue generated. So if we can get $100 raised the Charity will actually get $200 and in Costa Rica this can go a long way.

If you know of a charity you would like listed in our poll please email me the following information charity name and a web link if available as well as charity contact person. Email Editor .

You can find links below the poll in order to help raise the funds in the Charity pot. Thank you in advance.

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Today’s Exchange Rate 6/30/14

BAC San José

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Exchange Rate 6/30/14

El tipo de cambio del dólar US$ para hoy es: Compra ¢540 y Venta ¢550
¡Buenos días amigos!

The exchange rate of the dollar $ for today is: buy ¢ 540 and sale ¢ 550 good morning amigos!
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Photo of the day

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This was one of the 500 pictures I took yesterday. Enjoy

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Photo of the day

Last nights wonderful sunset from my pool!

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Zarcero, boy did you have a surprise for us!

Today we decided to take a trip to Zarcero and boy and I glad we did! I went with the wife and 2 friends. It was a really good trip. Good company beautiful town and just a wonderful feel. Boy if I knew about this place it could have been in the running for where we may live instead of Atenas, but I really do lover our town of Atenas.

Our morning started at 10:45 as we drove off out on our adventure. We stopped to pick up one friend, the other drove to our house. We went to the gas station to fill up. Not that it was that far, but I have learned that in Costa Rica you should always fill up before you go on any adventure to anywhere you have never been before. You just don’t know what will happen.

It was a pretty uneventful drive. We had good company so the drive went pretty quickly. The roads can be a little twisty and windy from Atenas, but during the day and when it isn’t raining its pretty easy.

We got there right at 12:00 on the dot! It was time for lunch and we really wasn’t sure where to go. As we drove into town one of our friends saw a little shop area that had 2 restaurants listed. One had fast food in its name so we figured we would check out the other. So we go in and can’t find the one that was listed that wasn’t fast food. I went upstairs and saw what could have been it, but it wasn’t open. So we decided to take a chance. Here are some photo’s of the little center.

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Oh my are we glad we took the chance. The food was amazing and the prices were just as amazing! Dingo’s fast food  is where we ate. Don’t let the words Fast Food fool you. It was nothing like fast food!

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Patacones were ok. So at this point we were not 100% sure this was a right decision, but than we tasted the salsa! It was delicious! So we had hope. The only problem with this was there was way too much breading and too little plantains. This was 1,450 colones.

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My friends call me the Salad Nazi and with good reason. I am very picky over my salads. Now this doesn’t have a lot of nutritional value to it, but let me tell you it was good. The chicken was a pleasant surprise. This was the Ensalada Dingo. I don’t think that was dingo on our plate! The croutons were toasted bread and not too soft but not too hard either. The dressing was a ranch and just ok, but he chicken was the hero here. The added ham and cheese was nice as well.  This was 2,950 colones and actually it was enough to be a nice lunch in and of its self. \WP_20140625_12_44_22_Pro

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Next up our friend got the Super Hamburgesa. This is a direct quote from our friend who ordered it, “This is the best hamburger I have ever had in Costa Rica.” This is high praise coming from her. It had 2 kinds of cheese, pickles and just a small piece of bacon, but it was about 1/2 lb of burger! It came with a side of fries. This cost 2,950 colones as well and well worth the price!

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There is that wonderful salsa again! This was a Burrito and again direct quote, “One of the best I have had!” So again another winner and it comes in at 2,800 colones.

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Ok so Alitas Buffalo and there are 7 of them here. I took some flack for putting Hooters on my top 10 restaurants list and this place knocks them off! I would have liked a little more heat, but there was enough to make me happy and not too much that some who doesn’t like a lot of heat wouldn’t want to eat them. They were crispy and the breading was very different, but wonderful. They were very generously sauced as you can see. 7 of them cost 1,900 colones. Amazing price!

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This was the Costilla BBQ which is BBQ ribs. They cut them into pieces which made it easier to eat. Left the bone so you have to watch when you bit them. Pretty good. Wasn’t a wonderful BBQ sauce, but it was good. Now these potatoes were amazing! I don’t know what they did to them, but they were very tasty and flavorful! This dish was 4,000 colones.

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Ok so I was a little skeptical about getting the Churrasco. I am glad I did. Again served with those wonderful potatoes! The side salad was the same minus the chicken as our main salad. So the steak I am going to let this video speak for me.

Yes it was that tender. It needed a little salt, but other than that it was really good! So very surprised and wasn’t not expected this from a little shop that had Fast Food in its name! It was a good 6oz cooked so a good size. It cost 3,450 colones. I was shocked!

We also got 2 Cafe Negro, 1 Te frio and 4 Coke lights. The cold drinks were 1,000 colones each and the coffee was only 600 colones. We also got a dessert that we shared. I didn’t get a picture of it. There was a cinnamon roll and a fruit roll and I swear it was made from angle food cake batter. We couldn’t believe it. Very nice and it was only 500 colones for each one. Very good deal.

So total for our lunch for 4 with all that food and drink was only 29,450 colones or $53.69 for those who don’t know the conversion. I was amazed! It is one of those great accidental finds that you just never know will happen. We are so glad we decided to take a chance and not go anywhere else.

Now we get to the reason we were in Zarcero. We went for the garden and the church. Both were amazing! Love the beauty of the gardens and the church. So here are the pictures I took at the garden.  Click on the images below to see larger views.

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The other reason we went was to visit the church. It is one beautiful place, no doubt. The art and paintings are amazing. So here are the photo’s I took while at the church. Again click on the images below to see larger views.

