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The Iran Contra Affair and Costa Rica I remember in the late Eighties watching the Oliver North Trials on TV.  At the time I didn’t fully understand what was going on but it was interesting nonetheless.  I was a teenager in high school and a United States Lt Colonel was… Read More

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Chocolate in Costa Rica As the story goes, chocolate was once considered gold. Prized by the Aztecs and Mayans, and formerly reserved only for royalty in Europe, chocolate has held an irresistible allure for cultures worldwide over the past 4,000 years. In some areas, chocolate beans were even used as… Read More

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Costa Rica Coffee production has a long and colorful history and continues to be important to the country’s economy. In 2006, coffee was Costa Rica’s number three export, after being the number one cash crop export for several decades.  The largest growing areas are in the provinces of San José, Alajuela, Heredia, Puntarenas, Cartago and … Read More

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Costa Rica is located along the Ring of Fire which extends along much of the coastline of the Pacific Ocean. Over 200 volcanic formations have been identified, though only 5 are considered active. Costa Rica’s active volcanos include Arenal, Rincon de la Vieja, Poas, Irazu, and Turrialba Arenal Volcano National… Read More

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My favorite time of the year in Costa Rica is Christmas! It is a very humbling experience to say the least. After 50 some odd years in the U.S. celebrating Christmas and all of the commercial madness that goes with it, we have been blessed to spend the last 2… Read More

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The Ballena Marine National Park is one of the most unique places in Costa Rica, especially for Whale Watching. Located near the coast along the Central Pacific coast in southern Puntarenas, the Ballena Marine National Park protects more than 13,000 hectares of ocean and 9 miles of coastline. It consists of mangrove… Read More

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If you are like me and you are impressed by talented artists, you will love Costa Rica! I have always been fascinated by people that have the ability to create colorful artwork. Costa Rica has no shortage of talented artists! Everywhere you look you will see colorful murals, intricate mosaics,… Read More

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I never thought of myself as a bird watcher but I do remember the Mocking Birds, Blue Jays and Cardinals in Texas and of course, Hummingbirds were always fascinating. Now I find myself a bit more interested in birds because the variety here in Costa Rica is incredible.  I get… Read More

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Pura vida, the ultimate Costa Rican phrase, literally means pure life, with connotations that suggest translations such as “full of life”, “this is living!”, “going great”, or “real living”. The phrase can be used both as a greeting or a farewell, as an answer expressing that things are going well, as a way of… Read More