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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.


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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Going international

Destination Valparaiso


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After more than two decades of living in North America, the Pala and the Konecny families still like to patronize international venues around the world.

Here is a sampling of few of our favorites spread around the Midwest. The most recent one that we visited as a family was the Don Quijote Spanish restaurant in Valparaiso, Indiana for  my dad’s 80th birthday.

One day on their way from Chicago, my parents Vaclav and Ella Konecny spotted a billboard with the famous Spanish knight Don Quijote on a stretch of freeway 94.

Located about 12 miles from the Indiana State Dunes, Valparaiso is a small university town with a cosmopolitan fare.

The restaurant is a real Spanish treat owned by Mr. Carlos of Barcelona.

And does Mr. Carlos know how to cook and entertain.

Owner Carlos with Ella and Vaclav Konecny at Don Quijote restaurant
Owner Carlos with Ella and Vaclav Konecny at Don Quijote restaurant

The menu offerings range from pork, blackened lamb and salmon to seafood and the signature Spanish dish paella. The yellow saffron rice is sautéed with seafood and sprinkled with peas for a delicious meal for two.

Annually Mr. Carlos throws a picnic for customers around mid July.  He roasts two pigs and makes a big pan of paella.

The ambience is Spanish inside the Don Quijote restaurant.
The ambience is Spanish inside the Don Quijote restaurant.

It wouldn’t be Spanish if there wasn’t any wine. The garage is set up with mixers for Sangria and Margaritas, as well as bottled wine and beer.

Mr. Carlos’ clientele is truly international in customs and spirit. With Chicago only 60 miles away and the nearby Indiana State Dunes Park, the restaurant is a cool destination in summer or winter.

The tastefully decorated restaurant with an interior that resembles on outside street is a reprieve with its own store that carries authentic  Spanish goodies.

For more information go to  www.donquijotevalpo.com

The Dunes Region http://www.BeyondtheBeachDiscoveryTrail.com

Copyright (c) 2014 story and photos by Emma Palova