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Over all it was a very nice day. Good friends, Good food, beautiful town and a wonderful drive. If you get a chance you should go visit this wonderful place and eat at that wonderful restaurant. Here is the blog of one of the friends that went with us. Check it out. Keeping you in Stitches

The only downside was the drive home. The rain held out until we were ready to leave, but I had to drive those twisty windy roads in the rain. We made it home safe and sound and that is all that matter.

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New Cafe Press Design

Thought a few viewers might like this one.

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Just got this from Cafe Press

I don’t know if it will work in my shop or not, but give it a try and let me know if it does.

Up to 80% off your order with code SIZZLER

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In Search of Wild Costa Rica

Clockwise from top left: Rain forest in Corcovado National Park; a tapir in the park; a cabin at Bosque del Cabo Rainforest Lodge; spying on a toucan at the lodge. CreditScott Matthews for The New York Times

By the end of our fourth day on the Osa Peninsula of Costa Rica, we had seen, according to the tally kept by my 9-year-old, Sasha, dozens of species of animals. We had peered at leafcutter ants, army ants and zombie ants. We had been deafened by howler monkeys, beguiled by squirrel monkeys and strangely stirred by capuchin monkeys, whose feet bear an eerie resemblance to human hands. That afternoon, in the national park that covers a third of the peninsula, we had even spied two tapirs, endangered mammals that look like hornless rhinoceroses with long snouts.

To sample this extravaganza of biodiversity, we had risen early each morning of our vacation. So when our guide informed us that he would be taking us out at 4:30 a.m. to witness the rain forest waking up, I — the motivating force behind, and thus bearer of responsibility for, this trip — glanced apprehensively at my family and swallowed hard.

“We’ll be up!” I said brightly.

I had shepherded Sasha and my husband, Scott, to Osa in hopes of a tropical wildlife experience that was, in fact, wild. But as we crawled into our tent that night, the beaten path from which I had so resolutely steered clear was starting to look more inviting.

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Nito Paniagua, a guide, finds an anole lizard. CreditScott Matthews for The New York Times

Costa Rica, home to large tracts of untouched yet accessible rain forest, had seemed the obvious place to immerse ourselves in nature for a week in February. On Facebook, people responded with the Costa Rican phrase “pura vida!” (“pure life”) at the mere mention of the country. We had admired photographs of bright-colored birds, frogs and butterflies from the preserves near the capital, San José, which could be reached by direct flight from New York. The ubiquitous “canopy tours” through the treetops seemed a great way to indulge Sasha’s love of zip lining.

But as I researched where to go in the West Virginia-size country, I began to suspect that its popular ecotourist destinations might not quench my yearning for the untamed. On TripAdvisor, phrases like “well-developed” and the less-charitable “Disneyfied” arose in regard to the storied Monteverde Cloud Forest in the central highlands. Manuel Antonio National Park on the central Pacific Coast, widely loved for its beaches and restaurants, was reportedly better for night life than wildlife.

The more people who can enjoy the rain forest without destroying it the better, of course: The 70,000 or so who visit a sliver of Monteverde each year help pay to preserve the rest of it. But the remote Osa Peninsula, which juts into the Pacific Ocean from Costa Rica’s southwestern corner, seemed to hold an increasingly rare chance to observe the rain forest in all its fecund, carbon-storing, oxygen-producing glory, without quite so much human company.

Mostly mentioned in travel guides as an alternative for those who had hit the other highlights, Osa did not rank on Lonely Planet’s list of “Top 10 Costa Rica Spots for First-Timers.” To get there requires a second flight or a seven-hour drive from San José. And while the draw is the 160-square-mile Corcovado National Park, accommodations there are limited to a few dozen bunks and a tent platform at the Sirena Ranger Station.

I mapped a tentative itinerary that would bring us to each of two jumping-off points to the park, Puerto Jiménez to the southeast, and Drake Bay to the northwest, both of which have several excellent lodging options. In between, we would stay one night in the park, perhaps the last refuge in the country, I read, of the sweet-looking Baird’s tapirs Sasha and I had fallen for while searching online for “Costa Rica animals.”

An email from a well-traveled friend sealed the deal: “Costa Rica is very touristy,” he wrote. “Osa is not.”

Our first stop, Bosque del Cabo, was a 40-minute ride by taxi from Puerto Jiménez, the biggest town on the peninsula with a population of 1,780. I had chosen one of the two cabins at Bosque just steps from the rain forest, at the edge of a large clearing planted with native trees and plants. A half-mile away from the main lodge area, these “garden cabinas” are reached by a trail through the forest that crosses high above a river over a suspension bridge.

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The author and her daughter in a tide pool near Bosque del Cabo Rainforest Lodge.CreditScott Matthews for The New York Times

“We ask that only guests that feel they will be comfortable with the walk and the increased isolation of these accommodations book into them,” the lodge’s website warns.

Any pangs I might have had about passing up the dozen or so bungalows with ocean views disappeared as soon as we found ourselves in the company of spider monkeys, swinging from branch to branch at eye level on our first pass over the bridge. The lodge staff member escorting us waited patiently, albeit with the amusement of a New Yorker watching tourists marvel at pigeons.

“Do you feed them?” I couldn’t help asking. He assured me they did not.

A few steps off the bridge, we stopped short with the odd sensation that the earth was shifting under our feet. The highway of leafcutter ants hauling their leaf-bits toward the entrance to their underground caverns was our first inkling, repeatedly confirmed over the next few days, that they were in charge there. (“Are there more ants in Costa Rica than there are humans in the world?” Sasha would ask. Answer: many more).

