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

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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For direct access to Manuel Antonio – one of the most beautiful beaches in the world – at an affordable rate, go straight to Hotel Verde Mar. This isn’t awe-inspiring luxury. Instead, it’s a wonderfully friendly staff, reasonable accommodations, and a gate that leads right to the beach. For proles

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