I just got back from Costa Rica and had a perfectly awful time there.
Maybe just my bad luck, or whatever, but I found CR to be one of the
most difficult places that I have been to, and I have done a heck of a
lot of traveling.
There seems to be a lot more impact from drugs coming into the country
from Colombia, and that may explain some of it. Sorry to throw a wet
blanket on your plans, but better to be forewarned than to be unaware.
You just have to be super alert at all times.
That said, the one thing that I did find of interest vis-a-vis jewelry
was the gold museum in San Jose. A bit repetitious and not very
extensive in styles, but interesting nonetheless. Otherwise, there
isn’t a lot of metal work going on in CR that I could see at any rate.
We stayed at the Hemmingway Inn. About $50.00 for a double. Ask for
the suite (all rooms are the same price). You might be able to do
better by checking around, but you could certainly do a lot worse.
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