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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.

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Beaches

The weekend is coming up – and so is Semana Santa. That means that people are thinking about the beach. What is your favorite method of exploring Costa Rica’s beaches?

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Beaches

Playa Uvita, located within Ballena National Marine Park, is one of our favorite beaches on Costa Rica’s Pacific coast. Uvita is good for surfing and swimming and accessible year round, this is a popular beach with travelers and locals alike. As you can see from the image above, it’s an

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Most people will agree that the traffic in San José is bad, but once you get out of the metro area things tend to calm down. And even when there’s a bit of traffic, the surroundings are interesting enough that a slight delay can even be refreshing. Take this scene, for

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Sunset in San Jose, Costa Rica
City Living

I think we can all agree that sunsets at the beach are spectacular. The awe-inspiring visual appeal of watching our closest star drop below the horizon often causes us humans to stop and simply absorb the grandeur of nature for a few moments. And when combined with a soundtrack of

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Lodging

There is a hotel in downtown San José called Momentos. It has no website. You won’t find it listed in any mainstream guidebook, now can you book it on Tripadvisor. It’s not the kind of place where you enjoy the view, explore the city, and make a home base for

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A shot of Turrialba's activity recently. Photo by Andrés Madrigal.
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If you’ve noticed a fine coating of ash around, you’re not crazy, nor has housekeeping fallen asleep on the job. It’s genuine volcanic ash, spewed from Turrialba Volcano’s active main crater. OVISCORI, the Costa Rican Volcanological and Seismological Observatory, keeps a close eye on the massif’s doings. Because activity has

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City Living

Hundreds of people show up to the Feria Verde de Aranjuez, an organic farmers’ market that takes place every Saturday at the Aranjuez neighborhood’s sports center (polideportivo). The Feria Verde brings together locally sourced, organic produce, cultural events, live music, and great food. If you go on foot, you’ll likely

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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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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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