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  • TicoNET Real Estate - Costa Rica - Regions - Caribbesn
    in the entire area Much of the area is still covered with tropical rainforest and several private reserves established in the area offer nature lovers a true paradise for birding and nature contemplation Fishing is excellent in this territory crocodiles and water birds abound along the water canals together with turtles monkeys and sloths Several lodges scattered along the area offer the visitor excellent shelter good food as well as knowledgeable guides from the zone in charge of making worth the visit to this territory that lies between the northern arm of the Braulio Carrillo National Park and NicaraguaÕs southern lowlands The village of Puerto Viejo is located in the confluence of the Sarapiqui and the Puerto Viejo rivers In Costa Rica s colonial times this river port due to its proximity to the San Juan river was the main shipping port Nowadays most of its income still comes from the river traffic Some of the attractions in the area for nature lovers are Selva Verde locted in Chilamate de Sarapiqui a private reserve well known for its birdlife such as Oropendolas and others La Selva Biological Station is another attraction Managed and operated by the Organization of Tropical Studies OTS Located 2 miles south from Puerto Viejo this reserve is particularly interesting due to the profuse birding life that protects through its 1 500 hectare extension More than 420 species of birds have been identified There are trails spreading along the reserve leading to fantastic scenerarios suitable for research purposes or simply nature admiration Between beaches and forest reserves If a stop in Limon produces a little culture shock it s a good equalizer for the journey ahead Following the coastal road south of Limon quickly leads to the laid back tropics envisioned in dreams A good paved coastal road leads south from the city of Limon to Cahuita and then to Puerto Viejo and Gandoca Manzanillo These are three fantastic beach areas where white as well as black sandy beaches enhance the rustic lifestyle of the wild Caribbean The choice of where to play is up to you Small lodges and imaginatively decorated hotels are lined up along these beaches to welcome visitors Time can be divided between beach relaxation nightlife surfing sailing fishing hiking and much more Cahuita National Park protects Costa Rica s true coral reefs while Gandoca Manzanillo Wildlife Refuge a bit further south is still very much a wilderness Backed by the Talamanca mountain range Cahuita Puerto Viejo and Gandoca Manzanillo are true sanctuaries for nature lovers and water sports fans An interesting thing about the Caribbean region is that visitors can easily move from a seashore landscape to forest reserves within a few kilometers and be sure that vegetation and landscape radically change Selva Bananito Private Reserve One of the clearest examples of private efforts to preserve the beauty and the purity of nature in the Caribbean region is Selva Bananito a private reserve located 15 kilometers inland from the coastal road leading

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  • TicoNET Real Estate - Costa Rica - Regions - Central Pacific
    accessible and worth the visit Despite its natural scenic impact Montezuma is cozy and intimate a village that voluntarily wants to keep a low profile but nevertheless active and energetic and that s the curious blend The transitional zone Heading south from Puntarenas on the coastal road the first stop is the bridge over The Grande de Tarcoles River You can t miss it It is very long there are shops at the approach and you are likely to see cars stopped and people on foot wandering back and forth across the bridge looking down toward the river They are trying to spot a few of the resident crocodiles If you just can t seem to get close enough for a good look drive on past the bridge and take the right turn to the village of Tarcoles Here you can catch a pontoon boat ride with Jungle Crocodile Safari up the Grande de Tarcoles River and into the heart of Crocodile Country The central Pacific has many important national and private protected areas These pristine green zones provide sanctuary for many endan gered species The two most well known areas Carara Biological Reserve and Manuel Antonio National Park are readily accessible natural laboratories that nature lovers enjoy immensely Carara Biological Reserve borders the Tarcoles River This transitional zone encompasses several ecosystems and harbors an incredible variety of wildlife including the largest population of scarlet macaws in Costa Rica These brilliantly colored birds are in great danger of extinction due primarily to nest poaching the young are highly prized on the international market and habitat loss Two entrances along the highway provide access to two hiking areas The river trail passes through