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Feb 26, 2019 - San Jose

Sorry for the delay. Too many late nights and when we returned home Hugh came down with a wicked cold. All is well now and hope this blog will encourage you to go south some time soon. Our Caravan Tour to Costa Rica. Day 7: Cruise the Tarcoles River Day 8: Visit Mamuel Antonio National Park Day 9: Walk the streets of San Jose, Costa Rica Day 7: We had an early start to head south to Mamuel Antonio NP on the Pacific Coast about the middle of the coastline. First we cruised on the Tarcoles River which was full of crocodiles and the banks...

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Feb 20, 2019 - San Juan

Internet has been week the last 4 days,so have gotten behind in sending this. Our Caravan Tour! Day 1: Welcome Briefing Day 2: Visit Oxcart factory, Coffee plantation, and a Butterfly garden. Day 3: Tour downtown San Jose, visit Wildlife Rescue Center, leisurely bus ride through the mountains to La Fortuna We made it to San Jose Sunday afternoon in about 5 hours for a 150 mile ride from CoCo Beach. It is the dry season here, so not as green as would have liked, but was interesting with unbeknownst vegetation. We stayed at a nice hotel...

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Feb 2, 2018 - February 2 & 3, 2018 - Playa Santa Teresa, Costa Rica

Friday February 2, 2018 And the routine continues, breakfast and an early walk to the beach. And what an incredible beach it is – the whitest and cleanest beach we have seen this whole trip. We walk another 100m on beautiful hard packed sand, virtually rock free, to the edge of the pounding surf. The tide is out and there are a few surfers attempting to catch a wave or two and we marvel at the absolute beauty, the water is the most brilliant teal blue. NOW we understand why it was her favourite beach! Fero returns to the casita and I do a...

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Feb 1, 2018 - February 1, 2018 Tamarindo to Playa Santa Teresa, Costa Rica

Thursday February 1, 2018 The alarm brings me out of a deep sleep at 6:30am. Time to move onward – today we head to the far southwest of the Nicoya peninsula to Playa Santa Teresa. The shuttle arrives and we are surprised to see a 24 passenger bus rather than the normal micro-bus, definitely more room and more comfortable. The drive through the countryside and towns is beautiful and it seems to get greener the further south we go. Fields of vegetables, grains, rice and teak wood are everywhere, one of the many growing regions of Costa...

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Nov 28, 2017 - San Jose

A pleasant 22 deg in San Jose and a morning to while away before our flight home, early this evening. A bit of rain has come in from the mountains which reminds me that Stuart slept through the incredible storm 2 nights ago!!! Time to stretch our legs before the flight. We can see the Gran d’Oro Hotel & Restaurant from our room. Happy memories of a superb meal, so we wander there for a coffee. It is decked out for Christmas with massive trees, baubles and lots of Poinsettias! Even has Silent Night, Winter Wonderland and many more tunes...

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Nov 18, 2017 - San Jose to Tortuguero

6.15 a.m. start and a stop for breakfast en-route! Yesterday we met most of our group. Several ladies travelling in pairs as husbands either not interested in travelling or too unwell to travel. Stuart was pleased that there are 2 other husbands on the trip plus a very shy chap on his own. Very interesting to hear the different routes taken to get here - via Paris, via Amsterdam and one couple via Guatemala! All had long troublesome journeys so our hour at San Jose airport was nothing! It never ceases to amaze me that despite all the places...

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Nov 17, 2017 - La Paz Waterfall Gardens & Doka Coffee Plantation

What a beautiful morning! The sun is up, the sky is blue and we are off on our first visit of the trip. Costa Rica is only 9 deg off the Equator so has 12 hours of daylight all year round, from 5.30 a.m. to 5.30 p.m. consequently most people start, and finish, work early. Hence the evening rush hour starts at 2.30 p.m.! Victor, our guide, is on hand and we meet the rest of the group, minus 2 just for today. First stop is the Doka Coffee Plantation. Coffee is one of the big exports of the country alongside bananas and pineapples. 95% of the...

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Nov 16, 2017 - San Jose - The future is Insects!

Hooray, the sun is out and we can see the mountains and even cloud forests across the rooftops! Suncream on. Off the beaten track to The Museum of Insects, on the campus of the University of Costa Rica which has 27,000 students. Busman’s holiday for Stuart! Situated under the Faculty of Music building, of course (!), it is the largest insect museum in Central America. Having rung the bell we are met by Federico, a qualified Biologist working here as a technician. We wander round the beautifully put together exhibits in one medium sized...

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Nov 15, 2017 - San Jose - Culture!

We awake to the bustling city sounds and discover we have a large balcony and a hot tub! Fits with the very spacious room and massive bed we have! Not necessarily the prettiest view to enjoy though. Off early on a day of ‘culture’ to discover the National Museum is open at 8.30! A beautiful entrance through a tropical butterfly garden with stunningly, exotic and huge butterflies. The museum is fascinating and housed in what was originally a coffee farm (German owned) then a military academy. Superb displays on the country’s history and...

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Sep 11, 2017 - Traveling Day 9/5-9/6

Traveling Day: After greater than 24 hours of traveling we made it to our new home for the next 7 weeks in Santa Teresa Costa Rica! Luckily, the kiddos did great even off of less than 5 hours of sleep on the plane. I'm pretty sure I only got 2 hours separated into 5 different stents. We took a red eye from SFO to Fort Lauderdale, arriving in Fort Lauderdale at 6:30am (3:30am pacific time). We spent 4 hours in the airport. Levi (7 yr old) slept on the floor of the terminal and Noah (4 yr old) slept in a chair while Lucas (2 1/2 year old) ran...

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Apr 5, 2016 - Wildlife Spotted in Costa Rica

Birds 1-Great Egret 2- Cattle Egret 3-Snowy Egret 4-Little Blue Heron 5-Black-cheeked Woodpecker 6-Anhinga 7- Royal Tern 8-Least Grebe 9- Passerini's Tanager 10- Great Kiskadee 11-Short-billed Pigeon 12-Black Vulture 13- Turkey Vulture 14- King Vulture 15- Osprey 16 - Magnificent Frigatebird 17- Montezuma Oropendola 18- Keel-billed Toucan 19- Collared Aracari 20- Long-tailed Grackle 21-Social Flycatcher 22- Long-tailed Tyrant 23- Black-hooded Antshrike 24- Clay-colored Thrush 25- Green Macaw 26-Mealy Parrot 27-Summer Tanager 28-Blue-Gray...

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Mar 7, 2016 - The Amazing Race - Central America

It feels like so much has happened in the past 17 days. Our usual relaxed travel pace exchanged for what became the amazing race throughout Latin America. It still started with the same familiar buzz mixed with a healthy amount of anxiousness as we made our way to Sydney International Airport. I was sure by now I would be immune to the excitement and butterflies that the prospect of new adventures brings. It appears I'm not, that feeling never gets old. The short break at home made it feel as if we were starting out on our adventure all...

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