Bosque itself sits on 750 acres that encompass some primary-growth rain forest and large swaths of “jungle,” rain forest that has grown back on land that had once been cleared — in Bosque’s case, for cattle grazing. We would have virtually no chance of seeing a tapir on the hotel’s trails, the staff told us candidly (even in Corcovado, we were told, our chances were 50-50). But we spotted poison dart frogs, lizards and monkeys dozing in the sun. A wild pig called a peccary often visited the lodge’s modest pool, where we cooled off and sipped ginger lemonades.

The hotel also offered nature-oriented activities: One morning we rappelled 70 feet down a strangler fig tree, another we hiked down the empty beach to a waterfall, splashing in the tide pools that form in the reef formations along the way. On an evening wildlife tour, the hotel naturalist taught us the trick of holding our flashlights against our temples, revealing the reflection of thousands of spider eyes shining in the grass.

Dinner, served buffet-style with a bounty of delicious choices (panko-crusted eggplant, roasted hearts of palm, crispy chicken with figs) was eaten at communal tables. And if I needed validation on my destination choice, we found ourselves dining more than once with others who had firsthand knowledge of Costa Rica’s well-traveled spots.

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Capuchin monkeys near Drake Bay. CreditScott Matthews for The New York Times

“Osa is — crunchier,” said one civil rights lawyer from Washington, D.C., as Sasha and another girl her age excused themselves to look at the bats hanging from the bamboo light fixtures.

His wife, a judge, concurred about their desire for a less-processed experience.

“More what we had in mind when we thought about Costa Rica,” she said.

In our cabin, open on three sides, we felt less like observers than residents of the forest, along with monkeys playing in the trees directly above us and the leafcutter ants below. One late afternoon, a rainbow of toucans and scarlet macaws flew by a few feet away, on their way to the fruit trees in the clearing behind us.

Yet knowing that the trees had been planted to attract the birds undercut, just a bit, the pleasure of their proximity. Perhaps it was our own fault, too, for being diverted by rappelling adventures and poolside lemonades. But when we landed the next morning at the ranger station, the headquarters of Corcovado park, it quickly became apparent that there would be no distractions from the natural world. Other than lounging on the shaded porch of the low-slung ranger station, there was really was nothing to do but be in it.

Our guide, Nito Paniagua, who met us in Puerto Jiménez for the 15-minute charter flight, lost no time snagging us a spot on the tent platform at the station and heading out on a trail to the river.

The park has just started requiring tourists to be accompanied by a guide, but in any case we would have been lost without Nito’s six senses. He caught lizards and hung them from our ears, trained his scope on resplendent birds no one else could see and produced bats from furled-up leaves.

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Tent platform at the Sirena Ranger Station in Corcovado National Park. CreditScott Matthews for The New York Times

“Look at the two species playing together,” he said at the trail’s entrance, pointing his viewing scope so we could see the howler and spider monkeys teasing each other in the branches above. “That’s so nice to see.”

Unlike the many hardy backpacker types who had walked 12 miles or more to camp at Sirena, we were not big hikers. But the walk down to the river where we ate lunch was not so much strenuous as it was intense. It took two hours only because we stopped every few steps for a new creature: the bird with the small heart, the carnivorous cricket, bright blue butterflies, the notorious fer-de-lance snake.

And because Nito had quickly divined that we were keen to see tapirs, he brought us to a spot where they are known to nap.

That we were lucky enough to see two of them through the trees from perhaps 50 feet away was one reason for the collective groan that night when Nito announced the 4:30 a.m. wake-up call.

What else, we wondered, did we have to see that couldn’t wait until dawn?

In my grogginess I left the tent without my glasses and had to run back to get them while Scott, Sasha and Nito waited for me on the grass beyond the porch of the ranger station. We stopped to admire a spider web at the start of the dirt trail, then traipsed on toward the beach where Nito wanted us to watch the sky grow light.

That was when the tapir came crashing out of the forest right in front of us. My heart beating hard, I held my breath, wishing I could freeze the moment. Scott and Sasha, too, stood transfixed. For just a split second, the large, strange animal seemed to register our presence. Then the tapir lumbered away from us, down the trail, toward the river as we followed, until it veered off into the darkness.

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I didn’t know it until then, but this, more than anything, was what I had hoped we would find on the Osa Peninsula. It wasn’t like seeing an animal lured to a spot by human guile, or to where all the guides know it’s likely to go on its own. If I hadn’t forgotten my glasses, we might well have missed it.

It felt wild.

There was no shortage of moments like that in our short time at Sirena. Sasha’s favorite siting may have been the anteater carrying a baby on her back all the way up to the top of a tree, spied that morning after a breakfast of eggs and ham that was, like our dinner there the night before, plain but tasty. We all oohed over the baby hummingbirds in the nest Nito found, and the baby hawks the ranger showed us through his scope in between his other chores at the understaffed station.

Before we left, we walked one more trail, cooler and less dense than the one we had taken the previous day because the soaring tree canopies blocked the light others might use to grow. The logging and slash-and-burn agriculture that had prompted the formation of the park in 1975, Nito told us, had never reached here. As we stumbled into a clearing where one tree, an espavel, or wild cashew, towered some 150 feet above us, we stood again in silent awe. That tens of thousands of acres of such forest are destroyed each day worldwide seemed inconceivable.

Most life in the rain forest, Nito reminded us, lives in the canopy, and never descends to the forest floor. Speaking of untamed, no one even knows entirely what’s up there.

