February 26, 2011
Capital: San José; 1,085,000
Area: 51,100 square kilometers (19,730 square miles)
Language: Spanish, English
Religion: Roman Catholic, Evangelical
Currency: Costa Rican colon
Life Expectancy: 79
GDP per Capita: U.S. $8,300
Literacy Percent: 96
Costa Rica Facts Flag
Located in Central America, Costa Rica has coastlines on the Caribbean Sea and Pacific Ocean. The tropical coastal plains rise to mountains, active volcanoes, and a temperate central plateau where most people live (San José, the capital, is here). The only country in Central America with no standing army, it enjoys continuing stability after a century of almost uninterrupted democratic government. Tourism, which has overtaken bananas as Costa Rica‘s leading foreign exchange earner, bolsters the economy. A quarter of the land in Costa Rica has protected status; the beauty of rain forest preserves draws more and more visitors.
Industry: Microprocessors, food processing, textiles and clothing, construction materials
Agriculture: Coffee, pineapples, bananas, sugar; beef; timber
Exports: Coffee, bananas, sugar, pineapples, textiles
—Text From National Geographic Atlas of the World, Eighth Edition
July 12, 2010
One of the highlights of luxury retreats at Villa Perezoso’s guests’ stays is being able to relax and allow our very own Chef Over prepare and serve them his magnificently prepared feasts. One of the only luxury vacation villas in Manuel Antonio to have its own full time chef, guests staying at Villa Perezoso’s luxury retreats are guaranteed to be pampered by the Villa’s full staff on par with services expected from a luxury retreats five star resort.
Many of you have requested Chef Over’s OVER THE TOP guacamole recipe…here it is at last! From Villa Perezoso’s luxury retreats kitchen to yours.
The secret, as you shall see, is Salsa Lizano, which you can buy in Costa Rica or better yet, if you forgot to buy it on your recent trip, you can order some from Amazon.com.
Hint: Make sure you choose perfectly ripe avocados and fresh lemon or lime juice. You can double this recipe if for a large crowd. And…guacamole freezes beautifully; just let it sit out to thaw (save the pit!).
Villa Perezoso’s Guacamole Recipe
2 ripe avocado’s
1 T finely chopped onion (we prefer white onions)
1 T finely chopped cilantro
1-2 T fresh lemon or lime juice (start w/ 1 and taste before adding a 2nd)
1/8 t sea salt
½ T Salsa Lizano
Mash up the avocados with a fork and add remaining ingredients. If not serving right away, be sure to save the pit and place on top of the guacamole to keep it from darkening. Serve with either store bought tortilla chips or better yet, fry up some of your own from corn tortillas. Mmmmm.
May 22, 2010
1. It’s the most photographed spot in all of Costa Rica!
2. Raft the Savegre river rapids with Rafiki Safari…the cleanest river in Central America..according to Wikipedia!
3. Enjoy a beach BBQ, Tico-style
4. Explore the wildlife in the rainforest of Manuel Antonio National Park.
5. Be mesmerized by the spectacular sunsets.
6. Witness pods of dolphins jumping out of the water while you catamaran alongside them.
7. Be a “perezoso” and do nothing—enjoy the sublime white sand beach at Playa Espadilla.
8. Revel in a dining extravaganza prepared by our Chef Over (must try his guacamole and tres leche cake!).
9. Sip a delectable cup of Costa Rican coffee at the famous Café Milagro.
10. Let the staff of Villa Perezoso pamper you and experience the best of Costa Rica firsthand.