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Oct 22, 2012 - Puntarenas,Costa Rica

In Costa Rica we took a tour of volcano which was totally obscured by a cloud when we arrived. The tour guide insisted we hang around for 15 min as sometimes a slight breeze will come in and clear the fog. Sure enough it did, not 100% but enough to see the Crater. On the way to and from the crater we passed field after field of coffee beans growing. Now that Costa Ricans are better educated, they hire Nicaraguans to come pick the beans. We toured an Ox Cart factory. The painters for the Ox Carts were fantastic and all the wood working...

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Mar 11, 2012 - Puntarenas, Costa Rica

The ship arrived at the dock around 6 am today. Our tour leaves at 9:00, so Ernie and I hopped off the ship at 6:45 and walked the 15 min walk to church in the port area. The church was the Cathedral in Puntarenas and was founded in 1850. The service was nice with all the shutters open in the church and the birds singing outside. We met our guide and the group on the dock and headed out. We were hoping to do the aerial rainforest tram but it was sold out and opted for a coffee plantation tour. We stopped at Espiritu Santo for the tour. It...

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Oct 18, 2010 - Art and the S.S. United States Restaurant

Another relaxing day at sea. Art auction in the afternoon and the work by Zamy Steynovitz is interesting me. He paints in the style of Marc Chagall. Evening and I had made the dinner booking at the S.S. United States Restaurant (this is the dinner I won at the first auction. What an evening – waiters everywhere – the finest silver was out – the ultimate dining experience. My choices: Starter – Tian of Peekytoe Crab, Graviax Cured Salmon & Avocado Mousse. Salad – Heirloom Tomato Salad (3 interesting varieties of tomatoes I haven’t seen...

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Where is Shirley?

Oct 17, 2010 - Discover Costa Rica

We arrived in Puntarenas at 7am and by 7.30am we were off on a shore excursion ‘Discover Costa Rica’. We traveled into the interior of Costa Rica and high up into the mountains. If we thought we had a problem with fault lines in NZ, well Costa Rica matches us. Roads had moved and the faults and gaping trenches were quite obvious. Our first stop was at Palmares, the sight of one of Costa Ricas most fascinating churches, made with eggs. After a brief look around it was on to our next stop, Doka Estate. This beautiful estate and coffee...

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Where is Shirley?

Jun 23, 2010 - Puntarenas

We took a trip to visit some family, yep you guessed it, another cousin! It took us 6 hours to drive there with some very pretty scenery along the way. We stopped and did some tourist things, took pictures of crocodiles or were they alligators, we couldn't tell and no one knew what the diffence was. It's no exageration when I say that it was absolutely hot as hell in Puntarenas, and it could well have been hell. I imagine hell to be a place where all life's irritations are collected together in one place and are actively seeking to drive...

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Mar 30, 2010 - Puntarenas, Costa Rica

Puntarenas, Costa Rica: 12 hours in port. Took the Rain Forest Tram combined with a "Crocodile Safari" boat tour. The location was a 1 1/2 hour bus ride (new air conditioned tour bus, made in Brazil) from the port. Most was South along the coast with a climb over one ridgeline. The 30-45 minute tram ride was simply an up the 1000 foot mountain and back down. The 1st half was over second growth rain forest; the second over old growth. Inhabited with 4 species of MacCaws plus other birds. We didn't see any from the Tram. Some saw a three-toed...

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Panama Canal Cruise

Jan 4, 2010 - Puntarenas, Costa Rica; January 04, 2010

Yesterday, Sunday, Jan. 03,2010, started in magnificent fashion. We had our caviar, Mimosas and champagne on the fantail of the ship, a beautiful Sunday morning with all the caviar & champagne we could eat. I felt like we were some of the ravenous birds, scooping up all the little fish eggs we could put in our beaks and washing them down with melba toast, onions and creme fresh. Of course we used the upmost restraint and kept our pinkies in the air, while devouring as much as we could stand of the tempestuous delicacy. WOW! did we enjoy the...

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Mar 28, 2009 - Puntarenas, Costa Rico

This area is dedicated to the port of Puntarenas, Costa Rico and any group activities that we may plan in the future. http://www.tourism.co.cr/costa-rica-geographical-division/costa-rica-central-pacific-region/friendly-puntarenas-offers-blue-flag-beach-ocean-views-seafood.html Some tour operators: http://www.okeydokeytours.com/ Charlie Soto http://www.shore-excursion.com/ Greenway Nature Tours PUNTARENAS PROVINCE Puntarenas, Costa Rica. GENERAL INFORMATION Climate: Being Costa Rica's largest province (11,277 sq. km.), Puntarenas Costa...

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May 4, 2008 - Costa Rica 2

In the early morning (around 5am), I heard some noises that were extremely loud and they sounded like a human screaming. I asked Lanae what they were because she had travelled to Costa Rica before and she said they were just howler monkeys. After that, they kept howling and all of us started laughing because it was such a random noise. After we all calmed down, we slept for a couple more hours and then went to breakfast. We had a really nice breakfast where we ordered a granola/yogurt/fruit cup and pancakes with nutella and bananas which...

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May 3, 2008 - Cruise - Puntarenas and Sea Day

We arrived in Puntarenes at 7 am on May 2. We took a Riverboat Cruise here and saw some wonderful "critters"! At the end of the tour, we were served fresh pineapple and watermelon, water or some of the local beer which was very tasty. There were the usual handicrafts to look through. Our tour guide told us that they have three classes of people which consist of poor, middle and high. The poor get a minimum wage of $500 per month, the middle get $800 to $1500 per month and the high they don't know what they make. Education is mandatory for...

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Feb 29, 2008 - Puntarenas

Arrived after 12 hours of riding, we went from Ocean Highway to Rainforest, to cloud forest, through to some near freezing altitude and back down to population. Unfortunately we hit San Jose at rush hour and fought through traffic left, right, center, and over curbs. Had garlic shrimp, and some Pilsen beer.

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Jan 31, 2008 - Leaving Liberia In the Dust

Today was a bus travel day. I departed Liberia at 11:30 AM, changed buses in port city of Puntarenas, then had an hour wait in between. I saw an incredible red sunset from the bus and arrived Jaco (accent on the second syllable) at 7 PM. After I got a $36 room I went to supermercado for beers and a banana and then to Taco Bar for a delicious teriyaki chicken salad and gigantic iced tea for $10.20 at outdoor Taco Bar. Their t-shirt has skeleton of a fish on it and says "Killed Fish Tacos." I met some kids from The School of the World...

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