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El Rey Largo Announces the First Weekly Winners of its Costa Rican Beauty Contest

Alajuela, Costa Rica (PRWEB) May 1, 2005

El Rey Largo Announces the first weekly winners of its Costa Rican Beauty Contest. Photos of Maricela and Heirberto were chosen by patrons of El Rey Largo as the best and will receive an 8×10 glossy print of their winning photo and 5,000 Costa Rican colones.

El Rey Largo is a restaurant bar located in Alajuela, Costa Rica. Just a few minutes from the San Jose International Airport (SJO) so it is a gathering place for tourists and Costa Ricans alike.

A male and a female winner is selected every Saturday. On alternating weeks the winner is chosen by patrons of El Rey Largo or the Internet. All patrons (over 18) of El Rey Largo are welcome to enter the contest by simply posing for a photograph.

Winners can be viewed on the internet at: All users of the internet are also welcome to vote on the photos. In the first week, hundreds of internet users from across the United States, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, France, Fiji, Germany, Hungary, Iceland, England, Japan, Kenya, Kuwait, Malaysia, Mexico, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Peru, Portugal, Uruguay and users at the US Airforce, Army, Navy and Marines have already voted on the photos.

El Rey Largo also offers tourist information for foreign visitors including maps of Costa Rica, hotel and other information. Free high speed internet is also offered via their WiFi Hotspot.

El Rey Largo was created by an American, Glen L. Roberts who has lived in Costa Rica for 2-1/2 years, as a place that tourists and Costa Ricans can relax and enjoy the exchange of culture. When asked about the best part of operating the establishment, Roberts said, Â?itÂ?s seeing all the people enjoying a nice place to hang out.Â? When asked about the most difficult part, he said Â?at one point things got so intense that the U.S. Embassy recommended that I leave the country immediately for my safety.Â?

Roberts also operates an internet business in the United States and has traveled in Panama, Peru and Colombia. He also operates a directory and discussion site for Costa Rica topics: and

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Escape Villas Announces Social Media-Based Photography Contest

Manuel Antonio Beach, Costa Rica (PRWEB) June 23, 2011

Luxury vacation rental company Escape Villas is pleased to announce their upcoming photography contest, which will be hosted entirely on their blog and social media platforms. Participants will have the chance to win cash prizes for their winning photos of Costa Rica. Judging will be public and participants are encouraged to invite their friends to join the voting.

“We’re looking to reward folks for their creativity and collect the very best photographs of Costa Rica,” said Sara Hopkins, spokesperson for Escape Villas. “Expanding our reach on social media is an ideal way to enhance the user experience of our visitors, as well as improve our customer service. Expect to see daily updates on our Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr pages as we receive photo submissions.”

The photography contest will span the month of July and will be held in two parts. Photo submissions will be accepted from July 1st to July 22nd, and the week of voting will be held from July 23rd to the 31st. The winning photos will be announced on the 2nd of August.

“The contest is open to everyone, amateurs and professionals alike. We are seeking a variety of photos of Costa Rica. Beaches, sunsets, animals, and waterfalls are all images we’re hoping to see,” Hopkins explained.

Founded in 2001, Escape Villas specializes in renting luxury vacation villas in all areas of Costa Rica. Their top-notch concierge services provide tours, chefs, activities, transportation, destination and beach wedding planning, and anything else you could possibly need during your stay in their vacation rental villas.

For more information regarding the rules and regulations of the Escape Villas Photography Contest, please email

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Fodor’s Travel Announces “Show Us Your Costa Rica” Photo Contest

New York, NY (PRWEB) January 5, 2009

Fodor’s today announces the start of their latest travel photography contest “Show Us Your Costa Rica.” Visitors to will have the opportunity to share their favorite photos of Costa Rica with other travelers, and the chance to have their photographs published in Fodor’s Costa Rica 2010 guidebook– on sale in October 2009.

