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Michael Shames

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ADarwin: Darwin over Uluru

That's an easy one for me:  Darwin​(and the surrounding Top End) has some of Australia​'s most beautiful locations, including Kakadu​.  It also has aboriginal lands that are authentic to these people. ... See More

AAustralia: Looking for a long stay.

Lise, the people who have answered have given you some good advice about places to visit and the benefits of independent travel.   Australia​ is a very friendly and visitor-friendly country.  However, you should seriously explore your degree of comfort... See More

ACosta Rica: Driving in Costa Rica?

I've done a lot of driving in Costa Rica​ and it really all depends upon where you are headed.  The Pacific Coast has some good roads (e.g. between San Jose​and Manuel Antonio​ or the Guanacaste​ and... See More

ACosta Rica: Two weeks in Costa Rica: Go North or South?

May is actually a pretty dry period in Costa Rica​ -- but it can get hot.  So you either want to be by the Pacific Ocean or in the higher elevations of the Central Valley.  We LOVE the Osa​ -- lots of great ecoresorts (Bosque... See More

ATambor: Where to rent a cheap 4x4 in the Tambor/Mal Pais/Santa Teresa Area

You don't have too many options, in the Nicoya area.  Generally, we rent in San Jose​ and then drive down there (using the ferry to cross at Puntarenas).  You'll get the best car rental deals in the Central... See More

AAustralia: Where is the best wine tasting in Australia?

The answer is pretty simple:  the wineries around Melbourne​ are diverse and excellent.  Yarra Valley​ wineries produce some world class cool-climate wines, like chardonnay and pinot noir. You've also got Geelong​,... See More

ACosta Rica: Where would be the best place for a surf trip- CR, Mexico, or Nicaragua?

The surfing doesn't get a lot better than Matapalo Beach​ on the Osa Peninsula as well Playa Guiones on the southern Nicoya Peninsula​ in Costa Rica.   It isn't as cheap as Nicaragua, but Costa Rica's tourist infrastructure... See More

QAustralia: Hiring campervans Down Under?

Am looking for a reliable, customer-friendly but affordable campervan for hire out of Melbourne.   Anyone have particularly good experiences with campervan rental companies to share? See More

ASan Diego: Is a City Tour in San Diego a must?  In the age of Google Earth and online videos, you can see a city more effectively than on a bus.   Plus, San Diego​ is so large and diverse, that you are really best served by deciding what interests you. If you like history, a historical... See More

ACosta Rica: Is Corcovado open in December?

Rocio's answer offers a lot of good information   A few additional observations:  This is the year of a strong El Nino.  It may change the weather pattern normally seen in Costa Rica.   It may be worth checking out some of the forecasts to see whether it will be... See More

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