Provincia de Puntarenas Off The Beaten Path

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Provincia de Puntarenas Off The Beaten Path

  • Manuel Antonio

    Quepos Off The Beaten Path

    It's not really off the beaten path, but right by the beach in Manuel Antonio, next to some of the souvenir stands, is an outdoor restaurant that consists of some benches under a tarp. They cook up local fare with either fish, pork or chicken on an outdoor grill, along with vegetables and some fruit. This stuff was tasty. I believe it was about $5...

  • Owls

    Corcovado National Park Off The Beaten Path

    The crested owl. Strictly a nocturnal animal, so what in the world was it doing up and about at 11:30 a.m. as we descended from the jungle back down to the tent camp for a little rest and some lunch? Owls are spooky. They seem to have a way of peering into your inner soul. Looking at the still bird that almost never blinks, it is tempting to...

  • Bombacaceae

    Quepos Off The Beaten Path

    Can you spot me under this Ceiba Pentranda, a 70 meters high tropical tree considered sacred at the time of pre-Colombian. The Ceiba symbolizes life, continuity, greatness, buity, strength and union. It's considered a natural monument dedicated to Margarita Black de Mora for having greatly contributed to the creation of the natural park Manuel...

  • Pelicans

    Corcovado National Park Off The Beaten Path

    So many pelicans. What a sight. Not because pelicans are now uncommon, they are easily seen up and down the California coast, in Baja, Florida, Texas etc., but because these wonderful birds almost did not make it. Back in the 1960s "civilized" countries such as the U.S. decided that the bug killing chemical DDT was all the rage. Kill the nasty...

  • Seahorse

    Corcovado National Park Off The Beaten Path

    Always be on the lookout. As we wearily trudged up the beach under the sweltering equatorial sun, there were new life forms awaiting discovery. This little seahorse washed up and onto the beach. Sure, I was miserable under the relentless sun, but at least my mode of locomotion was still available to me. the poor little seahorse had no respite from...

  • Monkeys, a great pool and hi-speed...

    Take a look at the rental houses at Finca Estrella ( They are near Pavones beaches but far enough away to be secluded. There is a shared private pool and fantastic high-speed wireless internet also use of the horses is free. The views are incredible and there are lots of squirrel monkeys around.

  • Wade in the Brook

    One of the most enjoyable features of Villa Lapas was a nice rocky brook that ran alongside the entire resort. On our first day there, we teamed up with another couple (Frank and Isabel from Toronto) who had been on our flight/mini-bus trip the night before. In the heat of the afternoon we decided that it was time for some exploring, so we headed...

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