Until January 5th, members are invited to “Show Us Your Costa Rica” by submitting favorite photos and descriptions of this popular destination. The winning photographer will win a suite of Fodor’s new full-color guidebooks and 10 runners-up will receive two Fodor’s guidebooks of their choice. The winning photos will be featured on; all submitted photos are eligible to be featured in Fodor’s Costa Rica 2010.

The contest highlights Fodor’s Focus on Photography section (, which provides travelers with expert advice on taking travel and vacation photos. Fodor’s Publisher Tim Jarrell says, “Our members travel to some of the world’s most beautiful and amazing destinations. We provide them with the information they need to bring home equally beautiful and amazing photos, by featuring extensive travel photo tips on”

Photo submissions will be accepted at through January 5th, 2009. Fodor’s has previously run contests for Turkey, Israel, Alaska and Summer Vacation photos. Photos submitted to this past spring’s Fodor’s “Show Us Your Alaska” photo contest are featured throughout Fodor’s latest full-color guide, Fodor’s Alaska 2009.

About Fodor’s Travel

Fodor’s Travel, a division of Random House, Inc. is one of the world’s leading providers of travel information. Covering over 300 destinations worldwide, Fodor’s guidebooks and Web site,, have provided the most up-to-date, accurate information for travelers for more than seventy years. Written by a team of over 700 writers located around the globe, Fodor’s provides travelers with engagingly written, intelligently and accurately reported, and absolutely indispensable travel guidance.


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Costa Rican Vacation Up for Grabs in Online Writing Contest

San Jose, Costa Rica (PRWEB) May 14, 2008

With the lulling U.S. economy and plummeting dollar value, many people have given up on their exotic travel plans these days., a top online authority on Costa Rica Travel, hopes to revive the spirit of travel by launching their first ever “Travel Writing Contest”, which is open to writers of all skill levels. All that is necessary to enter is a 300 to 800 word reflection on a travel moment that changed or inspired the writer.

The author of the winning entry will be awarded a 6-night luxury vacation for two to Costa Rica worth over $ 3,000. The website teamed up with the luxury travel agency Costa Rican Vacations, and their top hotel partners to create this trip of a lifetime. The vacation includes all ground transportation between San Jose, the Arenal Volcano and the ideal tropical beach town of Manuel Antonio.

Not only will this vacation offer new, unique experiences to the winning author, but the contest itself is designed to have readers reflect on the importance travel has had in their own lives. New perspectives, friendships and cultural awareness are all rewarding by-products of travel. hopes that this contest will serve as incentive for others to share such experiences with others and reignite the spirit of travel.

The entries will be judged by the website editors based on content, ability to engage the reader, and writing style. The judges invite writers to be creative with their work as they describe their most memorable vacation experience ever. All submissions will go through an approval process, and if they meet the criteria, will be published on the Costa Rica Pages Competition website.

The deadline for submissions will be July 31, 2008, and the winning entry will be announced the following Monday, August 4. The lucky winner must be able to travel to Costa Rica on Sept. 13 through Sept. 19. Flight arrangements, vacation upgrades or extensions can all be organized through the competition travel partner Costa Rican Vacations upon request.

To participate, read the competition guidelines and submission procedures at:

About Costa Rica Pages

An Internet pioneer in the country, Costa Rica Pages is one of the oldest and largest online guides for Costa Rica. Today, the website utilizes social networking applications, with sections that include a Business Directory, interactive Travel Guide, Discussion Forum and News Blog, all updated daily.

About Costa Rican Vacations

Costa Rican Vacations is an in-country online travel agency specializing in luxury vacations to Costa Rica. The company has quadrupled in size since its humble beginnings in 2000 when it was a dream turned reality of owners Tony Silva and Casey Halloran. With over 130 travel partners and 32 staff members, Costa Rican Vacations has developed an excellent reputation as a top pick for vacation planning to Costa Rica.


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