Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Monday, August 17, 2009
Travel Experta - Great info on all of Central America
Golf in Costa Rica - TeeTimes Costa Rica, an awesome place for golf!
Alajuelenses - A Costa Rican business directory (in Spanish)
Osa Peninsula - A great community with great info on the Osa Peninsula in Costa Rica
ViniYoga - Anna Jermstrom with ViniYoga will come to your hotel and have 1-on-1 yoga sessions with you. Very professional yoga instructor.
Bamboo Yoga Play - Located in Dominical, Bamboo Yoga Play is pefect for anyone looking for a wellness retreat or getaway.
ZenYogaStudio - Another great studio located in the Central Valley
Here are some good non-Costa Rican sites...
Chicago Photoshop - a great site, and an awesome photographer. He's coming to Costa Rica in February so if you're having a wedding then and want a photographer, email him!
Health Products - Many different types of health prodects for all uses
Wellness - providing services in wellness, education, phsychotherapy and much more!
Friday, August 7, 2009
So I found another good site, its called Boomers Off Shore and it has a lot of great pictures and a very interesting story of people who travelled to Costa Rica. It has some great info on Costa Rica, and I totally recommend checking it out. Reason being it's most beneficial to learn about the country before going there, from people who have already experienced the Country. On this site you can explore CR, read their story, or subscribe to their newsletter.
The Url is http://www.boomersoffshore.com
Thursday, August 6, 2009
Man today we have found quite a few great resources that we just HAVE to blog about! But dont worry, tomorrow we'll get back on track with our normal blogs...
La Joya Perfecta is a place where you are inspired to live a healthy, invigorated life. Every aspect of health is integrated into the lifestyle so that it's easy to achieve your optimal wellness. With our Preventive and Integrated Medicine Program, you can take control of your body and mind with the help of our health professionals. They can assess you and your health goals and get you on track to a healthier future through our Nutrition Consulting and Fitness Consultation.
Master the power of your mind, release stress, and activate your self-healing abilities.
If you are looking to focus on your spiritual side, we can help you to channel the Healing Energy that you possess within. Remember, your mind is capable of affecting change outside of the human body; we'll help you to learn to capture and cultivate better thinking and, in turn, better living.
Guess what, we found a great online furniture catalog in Costa Rica! These guys are awesome! Read below....
Pacific Home Furnishings is an online furniture store, and has been in the market since 2004, and is the largest furniture online catalog in Costa Rica. If it's convenience you're looking for, check out http://www.pacifichomefurnishing.com . Michael and Ana, the owners, will work closely with you to define your furnishing needs, and will even offer different selections and proposals to achieve your decoration goals!
Pacific Home Furnishings sells local and imported furniture from the best suppliers in the country,and will deliver to your door, ANYWHERE in Costa Rica!
They have very high manufacturing standards, reforested, treated and kiln dried woods are used in the production of furniture. In addition, you can have CUSTOM MADE FURNITURE as their manufacturers can make exact replicas of the furniture you would like!
Check out their home page and the testimonials on their webpage. Pacific Home Furnishings takes excellent care of every client and they are well known for going the extra mile when it comes to quality and customer service.
For more information, visit their website at http://www.pacifichomefurnishing.com
Office phone: 506-2665-1750
Location: 2.5 Km. West from Burger King Liberia Villa de Guanacaste Office Building #10, Liberia, Guanacaste, Costa Rica
Tuesday, August 4, 2009
Ok so today was my birthday (this is David by the way) and i had to work, I honestly had a great day today. I showed up and all my employees said happy b-david day..lol.
You now may be wondering what do I do for a living... well, i am the assistance supervisor for an outsource company, and I have under my responsibility 16 people that report to me and I report to my boss and he reports to I don't know who...
Anyways, the reason I'm writing this is because I wanted to share with you guys that I found a great Sushi restaurant in Heredia. Now, if you have been to Costa Rica, you will notice that there are not that many good Japanese Restaurant around here, or maybe I just haven't been to yet! I think maybe after living in Vancouver, BC, where Sushi is great, I just can't take crappy sushi.
The restaurant is called "Kabuto" and there are two, one in front of Universidad Nacional in Downtown Heredia, and the other one is in La aurora in Plaza Aurora.
