Category: COSTA RICA LIFESTYLE

Costa Rican Healthcare: Public (CCSS/Caja), Private, and Mixed Medicine

  Published on April 18, 2022 – excellent article from Rebecca Clower of Blue Water Properties – a fellow realtor from the Flamingo area.  One of the most important considerations before moving abroad is your health: your wellbeing, …

Costa Rica Weather: When the Rain Comes

From Special Places and Karl Kahler Living in the dry tropical forest of Guanacaste during months with names like January, February and March, you begin to wonder if it will ever rain again. Skies are blue, cows are …

Snowbirds in Paradise

This article will appear in the June edition of Howler Magazine.  Candy and I will be famous 🙂  Snowbirds in Paradise After spending all our lives enduring the cold Canadian winters of western Canada, my wife Donna and …

Tips for Tipping in Costa Rica: Gratuity Etiquette 101

Published on March 30, 2022 by Paul Pitura  A big question many North American tourists have when they travel to Costa Rica is how much they should tip. It’s a natural question, especially for Canadians and Americans who …

Playa Ocotal, Guanacaste Costa Rica

Playa Ocotal is a wonderfully peaceful place to enjoy swimming, snorkeling, and relaxing in the sun. Scenic hills and cliffs hem in the beach, and the Catalina Islands sit just offshore. The quaint village of Playa Ocotal is …

Monkey Business: Where to Find the Fab Four Primate Species in Costa Rica

Published on February 23, 2022 by Dana Kaleta The four monkey species in Costa Rica The four species of monkeys native to Costa Rica are the white-faced capuchin (mono cariblanco), spider monkey (mono colorado or mono araña), the squirrel monkey (mono …

THE MAKING OF LAKE ARENAL

The Making of Lake Arenal: Life-Changing Upheaval for Two Small Communities. Forty years ago, Costa Rica inaugurated the largest public works project in its history — damming a river and flooding a valley to create the second-largest lake in Central America …

5 Day Trips to National Parks in Guanacaste

Published on February 9, 2022 by Nick Dauk   Costa Rica’s natural beauty is astounding, and its national parks fantastically showcase this diverse landscape. You’ll find magnificent vistas and stunning backdrops across the country – making it a challenge …

Renting a Car in Costa Rica: 7 Must-Know Tips Before You Rent

Published on September 21, 2020 by Hamoon Javaher Planning on renting a car in Costa Rica? You’re not alone. With over 1.7 million tourists landing in Costa Rica every year – a lot of tourists decide renting a car is the …

The Best Golf Courses in Guanacaste, Costa Rica

Thanks to Special Places of Costa Rica  Exquisite fairways, painstakingly manicured greens and views from the tee box so breathtaking that you’ll reach for your camera instead of your driver. This is the golf experience in Guanacaste, Costa …