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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.
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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.


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.


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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5 extraordinary treetop hotels

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Review: Delfin Beachfront Resort

So this is the picture from their website and this area is the lobby, bar, and restaurant all rolled into one. It is a very nice area. Its located in Playa Bejuco, Puntarenas, Central Pacific, Costa Rica. There seems to be a nice breeze that comes though here almost all the time. We stayed here from Friday afternoon until Sunday morning. We payed $124 a night as it was high season prices. Check their link to see full website and prices. We were there to attend a wedding of a friend which was very beautiful. I think anyone who would like to have a wonderful setting for their wedding this is a nice place to do that. So on to the review of the Resort itself.

I wouldn’t call this a resort and I would only call it a hotel because it has 16 usable rooms. Not sure how many it actually has, but I was told 16 usable ones. It does have a nice pool area with both open seating and covered rancho to stay cool and out of the sun if you like. Well I say cool, but this is the beach so that isn’t really a good description. Lets say, cooler. 🙂 Here are some pictures of the pool area and rancho.

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Looks amazing and the outside is so amazing I do have to agree. The pool area, the beach area, the restaurant area are all wonderful. So lets get into the really important part the food! Being on the diet we are on I was a little hesitant that we would find things we could eat, but we did! It made us very happy! We had also been told the food was only just ok. Again we found it to be very good. Yes again a little pricey, but you are on the beach, you are in a hotel and you should expect that. They got ya and they know it. It wasn’t horrible prices, but it wasn’t reasonable either. So we had 2 lunches, and one dinner there. The other dinner was the reception for the wedding. Here are pictures of our food we had.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThis was the salad we had for lunch our 1st day there. It was full of veggies and it tasted pretty wonderful. Not sure it was worth $10, but it did have a good amount of veggies and not a lot of lettuce. Its seems I did not take a picture of the salad I got for dinner and lunch the next day. It was different and was mostly lettuce, did have a good taste, but not worth $10 again no doubt. Was hoping to get this one again, but it just didn’t happen. 😦 The one I ordered at dinner the same night we got this one I said, “Can you make us a salad like we had for lunch it was amazing.” Nope I guess not. 😦 Here is what we had for dinner our 1st night.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERANow we are not fans of Ceviche, but we had this one at Lunch, dinner and again at lunch! It was that good! The other plate is a fish in a garlic sauce with mushrooms, a side of veggies in a garlic sauce, some rice and some coleslaw. We could not eat the rice or the coleslaw, but I did taste it and it was very good. Over all the food was very good. The day we left I sat with friends and had coffee. They did and they said the omelet was amazing and it looked amazing and since I wasn’t expecting to have breakfast I didn’t bring my camera.  Breakfast was included in the price of the room which was a nice touch. There was a good number of items and drink on the breakfast menu.

So you are excited and you are ready to go to the hotel? Hold on to your pants. Now let me preface this by saying if you are a beach bumb, love the pool and want to surf then don’t let what I am about to say and show you stop you from going to this hotel. The beach is wonderful, but I was not going to go swim in it. They had this sign every few feet.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERASo I was not going to be that gringo on the news who went to a Tico beach wedding and was pulled out by the riptide and killed. So I did not go into the water. If you do you should be a strong swimmer or someone who surfs. There were a number of people who surf in our group and they were out there a number of times. So like I said if you love the surf, sand, pool, bar, and everything outside do not let what I am going to say now stop you.

If you like these things, but would like a comfortable room this is not the place for you. This hotel is designed that you do not spend a lot of time in your room. Here are pictures of our room. Now I have no clue if they are all like this, but this was room number 12.


So the towel animals were a nice touch, but the room left a lot to be desired especially at $124 a night. The beds were hard as a rock so if you like a firm mattress than it will be fine, but if you don’t you could be in trouble. The room was not the cleanest I have seen. The one curtain had a black streak on it and not sure what it was. The bathroom was very tiny. The shower head was very clogged. There was hot water so that was good. The shampoo and body wash was the same thing and there were no wash cloths in our room and another guest told us the same thing. So not sure if they had them? If you need cream rinse bring you own. Actually you should bring the following when you come. Cream Rinse, shampoo, body wash, a power strip, bug spray, and your own towels. Theirs were not soft and they were small. You are going to need a lot of bug spray! The 1st night I didn’t spray and got all bite up.  Yes a power strip there was two outlets in the room and if you are like us and have a couple different electronics that will need to be plugged in to charge you are going to need it. The view from this room was pretty good. Loved the beach and the sound of the waves crashing. The A/C did work well, so that was a plus. Yes that TV is that small. My HP Split tablet screen was bigger than the TV. Like I said the room is not designed for you to be spending any time in it at all. They expect you to be pool side or at the beach most of the day.

Oh and don’t expect to be able to upload your photo’s right away to Facebook. The internet kept going up and down and up and down and up and down. It was very poor connection.

So lets wrap this one up shall we. The outside of the hotel is wonderful! Great place to have a wedding or if you are one who loves the heat, humidity, sun, surf, and sand. The pool was great, but warm. The room left a lot to be desired, but the restaurant had good food that was a little over priced, but still good!

I give this place 2 seashell1out of 5. You not being me may give it more if you spend all your time outside. I do not especially in the heat and humidity. I mainly gave it 2 for the restaurant and the beauty of the area and the beach. Would I go back? Yes to spend the day and have lunch and dinner, but not for a weekend or longer. If they improve the cleaning of the room, change the mattress,  give wash cloths, change the shower products in the bathroom and get a bigger TV, and fix the internet issues I could stay a weekend and would give it maybe 3 or 4 seashells.

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