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Brief History of Quepos, Costa Rica July 11, 2009

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Quepos/Manual Antonio has become a quite of mix of adventures from around the world, as well as an intrepid group of locals who have hung around for the “Pura Vida.”
Quepos is known for, a place where the rainforest meets the sea, and is on a tropical inlet about halfway down Costa Rica’s Pacific coast on the Puntarenas Province. The town gets its name from the Quepo Indian tribe, a subgroup of the Borucas, who inhabited the area at the time of the conquest. As a result of diseases brought by Europeans, warfare and other Indian groups, and slavery, there are no pure blooded Quepos left by the end of the 19th century.

Quepos first came to prominence as a banana exporting port. Due to disease, African palm oil replaced bananas as the local major crop and, because the finished produced is much less bulky than bananas, Quepos declined as a major shipping port. Even as late as the 1950s regular communication with the rest of the country not easy. Roads were almost non-existent. There was a small railroad between Quepos and Parrita and at low tide the Alpa Airline landed a small plane on the beach in front of Main Street.

Tourists (almost all of Costa Ricans) came principally in Jan., Feb., and Mar. By the 1960s a group of Gringos mostly hippies, some draft dodgers, sport fishing captains (like Bill Gannon who helped spearhead Costa Rica’s catch and release program) and surfers started to build homes and began businesses at Manuel Antonio. And by late 1980, a Sansa Airlines DC-3 began service to the area.

The tourist industry at the time consisted of a gringo bar, El Barba Roja, a few luxury villas at La Mariposa, some rustic cabañas, a beachfront bar called the May y Sombra and that was about it.

By the mid 1980s Quepos became the travel talk and more and more Americans started to settle their. I remember when first entering the town back in 1982 it looked like a Clint Eastwood cowboy movie with its old Western style buildings and dirt roads. And with the awesome beach of Manual Antonio a few miles south the tourist industry started to take off.

Video of the cruising Quepos and Crossing Costa Rica’s Suspension Bridges

Within its city one can find just about everything, clothing and book stores, gyms, ecology groups, yoga and pilates classes, all types of recreation and restaurants, rehab and learning centers and a lot of American features. It is also known for its sportsfishing with a new marina that might put Los Suenos Marina to shame.

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Costa Rica’s Hanging Bridges of Arenal Volcano January 26, 2009

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The Arenal Hanging Bridges are one the most beautiful environmentally-friendly projects in Costa Rica. Located in front of the Arenal Volcano and within the corridor followed by migratory birds between North and South America, the project’s trails and bridges bring you close to the birds, flowers, and lush vegetation of the primary rainforest. With safe and easy access, the trails allow you to walk right into a beautiful forest. The imposing hanging bridges overlook a dense canopy with volcano views looming in the background.

Tree House Lodge on Costa Rica’s Exotic Caribbean Coast January 12, 2009

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The Tree House Lodge is located on ocean front property in the famous Punta Uva beach, just south of the laid back town of Puerto Viejo on the exotic Caribbean coast of Costa Rica.  The property is actually located within the Gandoca-Manzanillo Wildlife Refuge.

Many natural and cultural beauties surround the Lodge, making it the perfect place to enjoy, relax and experience this very different and special area of Costa Rica.  Total privacy, a natural and tranquil atmosphere, and full relaxation are the key elements you will find at the Tree House Lodge.  With your own beach access to a 300-meter beach front, you won’t have to see anybody else during your stay at this romantic hideaway.

The entire Beach house was built with wood from fallen trees. Before the development of the Beach House, the owners spent several months finding, cleaning and cutting the lumber of fallen trees in the forest. Some of the Nispero trees had been on the ground for more than 10 years.

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