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Costa Rica is a paradise for tourists due to its tropical climate that allows you to enjoy its vast beaches and clean. You can hire the luxury villas if you intend to stay long, along with your family, during Costa Rica Vacations. You can relax in a rental property, with all the interior accommodations, full kitchen and maid service. Enjoy the day with your partner, family, friends or colleagues, while his personal chef preparing your meal.
Costa Rica offers amazing adventure retreats for families, even if you are traveling with little kids that should not be an impediment for having an adventurous and educational vacation at this Central American paradise. Not many places in the world offer what Costa Rica has. Costa Rica is one the few countries where families can admire tropical and rainforest ecosystems, which come together with countless of exotic species of birds, plants and wild animals.
Question by Serene: What should I buy my host family in Costa Rica?
I am going to Costa Rica next week and will be living with a host family. I have heard that it is very important to bring a gift and something from where you are from is appropriate. I grew up and live in Los Angeles but I have no idea what to bring. Any ideas?
Answer by Ahn
Some foreigners really like American sport team shirts.
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Medical Tourism Corporation Helps California Family Save Hundreds of Dollars with Medical & Dental Trip to Costa Rica
Plano, TX (PRWEB) July 29, 2009
Peggy Berg and her daughter Debra had battled with obesity most of their lives. Their weight loss tools were the conventional non-surgical ones: all kinds of diets from Weight Watchers, South East Diet, fruit diet, etc., to hitting the gym. The few pounds lost this way would all come back sooner or later.
Both mother and daughter had developed co-morbidities like high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, and with Peggy, there was also the problem of knee pain because of her higher BMI.
At the point of giving up, they heard of gastric sleeve from a friend at a birthday party. After much research on the internet, Debra got in touch with Medical Tourism Corporation and hired their services for her and her mom’s sleeve gastrectomy in Costa Rica.
“I was looking for something affordable, something ‘do’able for us. Medical Tourism Corporation gave us three price quotes: two for Mexico and one for Costa Rica. We chose Costa Rica for weight loss surgery because that looked the best to us. We saved about 40% on the cost of gastric sleeve in the US,” Debra says.
Apart from the obvious low cost of bariatric surgery in Costa Rica, the other reason why Peggy chose to go abroad was that she was not eligible for gastric sleeve in the US, owing to her age. The cut-off age for weight loss surgery in the US is 60 and Peggy was already 70 when she decided to go for sleeve resection surgery.
“The people from Medical Tourism Corporation who we were dealing with were very forthcoming with information. I asked them a lot of questions, maybe 30-40 in all, as I had friends and my brother, who is a doctor, sending in questions. But they answered all the questions to my satisfaction,” says Debra.
“The Costa Rica hospital was excellent, clean and modern with all the up-to-date equipment. The staff was very courteous, professional, and spoke English. If someone didn’t speak English, there would always be an interpreter around.”
Peggy and Debra were accommodated in spacious patient rooms that had a sofa-bed for a companion. As they had minimally invasive gastric sleeve surgery, their stay in the hospital was very short: they left the day after surgery.
Eleven months later, Peggy and Debra are now enjoying the fruits of a successful bariatric surgery, with Peggy having lost 55 pounds and Debra 80. Their weight-related problems have improved drastically. Peggy takes very little medication for cholesterol, diabetes, etc., and Debra is pretty much off it.
Debra’s dad, Ellis Berg, had accompanied them on their medical trip to Costa Rica. While there, he decided to check out the dental clinic. Impressed by the level of cosmetic dentistry in Costa Rica, this ex-US government official got his dental bridges, dental crowns, and dental implants in Costa Rica at a huge discount.
“My front teeth were not pretty at all and I would feel embarrassed when I smiled. I took twice as long as everybody else took to eat. But now it doesn’t bother me. I show my teeth when I feel like,” Ellis says, baring his perfect teeth.
Ellis had a tooth that had broken off and his US dentist had said that pulling the tooth was the only option. When in Costa Rica, Ellis was delighted that the dental surgeon over there said that the chipped tooth could be fixed with a dental implant and did it for him.
Also, the Costa Rica dentist attached Ellis’s old dental bridges, which needed some restoration, to the tooth with the dental implant, making it all a composite part.
His smile has a 100% makeover now with dental crowns for his front teeth.
Thanks to the fact that top dental clinics in Costa Rica have their own lab where their technicians make dental prostheses like dental crowns right there, dental treatment in Costa Rica is expedited to a great degree.
So, not only did Ellis save about 40% on the dental crowns and dental bridges in Costa Rica, but he also had them done in record time.
