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Mention Costa Rica and people think paradise. The country's Disney-like cast of creatures — ranging from howler monkeys to toucans — are prolific and relatively easy to spot. The waves are prime, the beauty is staggering and the sluggish pace seductive. Costa Rica, despite being such a tiny nation, draws well over a million visitors every year - and you can see why. The incredibly varied topography means you can cruise a cloud forest one day, climb a volcano the next, and finish passed out on a hot sandy beach.

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Breakwater in Limon, Costa Rica: by graynomadsusa, Views[22]
The Results Are In: by graynomadsusa, Views[83]
Covid check-in with Luis, Liberia Airport: by graynomadsusa, Views[147]
It's the Same Old Song—But It's Usually Wrong: by graynomadsusa, Views[90]
Annie and Chelsea with their new caña de pescado: by graynomadsusa, Views[103]
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It Tickles My Nose

Wed, 28 Jul 2021 | By graynomadsusa | Views [122]

WE ARRIVED EARLY AT THE COVID TESTING site at Daniel Oduber Airport in Liberia, expecting long lines. Surprise—it was just us, Luis who processed us and the biohazard-suited woman who swabbed our noses. Fully staffed, the purpose-built big top ... Read more >

Leaving the Pura Vida Behind

Tue, 27 Jul 2021 | By graynomadsusa | Views [116]

A MONTH IS SCARCELY ENOUGH time to explore all that Costa Rica has to offer. But this is our third visit—2½ months in all. We Vagabonds have to be somewhere, after all, and Playa Flamingo was just what we were looking for. Our condo at Summit ... Read more >

Palo Verde National Park—It's Hot!

Thu, 22 Jul 2021 | By graynomadsusa | Views [125]

PALO VERDE NATIONAL PARK IS ONE of Costa Rica’s birding “hotspots”—more than 200 species of birds have been recorded here. Although we saw only 30 species today, Palo Verde was definitely a hotspot. The thermometer in our car ... Read more >

Big Bird, Little Bird

Sun, 18 Jul 2021 | By graynomadsusa | Views [147]

THERE ARE LARGE BIRDS AND THERE ARE small birds. Summer isn’t the best time of year for birding in Costa Rica but we saw plenty of both on this rainy day at Arenal and, of course, Connie and I each have our favorites.     ... Read more >

Arenal Volcano

Thu, 15 Jul 2021 | By graynomadsusa | Views [157]

WE WEREN’T REALLY SURPRISED TO BE pulled over in a roadside check. This wasn’t our first time driving in Latin America, after all—we had been stopped three times on Christmas Day in Nicaragua back in ’07. But the officer didn’... Read more >

Connie's Beach—It's a Secret!

Tue, 13 Jul 2021 | By graynomadsusa | Views [125]

IT’S CALLED PUNTO DE PLAYA PELENCHO on the map but to me it is “Connie’s Beach.” She “discovered” it on one of  her morning walks, a bumpy dirt road ending in a mile long cove of beach. The ATV tours sometimes ... Read more >

Where The Birds Are

Tue, 6 Jul 2021 | By graynomadsusa | Views [143]

THE BARE TREE OUTSIDE OUR BALCONY is a favorite perch for the resident Hoffman's woodpecker and great-tailed grackle. It’s convenient birding for us when thunderstorms threaten another deluge and we’ve photographed streak-backed orioles, ... Read more >


Mon, 5 Jul 2021 | By graynomadsusa | Views [135]

A NASCAR PIT CREW CAN CHANGE ALL FOUR TIRES in under 20 seconds. A good Indy crew can cut that time in half. It took me about nine minutes today to change the flat tire on our Nissan Quashqai—not bad for an amateur. We were on our way Las Baulas ... Read more >

Pura Vida—It's A State of Mind

Fri, 2 Jul 2021 | By graynomadsusa | Views [148]

“ PURA VIDA ” LITERALLY TRANSLATES AS the “pure life” or “simple life,” Pura Vida means hello, good-bye and everything is cool—the Tico equivalent of Hawaii’s hang-loose Shaka sign. Pura Vida is an ... Read more >

Tags: the good life

Going, Going . . . Almost Gone!

Tue, 29 Jun 2021 | By graynomadsusa | Views [168]

PASSPORTS ✓ TICKETS ✓ HOTEL ✓ CAR ✓ AirBnB ✓ Pase de Salud —huh? It seems you need to complete an on-line health form to enter Costa Rica during these still Dark Times. Which means you also need a special travel insurance policy ... Read more >

Tags: finally!

Photos: Costa Rica

Mon, 28 Jun 2021 | By graynomadsusa | Photo Gallery

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Photos: Costa Rica - Central Valle (North)

Tue, 15 May 2018 | By dawnandmark | Photo Gallery

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Costa Rica - Central Valle (North)

Tue, 15 May 2018 | By dawnandmark | Views [313]

Nr Poas Volcan Great last two nights staying in a unique round bamboo house on a coffee plantation. Lovely and peaceful, and great coffee straight from the doorstep. We were going to visit the Poas Volcano but it is currently closed due to volcanic ... Read more >

Photos: Costa Rica - Guanacaste Pt 2

Sat, 12 May 2018 | By dawnandmark | Photo Gallery

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Costa Rica - Guanacaste Pt 2

Sat, 12 May 2018 | By dawnandmark | Views [313] | Comments [1]

Playa Hermosa This is our penultimate destination and is specially chosen for having a chill out before we come home. We are staying in a beautiful little house with a private path down to the beach. There are a couple of hotels here but it is very ... Read more >

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