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Thursday, January 1, 2015

Beautiful Costa Rica

Because of its location between the Southern and Northern American continents,  it provides the highest density of biodiversity of any country in the world
The rainforests of Costa Rica are among the most productive ecosystems of the world
One of over 1,200 species of butterflies to be found in the country
There are over 10,000 species of plants to be found here
As much as 25% of the country is protected for all of us to enjoy
Ecotourism is a growing sector of the economy 

There are three types of forests forests, topical dry forests and rainforests
Part of a Zen Garden i found on my travels
Parrot Flower
The entrance way to the park and an ominous looking dragonfly lol
Wild Bananas

Flowers of the Cocoa tree
Walking Bamboo

South Beach Miami

The Art Deco District was designated in 1979
The area contains over 950 historic buildings 
Always amazing at night with the neon lights 
The area takes in over 5,700 acres
South Beach is nicknamed SoBe
Population may surprise you.......just under 40,000
A hurricane in 1926 destroyed most of the area
Atlantic Ocean  here and the Biscayne Bay to the left of South Beach 
South Beach started as farmland in the 1870s, then in the early 1900s some local businessmen  acquired the land to build single family homes 
Once the bridge was constructed to connect it to the mainland .......the land boom began!

After the Pearl Harbor attack the Army Air Corps took command over Miami Beach 
To protect the Art Deco buildings from developers a group of activists formed a register of Historic Places
One of the colorful Lifeguard Stations part of Lummus Park
Ocean Drive is the street you want to be seen on in SoBe lol