All in all, this family from California is very satisfied with their cost-saving and high quality medical and dental trip to Costa Rica.
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Question by Happymom13: Is Costa Rica a safe travel destination for a family with young kids?
We’re thinking of traveling to Costa Rica this summer (couple with kids ages 4 and 7). Is this a safe destination? Are there specific areas or activities that are most recommended? We’d love to try a “green” hotel, near the beach and rainforest. Any suggestions would be helpful. Thanks!
Answer by sweetmommy
We rented a house on the Osa last year with my 2 girls and it was amazing. Try Lapa Rios or Bosque del Cabo. There are incredible places there and your little ones will love the monkeys, macaws, butterflies & beaches. It is very safe and clean. You do need to watch for scorpions & snakes but a little common sense will suffice.
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Question by Dorothea Isis: How supportive is a host family as a homestay in Costa Rica?
I am traveling to Costa Rica from Central Europe next month and I would like to know more about Costa Ricans, their family lives, habits, behavior.
Everything which is unusual for a European and could seem like to be a challenge to get used to in the beginning.
Thank you for your time and help!
Answer by pancakes
I stayed with a host family in CR. It was a large family, 11 people, including babies and grandparents and aunts, and it was a wonderful experience. I am from the US, but I don’t think there was anything huge that I would consider ‘unusual’. Hmmm, the only think I can remember is petting their dog when I first arrived. They don’t touch dogs because they just consider them dirty, which is true, but they still have them as pets and feed them and all that, just don’t pet them. Have fun!
p.s. Expect to eat lots of gallo pinto (beans and rice) – yum!
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Nosara, Costa Rica (PRWEB) May 10, 2010
Safari Surf School, Costa Rica’s premier surfing school and camp, is offering a new “Family Surf & Save” package as well as reduced seasonal summer prices for all visitors beginning May 1 and ending August 31.
While seasonal summer rates already offering significant discounts on single and double occupancy packages, the new special delivers fully customized itineraries that will offer families of four or more a discount of up to 20 percent off normal family rates. That equals a savings of up to $ 1200 on 7-day family surf packages.
“A family vacation learning to surf will be one of those summer trips that’s remembered forever,” said Tim Marsh, co-owner of Safari Surf School. “This new package is designed to help make this a more affordable adventure, too.”
In addition lodging, meals, transportation and surf lessons from ISA (International Surfing Association) certified instructors, there are numerous activities nearby for non-surfers in the family. These include deep-sea fishing, horseback riding, zip-lining, yoga, massage, nature tours and much more along Costa Rica’s scenic Pacific Coast.
Full Family Surf & Save packages also include:
Round-trip transportation from Liberia or San Jose.
Ground transportation in and around Nosara.
Lodging for seven days and seven nights.
Breakfast and dinners daily.
Two surfing classes and equipment daily (maximum three students per instructor).
Massage and/or yoga sessions.
Professional photos and videos of guest surfing session.
Safari Surf School T-shirts and other extras.
“We attract plenty of accomplished surfers with the great waves here near Nosara, but this area is particularly nice for families because of the especially safe surf conditions; relaxed, nature-related activities; and safe, un-crowded, kid-friendly atmosphere,” Marsh said.
Pricing for an all-inclusive week-long family package begins at $ 3990. Prices are even lower for families with children under the age of 12. For more details or to customize a family, group or individual package, visit www.safarisurfschool.com or call toll-free 866-433-3355.
About Safari Surf School
Founded by brothers Tim and Tyler Marsh in 2000, Safari Surf School is Costa Rica’s premier surfing school and camp. In addition to surf lessons from ISA certified instructors, Safari offers complete vacation packages including a range of accommodations, dining, transportation and numerous other activities such as fishing, zip-lining, nature tours, yoga, massage, horseback riding and more. The school is located at Playa Guiones near Nosara on Costa Rica’s Pacific Coast. Business and administrative operations are based in San Diego, CA, U.S.A. For more information, visit www.safarisurfschool.com.
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Question by Debbie A: What part of Costa Rica is best for family travel?
Have you been to Costa Rica? My family is planning a trip – we have two teenagers who love the rainforest, animals, riding quadrunners, snorkeling. We would ideally like to rent a home there as we may be joined by another family. Any suggestions would be appreciated and thank you!
Answer by Mary P
Lots of beautiful sections to visit. Check the itinerary of tour groups for special places to visit on your own. Just be sure that you rent an all terrain vehicle, as most of the roads are terrible.
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