marshlands and past a lagoon formed from an abandoned river meander This is an exceptional area for spotting waterfowl The second shorter trail is a good introduction to transitional evergreen forests Along with the more than 750 plant species identified here some representative animals include white tailed deer the rare two toed sloth margay cat kinkajou ocelot and spider monkey Just past Carara on the left is a road leading up the mountainside Eight kilometers be sure to go the full eight kilometers through rich forests and past breathtaking views brings you to a small tourist complex called La Catarata Here you can take a four hour trek on horseback through a private reforested cattle ranch to a magnificent waterfall Along the way you ll see several expansive vistas and you re likely to spot scarlet macaws toucans and monkeys Beaches and Fun Next stop is Jaco Beach where the Ticos traditionally go to play in the sun There s plenty of infrastructure shopping nightlife and accommodations to provide anything one might want in a beach vacation A plethora of activities abound and tours can be arranged to most other parts of the country in addition to the broad selection available in the surrounding area The road follows the coast out of Jaco and provides spectacular scenery along

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  • TicoNET Real Estate - Costa Rica - Regions - Central Valley
    Costa Rica has no more army and the building s central courtyard overlooking the Plaza de la Democracia is one of the most peaceful settings in the center of the crowded city With one of the country s most active research facilities and educational programs the National Museum is one of those little bit of everything places It really shines when it comes to Costa Rica s indigenous heritage and enviromental exhibits Calle 17 Ave Central 2 open Tue Sun 8 30 a m 4 30 p m The imposing castle like building just north of downtown houses the Children s Museum Museo del Niño Believe it or not this used to be the city s prison Ave 9 Calle 4 open Tue Fri 8 a m 3 p m Sat Sun 10 a m 4 p m A sanctuary of images The 11th floor of the National Insurance Institute INS houses the Jade Museum Museo de Jade Considered one of the world s largest museums of its type visitors should plan at least an hour or two in this impressive facility for there is a wealth of information in models and enormous wall plaques It contains not only jade but also a marvelous assortment of clay pots and statues gold ornaments stone statues implements ceremonial altars and even pieces made of bone and shell The Jade Museum is perhaps one of San Jose s preferred tourist attractions Ave 7 Calle 11 open Mon Fri 8 30 a m 4 00 p m Gold under the Cultural Square At another museum nearby all that glitters is gold The Gold Museum Museo de Oro below the Plaza de la Cultura is part of a complex of museums operated by Costa Rica s Central Bank The museum s vaults showcase yet another collection of pre Columbian art Among these displays 2 300 pieces of gold jewelry armored plates and objects of religious devotion can be admired and studied Calle 5 Ave Central 2 open Tue Sun 10 a m 4 30 p m Costa Rica s venue for modern art is the Contemporary Art and Design Museum Museo del Diseno y Arte Contempo raneo Facing Parque Nacional it is housed in the large arts complex known as the National Cultural Center Centro Nacional de Cultura which was once part of the National Liquor Factory Fittingly the Ministry of Culture has its offices in this complex too Ave 3 Calle 15 17 open Tue Sat 10 a m 5 p m All city museums charge an admission fee Inquire at the entrance area for rates and discounts for children Into the Central Valley Costa Rica s Central Valley has a lot to offer If handicrafts and souvenirs are at stake then a trip to Sarchi is a must Widely known for its woodcrafts the Sarchi area is a blessing for those in search of a famous hand painted ox cart and many other wooden designs including beautiful artistically carved doors The good thing

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  • TicoNET Real Estate - Costa Rica - Regions - Northern Region
    the crater Their foolhardy trip also endangered the lives of the Costa Rican Red Cross who rescued the body For adventure lovers The area around Arenal Volcano offers a multitude of activities for adventure and nature lovers Arenal Lake is a popular spot for wind surfers fishermen and boaters Fishing and windsurfing tournaments are annual events on this man made lake created to provide hydroelectric energy The lake is a 24 mile long reservoir beginning at the foot of the volcano The road around the lake passable but four wheel drive recommended is dotted with lodges and restaurants A major attraction has developed on the volcano s northwestern skirt where a hot river runs Tabacon Resort has channeled part of the river s flow into several pools and a manicured tropical garden This