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Essential Costa Rica

sunny 33 °C

Now we have left Panama for Costa Rica we can safely report that, with some exceptions, the Panamanian locals were not particularly friendly. We don't know why – after all we were tourists spending money. But Panama City is one of the most expensive cities in the world and the Panamanians are used to foreigners arriving with boatloads of cash. We didn't go cheap, and stayed at one of the few hotels on the banks of the Canal, but we got the impression that you need to be a real fat cat to get good service here. We hope the Pope gets a better welcome on the 26th. January.
Now here's a teaser:
This is the view of the sun rising over the Pacific Ocean from our hotel's balcony – but how can that be? Doesn't the sun rise in the east?
We have no such problem here in the small Costa Rican coastal town of Quepos...
This is the Pacific Ocean and it's definitely in the west as we stand on the town's seaside promenade and watch this fisherman taking home enough supper for an army...
On the subject of armies: Costa Rica is one of the most peaceful and stable democracies on earth and one of the few countries that doesn't have an army. It is also the most visited Central American country and prides itself on its friendliness to tourists.

Costa Rica is about twice the size of Wales, but it's one of the most ecologically diverse places on the planet. Even though Costa Rica covers less than .03 percent of the earth's total surface, nearly five percent of the planet's plant and animal species live here. Its location on the Darién Isthmus connecting North and South America, with the Pacific to the west and the Atlantic to the east, has enabled flora and fauna from both continents and both oceans to thrive here. We are here for a week and hope to get some pictures of some of the amazing wildlife on the beaches and in the forests and mountains. In the next few days we will be visiting the national parks in search of sloths, macaws and toucans, but we are surrounded by wildlife at our hotel. This dinosaur came to check us out as we ate lunch on our hotel's terrace in Quepos...
The port town of Quepos isn't beautiful. It doesn't have historic colonial ruins, glamorous marinas full of superyachts or fancy hotels. It's just a bustling little commercial backwater a few hours drive from the capital, San Jose, that is a good place to stay while visiting the nearby Manuel Antonio National Park Here's a snapshot of the main street...
Stay tuned and we hope to show some of the prettier sights of this tropical land. Here's a start...

Posted by Hawkson 14:56 Archived in Costa Rica

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Looks like a beautiful destination. My walk just took me into the garden and the main wildlife are the squirrels and occasional skunk. Sometimes a seal in the summer.

by Sue Fitzwilson

I support Costa Rica and buy their coffee beans. Love the dinosaur.

by Janet

Wife of one of my hunting partners is a Costa Rican. Lovely lady and wonderful cook. Uses chocolate in just about everything including stews.
Sun? Or is that a blood moon?

by R and B

What a catch ! Name of this wonderful brace of fish x

by Christine Lloyd

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