Playa Hermosa, Garabito, Puntarenas

Playa Hermosa, Garabito, Puntarenas

Playa Hermosa in the canton of Garabito and province of Puntarenas is a 6 mile (10 km) long beach known for its big 8-13 feet (2.5-4 meter) high waves crashing 12 feet (4 meters) from shore which is great for…

Playa Jacó, Garabito, Puntarenas

Playa Jacó, Garabito, Puntarenas

Playa Jacó is the closest beach to the San Jose capital (about 1.5 hour drive) and therefore a popular weekend getaway for folks in the Central Valley, or those who are accustomed to city life. It is probably the largest,…

Beaches in Costa Rica

Beaches in Costa Rica

With nearly two-thirds of Costa Rica’s borders being beaches (more than 1200 km or 750 miles of Pacific and Caribbean beaches), we have not yet been to every beach in Costa Rica, but we have read and seen many pictures…

Playa Esterillos Oeste

Playa Esterillos Oeste

Playa Esterillos Oeste (“Little Estuaries West”) is our favorite beach in the Central Pacific located about 8 km north of Playa Bejuco, Puntarenas. It is part of a collection of beaches separated by estuaries along the Central Pacific coastline with…

Playa Bejuco, Parrita, Puntarenas

Playa Bejuco, Parrita, Puntarenas

Playa Bejuco (the one near Parrita in the Puntarenas province in the Central Pacific, not the one in the Nicoya Peninsula) is one of our favorite Pacific beaches in Costa Rica. Bejuco means “woody vine” in Spanish and this beach…

Costa Rican Cuisine

Costa Rican Cuisine

Black beans and rice are the staple of Costa Rican cuisine. The typical meal (comida tipica) is referred to as casado, the name referring to the eternal “marriage” of all its components. The meal consists of: Black beans and rice…

Weather in Costa Rica

Weather in Costa Rica

The weather in Costa Rica is quite predictable with only two seasons: winter (or rainy/green season May through October) and summer (dry season November through April). As a result, many in the Northern Hemisphere vacation in Costa Rica during the…

Travel to Costa Rica

Travel to Costa Rica

Costa Rica is considered the number one place in the world for eco-tourism since it is considered the most ecologically, bio-diverse concentrated place on the planet according to National Geographic Magazine and the country with the largest amount of protected…

Map of Costa Rica

Map of Costa Rica

The best maps of Costa Rica can be found in Google Map. From there you can zoom in and out (roll up or down the middle wheel of your mouse if you have one, or click the plus or minus…

Geography of Costa Rica

Geography of Costa Rica

Costa Rica is located in Central America 10 degrees north of the equator and 84 degrees west of the prime meridian. It is located in the heart of the Americas between Nicaragua (northern border) and Panama (southern border) with the…

Free Online Spanish Tutorials

Free Online Spanish Tutorials

Spanish is considered one of the easiest languages to learn due to its consistent pronunciation of letters and many similar and borrowed words from the English language. In addition to the usual 26 letters of the English alphabet, the Spanish…