Planes, Trains, Automobiles, and Ferries: Transportation in Puntarenas, Costa Rica

download (46)There are a number of transportation options to and from Puntarenas, the vibrant coffee-exporting gateway of Costa Rica. From the comfort of a luxury train to bouncing through picturesque country roads in a local bus, options exist to meet the whole range of comfort loving to intrepid travelers.

Domestic Flights

Domestic flights operated by Sansa Airlines and Nature Air will transport you from Juan Santamaría International Airport in San Jose to Tambor Airport, a quaint airport located to the west of the province of Puntarenas ($100-150). The gorgeous 25-minute flight in a small craft will provide stunning vistas of the countryside and shimmering Pacific below. However, this option might not be practical for most, as the airport is located across the bay from Puntarenas, and a one-hour ferry will transport you to your final destination in Puntarenas.

Puntarenas ferry

Three ferry routes operate from Puntarenas, one to Playa Naranjo (1.5 hours, also allows autos, $24 with a car) and the other to the coast just north of Paquera (about 2 hours, passenger ferry only, about $5 per adult). You’ll absorb stunning views of

Helpful Tips To Plan A Superb Weekend Getaway

download (45)Most of the travelers avoid planning anything for a short getaway because they think they would have to put too much money into only a short break. This is not always true.

Let’s begin with why you should plan a getaway. Firstly, everyone needs a break every now and then. This helps us to stay positive, experience new surroundings and refuel our energy. Since a long vacation is not always possible and might take a longer time to happen, a weekend getaway is the perfect solution to it.

Here are some tips that would help you to plan a perfect weekend getaway!

1. Begin to Plan

This tip is especially meant for the travelers who delay their plans. Wish to enjoy your holiday? Everything is in your control. You just need to plan right for the trip. This is the hardest part of your getaway, and if you get it right you are likely to have a successful trip.

There will be plenty of fears that will probably let you down. Lack of time, too high costs and thoughts of failure are common. Condition

Five Reasons to Share Your Travel Plans

images (13)Private Investigators are always thinking about safety. It’s a big part of the job, and our awareness always has to be taking safety into consideration. For that reason, I recommend that if you’re going on a trip, you share the details of your trip with somebody who’s not going, and here are five reasons why.

1. Your Home is Safer.

When you’re away and your friend or a friendly neighbor knows it, that person can check on your house for you, make sure to pick up your newspaper so the house doesn’t look vacant, and even put on a porch light for you just before you return. In fact, you may consider installing timers on your lamps that will turn on and off your lamps around the house on various intervals so the house still looks lived in. You can stop the newspaper, but there’s no substitute for a friendly person looking out for you.

2. You’re Safer.

If your friends or family know your itinerary and you’ve made arrangements to call, they’ll know if you failed to show up at your destination

The Benefits Of Using A Staff Holiday Planner

download (44)Managing staff leave can be hectic, especially if you are a large company and do not have a good system in place. A staff holiday planner can be an added advantage to any company no matter the number of employees it has. With it annual leaves and sick leaves are made easy to manage because it is even possible to set restrictions on important company days when you require all employees to be on duty. Whether you are an employer, line manager or administrator, a staff holiday planner comes in handy and offers lots of benefits.

1. A staff holiday planner saves time and costs

This is because it is easy to set up when all relevant employee information is made available. It is also very easy to scale in relation to the size of the company. It makes it possible to save employee related information like information on dependents and education history among others. With less paperwork, calculation, and searches for information or leave balances, you will definitely save time and money and enjoy more efficiency and productivity.

2. It offers

This entry was posted on May 11, 2016, in Travel.

Tips for Planning Holiday Travel and Flights

images (12)Flying for a holiday or for your vacation? Make sure that you’re planning your travel the right way. Not only do you need to shop around (and shop smart) for your plane tickets, but you need to make sure that you’re planning your travel within the area the right way. Yes, there’s a robust public transport system. Yes, you can also rent a car. However, it might be better to actually work with a taxi service. Of course, there are many other things that you’ll need to know, as well.

Know How to Pack

It seems like the airlines are constantly finding new ways to charge their customers. Once, pillows, blankets and even snacks were all part of the price you paid for your ticket. Today, they’re expensive extras. Many airlines have also started charging for extra bags. Pack smart. Bring only the necessities, and avoid checking extra bags to cut down on costs.

