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History of Quepos/Manuel Antonio, from the conquistadors to the turistas
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Costa Rica's Greatest Places
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History of Quepos/Manuel Antonio, from the conquistadors to the turistas

The Tico Times - October 17, 2016

The Spanish first laid eyes on the coast of Quepos and Manuel Antonio in 1519, in a ship commanded by Hernán Ponce de León (nephew of Juan,…

Quepos/Manuel Antonio history, from Ponce de León to Marina Pez Vela
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Central Pacific Coast
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Quepos/Manuel Antonio history, from Ponce de León to Marina Pez Vela

The Tico Times - October 17, 2016

MANUEL ANTONIO, Puntarenas — When the Spanish first laid eyes on this spectacular coast, its masters were the Quepo (sometimes called the Quepoa, or “los Quepos”), said…

Manuel Antonio: Ocelots, thunderstorm, cliff climbing and yes, turtle traps
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adventure
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Manuel Antonio: Ocelots, thunderstorm, cliff climbing and yes, turtle traps

The Tico Times - October 6, 2016

MANUEL ANTONIO, Puntarenas — I came to Playa Biesanz for a three-hour beach/mountain hike with two expert guides to see centuries-old “turtle traps” that almost nobody has…

At Grand Masonic Lodge, some of Costa Rica’s best-kept secrets remain just that
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Central Valley
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At Grand Masonic Lodge, some of Costa Rica’s best-kept secrets remain just that

Elizabeth V. Soriano - August 22, 2016

While recently perusing Facebook I noticed an upcoming event that piqued my attention: a tour of the Grand Masonic Lodge of Costa Rica, organized by a group…

PHOTOS: ‘Haunted’ Sanatorio Durán is really, truly creepy
Archaeology
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Archaeology
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PHOTOS: ‘Haunted’ Sanatorio Durán is really, truly creepy

The Tico Times - August 8, 2016

PRUSIA, Cartago — On the way home from visiting Sanatorio Durán, the abandoned old hospital said to be the most haunted place in Costa Rica, I received…

Sarchí: Making Costa Rica’s splendid oxcarts is 120-year tradition
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Art
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Sarchí: Making Costa Rica’s splendid oxcarts is 120-year tradition

The Tico Times - August 4, 2016

SARCHÍ, Alajuela — Sarchí is the birthplace of the brilliantly painted oxcarts that are a national symbol of Costa Rica, and the Eloy Alfaro oxcart factory is the epicenter.…

Santa Ana antiques dealer, architect specializes in people
Central Valley
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Central Valley
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Santa Ana antiques dealer, architect specializes in people

The Tico Times - July 19, 2016

SANTA ANA, San José — The soul of this place comes alive when viewed through the blue eyes of Héctor Aguilar — architect, antiques dealer and prolific profiler…

Santa Ana history: Was this Spain’s first town in the Central Valley?
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Central Valley
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Santa Ana history: Was this Spain’s first town in the Central Valley?

The Tico Times - July 7, 2016

SANTA ANA, San José — It’s a geographic mystery 455 years in the making, but most historians agree that the first Spanish settlement in Costa Rica’s Central Valley…

Drinking contraband guaro with Sámara’s living legend, Don Polo
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adventure
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Drinking contraband guaro with Sámara’s living legend, Don Polo

The Tico Times - May 27, 2016

When the 89-year-old man with his belly protruding from his half-buttoned tropical shirt poured me a full shot of contraband guaro at 10 o'clock in the morning,…

Santa Rosa: Costa Rica’s stunning 1856 victory in 14-minute battle
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History
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Santa Rosa: Costa Rica’s stunning 1856 victory in 14-minute battle

The Tico Times - September 15, 2015

SANTA ROSA NATIONAL PARK, Guanacaste – On March 20, 1856, some 400 mercenaries from the U.S., Germany and France arrived at Hacienda Santa Rosa in northwest Guanacaste after…