We might have been happy staying longer at Sirena had our tent been pitched on the lawn, rather than the platform, which was hot and crowded at night. (Nito was scheming to go in with other guides on tents with rain flaps that could be used on the lawn.) The ticks, albeit not disease carrying, were also not a plus, especially for Sasha, who pried five off her legs.

As it was, we were happy to get to our final Osa destination, La Paloma Lodge on Drake Bay, after an hourlong boat ride from Corcovado that afternoon. It felt good to take a hot shower and to enjoy the rain forest as a view from the hotel’s elegant dining room, set high on a cliff above the Pacific Ocean.

At night, Tracie Stice, a local naturalist universally known as the “bug lady,” showed us a scorpion (“Don’t sit down,” she suggested as we leaned against the stone wall) and gently pried open the well-camouflaged home of a “trap-door” spider so that we could see the creature promptly slam it shut again.

On our last day, we went on a decidedly human-manufactured, 13-zip-line canopy tour arranged for us, a highlight of the trip for Sasha. But when Scott asked her which leg of the trip she would eliminate, if she had to lose one, she couldn’t choose. Like her parents, she could have happily lived for decades in our first cabin. She wouldn’t give up zip lining.

“And I can’t take out Sirena,” she said. “Because that’s where we saw everything.”

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Controversial Top 10 list

So I am making a new post and need help from you the readers. Given the conversation created from my top 10 Restaurant list on a number of facebook groups I have decided to create a new list complied from you the views recommendations.

Send me your top 10 restaurants list. I will than compile them into one post. Give Restaurant name, a web link (Facebook is best but whatever you can find. Tripadvisor whatever) if possible if not than directions, tell us what is best to eat there.

Send it to info@bestofcostarica.net. all entries have to be in by midnight on Tuesday 6/24/14 Costa Rica Time so I can post it on Wed.

Now keep in mind the guidelines from the blog I posted which is located here: http://bestofcostarica.org/…/5-top-things-costa-rican…/

You have to be able to get a meal for 2 for under $60. Appetizers, drinks (non-alcoholic), entree and dessert. That is tax and tip included in the $60.

Thanks for all your help. Oh and the restaurant has to be in Costa Rica. I didn’t think that needed to be said, but I guess it does. :-)

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Bonus Youtube Video of the day

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joke of the day

There was an elderly man who wanted to make his younger wife pregnant. He went to the doctor to get a sperm count. The doctor told him to take a specimen cup home, fill it, and bring it back. The elderly man came back the next day; the specimen cup was empty and the lid was on it. The doctor asked, “What was the problem?” The elderly man said, “Well, I tried with my right hand… nothing. I tried with my left hand… nothing. So my wife tried with her right hand… nothing. Her left hand… nothing. Her mouth… nothing. Then my wife’s friend tried. Right hand, left hand, mouth… still nothing. The doctor replied, “Wait a minute, did you say your wife’s friend too?!” The elderly man answered, “Yeah, and we still couldn’t get the lid off of the specimen cup.”

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Fun In Costa Rica’s Central Valley

Fun in Costa Rica’s Central Valley

Costa Rica is one of the safest and most exciting places to visit in Central America.  The Central Valley area has a wide variety of fun activities with something for everyone.  Whether you want to relax, have an adventure, or both, the following things to do will be sure to please novice and seasoned travelers alike.

National Theatre of Costa Rica

If you are flying into or out of San Jose, you will find that Costa Rica’s capital city has plenty of unique attractions.  The National Theatre of Costa Rica is one of the most beautiful and ornate buildings in the country.  With famous paintings, lavish furnishings, and a floor comprised solely of Costa Rican woods, this cultural landmark is not to be missed.

Jade Museum

Pop quiz:  where is the world’s largest collection of jade located?  Hint:  it is not in Asia.  This fabulous and famous collection can be found in the heart of San Jose.  The museum also features many pre-Columbian gold artifacts.  It is a must for everyone who loves rich and sparkly things.

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Catch a Saprissa Soccer Game

Even if futbol is not your favorite sport, taking in a home game at the Estadio Ricardo Saprissa Ayma will give you a taste of local Costa Rican flavor like nothing else can!  Ticos are passionate about Saprissa and many of their players headline Costa Rica’s national team.

Our Lady of the Angels Basilica

Costa Rica is a Catholic country with no shortage of churches done in the old Spanish style.  If you love beautiful architecture, you will adore this Basilica in Cartago, outside San Jose.  Outside the church, a spring with healing waters can cure your ailments.  Inside, the statue of La Negrita the Black Madonna is usually covered with many charms shaped like body parts for Our Lady to heal.  There really is nothing like it anywhere else in the country!

Poas Volcano

Located in the Alajuela Province, this is one of the most active volcanoes in the country.  Scientists think that a new eruption is imminent given the noisy gas that can be seen rising from the crater.  The sulfur and other chemicals give the water in the crater an usual grayish hue.  Get there early because you will enjoy a lovely view of the Central Valley from the crater’s viewing platform.  However at about 9AM clouds will completely obscure it for the rest of the day.  It is called a cloud forest for a reason!  Despite standing on an active volcano, you should dress for the cold and wet.  The hiking trails offer many opportunities for bird watching.

Veragua Rainforest

What can’t you do at this lush rainforest?  Enjoy a tram ride, zip lining, and hiking.  Exhibits include hummingbirds, snakes, butterflies, and much more.  Explore the waterfalls and observe scientists at their work in the biological research station.  You will certainly achieve a better appreciation for this beautiful ecosystem after this fun and educational visit.

