by Joe Di Franco on December 23, 2014 at 8:19 PM
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from Videographers Frank and Sandy...
Published on Jun 20, 2014
Come with us as we travel across Costa Rica and see it like you've never seen it before. Full High Resolution 1080p, full HD stereo sound. Stunning wildlife, landscapes, towns and places. Grab a cup of coffee, sit back and enjoy! Travel with us to La Paz Waterfalls, Poas Volcano, Carara National Park, Coco Beach, Punteranas, Atenas, Grecia,Hotel Villa Caletas, and so much more!
Playa Penca (Coco's hidden jewel)
by Joe Di Franco on December 14, 2014 at 5:40 PM
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Video courtesy of our friends at MYTANFEET.com and posting it to Youtube.
Playa Penca in Guanacaste, Costa Rica has become one of my favorite beaches to visit during our stay. (But this isn't the one near Playa Potrero.) This is a little hidden beach that we were first introduced to by our friends at ArroyoAdventure as a snorkelling destination and later they taxied us by boat to it for a picnic and a few hours of beach fun. We brought drinks and food, and they dropped off a kayak for us to enjoy --three hours later, then picked us up and returned us to Coco..
Playa Penca is at Point Caciche (where the northern ridge of Playa del Coco beach meets the ocean). Unlike Coco beach's golden brown sand and sand-blurred water, Penca's white powder sand and clear turquoise water offer a Caribbean- type feel. Penca is truly a secluded beach -unless beach-hoppers or snorkelers are visiting, very few access this jewel and hidden treasure. Playa Penca is easily accessible by water via kayak, seadoo/jet-ski, or boat; it only takes about 20 to 30 minutes kayaking! Only accessibly by car (read SUV) in the past few years, thanks to future developers that have built access roads. You will find its access on the road between Coco and Playa Hermosa (just before you start to head downhill towards Playa Hermosa.) As you drive down to the parking area, you get amazing views of Playas del Coco, on your left, and Playa Hermosa on your right. A small parking area marks the end of the driveable road. Grab your towels and beach items (drinks and snacks too) and find the path that will lead you down to the beach --approximately 250m hike down to the beach. Walking down along the path, you experience that true unspoiled nature of Costa Rica.
Please note: there are no facilities here! Not in the parking lot and not on the beach. Or at least not yet! But the seclusion and scenery are definitely ...priceless.
by Joe Di Franco on December 11, 2014 at 9:21 PM
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Our very own Canadian, Alanis Morissette lending her talented voice to a new documentary on the "story" of coffee ... As we sip our rich java each morning, we never think about where this exquisite liquid comes from or how many people it took to cultivate the beans required for it. Surprisingly, most of the people who work diligently to bring us our cup of coffee are actually women.
Costa Rica -- A Nature Vacation Experien...
by Joe Di Franco on November 30, 2014 at 5:11 PM
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Produced by Global Television and Published on Mar 23, 2014: a travel video about Costa Rica.
.. everything you wanted to know about CR but you were simply waiting to ask....
Costa Rica is a fascinating country in Central America bordered by Nicaragua and Panama, a natural paradise between the Caribbean and the Pacific. Located at more than a thousand metres above sea level, San José, Costa Rica's capital city, not only boasts an idyllic location in the heart of Central America's coffee country, but also an enviable climate. The extent to which Costa Rica joins with European tradition can be seen in the Teatro Nacional. The coffee barons, to whom the glorious development of San José is owed, created taxes for the export of coffee beans and thus funded the construction of the magnificent building. In a fertile mountain valley at the foot of a volcano, is Turrialba, a town that radiates a serene calm but once was an important station on the route of the Jungle Train from San José to the Atlantic coast. The crater of the Poas Volcano is surrounded by the dense green of a rainforest and overlooks the north western Meseta Central. Although it is one of the country's most active volcanoes, it is the most visited, as visitors can go by car almost to the edge of the crater. The Rain Forest Aerial Tram is Costa Rica's most popular tourist attraction, a ride on an open gondola through the jungle. A journey of discovery amid a canopy of trees, hovering at treetop level through the solitude of nature. Fascinating nature, "joie de vivre" and colonial history are omnipresent on this land bridge between North and South America, Costa Rica is surely one of the most beautiful countries in the world.
Killer Whale vs Tiger Shark
by Joe Di Franco on September 13, 2014 at 12:59 PM
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Of the coast of Cocos Island.... Check out this amazing video of Killer whales hunting, killing and feeding on tiger shark from the MV Sea Hunter trip to Cocos Island from Sept 1 - 10 2014. Big thank you to Edwar Herreño and Undersea Hunter Group.
Coatis of Playa Huevos --1 of 2
by Joe Di Franco on July 14, 2014 at 11:44 PM
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An amazing day for a beach picnic at Playa Huevos... great friends, clear, calm, and warm ocean... and getting to snorkel (south end of beach -by the cave). After lunch, a family of coati decided to visit us along with an osprey and a few condors.
La Virgen del Mar -1 of 3
by Joe Di Franco on July 14, 2014 at 3:03 AM
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From Roseto Valfortore (La Chiesa Madre --Santissima Maria Assunta) [ITALY], to Toronto (Holy Angels Parish)[CANADA], to Playa del Coco (Iglesia del la Virgen del Mar)[COSTA RICA]....our faith, our tradition, our celebration in honour of Our Lady of Mount Carmel / La Madonna del Carmine / La Virgen del Mar and patron of Playa del Coco and all its fishermen -Nuestra Señora del Monte Carmelo... procession and celebrations rich in local traditions passed on from one generation to the next.... enjoy. Following the mass, the procession leads its way along Main St. to the boardwalk and on to the beach. Here the statue is transferred on to a boat along with all the followers. The procession now becomes one of boats (from small decorated "pandas" to larger yachts and catamarans) and local fishing vessels that make their way to Playa Hermosa and then to Playa Panama --picking up other devoted followers along the way. The full procession then makes its way back to Coco and back to Her place in the parish. (- even a soccer game takes place during the celebration) Simply... another beautiful day in Coco!
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