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Costa Rica photo essay – Doka Estate Coffee Plantation

I love Costa Rica – the sun, the beach, the jungle all speak to me. This last trip, we spent time at the Doka Estates Coffee Plantation. Here are some of the pictures from that tour.


The Doka Estate is in Alajuela, Costa Rica. It’s about a 40-minute drive up the mountain from downtown San Jose.

There is plenty to do at the Estate once you’ve gotten your coffee fix.

The tour begins with a quick growing lesson. All the plants at the Estate are started and nurtured by hand on-site.


Eventually, the plants are big enough to go into the fields and produce coffee cherries.


All the work is done by hand. Each coffee picker fills this basket with coffee cherries to earn around $8 U.S. per basket.


After separating and drying the beans, they are bagged and shipped to various brokers throughout the world.


Here’s what coffee looks like when it’s drying.

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After the tour, relax on the balcony and enjoy the view!


Beauty on the California coast, adventure in Costa Rica, getaway to Summit County

The Arenal Volcano
The Arenal Volcano

Today’s deals include the lovely Asilomar hotel in Monterey, California, the Arenal Lodge near Fortuna Costa Rica, and deals at the Frisco Hotel in Summit County.

For anyone that loves the California coast, Monterey Bay is a favorite destination. Groupon Getaways has partnered with the Asilomar to offer discounted room rates through July, starting at $125 per night. This property is run by the California State Park system and several buildings were designed by Julia Morgan, the architect of Hearst Castle. The lodge hugs the coastline, within easy walking distance to the beach. The town of Pacific Grove is close by, where guests can hike the beach trails. For a bit more activity, head into Monterey and visit Cannery Row or the famous Monterey Bay Aquarium. Visit Groupon.com soon for more information and to book your California beach vacation.

With direct flights between Denver and J Santamaria International Airport in Costa Rica, Frontier has opened up this beautiful country to more visitors. Costa Rica offers jungle, beaches, cloud forests  and for folks who enjoy volcano watching, Arenal is the place to be. The Arenal Lodge is offering a discount on escapes, starting at $200 for three nights for two adults and up to two children in a garden room. Stay seven nights for $467. The Arenal Lodge has incredible views of the volcano, which still belches smoke occasionally. The grounds are lovely, and the food and service is delightful. Visit the town of La Fortuna, a short taxi ride away, go boating on Arenal Lake, and hike the jungle trails on the property. Visit Livingsocial.com by May 28 for more information and to book your Costa Rican getaway.

As anyone living on the Front Range knows, going to the mountains on the weekends is popular. So popular that getting home often takes extra hours. Why not just stay up in Frisco an extra night and leave in the morning? The Frisco Hotel is offering room rates for $89 Sunday through Thursday through June, and $139 in July and August. The package is for two adults, and includes a $25 credit to spend at the hotel. Frisco is a neat little town with plenty of restaurants and bars to choose from. Rent bikes or hike the local trails. Or take the short drive to Lake Dillon and spend the day on the water. Visit Travelzoo.com soon for more information and to buy your voucher.

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