Tag Archive: PlacesToStay

Nov 15 2012

All-Inclusive, or Not?

When patronizing an “all-inclusive” resort, generally you could be anywhere and you would hardly know the difference. Why come to Costa Rica at all if you’re going to stay at an all-inclusive resort? While there are certainly exceptions, many all-inclusives are rip-offs. Not only are they expensive, but you get a sanitized version of the …

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May 05 2012

Lush, Relaxing, & Beautiful – Chalet Nicholas

After many visits to Costa Rica, John and Cathy Nicholas moved from New York to Costa Rica in 1991.  They chose Arenal for it’s sacred, majestic beauty, its lush wildlife, its relaxing lifestyle, and its proximity to activities and sites such as the volcano arenal and the beaches!  Chalet Nicholas has been in operation since …

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Apr 05 2012

An Introduction to Finca Luna Nueva

One of our most interesting trips recently was to Finca Luna Nueva, located in the northern part of the Cantón of San Ramón, about one hour and 45 minutes from where we live. Though things are getting brown here on the Pacific side of the mountain range that runs through the center of the country, …

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Jan 01 2012

Stunning Views, Great Food, & Gracious Hosts – Vista Valverde Bed & Breakfast

What’s Your Pura Vida? Is it waking up to a magical Pacific Ocean view from 4000 ft. up, enjoying a freshly made breakfast from all local ingredients, and then heading off to explore one of Costa Rica’s many natural wonders? Monteverde and the Cloud Forest, Arenal Volcano and Hot Springs, those islands in the distance, …

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Nov 15 2011

Warm, Welcoming, & Peaceful – Casa Amanecer B&B

When you visit San Ramon, we recommend you stay at Casa Amanecer Bed & Breakfast. Your innkeepers, Chris and Luisa Panzer, are great people, very warm and welcoming. Chris is originally from Maryland and his wife Luisa is from Peru. They met each other at Habitat for Humanity here in San Ramon de Alajuela and …

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Apr 23 2011

El Castillo de Relajamiento Cabinas in Beautiful San Ramon, Costa Rica

This is where Paul and I lived for our first four years in Costa Rica. If you will be visiting the Central Valley and are looking for a great place to stay with more features than a standard hotel room, this is the place!  Each picturesque cabin is approximately 550 sq ft (51 sq m), …

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Jul 12 2008

We’re back!

It’s July 12th and we’re back in Baltimore from our trip to Costa Rica– it was even harder to leave this time than it was when we visited in January. If you remember, Paul and I took a “retirement tour” with George Lundquist (a GREAT investment of time and money, and a very good value; …

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