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Twin Vee Catamaran’s latest creation to debut in Miami » TCPalm.com

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Twin Vee Catamaran’s latest creation to debut in Miami » TCPalm.com.

Contributed photo<br />The Twin Vee 35 Mamba model offers increased speed, fuel efficiency, range and handling, thanks to hydrofoil technology. Boaters can take demo rides at next week's Miami Boat Show.<br />

Contributed photo The Twin Vee 35 Mamba model offers increased speed, fuel efficiency, range and handling, thanks to hydrofoil technology. Boaters can take demo rides at next week’s Miami Boat Show.

FORT PIERCE — The boat business sure isn’t what it used to be, but one Treasure Coast builder accepts the new world order and is looking to make it even better.

Roger Dunshee, owner and founder of Twin Vee Catamarans in Fort Pierce, is rolling into next week’s Miami Boat Show with a production boat unlike any other made before it in the United States. But for boaters to really appreciate what makes Dunshee’s latest offering special, they will need to look below its decks and specifically between its hulls.

The 35 Twin Vee Hydrofoil Supported Catamaran offers the affordable quality for which the brand has been known, but with innovation that truly sets it apart from similarly designed catamarans and even vee-hulled boats.

The new Twin Vee incorporates the technology of a stainless steel hydrofoil that supports a portion of the watercraft’s weight during operation.

“The performance of this hull is phenomenal,” said Ernest Denning, a resident of Islamorada who recently drove his Twin Vee from Fort Pierce to his home in the Florida Keys. “I’ve had 50 boats and this thing handles like a Porsche.”

Denning said he ran his boat, rigged with twin Suzuki 300 horsepower outboard motors, 220 miles for 5 hours and 45 minutes, averaged 39 mph and used just 150 gallons of gas. He said he owns a Boston Whaler 32 Outrage and his Twin Vee is larger, wider, faster and burns one-third the fuel.

Foiled again

Dunshee said it’s important to adapt boats to the needs of those who are actively boating.

“Adding the foil enables the guy who enjoys fishing to have longer range, run faster and use less fuel,” Dunshee said. “People aren’t giving up fishing. They’re just trying to find ways to be able to do it more affordably.”

Dunshee said the new Twin Vee is available in two lines, a luxury Mamba version and a more economical Twin Vee version.

New Catamaran Design Could Enhance Boat Travel

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Boat lovers will be traveling to Florida for the Miami Boat Show, taking place this year between February 16-20. While the recent tragedy involving the Costa Concordia may have thrown a shadow over cruise vacations, the boat show is expected to demonstrate the continuing allure of water for pleasure boat travelers around the world. A new catamaran that might revolutionize boat travel is among the most anticipated of the vessels to be displayed at the boat show, according to local news source the TC Palm.

Twin Vee Catamarans hopes to wow boat lovers at the Miami Boat Show with its catamaran design unlike any other. The 35 Twin Vee Hydrofoil Supported Catamaran utilizes stainless steel hydrofoil, which supports some of the vessel’s weight while out to sea. The use of hydrofoil makes the boat much lighter, thereby providing the user with a much longer range and better fuel efficiency.

Avid boater and Florida resident Ernest Denning compared the Twin Vee to a top-notch sports car, telling the TC Palm that he has ”had 50 boats and this thing handles like a Porsche.”

Compared to the other boat Denning owns, the Twin Vee is larger and wider, yet is faster and uses only one-third the fuel.

Michigan’s boat business is also finding rejuvenated success. According to The Detroit News, sales of everything from dock space to luxury yachts has increased in the state. Yacht club memberships are also going up, proving the allure of Michigan’s waters is up and coming once again.

Costa Rica – WOW!! Destination of the Year 2012

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• International magazines such as Travel Weekly, Agent @ Home, Travelzoo, Vacation Agent and Travel Pulse awarded prizes to Costa Rica as best tourist destination.

By: Tamarindo News Staff

That first Wow! that summarizes what the tourist feels when seeing the beach, a volcano, a forest, a river, or any other Costa Rican natural spot is granting our country recognition as the “Wow Destination for the year 2012.”

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The country’s potential has made it popular in the tastes of visitors, who stress the sustainability, quality of services and the many adventure options as its main attractions.

