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Trip to Costa Rica begins September 5th, 2016. Two pals, Chris and Thomas will be traveling together from Florida. Be sure to check back after the 5th.

The Taormina Hotel, downtown San Jose , will be where we will be staying our first days there in San Jose.

After many trips and staying in many Hotels the “Taormina Hotel” is by far the best spot for the single male traveler, although couples go there also and have a good time. It use to be called the “Mona Lisa”. The story go on….

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The Taormina Tour Desk

Friends and I have been on many tours by the tours offered at the Taormina Hotel and enjoyed them and the staff has always gone out of their way to honor all our wants and needs.

After a couple of days we rented a car and drove on to La Fortuna. La Fortuna de San Carlos is a small town in the north of Costa Rica. It is mostly famous for the nearby Arenal Volcano (1,633 m). The Arenal Volcano is a destination that brings in a lot of tourists. La Fortuna was originally called “El Borio” before the day of a huge eruption in 1968, when the volcano erupted to the east and destroyed all in its path, including two villages. El Borio (La Fortuna) is located on the west side of the volcano and was untouched. After the eruption of the volcano, El Borio was renamed “La Fortuna”, which means “the fortunate”, referring to the town’s luck during the eruption..

The road from San Jose 142 & 141 is very curvy with a lot of high inclines and after the trip you will be saying.. is there another way to avoid this road going back to San Jose, but there is not. It took us about 2 1/2 hours to get there. We met with some friends at the Lava Lounge and Café and had lunch. Michael Alan and his partner D’Angelo are just a couple of guys that fell in love with Costa Rica and decided to move from Las Vegas to live in La Fortuna. You can see many videos about what they are doing Here on this Website. We walked around and decided to stay at a rather cheap hotel for the night, The Luigis Hotel & Casino. Ok, it was 35.00 USD per night which included breakfast and we had a list of complaints that we did not mention but probably had the best view in town for seeing the Arenal Volcano. volcano1The picture here was shot from the Hotel. The trip back we dreaded because of the roads & as the driver I had to keep my eyes on the road all times and could not see the country like my passenger. We made it back to San Jose and returned the rental. Now we will be wondering or Mongering around San Jose for the rest of our trip, which is not bad.

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