is a magnificent place to swim in a relaxing way to soothe muscles sore from horseback riding or hiking In the shadow of Arenal while watching giant glowing boulders tumble down its slope Venado Caves north of the lake offer the adventurous an exciting journey underground Visitors crawl wade and climb through this dark sometimes narrow 1 5 mile system of caves Further north near the Nicaragua border is Caño Negro Wildlife Refuge The nearly 2000 acre seasonal lake within the park attracts an abundance of waterfowl including roseate spoonbills wood storks anhingas and the seriously endangered jabiru stork Tourism based around volcano watching water sports and nature activities is booming in the Arenal area but has stayed on a small family owned scale Active low cost sightseeing and adventure activities abound most within a one hour drive from the friendly town of La Fortuna The majority are accessible by four wheel drive some by two wheel drive and all are daily destinations Caño Negro Wildlife Refuge Caño Negro National Wildlife Refuge is a remote tropical everglade teeming with wildlife The 9 969 hectare reserve protects a lush lowland basin of soft knee deep watery sloughs and marshes holillo groves and tan carpets of sturdy sedge Live here revolves around Lake Caño Negro a seasonal lake fed by the fresh waters of the Rio Frio which snake down from the flanks of Volcan Tenorio and collect in this basin where they slow almost to a standstill In the wet season when the region is flooded and great pools and lagoons form vast number of migratory waterfowl flock in turtles crocodiles and caimans in abundance bask on the banks and as you look down into waters as black as Costa Rican coffee you may see the dim forms of big snook silver gold tarpon and garish garfish lurking in the shadows In February the dry season sets in it generally lasts through April Caño Negro dries out and the area is reduced to shrunken lagoons Caiman gnash and slosh out pools in the muck and wildlife congregate in abundance along the watercourses Caño Negro is a birdwatcher s paradise The reserve protects the largest colony of neotropic cormorants

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  • TicoNET Real Estate - Costa Rica - Regions - North Pacific
    cities scattered along both sides of the Pan American Highway lead visitors to Guancaste s highlands A very nice road leads to two spectacular natural sanctuaries Tenorio Volcano National Park and its neighbor Miravalles Volcano Don t miss a visit to Miravalles Forest Reserve Beyond Liberia Rincón de la Vieja Volcano National Park offers the dramatic experience of an area featuring an active volcano in a relative period of calm The largest of the five volcanoes belonging to the Guanacaste Cordillera it is composed of nine separate volcanic craters A refuge for birds and wildlife the slopes of the volcano are superb for horseback riding and contemplation of nature Perfectly designed trails allow visitors to travel along the slopes and the higher areas of the volcano with very rewarding experiences in bird watching as well as wildlife spotting Splendid vegetation and gigantic trees bubbling mud holes clean cool rivers dramatic waterfalls and river pools embrace visitors while inviting them to relax Further north Santa Rosa National Park is the largest protected area of the dry forest an area ranging from the savanna to the slopes of Guanacaste s volcanic range on the eastern side of the territory Ocean and beaches Traditionally known as a paradise for bird watchers and nature lovers Guanacaste is also a charming experience for those interested in relaxation and fun Guanacaste s beaches comply with most of the requirements upon which a good beach is usually judged Water quality view texture of sand and the limited presence of mosquitoes and other pests are probably the most specified criteria There is general agreement that Guanacaste s shores rank very well when it comes to these factors From calm waters with great swimming to the finest sand beaches with magnificent panoramas these shores are now receiving international recognition Generous palm trees rise up from the beaches giving shade to sunbathers Spectacular sunsets are a regular component of the scenery along the Pacific coastline of this province Sports and fun Guanacaste possesses two well defined weather seasons The green season goes from mid May to the end of November and the golden sunny season runs from early December to mid May The sunny season offers a spectacular setting for visitors in search of a place to rest and recover from the cold that usually affects the temperate climates at this time of year Most of Guanacaste s beaches are breezy and good for relaxing They are also excellent for recreational sports such as volleyball and parasailing For those interested in practicing kayaking or windsurfing you will find the perfect place in Guanacaste Other water sports ranging from world class deep sea fishing and water skiing to snorkeling and scuba diving are enjoyed in this region every day Lush vegetation and breathtaking views are also part of the contrasting components of Guanacaste s beaches An early morning or late afternoon horseback ride along the beach or through the hills dotting the province s coastline is exceptionally rewarding Due to the