Avoid Heavy Travel Dates

A little known secret to air travel is that some dates are much more expensive to book your flight than are others. The closer to

How To Plan A Romantic Mountain Town Vacation In 7 Easy Steps

download (42)If you have been thinking about planning a romantic getaway lately, you likely have a good motivation. Perhaps you are planning to propose over a long weekend or are searching for that perfect honeymoon spot. Whatever the reason, it is reasonable to expect that you want to make sure everything goes well and turns out as great as possible. What better way to be romantic than in the natural beauty of the mountains. If you’ve been thinking of planning a romantic mountain town vacation but have no idea where to start, you are in luck. Here are 7 easy steps to help you plan the romantic vacation you have been daydreaming about.

Step 1. Plan ahead

Nothing is a mood killer more than stress. Take some time to think about what you want to get out of your romantic get-away and do a bit a research before hand. These days there are many travel forums and helpful blogs dedicated to helping customers find exactly what they are looking for.

Step 2. Pick a great mountain town location

Great locations will not only have

This entry was posted on April 18, 2016, in Travel.

Helpful Summer Tips To Plan Your Upcoming Vacation

download (43)With summers just around the corner, it is best to get the vacation plan sorted so that you don’t have to worry about it at the last minute. Summer traveling is a lot of fun. There is a lot to look forward to and even the packing seems so much interesting. However, it is not easy to organize a summer trip. One of the biggest reasons for that are the very high travel costs during summers.

You will hear a lot of travelers complain about it. If you are one of them, take a look at these helpful summer tips that would help you to plan a fantastic break in your budget!

1. Don’t Travel in the First Few Weeks

Since the start of the summer break from school means everyone is on the go, it is best to plan sensibly. This is the time when the hotels are likely to be overflowing with tourists and flights will be super expensive. A lot of people wish to leave as soon as the summer break commences, so it’s best if you don’t make

5 Ways To Save Money In Any Family Vacation Destination

download (41)Ask anyone who currently has a family or was part of one, which is essentially everybody, and they will tell you some of their most memorable life moments took place while on family vacation. Vacations are the perfect time to reconnect with your family and step away from your busy life to relax, enjoy each other’s company, and recharge from the stressful realities of everyday living. Finding the perfect family vacation destination can be tricky and planning any trip can be costly. Don’t stress yourself out before going on vacation, follow these 5 ways to save money the next time you plan out your perfect family vacation.

1. Plan ahead.

Taking the time to plan out your vacation will allow you enough time to consider your options and go with choices that are not only fun, but fit your budget. For those who are resourceful and enjoy planning, the internet is full of travel companies and agencies fighting over your business. Peruse different options yourself using many travel sites on the internet devoted to budget conscious vacation planning, or visit a

This entry was posted on April 2, 2016, in Travel.

Luxury Travel To Costa Rica – 5 Places To Consider

download (38)Costa Rica has become a popular travel destination for people from all over the world, and especially the U.S. It’s convenient location, year-round tropical climate and 800 miles of coastlines, create a perfect destination for business or pleasure.

In recent years, some American-based companies have opened nearshore offices in Costa Rica. The country’s educated, talented workforce is an additional incentive for a variety of industries including the information technology sector. And every visitor to Costa Rica, whether for business or pleasure, gets to experience what is characterized as the “Pura Vida” lifestyle. This open and happy culture tends to help people relax and feel at ease.

5 Luxury Accommodations for You to Try During Your Travels to Costa Rica

Whether you’re traveling to Costa Rica for business or pleasure, chances are you’d like to stay somewhere you’ll really enjoy. Be sure to make hotel reservations in advance to get the perfect accommodations for your visit. Check out these 5 luxury travel resorts available in Costa Rica. These places have been selected based on location, amenities and glowing customer reviews:

    1. Four Seasons Resort

Planning For Exciting Holidays? Essential To Remember

download (39)Everyone looks forward to exciting holidays, but the truth is that your holidays will be as good as your plans for them. When you decide to go on a holiday, you must start planning for the same early enough so that by the time the time comes you will have everything that matters during the holiday taken care of. Planning and getting ready for your vacation is not as challenging as it seems; you simply need to remember a few essentials and you will be on your way to a most fulfilling holiday in your destination of choice.

Travel requirements

They are the most important to remember when planning for a vacation. Different destinations have different travel requirements and you need to be aware of what is expected from your beforehand. Some of the things you should find out about include passport and visa, vaccinations and medications, and insurance. When you know the requirements, then you should start working on them as early as possible to avoid last minute rushes and disappointments

Travel arrangements

If you are going international, the flying is the

This entry was posted on March 22, 2016, in Travel.