Doka Coffee Plantation

What trip to Costa Rica would be complete without a trip to a coffee plantation?  This plantation is unique to the especially immersive tours that are offered.  The tour begins at the seedbed and takes you all the way through the coffee making process.  There are also free samples of Costa Rica’s most notable export for everyone to try.

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Tarcoles Bridge

This bridge in the Alajuela Province is famous for its smiling crocodiles.  Enjoy these wonders of nature from the top of the bridge but don’t get too close!  Disney World this isn’t!

Botanical Orchid Garden

A stop at this beautiful location in La Garita will please any gardener you may be traveling with.  With hundreds of rare and beautiful orchids and other tropical flowers, something is always in bloom for you to admire.

Atenas Central Park

Get a taste of classic Costa Rica at this quaint park.  With lots of trails that wind through the palm trees and other tropical vegetation, you can work up quite a sweat!  Afterwords, grab a refreshing traditional repast at any of the little restaurants around the park.

Farmers Market

In Atenas on a Friday afternoon?  Get a taste of local culture and flair at this market.  Fresh produce and traditional handicrafts are on offer and haggling can be fun!

Atenas Swimming Pool

Atenas is more of a mountain town and is a little bit of a drive from the beach.  If you need to take a dip, there are two public swimming pools.  Bring a picnic lunch and prepare to spend the day swimming and sunning.

I think that about covers it. That is more than you can do in 10 days. :-) Well maybe. So come and enjoy!

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Don’t forget to check out our Cafe Press shop! $3 of every item purchased goes to Charities here in Costa Rica. Also check out our House for Sale and Rent listings as well!  If you are traveling and you want a cheap $4.99 a month and good VPN so you can watch hulu, your countries Netflix, and amazon click here. Good for travel or if you live here in Costa Rica. Don’t forget about our Amazon shop as well!

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An Overabundance of Fruit? Make juice!

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Today’s offering from the Veggie Gringa!

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I was picking pineapples this morning, and I still had some fruit to use up…This might seem over-simplistic – but I have friends who have lived here for years who don’t know how to make the juices, (locally called frescos, or batidos when made with milk).

This is a good thing to do with all of the citrus fruits, guyaba hawaiana, guanabana. papaya, sancoya, starfruit, berries, pineapple, and what we have above, maracuya, aka passionfruit.  The citrussy fruits don’t work well with milk, but papaya, berries and banana make excellent milkshakes type goodies – perfect for an afternoon pick-me-up.

My general recipe:  1/4 part fruit, 3/4 part water (or milk) and sugar to taste.  In the case of some fruits that are strong flavored, like the passionfruit or limes, you use less fruit and more water.  With experimentation, tasting and practice, you figure out how you like it.

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Our Cafe Press has gone World Cup!

World cup swag is now in our Cafe Press shop. We have done Costa Rica and USA. If you want one of these for your country let us know and we will have it made up for you. Check out our shop by clicking on the link on the side bar or at the top of the page. Here are the designs. Hope you enjoy them. So who will buy the most Tee Shirts? USA? Or Costa Rica? We will see!

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5 extraordinary treetop hotels

Wow Costa Rica made  this list as well!!!! 

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TOP 5 HOTELS IN THE WORLD

Costa Rica made the list!!!!!!!

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Joke of the day

On their wedding night, the young bride
Approached her new husband and asked
For 10 mil colones for their first lovemaking
Encounter.
In his highly aroused state,
Her husband readily agreed.
This scenario was repeated each time they made
Love, for more than 40 years, with him thinking that it was a
Cute way for her to afford new clothes and other incidentals that
She needed.
Arriving home around noon one day, she was
Surprised to find her husband in a very drunken state.
During the next few minutes, he explained that
His employer was going through a process of corporate
Downsizing, and he had been let go.
It was unlikely that, at the age of 59, he’d be able to find
Another position that paid anywhere near what
He’d been earning, and therefore, they were financially ruined.
Calmly, his wife handed him a bank book which
Showed more than forty years of steady deposits and interest totaling
Nearly 554898925 mil colones. Then she showed him certificates of deposits issued
By the
bank which was worth over $1109797850 mil colones,
And informed him that they
Were one of the largest depositors in the bank.

She explained that for more than
Three decades she had ‘charged’ him for sex,
These holdings had multiplied and these were the
Results of her savings and investments.

Faced with evidence of cash and investments
Worth over 1664696775 mil colones,  her husband was so astounded he could
Barely speak, but finally he found his voice and blurted out,
‘If I’d had any idea what you were doing,
I would have given you all my business!’

That’s when she shot him.

You know, sometimes, men just don’t know when
To keep their mouths shut

Women are like phones: They like to be held, talked to, and touched often. But push the wrong button and your ass is disconnected!

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ABOUT COSTA RICA FROM THE EYES OF A TICO

Costa Rica is a small country located in Central America with a population of around 4.7 million with 7 provinces and a lot of beautiful places to visit. It’s a very popular country for tourists to come visit when they want to be in the heat, relax at the beach and see nature. But what most tourists don’t see is what the country is like, so read on to learn all about Costa Rica, from the eyes of a Tico!

I am proud to say that I am Costarican even though I know that we have a lot of things to improve. But every time I watch the news or read about attacks, terrorism or nuclear weapons, I say to myself that I am lucky to live in a country like this.

We might not have super fast Internet speed like South Korea, the USA infrastructure or huge cities, but we don’t have to worry about paying taxes to finance an army or paying deep student loans since Costa Rican education is not as expensive as other countries.