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  • TicoNET Real Estate - Costa Rica - Regions - South Pacific
    Mount Chirripo 12 530 feet above sea level give a completely different view of the country This national park contains U shaped glacial formations moraines terraces lakes and creeks It is the only place in Central America where you can find moorland vegetation as well as characteristic fauna After a hard day on the heights visitors find the relaxing calm of the hot natural spring waters of Herradura very welcome on a cool night There are two ways to enjoy Costa Rica s southern region On one hand there is the Pan American Highway with the impressive and seductive villages and cities running alongside full of tradition and friendly people Presenting a final touch of civilization before going deep into the highlands this is a place where wildlife prevails nature rules and tradition sets the pace On the other hand there is the coastal road with its contrasting scenery of long beaches quiet bays and wild surfing sports In any case don t miss the chance to see stunning waterfalls such as Nauyaca on the way from Perez Zeledon to Dominical Beach The Osa Peninsula is an untouched region with unexpected panoramas of nature in the most pristine and primal state It is also a land of hundreds of exotic beaches like Dominical and Dominicalito ideal locations for camping swimming fishing and bird watching This is one of the favorite spots in Costa Rica for professional surfers because of the great strong waves and the active nightlife in the towns Uvita is a small town south of Dominical Tourists have barely discovered this amazing place It is rich in marine life and coral reefs great for snorkeling or a quiet time on a palm lined sandy beach Also at Uvita is Isla Ballena whale island National Marine Park a seasonal migration point for the Jorobada whale About five kilometers offshore is Ballena Island a whale shaped islet that supports the most exuberant vegetation and the spectacle of hundreds of marine birds flying around Legend says Sir Francis Drake buried his treasure somewhere along this coast near Drake Bay This picturesque area lying at the base of the Osa Peninsula is an ideal spot for hiking in the jungle fishing swimming and surfing on powerful waves Not far away is the Sierpe River the entry point to the wetlands of the Sierpe Mangroves that cover about 36 950 acres Offering fantastic possibilities for sport fishing this area is also home to caimans monkeys crocodiles and rare species of birds Caño Island is a tropical paradise for lovers of aquatic sports like snorkeling and scuba diving Its virgin beaches of white sand and crystal clear waters are perfect observation points for dolphin turtles sailfish and coral reefs It also has an important archaeological significance as a pre Columbian cemetery At the mouth of the Sierpe River is Violin Island This is a valuable archaeological site with a great variety of vegetation Hermosa Beach and Bahía Beach have the best conditions for swimming

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  • TicoNET Real Estate - Costa Rica - Tourism
    give up their secrets easily Indeed the uninitiated can be overwhelmed by such all pervasive greenness A naturalist will explain the complex inter relationships of species in the forest help you identify the birds spot well camouflaged creatures and with luck maybe even point out the tracks of those ever elusive tapirs or jungle cats Of Costa Rica s 850 bird species visitors usually spot the big or colorful birds such as hawks ducks toucans and tanagers plus noisy parrots and macaws Monkeys coatimundis peccaries agoutis armadillos sloths deer squirrels and bats are the most commonly seen mammals Also frequently found are iguanas crocodiles and various species of lizards During the sea turtle nesting season lucky visitors can witness one nature s ageless miracles as these prehistoric looking creatures return to the same beach from which they were hatched to laboriously dig their nests and lay the eggs from which the next generation of turtles will emerge Bizarre and colorful insects vast numbers of flowering trees shrubs and plants in every color of rainbow are part of an infinitely rewarding experience with tropical nature Those who venture beneath the seas will find Costa Rica s oceans teeming with fish and countless other creature of the deep It is said that life in the sea rivals the biodiversity of rainforest No matter whether you are exploring the sea the cloud forest rainforest mangroves or any