Tag Archive: Towns

Aug 25 2016

Cascata Del Bosco Bed & Breakfast Hotel – A Tranquil Place to Stay in San Vito

While in San Vito, in Costa Rica’s Southern Zone, we stayed in one of the finest hotels in the country for only $65/night (low season rate) plus tax . We couldn’t believe it. Cascata Del Bosco would be at least $200 on the Gold Coast or in Escazu. It wasn’t even just a room. It …

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Aug 25 2016

Our 12-Day Road Trip to Costa Rica’s Southern Zone: Uvita & Quepos

After our leaving Tinamastes, we continued our 12-day road trip of Costa Rica’s Southern Zone with a visit to Uvita. Located just 11 miles south of Dominical on the Costanera Sur, Uvita is home to pristine beaches and the Marino Ballena National Park. Our home-away-from-home in Uvita was the Big Bamboo. For $40 per night, this hotel was …

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Aug 25 2016

Our 12-Day Road Trip to Costa Rica’s Southern Zone: San Vito

We’ve always wanted to visit San Vito, located just 40 minutes from the Panamanian border in the south of Costa Rica, at 3,268 feet elevation. It was only a 2-hour ride from Sierpe. The roads were great; no potholes or traffic, and it was so beautiful. In fact, riding through the whole Southern Zone was like that. …

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Aug 25 2016

Our 12-Day Road Trip to Costa Rica’s Southern Zone: Drake Bay, Osa Peninsula

After a couple of days visiting friends in San Isidro de El General, we continued our Southern Zone Road Trip with a visit to Drake Bay on the Osa Peninsula. Drake Bay was named for Sir Francis Drake who, it is thought, voyaged here in the late 16th century. It is a great place for scuba diving, snorkeling, …

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Aug 25 2016

Our 12-Day Road Trip to Costa Rica’s Southern Zone: San Isidro de El General

When I first mentioned a trip to San Isidro de El General to Paul, it wasn’t high on his priority list. After all, we knew we didn’t want to settle there — it’s just too far from San Jose and the airport for us. And, you have to drive over the Cerro de la Muerte (“Summit …

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Dec 20 2015

Journey to the “Dark Side” of Costa Rica: A visit to Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica, by Bonnie Vining

A visit to Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica by Bonnie Vining Our exploratory trips to Costa Rica in 2012 and 2013 focused on places we considered living such as the Central Valley, the Southern Zone, Orosi Valley, Nicoya Peninsula, Los Santos, and Lake Arenal. Nobody in their right mind would retire on the Caribbean side, right?  …

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Apr 21 2013

On Integration: Living in Costa Rica

by Tom Bunker This is a follow-up to my previous article describing how Marcia and I ended up here. Now that we have lived here for over 2-1/2 years, we are enjoying our new lives and community. Throughout this article, you will see some photos of examples of daily life. Like everyone, I have my opinions …

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Apr 21 2013

Palmares, Our Neighboring Town

Palmares is the capitol of the cantón (county) of the same name in Alajuela province, and one of the 81 cantóns in Costa Rica. The canton has a population of 32,000 surrounding the principle district of the town of Palmares. The town (population: 7,500 in 2013) is only 15 minutes and six km. southeast of …

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Apr 20 2013

9 Tips to Find Your “Perfect Place” in Costa Rica

Okay, you’ve visited Costa Rica a couple of times, read everything you can get your hands on, and you’ve decided to retire here. The reality of such a big move hits you, and you want to make sure that every decision along the way is the right one for you. I don’t blame you. San …

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Nov 30 2012

The Central Valley Town of Grecia

Grecia is our 2nd favorite town in El Occidente, the western Central Valley. If we didn’t live in San Ramon, we’d probably live in Grecia. The cantón (county) of Grecia is located in Alajuela province. The town of Grecia is the capital city of the cantón and one its eight districts. According to the latest …

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