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Explore Costa Rica in 2017

Town of Jaco bustles with activity
Now is the prime time to visit Costa Rica during its dry season through April, before the onset of the wet season.
Explore Costa Rica Pura vida, the pure life at Costa Rica awaits you. Make 2017 your year of discovery.
 Discover a land where monkeys rule the rainforest and toucans rule the sky. Delve into Costa Rica’s key destinations, on this carefully designed highlights adventure.

Costa Rica is celebrated for its vast biodiversity, awe-inspiring landscapes and numerous natural wonders, which makes it a perfect playground for outdoor enthusiasts.

Experience zip-lining high above the cloud forest, hike through wild jungles in search of ocelot and sloth, and stroll along pristine beaches as the sun dips below the horizon. In the evening, relax in comfortable and airy accommodations with the sounds of nature surrounding you.  You can experience  tours  to National Parks and listen to the thrilling sounds of jungle creatures stirring to life.

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The town  of  Jaco is located on the Pacific Coast province of Puntarenas, Costa Rica. It’s the ultimate hideaway for sun seekers and active travelers, with cinnamon-hued volcanic-sand beaches, lush green rain forest and verdant mountains.
Surfers flock here from around the world, but families, and honeymooners also find much to love, thanks to the multitude of beaches, outdoor activities, dining, shopping and nightlife.
Explore the Costa Rican rain forest by horseback, learning about the flora and fauna in this impressive eco-system. Take an ATV tour to beaches, remote villages and waterfalls. Try your hand at sport fishing, paragliding, sea kayaking or even bungee jumping. Spend an afternoon at the Pura Vida Gardens and Waterfalls, where you’ll find millions of plants, flowers and orchids from around the world.
 Pictured above is the view from the balcony of the condo, overall view with pool and nightlife in the town of Jaco. Plan your 2017 vacation now or give a gift to your favorite person for Christmas this year.
 The luxury 2 bedroom condo apartment has 3 spacious full bathrooms, 2 queen beds – one  in each room, and one sofa bed in living room. It sleeps up to 6 people in a family friendly condo apartment complex.
The  condo is fully furnished and equipped with air-conditioning, WiFi, Internet, in-room safe, a kitchen and a laundry room.
The top floor condo with ocean view is only a two-minute walk from the beautiful Jaco Beach, and 15 minutes from Jaco, one of the country’s liveliest beach resorts.
The town of Jaco bustles with tourist activity with its many bars, restaurants, night clubs, dance bars, shopping & entertainment.
Make this condo your base to explore the best of Costa Rica, near and far. Try surfing, horse back riding, swimming, and other sports or just relax on the beach watching the beautiful sunsets. There is a 24 hour security guard.
Starting at $150 USD per night. Special rates on extended stays and off season.
The minimum stay in season 7 nights, deposit 500 USD. Check in 2 pm, check out 10 am.
Contact Lenka at info@puravidatravel.ca.
Call Lenka at 1-647-625-9033
Watch for a full photo portfolio from Costa Rica and the National Park. Start your Costa Rica adventure today.

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Healthy Corner

Cook up a storm with fall produce and zucchini

By Betty Dickinson

Columnist Betty Dickinson of Ionia
Columnist Betty Dickinson of Ionia

Betty Dickinson is a long-time columnist for the Ionia Sentinel-Standard. Dickinson published a book “Creating a Healthy Corner” in 2008.

She is an avid lover of life. Please welcome her to the EW Emma’s Writings team on http://emmapalova.com

 

Here’s some recipes to use some of the fall garden produce.

This is a nutritious dip that might appeal to the party or family get-to-gather.

This makes an ideal snack, or even a meal, as it’s packed with protein,

calcium, vitamins and minerals. The beet is more for color than flavor, so

don’t expect a strong beet favor. Good with carrots and other vegetables

or chips. The dip can be refrigerated for one week.

Pink Bean Dip

1.Combine 15 ounces cooked or drained canned white

beans, 1 or more cloves chopped garlic, 1/3 cup olive

oil, one tablespoon fresh lemon juice or more, and a small

roasted or stemmed beet in food processor; purée until

smooth and no bits of beet remain.

 

  1. Season lightly with salt and pepper.

 

  1. Taste and add more lemon juice as needed.

 

4 Transfer to an airtight container; refrigerate until

ready to serve.

 

 

Sausage-Stuffed Zucchini

These can be assembled a day ahead and refrigerated. Remove

them from the refrigerator at least 30 minutes before baking.

1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil

4 medium zucchini, halved lengthwise

1 pound spicy Italian bulk sausage (or your choice of sausage)

1 small onion, chopped (about 1 cup)

3 or more cloves of garlic, minced

1 cup course fresh breadcrumbs

2 teaspoons lemon zest, plus 1 tablespoon lemon juice

About 3/4 cup grated Parmesan, plus shavings for the garnish

1 teaspoon coarse salt

1 large egg, lightly beaten

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Drizzle a large baking dish with oil.

Scrape seeds and soft flesh from inside zucchini and reserve ½ cup.

Place zucchini, cut sides up, in baking dish.

 

  1. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat; add sausage and onion.

Cook, breaking up sausage, until sausage is brown and onion is softened,

about 5 minutes. Add garlic and reserved zucchini; cook until garlic is fragrant, about 1 minute. Remove from heat; stir in remaining ingredients. Divide

mixture among zucchini. Bake until filling is firm and each zucchini is

 

tender and wrinkled around edges, 35 to 40 minutes. Garnish with

Parmesan shavings.

 

Hint:

Here is a nutty way to take off extra pounds. Studies show adding nuts to your diet won’t make you gain weight, and may even lose some pounds. Experts think that’s because of the unsaturated fats in nuts like almonds, walnuts, peanuts, and pine nuts. These trigger your body to make appetite-blocking hormones, which tell your brain you’re full. So enjoy a handful of nuts about 20 minutes before a meal, and it can cut your appetite!

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Cook up a storm with fall bounty

By Betty Dickinson

Columnist Betty Dickinson Columnist Betty Dickinson

Here’s some recipes to use some of the fall garden produce.

This is a nutritious dip that might appeal to the party or family get-to-gather.

This makes an ideal snack, or even a meal, as it’s packed with protein,

calcium, vitamins and minerals. The beet is more for color than flavor, so

don’t expect a strong beet favor. Good with carrots and other vegetables

or chips. The dip can be refrigerated for one week.

Pink Bean Dip

1.Combine 15 ounces cooked or drained canned white

beans, 1 or more cloves chopped garlic, 1/3 cup olive

oil, one tablespoon fresh lemon juice or more, and a small

roasted or stemmed beet in food processor; puree until

smooth and no bits of beet remain.

  1. Season lightly with salt and pepper.

  1. Taste and add more lemon juice as needed.

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