Prestigious international publications and internationally renowned media such as Travelzoo, Travel Weekly, Agent @ Home, Vacation Agent, and TravelPulse have simultaneously ranked Costa Rica as the best tourist destination.

read more at  Tamarindo Beach, Costa Rica Information Portal.

The Happiest People on Earth – NYTimes.com

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Hmmm. You think it’s a coincidence? Costa Rica is one of the very few countries to have abolished its army, and it’s also arguably the happiest nation on earth.

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 There are several ways of measuring happiness in countries, all inexact, but this pearl of Central America does stunningly well by whatever system is used. For example, the World Database of Happiness, compiled by a Dutch sociologist on the basis of answers to surveys by Gallup and others, lists Costa Rica in the top spot out of 148 nations. 

via Op-Ed Columnist – The Happiest People – NYTimes.com.

Costa Rica: the New Florida for Retirees? | Fox Business

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Tcosta-rica-surferhe Boomer is a column written for adults nearing retirement age and those already in their golden years. It will also promote reader interaction by posting e-mail responses and answering reader questions. E-mail your questions or topic ideas to thefoxboomer@gmail.com.

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Twin Vee 29 CC | Boating Magazine

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The tugboat trailed a solid set of wakes that stretched behind it by more than 6′ and there wasn’t much room for us to pass between it and the jetty. I started to pull the throttles back when the Twin Vee guy said I should firewall them.

How could I resist? We picked up speed and hit the first wave like it was a ramp (I may have even screamed), but to my surprise I didn’t lose any teeth when coming down because there was no hard impact to speak of. The deep, sharp hulls split the waves and reentered softly. In fact, once outside the inlet, I tried everything to make the boat pound or ride squirrelly, but to no avail.

How does the 29 CC fish once you’re at the deep? I glanced back into the spread and saw a clean and organized wake – no messy froth as you’d see on some cats. With a 9’10” beam and more than 120 square feet of cockpit space, your day should stay enjoyable even with a nagging brother-in-law at your heels. I was impressed with the twin forward rod stowage hatches that together can rack 12 assembled trolling rods with the tips running down 71/2′ tubes.

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via Twin Vee 29 CC | Boating Magazine.

Twin Vee Commerical Use: Sea Tow Boston – Reliant

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Sea Tow Responder

 

 

Sea Tow RESPONDER is a 26′ Twin-Vee Commercial Assistance Fast Response Towing & Salvage Vessel.  She is ACAPT certified and inspected by C-PORT, the assistance towing industry association of record, to perform Coastal Assistance Towing.

The RESPONDER was custom built by Sea Tow Boston in 2006 to meet the specific needs of an Assistance Towing Vessel in the waters of Boston Harbor. The twin hull catamaran design allows a very stable, fast and smooth ride through the close chop and confused waters often found in the Boston area. The RESPONDER was also designed to carry an astonishing amount of equipment in it’s jumbo pilot house. (see the list below)

read more at http://www.seatowboston.com/responder.html

 

Costa Rica, the best country brand in Latin America | The Costa Rica News

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Costa Rica is the best country brand in Latin America, says the seventh annual edition of the Country Brand Index (CBI), the global study of country brand strength by Future Brand, published last November 11th.

The CBI analyzes countries around the world in five main dimensions: Value System, Quality of Life, Good for Business, Heritage and Culture, and Tourism.

 

According to Future Brand, these are the factors that differentiate one country brand from another.

Costa Rica was chosen as the best country brand in Latin America due to its relatively strong performance across all five dimensions.

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via Costa Rica, the best country brand in Latin America | The Costa Rica News.

Hull Design: The Most Important Buying Decisions You Can Make in A New Boat

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from:  Coastal Angler; Hull Design: The Most Important Buying Decisions You Can Make in A New Boat.

Hull Design: The Most Important Buying Decisions You Can Make in A New Boat

Whether you use your boat in open water or protected areas, there is nothing else that will make as much difference in your boating pleasure as the design of your hull.

Much has been written about the different designs of V-hulls and certainly there is a vast difference in the performance and rise of these hulls, but almost without exception, a catamaran design hull will ride superior to any V-hull. It’s simple, catamarans ride better because they have two hulls. Think about this for a moment.The sharper and deeper you make a V-hull, the better it cuts through the water. The problem is, when you stop, the single V-hull boat rocks constantly because you are sitting on a point. Catamarans have much sharper and deeper hulls than V-hulls and they have two, which add to their stability, when either going slow or stopped.