The education in Costa Rica is for free and mandatory at the age of 6, kids starts kindergarten, then elementary school for 6 years, and finally to high school for 5 years. After you graduate from high school you can apply to go to a public university. Most of the Costaricans go to public universities since they are nearly for free and most of the times you get scholarships. The education level here is very good, people go to NASA and work for huge companies that move here because of the quality of our education.

My brother is a doctor and he works for the government. Every time I go to the EBAIS (that’s how we call the local clinics), I feel so lucky because we get all the medication and tests for free as we pay 9.17% tax out of our salaries for health insurance. I am very happy with our medical system. Sometimes you have to have a little bit of patience but you do receive excellent service.

Our economy is not as good as our beaches but we are number 11 in Latin America and like I mentioned before, several companies are moving to Costa Rica to open their operation centers such as: P&G, Amazon, HP, IBM, Microsoft, Bank of America and many more.

The Costa Rican minimum salary is 270 000 colones (Around $540) a month which depends on your education. For example, a doctor can make a base salary of $2,000 a month and a janitor around $600 but thanks to all the offshore companies, salaries are getting better. If you work for Amazon, the minimum you can make is $800 a month.

I know it doesn’t sound like $85,000 a year but if you compare it with our cost of living it makes sense. I pay $400 a month for my apartment rent which is average for the coast. In the city, you can rent a house for $300 a month.

I love beer and it is an excellent economy indicator because the price in the supermarket is around $1 and $2 in a bar. The price of gasoline is high compared to the US, a liter cost around 700 colones (around $5.3 a gallon) but prices are changing constantly.

Just like any country you can find poor people and wealthy people but on average we have a good life. We don’t have that much money to spend on new things but we do what we can to have quality time. It is common for people to live well into their 90’s and 100’s here.

Nowadays it is normal to find people from all over the world living in Costa Rica. I went to the mall the other day and I thought I was in the states as everyone was gringo and Chinese people own 90% of all the minimarkets. But I love the diversity here, you can have a Chinese New Year celebration and a Thanksgiving dinner. I love food so every celebration is more than welcome for me!

Most of the Costarican are Catholics (80%) but you can find big groups of Christians, Jews, Mormons and any other kind of religion here, we respect everyone’s beliefs.

We are a democratic country so we chose a new president every 4 years. The main political groups are Liberación Nacional and PAC.

Our main transportation system is the bus system. It needs a bit more work but if you have patience you can go to almost anywhere in the country and it is very cheap.

But our biggest treasure of all is our nature, 25% of the territory is protected and we shelter almost 6% of the world’s biodiversity which is not bad for a country that covers only 0.03% of the world. So if you are looking for rainforests, jungles, black and white sand beaches, volcanoes, rivers, or any kind of flora and fauna, this is the right place. I’d probably have to write a hundred different posts just on the types of birds that are here!

Quality time and life: that’s the most important thing you can have, you don’t need to have too much in order to have a quality life. Costa Rica has given me so much, every day I learn something new. Ticos (nickname of costaricans) are very nice people, we love to talk to people even if we don’t know them and we try to help as much as we can. We respect laws but we are not afraid of the police or the government.

This post was about Costa Rica through the eyes of a Costarican and I may be missing some more points but feel free to ask me whatever you want in the comment section and you will get a Tico point of view!

Originally posted by  on MyTanFeet

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Have a property to rent in Costa Rica?

I am starting a properties for rent (long term or short term) page on my website. Send me the details of your rental to info@bestofcostarica.net and I will post it on our blog (one post)  and list it on our bestofcostaricas.net page for 1 month at $25. $15 of that will be added to the Charity fund.  The money in that fund will get distributed to a charity voted on by my readers each month.We have a world wide viewership. We will push your listing to our facebook page when we do your blog posting, that has almost 6K likes from people around the world and some posts get upwards of 50K views. Here is a screen shot of the last message we pushed on Facebook. We do have plans available for more views on Facebook. Ask us for our rates.

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Posting your listing to our page is on a 1st come 1st serve basis. 1st to pay and get us information will be at the top of the page.  We have other available pricing to keep your listing above everyone else. You may send us a detailed description of no more than 300 words, and upto 8 pictures. We will adjust size of pictures as needed on the page. Should be no larger than 425×285 pixels. Which is the size of the For Rent image above.  Payment is only accepted by US paypal.

If this goes well I will also add a For Sale page as well with a Flat advertising fee per month.

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Oh my God to Cute not to Share

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Youtube video of the day

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Food Chick Tip of the day

Today’s Chick Tip….A super easy summer salad on this hot June day! Cucumber and Roasted Red Pepper strips with fresh basil. Combine with rice wine vinegar and salt and pepper to taste for a great side dish or snack.

BONUS TIP – keep a jar of roasted red peppers on hand year round for a great tasting addition to salads and pastas!

Check out her website The Food Chick

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Cast your Vote Today!

Update 6/18/14

Well we have only raise $18 so far since yesterday and that includes my matching contribution. Does not bold well for the charity that wins. :-( Whatever money will roll over into the next month and than may go to another charity that wins in that month. I’m pushing as best I can and trying to come up with some good designs.  There has to be a min. of $100 in the pot in order to send to the charity, other wise it rolls over into the next month where the votes start all over again. Any suggestions on designs send them to me at Email Best of Costa Rica. Just as an FYI if you want something other than Costa Rica and Pura Vida and the CR flag, send me what you want and on which design and I will swamp it out. So you Canadians and US Citizens just let me know. I will make the same designs with your home country in place of Costa Rica.