Everyday I drive by it and i see a lot of people going to it, well, today since it was my birthday Steph took me there, and that was awesome because she does not like Japanese food that much, and when we came out I was in awe.
To begin with, the waiter was extremely nice, polite and courteous, he asked what we wanted and we order and paraphrase and so I thought that was nice because here in Costa Rica the restaurants lack costumer service. The food did not take long and it Great!
We were pretty happy with the taste and the service and we knew the total cost at front. You might be wondering what I mean by that, well, here in Costa Rica the restaurants usually charge you extra taxes, but if you want more info, visit our website.
At the end of the night, I was very satisfied with the service and the way we were attended.
I highly recommend it for you guys to try it.
Bye for now
Sunday, August 2, 2009
Hola todos! It's Stephanie again! So todays blog will be on the smaller things in life here in Costa Rica; the water, internet, cable/satellite, food, etc. Hopefully you will find it useful, I like to make things as practical as possible so you can apply it in your life. If you are planning to move to Costa Rica, and you have sort of decided where you would like to live (mountains, beach, or city as mentioned in previous blogs), then there are a few things you need to be aware of.
WATER: Your water bill in Costa Rica will be very cheap when compared to your bill in the US. David and I pay approximately $5-$8 per month (last month's bill was 2,352 colones which is about $5), and I take long showers! What you really need to know about the water here, is that it is very difficult to find a home that has a hot water tank. We do not have hot water in our house, and often have to boil water to clean our dishes or wash extremely dirty clothes. If you are like me and HAVE to have hot showers, you can purchase a "termo ducha" (thermal shower head) at major grocery stores such as Hipermas or Pricemart here in Costa Rica. You can attach this shower head to your shower and PRESTO hot water! Just keep in mind this is an electrical shower head, so you do not want to play with it. I would suggest you turn it on and keep it on, I don't even know how to turn mine off! LOL. You can, however, find a home with hot water, it will most likely be more expensive though. Places such as new gated communities and condominiums usually have hot water.
CELL PHONES: There is only one cell phone company in Costa Rica, and that is ICE (Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad). There are two options you can choose from with this company, TDM or GSM. There is a long waiting list for both, so you could be waiting anywhere from one month to over a year to get your phone connected.
If you chose TDM (Time Division Multiplexing) or "all technology," you can get it sooner than the GSM phone, because not as many people use this system anymore. It is slower and cuts out more, you cannot send pictures or get the internet on your phone through here. Reception is poor in many places.
GSM (Groupe Spécial Mobile) is the most popular choice, with this option you can receive or send photos, surf the internet, it has better reception and better technology. The down side is the waiting list. There are not enough phone numbers in Costa Rica, and so you could be waiting up to a year, maybe longer, to have it connected.
INTERNET: There are four providers for internet services here in Costa Rica. There is Racsa who offers dial up internet service only. They have a maximum transfer speed of 56kb (kilobytes), which is quite slow. ICE only offers ADSL internet services. You can purchase different speeds for different prices. The down side is that it depends of port availability, which means it can also take a long time to have it connected. We signed up for ICE ADSL in October of 2008, they did not hook up our internet until May 2009. The other two are through CableTica and Amnet. You must have cable with these companies in order to purchase internet, and these two companies do not offer services in every area.
CABLE/SATELLITE: Which cable company you use may depend on where you live. If you live in the larger areas, such as Alajuela, San Jose or Heredia, you will have more choices than if you live farther out. CableTica and Amnet are the two cable companies, and SKY is the only satellite company. It doesn't take long to have your cable or satellite connected, usually they can be connected within a week.
ELECTRICTY: The only provider of electricity is ICE; it's nationwide and pretty cheap. Last month we paid 9, 818 colones for electricity, which is roughly $20 American, however the price did increase slightly this month. This month we will probably pay about 11,000 colones ($22). You can find a home for rent which includes cable, electricity, and internet so you don't have to hassel with all these companies. Almost every home has cable, electricity and water. If it doesn't, don't move there!
One last note, you will not find a home with heat in Costa Rica. We live in the mountains where it is cold and rains all the time, and we had to purchase a small electric heater on our honeymoon in Miami last year. Heat is next to impossible to find year, but it is really not needed.