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Travel Experience Collection: Guanacaste, Costa Rica Series

The following is a complete collection of the Travel Experience: Guanacaste, Costa Rica series of posts. To read a post, click on the article below. Hotel Review: Travel Experiences: Drink Reviews: Trip Reports: Top 10 List:

The Top 10 Things You Should Know About Traveling to Costa Rica…

Costa Rica has two primary international airports with daily non-stop flights from the United States: Daniel Oduber Quirós International Airport (LIR), in Guanacaste Province, and Juan Santamaría International Airport (SJO), in Alajuela Province serving the San Jose area. Due to its proximity to the equator, daylight savings time is not observed in Costa Rica. What this […]

Review: Bavaria Dark Beer (Costa Rica)

About Bavaria Dark Beer: Bavaria Dark Beer is actually brewed by the Florida Ice & Farm Company (FIFCO), the same company that brews Costa Rica’s Imperial Beer. I believe they have revamped the packaging several times recently and perhaps even tweaked the recipe a bit (for the better). Review: Bavaria Dark Beer I’ll keep this one short and […]

Review: Imperial Beer (Costa Rica)

Imperial Beer is the most popular and readily available beer in Costa Rica – but is it any good? About Imperial Beer: Imperial Beer was first produced in 1924. Known to Costa Ricans affectionately as “aguilita” or “little eagle”, Imperial Beer bills itself as the “world’s first water positive beer”. What does this mean? Simply […]

Travel Experience: The Pacific Beaches of Guanacaste, Costa Rica

Having gotten my fill of awesome hiking trails and rainforest exploration (Rincon, Arenal, Mistico, and La Fortuna), it was at last time to do that other thing Costa Rica is known for: relaxing at the beach. The Pacific Beaches of Guanacaste: With the immaculate Andaz Peninsula Papagayo Resort as my hub, some of the most popular […]

What you need to know about renting a car in Costa Rica…

Note: This post uses my real-world example of a rental car that I booked through Expedia and Payless Rental Car. However, the issues illustrated of “mandatory, local insurance” and customer complaints of “hidden fees” are common at nearly all rental car companies in Costa Rica (though they may vary depending on the rental car company […]

Travel Experience: Hiking The Arenal Volcano 1968 Trails (Guanacaste, Costa Rica)

Earlier in the day, we did the Mistico Arenal Hanging Bridges Park and then hiked the La Fortuna Waterfall trail. After a brief stop back in La Fortuna Town for an excellent lunch of tacos, ceviche and cerveza at La Parada (on the south side of Fortuna Park), it was once again time to consult the […]

Travel Experience: Hiking La Fortuna Waterfall (Alajuela, Costa Rica)

Having completed the early morning circuit at Mistico Arenal Hanging Bridges Park, it was time to move onto the next stop on our trusty map of the Arenal area, the town of La Fortuna.  La Fortuna Town: 19 kilometers and 15 minutes later, we crossed the border from Guanacaste province into Alajuela Province and arrived into the […]

Travel Experience: Mistico Arenal Hanging Bridges Park (Guanacaste, Costa Rica)

After the previous day’s trip to Rincon de la Vieja Volcano National Park, it was time for the main attraction of northern Costa Rica: Arenal Volcano. But first, we decided to stop at an ecological reserve that fellow tourists have been raving about as an ideal place to spot a sloth (and an eyelash-viper, but […]

Travel Experience: Hiking Rincon de la Vieja Volcano National Park (Guanacaste, Costa Rica)

After checking in to the amazing Andaz Peninsula Papagayo Resort, it was time to start exploring Costa Rica! One of this closest National Parks to explore was Rincon de la Vieja Volcano National Park – an active volcano (it last erupted in 1998) said to have some great little hikes. We were interested in the popular […]

Review: Andaz Peninsula Papagayo Resort (Guanacaste, Costa Rica)

A Travel-Hacker’s Dream: One of the worst-kept secrets in the world of travel-hacking is the Andaz Peninsula Papagayo Resort of Guanacaste, Costa Rica. Like the Park Hyatt Maldives, this Hyatt property is an obligatory “must-visit” resort for every travel-hacker. Why? There are three main reasons: #1: As a Hyatt Category 4 hotel, The Andaz Peninsula […]

How Skiplagged saved me $381 AND got me a non-stop flight…

So there I was, falling asleep on the last night of my week-long Costa Rican adventure, when I realized I needed to get back to Los Angeles early the next day. My original Southwest Airlines Companion Pass itinerary had me leaving Liberia, Costa Rica (LIR) at 2:00 pm, making a stop in Houston (IAH), then […]