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Peter Majerle

Peter Majerle is a native Minnesotan (U.S.A.) who splits his time between the Twin Cities and the tropics. His work has been published in over a dozen media. Peter is a student of North American and Latin American culture, politics and society. He is a native English speaker, fluent in Spanish, and speaks broken Portuguese.

San Jose

I was walking around San José, taking in the rhythm of urban life when a crazy pig caught my eye. This image is of Avenida 5, just west of Parque Morazán, and is a fairly nondescript portrait of life outside of the pedestrian malls. Except for that crazy pig. Do you

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new fountain in san jose costa rica
San Jose

San José´s social and cultural hub is undoubtedly the Plaza de la Cultura. It seems that all activity emanates from this square. Naturally, this is a wonderful place to take a break, get your bearings, and watch the world go by. Plaza de la Cultura is a relatively new public space

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Puerto Viejo from the sea, on Costa Rica's Caribbean coast.
Beaches

We are heading to Puerto Viejo de Limón next week. This part of Costa Rica, located on the Caribbean coast just north of Panama, is almost like an entirely different country. In addition to Costa Rica’s unique brand of Spanish, you’ll hear Caribbean-accented English, Mekatelyu (a local Creole dialect), Bribri

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Surfing at Manuel Antonio Beach, Costa Rica
Beaches

It’s the weekend, and a great time to head to the beach. This shot is from Balu, a beachfront bar and restaurant (and, as you can see, a surf school) located a short walk from Manuel Antonio National Park, just outside of Quepos. Even if you’re not interested in catching

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A young woman sells flowers in a market in Costa Rica.
CultureHotels

There has been some ballyhoo about the members of U.S. reality-show royalty arriving in Costa Rica and setting up their reanimated plastic corpses at Papagayo Peninsula’s Villa Mazu. The price per night? Twenty-three thousand dollars. Towards the other end of the spectrum, I’ve rented a furnished studio apartment near downtown San

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Sculpture in downtown San Jose, Costa Rica
City LivingSan Jose

I love downtown San José. The parks are pleasant places to while away the hours, and the pedestrian malls are bustling gathering places for shoppers, workers, street artists, and tourists. I especially enjoy the sculptures. You’ll find public art dedicated to families, street sweepers, firefighters, farmers, and more. Two of

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City Living

One of my favorite places to sit and watch the crowds pass by. For a bird’s eye view, grab a beer and boca at La Terraza (where this photo was taken), located at the southwest corner. The entire plaza is abuzz with pedestrians, lottery vendors, taxi drivers, kids eating ice

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