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Travel Sites

Lonely Planet - Costa Rica - Online site for Lonely Planet - travel summaries from the guidebook

Frommer's - Costa Rica - Online site for Frommer's guidebooks

Costa Rica Tourism Board - The official web site of the tourism board



Melia Cariari (Near the airport, $75-$250) - Well known tourist hotel near the airport. Nice pool (note: check and see if it is open, they are remodeling), nice rooms, near shopping center. Shop on Travelocity or other sites - I have paid as little as $75 a night, at the same time others were paying $150.

Hotel Martino (Near the airport/Alajeula, $90-$175) - One of my favorite hotels near the airport. Across the street from the zoo. Awesome pool, nice restaurant. Keep an eye on your food and drink bill - it adds up fast. Again, check Travelocity or other online booking sites for discount prices.

Hampton Inn (Closest to Airport, $99) - Very close to the airport and rental cars. If I was not trying to save money and needed to spend the night near the airport and catch a flight in the morning, I'd probably stay here. Seems like it's always $99 - hard to get a discount.

Hotel Hemingway (San Jose, $37) - Inexpensive, friendly. No A/C.

Hotel Del Rey (San Jose, $55) - Good location close to downtown, good security, reasonable rates, free parking. Free Internet access. I was able to log on their WiFi network from my room last time I was there as well! Fishermen's hangout, not for those seeking solitude.

Hotel Don Carlos (San Jose, $55-$65) - One of my favorite hotels in San Jose. Great gift shop, good security, free parking. Recommended for couples and people who want a quieter place off the main drag. Free Internet access. Run by a family of attorneys - free legal consultation.

Hotel Fleur de Lys (San Jose, $70) - A nice little hotel with a decent restaurant. Secured parking nearby. A bit overpriced in my opinion.

Hotel California (Quepos/Manual Antonio, $70-$120) - Nice hotel just before Manual Antonio park. Pool, air conditioning, restaurant. You can sometimes bargain at the desk for lower rates, especially in the off season.

Hotel Mono Azul, aka Blue Monkey (Manual Antonio, $50-$60) - Popular hotel, good for kids, good restaurant. - Costa Rica Hotel web site


Cool Places

Arenal Volcano - An active volcano north of San Jose.

Tabacon Resort Hot Springs - Best part about visiting Arenal - I could sit in the hot springs and sip cold drinks for days....

Gold Museum - The best museum in San Jose. Recommended.

The Butterfly Farm - Butterfly ranch



Fishing Calendar - Best times of year for 15 different species

Luna Tours - Recommended fishing charter company in Quepos. - Booking agent for fishing trips in Costa Rica - Nice fishing site

Silver King Lodge - Fishing lodge on the Rio Colorado

Casa Mar Lodge - Fishing lodge on the Rio Colorado


Surfing - Good Costa Rica surfing info


Places to Party

El Pueblo (San Jose) - Great block of clubs, restaurants and shops in San Jose. Highly recommended.

Blue Marlin Bar (San Jose) - Well known bar in the Hotel del Rey. Lots of fishermen and the local working girls who love them....


Costa Rica Maps Map - Zone map with hotels - Decent zone maps

Lonely Planet Map - Small scale map with major cities


Spanish Lessons, Dance Classes

Costa RIcan Language Academy - Homestay program for learning Spanish - free dance lessons


News Sites

Tico Times - The newspaper for gringo expatriates - everybody reads it.

AM Costa Rica - The up and coming news site.

Quepolandia - News and information for the Quepos are (Central Pacific zone)

La Nacion (Spanish) - The largest newspaper in Costa Rica



Weather Report - Weather around the country

Satellite Image - Satellite image of Costa Rica - Cool!


Buying Property

Property Buying Guide - Nice summary of buying property in Costa Rica

The Buying Process - More info on buying property


Starting a Business

Starting a business in Costa Rica - Short summary about starting a business


Costa Rica Taxes & Banking

Costa Rica Offshore Taxes - Discussion of business and personal taxes in Costa Rica

Banking in Costa Rica - Summary of banking in CR


Living in Costa Rica - nice site with information and articles about living in Costa Rica

ARCR (Association of Residents of Costa Rica) - Another good site.


Biology & Ecology

Organization for Tropical Sudies - The grandfather of tropical biology programs

Study Abroad - UCR Rainforest Adventure - A study abroad program from the University of Costa Rica

Los Baulas Leatherback Turtle Project - A leatherback turtle conservation program


Tree Farming & Sustainable Agriculture

Tropical America Tree Farms



Current time in Costa Rica

Exchange rates - Banco Central

National Registry - This government site (in Spanish) allows you to check on property ownership, registered corporations, and other filings in Costa Rica. Awesome - wish we had this in the US!

Spanish Translation - Free cut and paste translation of Spanish to English

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