other of Costa Rica s many ecosystems the most important things to take with you are curiosity patience and realistic expectations The natural word is not a zoo with defined times for animal viewing Every sighting from the industrious parasol ants to frolicking dolphins to drowsy howler monkeys is a very gift Savor each one And if taste is more action oriented Costa Rica offers plenty of exciting alternatives Rafting on Costa Rica s wild and scenic rivers is perhaps the single most popular adventure sport in the country Expert outfitters and river guides using internationally approved equipment take thousands of beginners down the thrilling Class 111 water of the Reventazón River every year The more challenging Class IV Pacuare and the tricky Class V Pascua attract more experienced rafters Swollen by green rains rafting rivers are even better from May to November Overnight trips are available Whitewater kayaking is a favorite sport and Costa Rica has hosted more than one international tournaments Ocean kayaking is also rapidly gaining devotees because just about anyone can handle it after a few lessons Word champions have called Costa Rica s Lake Arenal at 1 350 1 800 ft 450 600 m above sea level one of the globe s top five windsurfing spots Winds from December to April blow steadily carrying you along Arenal s 29 miles 42 km surface without changing either masts or sails Just a couple of hours away is Puerto Soley on the northern Pacific coast for ocean windsurfing From anywhere in the country the warm surf is only a few hours away There are river mouth breaks beach breaks reef and the experts say one of the longest left hand curls in the word Almost constant manageable wave action means no long waits to hop on your board There are lodges catering to surfers 4 wheel drive vehicles to access the most remote beaches even charter airplanes to accommodate your board No wonder the surf magazines are targeting Costa Rica as a word surfing hot spot The northwest Pacific Coast offers scuba in a magnificent setting throughout the year with more than 20 local dives sites many in the gulf of Papagayo Huge schools of fish are the norm and Jacks Moray Eels White tipped Sharks Eagle Rays and Puffer fish are commonly observed There are rock formations to be explore and visibility and in these warm waters ranges from 20 to 80 ft 6 to 24 m beginners can take lessons from local licensed instructors and a full range of first class equipment is available for rent Caño Island off the southwest coast is know for huge schools of fish rocky corals and undersea canyons Experts will also want to make long ocean trip to Cocos Island touted Jacques Cousteau as one of the finest deep water dive sites in the word Costa Rica rich marine life also means excellent sport fishing Along Pacific Coast from the Gulf of Papagayo all way to Golfito anglers find some of the best blue water and inshore fishing in the word Annual catch release billfish tournaments raise record numbers of sailfish and marlin Roosterfish Mahi mahi mahi yellow fin Tuna Grouper and Wahoo are among the common game fish The Tortuguero Canals and the area around Barra del Colorado both on Costa Rica s northeast coast have long been famous for fishing tarpon and snook Lake Arenal is the place to take a boat on quiet waters and hook the local rainbow bass There s also great trout fishing in Costa Rica s mountain streams Day cruises to Tortuga Island on the Gulf of Nicoya are a highlight of many a Costa Rica vacation Nature trips on lowland rivers are a relaxing way to see and view wildlife Even the most active adventurer or nature lover will want to smooth on an extra layer of SPF 15 Solar Protection Factor 15 and spend some time on the beautiful beaches along Costa Rica s more than 621 miles 1 000 km of shoreline Each has beauty and charter all its own in every hue and texture Many beaches are wild and undeveloped At others you ll find cabins to rent or small hotels For anyone preferring a resort atmosphere there s even a few of those although in typical Costa Rican style they are mostly small scale With its mountainous terrain and thousands of miles highways byways and forest trails Costa Rica is the ideal spot for mountain biking Many hotels have equipment for rent and some local travel agencies offer organized tours Horseback riding in

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  • TicoNET Real Estate - Costa Rica Websites
    com Featured Properties Fully Titled Beachfront Villa Home in Gated Community Ocean View Villa Furnished Home with Views prev next TicoNET Real Estate Costa Rica Real Estate Costa Rica Websites Visit Costa Rica Guide for tourists and travelers Find maps hotels tours beaches nature transportation and attractions Real Estate and More Real Estate Information Buying a Business in Costa Rica Buying Building Legal Tips Tricks and Traps Property Rights and

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