Scott’s Adventures in Costa Rica

Hemingway Inn/ San Jose, Costa Rica Barrio Amon

In walks, I see other places I might like to stay in San Jose, Costa Rica. This Inn has been passed before and always merits a second glance. From the outside, it appears Hemingway really might have resided in one of the upstairs rooms and composed at a little desk...

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Night Sweats The Earth shakes

Tourist season is blooming. Tour companies pack nature lovers into Costa Rica's National Parks, visit rain forests, hike into volcanic arenas, provide sights for photographers, bird watchers and naturalists. You can do zip lines, take aerial trams, trek up steep...

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National Museum, San Jose Jail exhibit

The Costa Rican National Museum is not world winning architecture. It is a renovated Spanish fort, and, for that reason, has little frills. Inside you see thick walls, peer through lookout holes in towers, pass through heavy wooden doors with huge iron hinges and...

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City Tour, San Jose, National Theatre Points of interest

Checklist traveling has advantages. You go to guidebooks, visit sites and attractions, book  tours with an English speaking guide, get familiar with places deemed newsworthy by those in the know. You see five to seven points of interest, stop and walk, listen to...

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Tour Day at Hotel Aranjuez Just waiting for the bus

  Half of the world is in winter with temps in the teens, or worse. Here, it is seventies with humidity but the sun shines more often than it hides. Jose, at the front desk, says it is busy in San Jose most of the year and his hotel has more visitors from France...

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Temple of Music Handstands Friday afternoon

The Temple of Music belongs in a different time and place. This edifice is in a downtown San Jose, Costa Rica city park where music is performed and people congregate. This afternoon there is a group of young gymnasts practicing handstands under the temple...

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Namu Folk Art Gallery, San Jose Masks, arrows and color

This little gift shop is not far from the Holiday Inn in Old San Jose, a hop skip and jump from the Municipal Square, a stone's throw from the Gold and Jade Museos, several blocks from casinos. In past trips, I bought here on credit and shipped items to Albuquerque...

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Breakfast Buffet, Hotel Aranjuez Eating for eating's sake

One of the draws of this San Jose, Costa Rica hotel is a serve yourself buffet breakfast. It is not only a buffet breakfast with choices, but you get famous Costa Rican coffee, deep, dark, flavorful, in a big cup. The breakfast runs from seven to nine every morning....

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