But, all catamarans are not the same. So what is happening on a catamaran and why are they such great riding hulls? To answer these questions, we went to one of the leading power catamaran designers, Roger Dunshee, of Twin Vee Catamarans, Inc. He currently has eleven hull lengths in production and sells more power catamarans than any other manufacturer in the United States….exceptional performance with great fuel economy!Roger tells us his catamarans use a combination of both displacement and planing factors. The entry is very sharp and cuts through the water, while the remaining hulls lift to allow the boat the use of smaller engines, for exceptional performance with great fuel economy!

via Hull Design: The Most Important Buying Decisions You Can Make in A New Boat.

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Skeptical Review of Twin Vee 26′ Weekender

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The writer of this article takes a Twin Vee Power Cat skeptic on sea trials with a “large tropical storm..pushing through.”  The skeptic was so impressed with the performance he went on to purchase a 26 ft Twin Vee!  The article below highlights his adventure on the seas and his conversion to embrace the benefits of the Twin Vee Power Catamaran!

Twin Vee 26′ Weekender- By: Matt Draper

Dec 30, 2011 1:04 PM

“I always felt that few things in this world were sexier than those long, sleek, over-powered, deep-v, center consoles that we so often see associated with the Southern Kingfish Association. You know the kind of boat I’m talking about – roaring across three foot seas at fifty-five miles per hour, while the motors are sucking in gas quicker than the cooling systems can suck in water. Even if I never fished again, just coming home to one of those beauties in my driveway would keep a smile on my face and prove to all that drove by that I was a force to be reckoned with in the offshore fishing arena.”

To continue reading about the experience of this writer on a Twin Vee boat click on the picture above, or click here

 

Check out the Twin-Vee Web site to learn more about all of the models they have to offer. www.twinvee.com

A special thanks to Marc Grove of Wefing’s Marine in Apalachicola for opening my eyes. www.wefings.com

The Mamba 350: A Stable Powercat – boats.com

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The Mamba 350: A Stable Powercat

A hydrofoil reduces rolling and steadies the ride at high speeds for this catamaran hull.

Most power catamarans deliver a smooth ride in rough seas, but some can be unstable while drifting, rolling in a jerky motion. And, at cruising speeds, some cats can be susceptible to yawing. A Florida builder is using a hydrofoil system in a 35-foot center console cat to reduce rolling and steady the ride at high speeds.

This bow-on perspective shows the double hull shape of the Mamba 350.

This bow-on perspective shows the double hull shape of the Mamba 350.

Richard Pike, president of Mamba Marine in Sarasota, introduced the Mamba 350 in March at the Palm Beach Fla., Boat Show, and I had a chance to drive the boat in Sarasota on a day perfect for a cat test: 18-knot winds with seas 3 to 5 feet. The boat ran through the white-capped waters of the Gulf of Mexico without slamming. I put the engines in neutral and positioned the beam to the sea to gauge stability. No snap rolls. And in a following sea, the Mamba maintained a straight course.

The hydrofoil not only brings stability but raises the running surface to reduce drag and improve efficiency, says Pike. With twin 300-hp Suzuki 4-strokes, the boat cruised at 39 mph, burning 19 gallons per hour, which equates to 2.1 miles per gallon. “That’s very good for a boat of this size,” says Pike, a former Wall Street investor who used to race small sailing catamarans.

In calmer water, the Mamba — built with a solid fiberglass bottom and vacuum-bagged, cored hull sides and decks — leaned into its turns in monohull fashion. Absent were the strong pulling forces common with some cats during high-speed turns — in other words, the boat goes to port, you go to starboard.

The Mamba’s hydrofoil design, called Hysucat, has been around since 1980, developed by Gunter Hoppe of South Africa. On the Mamba, the stainless steel foil is through-bolted into the hulls, spanning the tunnel, and doesn’t extend below the boat’s draft. A vertical strut also supports it.

 

Editor’s Note: Chris Landry is a staff writer for Soundings Magazine. This article originally appeared in the June 2009 Dispatches.

read more at The Mamba 350: A Stable Powercat – features.boats.com.