Why You Should Travel With Your Family

download (40)Families are so important because they are the best companion in the moments of happiness. And when it comes to traveling with the family, the moments of happiness gets doubled. To many people, traveling in a group stands to be more enjoyable than traveling alone. For them, it is always fun-filled to travel with their near or dear ones. Ideally stated, this can turn out to be exceptionally helpful because collective decisions made on vacation can turn out to be more enjoyable. Moreover, it is always good to be traveling with them as everyone can help each other in times of trouble and handle tough situations together. Indeed, the person traveling with family might not be able to get trapped by the strangers on the way.

The more the people; the more one enjoys. Planning a trip on this concept is surely making its way to a memorable journey. It is rightly said that a group of people travel singing and dancing, which may be useful to pass the time easily. This is the reason that one should try traveling

This entry was posted on March 13, 2016, in Travel and tagged .

What Makes for an Unforgettable Trip to France

download (37)“The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.” Augustine of Hippo

Are you eager to travel abroad independently, but overwhelmed by the encyclopedia of possibilities? You need to know more than what is possible; you need a plan. And you would prefer to know in advance precisely what you will be doing, and how, for a number of reasons. First you may want to know what your trip will be like so that you can look forward to it–anticipation is always a large part of the enjoyment. Also you want to know exactly how much your trip will cost, and what trade-offs and choices you will need to make to get the most out of your travel budget.

The Kind of Travel You Don’t Want

But, although you need and want to have a plan, you may have outgrown constrained and scripted bus tour travel, or you may never have liked it in the first place. You may have been abroad before, but on a group tour that ended up in a disappointing blur

Benefits of Booking Tour Packages

download (36)All people need a break to get away from stress at work, home or school. Taking vacations is the best way to relax, unwind and spend time alone or with family in order to keep motivated and get that groove going.

Taking vacations requires planning and planning requires time – time for booking the preferred airline, finding the perfect location, researching for the cheapest hotels and scheduling the activities for the inclusive dates. That alone can also be stressful especially when it’s fast approaching with no preparations been made. As tourists, the experience should have to be stress-free, worry-free and relaxing.

In this regard, consider the benefits of booking tour packages. Not only can it save a lot of time but it’s also popular these days when people can’t seem to find that luxury of organising trips and vacations themselves. Other benefits of availing packaged tours are mentioned below:

• Convenience, completeness and quickness all rolled into one. This is the main reason why people avail of these packages. Searching for tourist attractions is easy over the internet. Then, what comes after

This entry was posted on February 24, 2016, in Travel.

Easy Travel Tips to Save Time and Money for Tourists

download (35)People all over the world take an opportunity to go on vacations during summer. For them, it’s the best time to spend time with their families and enjoy themselves before the start of schooling season and return of cold weather. Taking a break doesn’t require too much money. In fact, there are a lot of ways where tourists can enjoy their vacations and save time and money at the same time.

• When going to the airport, fall in line behind business travellers and avoid falling in line behind families that carry a lot of stuff to put into the x-ray machine tray. This is because frequent travellers already know how to move quickly through that line than the others.

• When taking a flight, choose the type of plane to ride on. Not all airplanes are made equal so it’s recommended to check out the ones that offer nice seats and amenities. Some airlines have inline Wi-Fi onboard while some do not. Newer airlines have the comfort of nicer seats and more leg room. Furthermore, not all planes also have

Top Tips for Tropical Climate Holidays

download (34)Looking to go on holiday to somewhere with a tropical or sub-tropical climate?

If so, following some of the following tips might be useful and help you to enjoy yourself even more.

  1. Don’t over-economise on your luxury accommodation at the resort. Tropical can mean high humidity at some times of the year and however much you love sun and warmth, you’ll want great pool and air conditioning facilities to allow you to sometimes escape and freshen up. Some ‘bargain-basement’ holiday accommodation might be disappointing in those respects.
  1. Take it easy for a day or two after arrival. Allow your body to acclimatise to its surroundings rather than rushing off to try and climb that hill in the distance right after your hotel check-in
  1. Keep yourself hydrated by drinking plenty of water. Keep alcohol to very sensible/modest levels due to its natural de-hydrating effects, as they’ll be exacerbated by the heat.
  1. Avoid very demanding swimming objectives unless you’re fit. Heat can be exhausting and even strong swimmers can sometimes find themselves in trouble if they’ve pushed themselves a little too far in
This entry was posted on February 8, 2016, in Travel.