Update only 1 purchase has been made. So without purchases the voting will be moot for this month. It will have to carry over to next month. If you don’t see something you like let me know what you want to see and I will get working on creating it for you.

Thanks!

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As promised here is the poll. So vote for your favorite. the money for the Charity that wins the poll will come from 3 sources.

  1. Best of Costa Rica CafePress Shop where we will put $3 of every item sold for the month of June and July into the pot.

2. Amazon Deals and Discount shop (visit the shop for full details on how we calculate what will be added)

  1. I will match what is generated up to $100 personally.

So spread the word!!!!!!

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Costa Rica #1 again!!!!

‘Oh, you should go to… Costa Rica’. Latin state is shock winner in list of countries people would recommend to other travellers

  • Austria also ranks highly as a place travellers would commend to friends
  • Britain fares relatively well in the survey, coming joint tenth with Greece
  • Indonesia, China and Malaysia comprise surprise bottom three in results

By TRAVELMAIL REPORTER

Many of us would run a mile rather than listen to the travel recommendations of friends who have just returned from an exotic part of the world complete with sun tans, very long anecdotes and overly effusive comments about how ‘you really should go yourselves.’

But if we were all to base our future holiday arrangements on the advice of others, it seems that – according to a new study – we would all be packing our bags for Costa Rica.

Top of the world: Costa Rica has two coastlines - and proffers beauties such as Drake Bay, on its Pacific side

With scenery like the Arenal volcano, Costa Rica is the destination travellers would most recommend

New research conducted by the Global Tourism Monitor Survey asked a total of 23,000 holidaymakers, in 26 different countries around the world, to name the destination that they would most recommend to others based on their own travel experiences.

Those questioned as part of the survey were restricted to countries they had visited in the previous 12 months, and asked whether they would or wouldn’t tell others to follow suit.

The number of people who criticised a recent holiday destination was then subtracted from the number praising a place as visit-worthy, to produce a net score for each country.

And the Central American republic came top of the tree with a score of 63 – finishing a clear five points ahead of Austria and Israel (both 58), New Zealand (57) and Italy (56).

Not too shabby: Britain, with the sights of London to the fore, came a respectable tenth in the survey

Although not, perhaps, well known to British holidaymakers, Costa Rica’s appeal is easy to fathom.

It is one of only seven countries able to boast coastlines on both the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea (the others are Colombia, Panama, Nicaragua, Honduras, Guatemala and Mexico), and as such, is home to a wealth of wonderful beaches.

Britain performed relatively well in the survey, polling a score of 52, finishing in joint tenth position along with Canada and Greece.

Other countries fared less well in this court of popular opinion.

Tunisia was the only country in the survey to ‘achieve’ the dubious feat of a negative score, polling a dreadful -7.

The ten most recommended destinations…

1. Costa Rica
2. Austria
3. Israel
4. New Zealand
5= Italy
5= Japan
7= Croatia
7= USA
9. Norway
10= Canada, Greece, UK

…and the ten with the fewest fans

64. Bulgaria
65. Russia
66. Albania
67. Cambodia
68. India
69. Ukraine
70. Malaysia
71. China
72. Indonesia
73. Tunisia

And the Far East also fell foul of plenty of tourists.

Although it can boast the sunshine island of Bali, and some of the world’s most pristine areas of rainforest, Indonesia finished second bottom of the pile with a score of just four.

Perhaps surprisingly, China – home to the exciting cities of Beijing and Shanghai, plus the historic wonder of the Great Wall – came third last, polling a meagre five.

And Malaysia contributed to a miserable survey for the Far East, slumping to fourth bottom with an unimpressive recommendation rating of six.

Eastern Europe also found itself on the receiving end of traveller discontent.

Ukraine was the fourth of over 70 states included in the survey to manage a rating of less than ten, with a score of only eight – a vote of no-confidence from holidaymakers which will not, perhaps, come as the biggest shock in light of the current troubles in the country.

But Albania (18 points), Russia (20) and Bulgaria (21) will wonder who they offended.

‘This study is one of the most broadly based assessments of recent tourism experiences and future intentions,’ says Jon Young, on behalf of the Global Tourism Monitor Survey.

‘It looks at destination appeal and the likelihood of recommending a country based solely on personal experience in the last 12 months.’

Beautiful, but at the bottom: Despite the allure of Bali, Indonesia did not fare well as a recommended destination

The results, Mr Young says, make happy reading for Britain.

‘It’s a credit to the UK that it has achieved a high joint tenth position in a league table.of more than 70 countries, especially given the competition of countries with more favourable climates,’ he continues.

‘Overseas visits rose to 32.8million in 2013, up 5.6 per cent on 2012, and the prominence of the UK is good news for our tourism sector and the overall economy.’

Half of the 26 countries consulted as part of the survey were in Europe (Belgium, Croatia, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Netherlands, Romania, Russia, UK and Ukraine).

Eight Asian countries (India, China, Indonesia, Japan, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam) were also involved, with four countries in the Americas (USA, Canada, Mexico and Brazil), plus Australia, rounding out the line-up.

Originally posted on Mail on line

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What do you need to carry with you while traveling in Costa Rica?

There was a question posted today in a facebook group I am the admin of. The person recently got stopped by immigration police and was asked for his passport. Well he didn’t have it on him. Now they could have impounded his car, taken him to the police station and processed him to the immigration center for deportation. He used the “No Habla Espanol” trick which will only work once in a blue moon, so he was very, very lucky. Here is my suggestion to you.