New York Times selects Costa Rica’s Nosara for list of places to visit in 2012

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New York Times selects Costa Rica’s Nosara for list of places to visit in 2012

Posted: Friday, January 06, 2012 – By Tico Times

 

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“With sandy beaches, warm, jade-green waters and rolling waves that rarely get too big, the remote jungle community of Nosara on the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica has become the ideal spot to learn to surf,” the New York Times wrote.

 

via New York Times selects Costa Rica’s Nosara for list of places to visit in 2012 / News Briefs / Current Edition / Costa Rica Newspaper, The Tico Times.

Costa Rica Real Estate Mega Project Moves Ahead In 2012 | Costa Rica News

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2012 is looking positive for the Costa Rica real estate mega development project in Playa Matapalo in Costa Rica’s Southern Zone.

After years of uncertain market conditions, permitting and a plethora of other hurdles, Hacienda Matapalo is set to go vertical in 2012.

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It was reported that the project sold over $60m in pre-sales of which were secured by world renown real estate securities closing giant, Stewart Title. Now, after years of preparation, investors in the Costa Rica real estate development, can begin to secure titles for their Costa Rica property and even begin construction given earlier this year, Hacienda Matapalo invested millions in infrastructure inside the project including an elaborate front entrance to give visitors their first taste of what’s to come.

 

via Costa Rica Real Estate Mega Project Moves Ahead In 2012 | Costa Rica News.

High Fuel Prices Fueling Demand For Twin Vee

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FORT PIERCE — As fuel prices on the Treasure Coast head north of $3 per gallon mark, fishermen and recreational boaters are bearing the brunt of the increase.

“We are selling more than the ‘Best Riding Boat on the Water.’ We are selling an affordable, fuel-efficient return to nautical activities, whether fishing or cruising, that can be enjoyed by the entire family,” said Roger Dunshee, founder of Twin Vee Catamarans, Inc.

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The popularity of Twin Vee Catamarans is not just a local or national phenom. Dealerships are springing up around the world as word gets out that the original Twin Vee quality and customer service is alive and well.

“We have dealers worldwide who are anxious to get their hands on Twin Vee. Our goal is to grow to meet the demands of all of our customers, no matter where they live, in a manner that sustains our growth and continues to make a positive impact on our local economy.”

read more at:  TC Palm

 

Costa Rica surpasses foreign investment goals

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Costa Rica surpasses foreign investment goals

Posted: Friday, January 20, 2012 – By Karla Arias Alvarado

During the first nine months of 2011, Costa Rica had a total foreign direct investment of $1.5 billion.

IBM plans to invest $300 million in information technology services in Costa Rica over the next 10 years.IBM lab 1ears.

 

via Costa Rica surpasses foreign investment goals / News / Top Story / Current Edition / Costa Rica Newspaper, The Tico Times.

Investing in Costa Rica ~ Including Recommended Projects

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This article highlights nine factors that are stimulating foreign investment in Costa Rica.  It points out a positive approach for foreign investment and incentives, the dramatic change in foreign trade and the positive political climate. Click on the picture below to read the entire text.

 

“It is known that the promotion and creation of ideal conditions for foreign investment is essential for the stimulation of exports. This also allows new technologies and creates employment. The Costa Rican government and its laws encourage direct foreign investment.”

From Costa Rica

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Projects that are Recommended by The Costa Rica News

1. Columbus Heights – Residential Development Playa Hermosa

2. Multi-Purpose Real Estate – Biofuel Farms Backed by Real Estate Title

3. Los Delfines – Tambor Residential Development Places, Seasons, and Types of Fish « Mar y Sol.

Costa Rica Fishing – Places, Seasons, and Types of Fish

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This particular link is a great resource for fishing in Costa Rica and what fish are likely to be in season.

 

Costa Rica is an anglers dream!
Costa Rica is an angler’s dream come true. The country’s Pacific ports and beach resorts provide access to some the best deep sea fishing in the world, while the canals and rivers of the northern Atlantic coast feature world-class snook and tarpon fishing. Billfish are the country’s biggest attractions, with abundant sailfish and marlin off the Pacific coast, but the fishermen also hook plenty of other feisty fighters, such as wahoo and roosterfish. Though deep sea fishing is the country’s forte, there is also has great fresh water fishing in Lake Arenal and the larger rivers in the Northern Zone, where anglers can fight with the small but ornery guapote, a hump-backed fish also known as the rainbow bass. Giant marlin, sailfish beyond number; highjumping tarpon, record closs snook an a dozen or more hard hitting fresh water species…

Costa Rica has them all! Fishing just doesn’t get any better than tou will find in friendly, pacefulCosta Rica and because this ia a small nation, it’s possible to enjoy it all on a single visit, perhaps with a day of with water rafting and a volcano and rain forest tour thrown in.