Strategy 1 for Extraordinary Travel Arrive and Be There

download (33)Traveling in the “Great Trip” style, you will arrive and be there instead of swooping through, then moving on. The swoop-in style of travel prohibits you from actually arriving anywhere, and it severely limits the depth of your experience.

Instead, you will have the time you need to learn the charms and significance of each place you visit. You will take the time to experience its lifestyle and hear its stories. By staying longer in each of your “home bases,” you also will have rich opportunities to venture out on day trips that will give you a broader sense of the cultural bounty of the region.

There is always an all-important trade-off between trying to take in more places and taking more time in each place. What you will gain from having more time in fewer places is that you will have the luxury of settling in and making yourself at home. You will experience more when you decrease the frantic flitting around and actually arrive. As with many things in life, less is more!

To arrive and be there, you will:

  1. Orient

How to Deal With Street Harassment Abroad

download (32)If you are a female, you will eventually have to deal with street harassment. Unfortunately, it can be found all over the world, no matter where you are. That’s not to say that such harassment does not take place at home, it certainly does. But, at least in your own culture you are more familiar with the rules about how to respond. You know what authorities can be sought for help. But, this is usually not the case in a foreign country. Know how to deal with street harassment abroad and make your next trip more comfortable.

Street harassment is any unwanted attention from a stranger in a public place. It can include staring, following, picture-taking, commenting, hooting, whistling or yelling. It is referred to as cat-calling. Many women feel like they must have done something to bring on this behaviour, so they feel embarrassed, scared, frustrated, ashamed or even guilt and replay the incident over and over in their head, trying to find out the missing action that could have caused the harassment.

Why Does Street Harassment Happen?

Street harassment is

How To Have A Budget-Friendly And Enjoyable Spain Vacation

download (31)Prepare Your Checklist

Are you planning for a Spain vacation? Spain is a fabulous country to explore for a holiday. You can never have enough splendid vacation destinations in Spain. How do you plan for your Spain vacation?

First thing you can do is search online for destination websites. Check out websites about “vacation in Spain”. Take note of what fantastic places to visit there are in Spain. What vacation packages in Spain are available? You can contact the site about it or your local travel agency.

There are many vacation packages for Spain to choose from. You can choose according to what will suit your budget and preferences. In your checklist, note how many days you’re going for a vacation in Spain. Most tourists go on a 1 or 2 weeks holiday there. That time frame would typically suffice for a fantastic vacation that’ll have you exploring all that Spain has to offer. Next item to check is what hotel you’re going to stay in. You have many options for comfortable hotels to stay in, along with bed and breakfast and

The Top 5 Crucial European Trips to Take WELL Before You Die

download (30)You may as well admit it. You’ve always wanted to travel in Europe, whether or not you’ve already done so. And even if you’ve traveled there many times, you yearn to go back—-again and again. For as long as there’s been an America, Americans have been drawn back to Europe.

Whether this yearning to return is because many of our ancestors came from Europe… Or because Europe has such a deep, rich and long-ranging history, much of it still there to wander around in… Or because it has amazing food and wine, to be experienced at charming restaurants, sitting at tables canopied by colorful umbrellas, and surrounded by flowers… Or because it has brought together awe-inspiring art and music and culture, and made it readily accessible for all to experience… Or because it is traversed by marvelous networks of transportation – trains and boats, trams and gondolas – making it possible to go virtually anywhere at any time from anywhere else, and to enjoy the going as much as the arriving… For all these reasons, the urge to “cross the

Brainstorming Ideas for Packing Travel Bags for A Personal and Professional Tour

download (29)Traveling is a hobby for some while others do it because of their job requirements or business needs. Some people love to go for family vacation once or twice in a year. Whatever might be the purpose of traveling, one thing is for sure that you will need and that is to do the whole packing properly to take along all the things you want to be cosy in your expedition as well as save incurring extra expenses on it. However, for this you need to plan in advance and decide which are the things that are indispensable for you are and what kind of luggage you require? You need to keep in mind the nature and mode of your vacation, for instance, is it a family holiday or business trip and are you going to travel in flight or drive your own car all the way. All such things matter a lot. Here are some brainstorming travel packing ideas that will make things easier for you and other travel enthusiasts.

Arrange your suitcase properly by using labels

Use labels on

This entry was posted on January 1, 2016, in Travel.