  1. Passport. If you do not want to carry your passport with you you should have a copy of the main page with photo all information. It should be a color copy. You also need your most recent visa stamp page as well.
  2. If you have submitted your paperwork for residency and received your expedente papers you should have that as well.

  3. If you are driving you should always have either your Costa Rican license (if you were lucky enough to have one) or your home country license with you.

  4. If you are lucky enough to have one your cedula. If you have a cedula the other items with the exception of some form of drivers license is not necessary.

  5. Again driving you should have a copy of all the information needed in relation to the car in the glove compartment. Copy of title, registration, and insurance (other than you marchomo sticker if you have it).

That should keep you covered should you be stopped by any of the police that are here in Costa Rica. Any of them can ask for any ID they deem necessary to verify that you are here and you are here legally.

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Fernando Carballo exhibit showcases 40 years of technique

“Cazando Mariposas” (“Hunting Butterflies”) shows Carballo’s peculiar mingling of realistic portraiture with a surreal twist. Courtesy RedCultura

It’s one of the miracles of art: If you know what you’re doing, you can skip the brush and just dribble paint directly onto paper. The paint plops into lines and curves, drips and splotches, until – voila! – a woman’s face emerges, as human and alive as a painting can be.

Such freeform painting is just one of the techniques Fernando Carballo has used over the past four decades, along with drawing and traditional brushwork. Now 72 years old, Carballo is a revered artist in Costa Rica, where he has won awards for his canvases. This month, Casa del Artista has dedicated its gallery to a Carballo retrospective; simply titled “Graphic Exposition,” the display showcases 15 of his works.

If you happen to be passing through the neighborhood of Guadalupe anyway, the Carballo collection is worth a visit, especially if you have never heard his name. What’s striking about Carballo is that he has tried a variety of styles and media: “Muchacha Bonita” is the portrait of a young woman, a kind of line drawing made from dripped paint. In contrast, “Espalda Masculina” (“Masculine Back”) shows a shirtless man’s shoulder blades. His musculature is richly colored and shaded with colored pencils. The two portraits seem completely dissimilar, as if created by two very different artists.

Yet all of Carballo’s work shares a single trait: it seems slightly unreal. Even his most realistic figures, like the one in “Personaje” (“Character”), is somehow warped or exaggerated. The bald, naked man in “Personaje” is realistically rendered overall, but he has a huge, beckoning hand, like a homunculus in a bad dream. “Madre” (“Mother”) is the haunting image of a woman, drawn in stark pen-and-ink, with a stoic face and bulbous lower belly. Carballo imaginatively renders her curvature, from sharp nose to baby bump, with the anatomical freedom of Frank Frazetta. Many of the other figures look like Freudian doodles, playfully sexual though never exactly erotic.

The Carballo exhibit is the perfect excuse to visit Casa del Artista, an art school operated by the Museum of Costa Rican Art. With a name like “Artist’s House,” you might expect a rundown potting studio in a converted mill, the kind of dusty little workshop you find in quaint U.S. towns. But Casa del Artista is headquartered in a spacious, spotless, super-modern building. The school hosts hands-on classes in every kind of medium. If you have artistic aspirations and you speak even a lick of Spanish, the course catalogue is worth a gander.

In this sense, Carballo’s work is the perfect installation for the school’s lobby. He demonstrates the range of draftsmanship a single artist can attempt. Try everything, he seems to suggest. Something’s bound to turn out right.

“Exposición Gráfica de Fernando Carballo” continues through June 30 at Casa del Artista, Guadalupe. Mon.-Fri., 8 a.m.–8 p.m.; Sat., 8 a.m.–4 p.m. Free. Info: Museum of Costa Rican Art website.

Originally posted on the Tico Times

 

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Costa Rica Ranked #1 vacation destination!

Selvatura Adventure Park, Monteverde Ronald Reyes/The Tico Times

Rain forests, volcanoes, world-class beaches, great weather, sloths, what’s not to like? A new global survey confirmed that tourists love Costa Rica, naming the country most recommended tourism destination in the world.

The Global Tourism Monitor Survey asked 23,000 globetrotters from 26 countries where they had traveled during the previous 12 months and which destination they would more recommend based on their experience there. The report, released Monday, ranked the top 65 most recommended destinations.

Austria came in second, followed by Israel, New Zealand and Italy.

Ukraine, Malaysia, China, Indonesia and Tunisia were the five least recommended destinations, according to the survey conducted by BDRC Continental.

While Costa Rica placed atop the list of most recommended destination, no other Latin American country made the top 10.

Latin America and the Caribbean placed among the least popular regions with only 6 percent of respondents saying they were “seriously” planning to travel to the region. Europe ranked the highest among potential travelers with 43 percent planning to travel there, followed by 27 percent in the Asian Pacific. Only 4 percent said they planned to take their holiday in Africa or the Middle East.

Costa Rica received a record-breaking 2.4 million tourists during 2013, according to the Costa Rican Tourism Board.

Here’s the list of the top 10 most recommended destinations (with a three-way tie for 10th place):

  1. Costa Rica
  2. Austria
  3. Israel
  4. New Zealand
  5. Italy
  6. Japan
  7. Croatia
  8. USA
  9. Norway
  10. Canada
  11. Greece
  12. United Kingdom

…and the 10 least recommended:

  1. Bulgaria
  2. Russia
  3. Albania
  4. Cambodia
  5. India
  6. Ukraine
  7. Malaysia
  8. China
  9. Indonesia
  10. Tunisia

Originally posted to the Tico Times

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