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800-passenger cruise ship docks in Quepos Costa Rica

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Posted: Friday, January 27, 2012 – By Karla Arias Alvarado

Last week, the Pacific town of Quepos welcomed its first 800-passenger cruise in the last 20 years.

The Pacific Princess cruise line brought 800 passengers to the Pacific port of Quepos last week. Courtesy of the Costa Rican Tourism Board

 

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Last week, the port town of Quepos on the central Pacific coast saw the arrival of its first large cruise ship in 20 years. With 800 tourists on board, the Pacific Princess stopped for the day in Quepos last Saturday.

Cruise ships never really stopped arriving at the small coastal town near the Manuel Antonio National Park, but in recent years the biggest ships to dock there brought 150 to 300 tourists.

The town is scheduled to receive 29 cruise ships between the period of September 2011 and May 2012.

 

via 800-passenger cruise ship docks in Quepos / News / Top Story / Current Edition / Costa Rica Newspaper, The Tico Times.

Surf and fish the winds of the Papagayo

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Every year in January the ”Papagayo Winds” arrive in Guanacastes on cue , as if directed by Spielberg or Scorsese. And for many, heavy winds at the beach and surf are somewhat of an annoyance. But for sport fisherman and surfers the mind races and the pulse quickens in anticipation of this epic part of the summer season here in the dry, sunny northwest territory of Costa Rica. Why? Because the “Papagayo’s” mean great sport fishing and awesome surfing here!

 

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The “Papagayo’s” are an annual meteorological phenomenon caused by colder, high-pressure weather systems that move southward from North America over the Gulf of Mexico and result in strong differentials in atmospheric pressure gradients between the cooler atmosphere over the Gulf of Mexico and the warmer, moister atmosphere over the Pacific Ocean.

This translates to good news for fisherman – and surfers – both here in Guanacaste and along the entire Pacific coast down to the Osa Peninsula in the Southern Zone. But in the windy Northwest, we have to stick closer to shore. White caps, chops and heavy gusts increase in size and velocity the farther offshore one goes fishing. It can get pretty crazy out there!

 

via Surf and fish the winds of the Papagayo.

Sport Fishing in Costa Rica

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PROMOTING SPORT FISHING AND MARINE CONSERVATION IN COSTA RICA!

Federación Costarricense de Pesca Turistica

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Choose Costa Rica For Corporate Travel | Costa Rica News

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Choose Costa Rica For Corporate Travel

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Costa Rica is becoming a popular destination for corporate and incentive travel. With its diverse climate and many ecological interests, it is a country that provides just the right atmosphere for growing and learning both on a personal and a professional level. Read on to discover the top reasons why you should book your next business retreat in Costa Rica.  Don’t forget to visit the different towns of this country by car rental Costa Rica, which has a lot to offer to foreign visitors.

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Costa Rica is a safe environment for professional travel, no need to worry about the personal safety and well being of your employees or members. Many of the stories of crime and danger are fabricated by the press and media and should not deter you from traveling there. Guided transportation is always recommended however simply because road and weather conditions can make travel difficult for those unfamiliar with the area.

Costa Rica has a special status as a business travel destination. Your corporate retreat is considered tax deductible if you are booking as a U.S. company.

There is a wide range of activities to participate in during off work hours. From simple sport fishing, golfing, surfing and just relaxing on warm sandy beaches to jungle tours, waterfall rappelling, and zip lining, it is all available here year round.

 

via Choose Costa Rica For Corporate Travel | Costa Rica News.

Costa Rica Sport Pezca | Costa Rica News

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Costa Rica Sport Pezca

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Marlin, sailfish, tarpon and snook … Costa Rica is a paradise along its 1280 kilometers of coastline in the Pacific and the Caribbean for world class fishing.

