Gary LaPointe

Gary LaPointe

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    I am in San Jose, and oher later in tCosta Rica through May and would like to find part time work. What is the best wciay to find temp jobs

    I've looked a bit and had no luck. And if you don't have a work permit, you could get kicked out. If you don't have a permit, I think it's one of those things to just ask around a bit when you get down there. If you find anything good let me know, I'm moving down there (I can take over your job when you leave in May!). Gary over 7 years ago

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    Best place to stay around montezuma in costa rica

    I think the best place to stay is the Montezuma Pacifico Hotel. It's a little place in the middle of town, but not on the busy road. It's next to the only church in town. A/C, hot water, private bathrooms, digital safe, WiFi, coffee and tea (in the mornings). Shared balcony upstairs and some rooms have a TV. And GREAT staff. There are fancier places but no one has the value this place has. http://www.openstreetmap.org/?lat=9.654991&lon=-85.067547&zoom=18&layers=M The number is +506 2642 0204 or +506 2642 0970. If you don’t speak Spanish, ask for Carlos. almost 8 years ago

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    I am planning a trip to costa rica. What are some non-touristic places with wildlife near the coast?

    On the pacific coast at the bottom of a peninsula there, near Montezuma, is a natural park called Cabo Blanco Nature Reserve that's supposed to be the most untouched park they have (you're limited to the paths there). It's a nice park, $10 to get in, open Wednesday to Sunday, 8 am - 4 pm. Some people will tell you it's only closed Monday, that is false, they will swear it and they are wrong; it was closed only Monday for years and they changed it a few years ago. Here are a few pictures I took there. The Montezuma area is awesome. My blog http://garysaid.com/tags/montezuma/ and my photo site of Montezuma and the general area http://montezumapacific.com/ Gary almost 8 years ago

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    Studying Spanish in Costa Rica

    Is that the geographic area that you want to be in? It's really touristy up there. But if you want Subway, that's the place to be :) Down by Montezuma (at the bottom of the same peninsula) there is a group called http://www.proyectomontezuma.org/ that seems to be doing a lot for the community. I know I've seen their staff working with local kids at the local elementary school (during regular hours) so I figure they're doing good (I might be mixing up my timeline, maybe they formerly worked at the school, but I don't think so). They're on Facebook too. The Montezuma area is awesome. My blog posts tagged about it http://garysaid.com/tags/montezuma/ and my photo site of Montezuma and the general area http://montezumapacific.com/ I just REALLY enjoy it down that way. There are a few other places down there too that offer Spanish, but I'd be tempted to start with them. They offer all sorts of classes. I'm planning on taking a surfing class with them next time I'm down there (next month). Gary almost 8 years ago

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    What is the best time to see wildlife and butterflies in Costa Rica?

    On the west coast, I rarely see butterflies outside. Unless they are escapees from from a nearby butterfly farm or while at a national park. I've seen them (but not in huge amounts) at the national park but no more or less than any other time of year (and I've been to the same one in December, February and April; possibly I saw less in December). I'd think animals have their own seasons. But I'd think more when it's not rainy season. Rainy season is July(?)-November (officially the "green season ends Nov. 15). I would say I've seen no more or less animals at specific times of the year; I've been to Costa Rica 12+ times (maybe 15?) At a variety of times throughout the year (usually November-May and one at the end of August / beginning of September). Sorry that it's not a very specific answer. about 8 years ago

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    A week long trip to Costa Rica

    Montezuma is a great place on the West Coast. Do you have your own car? If you're doing van shuttles or busses, the timings might not work out for Montezuma. about 8 years ago

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    What is the best way to get to Taramindo from San Jose Airport?

    Or else you can take a van shuttle $40-$50, generally door-to-door. But it's a long ride (but that's how I'd do it). Or I'd change my flight to Liberia, which is an hour from Tamarindo. about 8 years ago

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    What is the best way to get from montezuma, CR to monteverde?

    So @whalenvt, what did you end up doing and how did it work? about 8 years ago