Costa Rica Sport Pezca

Costa Rica is one of the countries in the world with greater use of coastal, lake and river to meet fishing adventure tourism sports, as along our Atlantic and Pacific coasts are areas for fishing, considered the best in the world. There are places like Tortuguero, Barra del Colorado and Bahía Culebra. Sea fishing can be coastal or submarine at sea, lake fishing is practiced in inland waters and shores or river fishing, also practiced in banks or internal waters.

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The most popular areas are the Laguna del Arenal, Lake Cote, and the Cachi Reservoir.

River fishing is the most widely practiced by those who love adventure tourism in Costa Rica, places are plentiful and relatively short distances, allowing for fast and economic displacement. The method used for such activity, is similar to that used on the lake fishing.

The most popular areas are in our country for the practice is the area of ​​Puerto Limon, especially in the beds of rivers Pacuare, Matina and Tortuguero.

via Costa Rica Sport Pezca | Costa Rica News.

Orbitz ranks Costa Rica was one of the Top 10 Destinations in 2011

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Top 2011 International Destinations: The top three international travel destinations for U.S. travelers – Cancun, San Juan and London—held steady in the same slots as 2010. However, there was a bit of shuffling from 2010 with Paris moving up two spots to number four and Toronto climbing one spot to six. Additionally, Mexico had an impressive showing, adding three of its cities to the list.

Orbitz Insider Index: The Top International

Travel Destinations in 2011:

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1-Cancun; 2-San Juan, Puerto Rico; 3-London; 4-Paris; 5-Mexico City; 6-Toronto; 7- Guadalajara; 8- San Jose del Cabo, Mexico; 9-San Jose, Costa Rica; 10-Rome

via London, Austin and Chicago to be Travel Hotspots in 2012, the Orbitz Insider… — CHICAGO, Jan. 5, 2012 /PRNewswire/ –.

Costa Rica to gain as big countries go high-tech

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The Costa Rican Foreign Trade Ministry announced on Jan. 16 that foreign direct investment (FDI) in the technology sector from January to September 2011 totaled some $470 million, more than any other sector. Additionally the Foreign Trade Promotion Office said that $9 of every $10 of FDI in Costa Rica is invested in technology, and the technology sector added 7,728 new jobs in Costa Rica in 2011.

Telecommunications drew $384 million of FDI in the same period. Costa Rica is a major producer of integrated circuits used  in  many  computing  devices  (TT, Jan. 20).

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The minister said IBM will be looking to staff 1,000 digital-science jobs this year in Costa Rica, and he feels confident the country can supply enough capable bodies to fill those positions. Part of the Chinchilla administration’s plan for the development of science and technology is investment in human capital, hence, Chinchilla’s plan to invest 1 percent of GDP in education for the sciences.

via Costa Rica to gain as big countries go high-tech / Business & Real Estate / Costa Rica Newspaper, The Tico Times.

Costa Rica ~ The WOW Destination for 2012!

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International magazines such as Travel Weekly, Agent @ Home, Travelzoo, Vacation Agent and Travel Pulse awarded prizes to Costa Rica as best tourist destination.

That first Wow! that summarizes what the tourist feels when seeing the beach, a volcano, a forest, a river, or any other Costa Rican natural spot is granting our country recognition as the “Wow Destination for the year 2012.”

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Prestigious international publications and internationally renowned media such as Travelzoo, Travel Weekly, Agent @ Home, Vacation Agent, and TravelPulse have simultaneously ranked Costa Rica as the best tourist destination.

After several rounds of discussion and research, the online travel magazine Travelzoo, with over 24 million subscribers worldwide, ranked Costa Rica as the “Wow destination for 2012.” The publication noted that the country offers an amazing value for travel customers, due to the increase of airlines flying to the country, as well as the quality and variety of offers and accessibility.

For being a pioneer in sustainable tourism, the readers of Travel Weekly magazine named Costa Rica as the best destination in Central and South America in 2011. Costa Rica was recognized with the “Travel Weekly Readers Choice Award”.

The Costa Rican Board of Tourism was also rated as the best institution or organization of Tourism.

Tourism is one of the main economic activities in Costa Rica. In 2011, more than two million tourists visited the country, generating over 2,000 million dollars in hard currency.

via Tamarindo Beach, Costa Rica Information Portal.

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