Does anyone have thoughts on doing a day trip to this Reserve from La Fortuna?
I've done some reading and would like to try and squeeze this into an 11 day trip to CR at the end of April.
Thanks! The VT members have been so very helpful!
My name is Anna (29), I'm from Latvia.I'm very interested in scuba diving (I have never done it before,only in aswimming pool) and I'm studying now in order to get NDL certificate. Could you,experienced divers, help me!
On the 26th of June I (without my husband because he cannot swim) would like to dive with scuba at Cano Island. As I will dive in tropical waters for the first time in my life (I'm honestly afraid), I would like to have a personal diving instructor who will dive with me, help me and show me everything. Could you please advise me an appropriate and good diving center in Drake bay /u(may be together with a hotel) and diving instructor or even several instructors in case one of them is busy.
Besides, I have read that near Cano Island ther are a lot of tiger-sharks...I'm really worried about this fact. Are these sharks really dangerous, are they many? What is their usual bahaviour towards scubadivers?Was there any case when a diver suffered somehow from a shark in Costa Rica and especially at Cano Island?What could you advise so that diving would be less dangerous (where exactly at Cano Island would be better to scubadive, how deep and how far from the shore? What to do if a shark is coming closer and wants to attack (I have heard that one should go closer to the reef and then start continuously swimming up, but as far as I can see when one will be on water surface, the shark can easily attack)?
I have heard also that there exist a special repellent against sharks (copper acetate).Is it possible to buy it, where; do you use something like that?
What about diving equipment,is it safe? Is high-pressure hose often torn?
What about coral reefs at Cano Island?Are they very sharp? What if I accidentaly be pressed to them, will I be seriously injured?
May be you could also say about dolphin watching at Cano Island. What firm would you advise to choose for that (what about http://www.drakebay.info/1.htm)? What kind of boat do they sail with (is it big,comfortable and safe)? Do they offer lifejackets?
Thank you for answering in advance
Does anyone know how long the drive from Dominical to Quepos is, and how long the drive from Dominical to Drake Bay?
We will be in Costa Rica from April 17-27. I know the turtle nesting season is more during the summer months, but is there any opportunity to see the turtles during this time period?
My friend and I are arriving and leaving in San Jose, and have 12 days total. Our first 4 days are in Arenal, then we have 3 undecided days, then 5 in Puerto Viejo before we leave.
Can anyone recommend a place to go that would be nice to see, in between Arenal and Puerto Viejo, but wouldn't add a lot of travel time?
I have been doing a bunch of reading on Costa Rica, and it seems that the beaches in CR are nice, but I shouldn't expect Caribbean beautiful beaches. My frame of reference is the beaches in Barbados were stunningly beautiful, and the beaches in Tobago were nice (but not as beautiful as Barbados).
If anything, people come to CR for the wildlife, flora and fauna, not necessarily the beaches.
Is this a correct assessment?
If not, what are the most beautiful beaches in CR that you would recommend for beginner surfers or snorkellers?
where to stay for a reasonable price and drive time between the two places?
My boyfriend and I have 10 days in CR, and had the following very loose itinerary in mind:
-1 day in San Jose
-2 days in La Fortuna/Arenal
-2 days in Monteverde/Santa Elena
-2 days in Manuel Antonio
-not sure about the remaining 3 days. Perhaps Montezuma, Cabuya, Guanacaste, Tortuguero, Samara, Cahuita or Jaco?
We're thinking of flying into San Jose and out of Iberia back to Canada to maximize distance and time.
We've got 2 questions:
1. How would you suggest we get around (ie. transportation (including how long it takes to drive, fly or bus), and which order would you visit the places in?) to the various places we've listed?
2. What do you suggest for 3 days, based on the other places we plan to visit? We really enjoy outdoor activities, we hate resorts and overdeveloped cities, don't really plan on laying on beaches (although we would like to see beautiful beaches, if available. We understand that the beaches do not rival those of the Caribbean), love places with character, we're in our 30's, and it'll just be the two of us.
Thank you in advance!
Hello Travel Experts, Just looking for any relevant feedback for our plans in Costa Rica as part of a RTW trip starting in Feb of 2015. Because our time in Costa Rica is part of a 6 month world trek our budget is limited. Here is our planned itin.
Day 1 – Depart for Detroit Airport to San Jose Costa Rica
Take free shuttle to nearby hotel – Hotel Brillo sol.
Day 2 – Time to Explore the nearby city of Alajuela or into San Jose
• Las Musas waterpark, Teatro Nacional – tickets.
Day 3-6 – Either rent car or take public bus to Tree Houses Hotel (Frog, Sloth, or Toucan – includes breakfast for $85-98 per night for 3 nights stay).
• Day trips to Arenal national park
• Proyecto Asis – animal reserve
• Alberto’s horeses tour
• Ecoglide Arenal park, paradise hot springs, Rio Celeste falls and hike
Day 4-6: Rent car if haven’t already done so and make drive around Lake Arenal to Monteverde for 2 night stay.
• Cloud forest hike and explore with guide
• River float tour and/or zipline, hummingbird gallery
Day 7 – 10: Transfer to Manuel Antonio for last three nights
• Boat tour Damas Island sanctuary, Hike trail loop around cathedral point, beach
Depart from San Jose
Like the idea of taking a public bus to La Fortuna from Alejuela or should we just rent a car for the whole trip?
From Cost perspective we do need to fly into San Jose but we could leave from Liberia so should we go to Guanacaste area instead of Manuel Antonio?
Our kids will be 10 and 12 years old. Any feedback is very welcome.
How do I get from Tamarindo to Playa Brasilito by public bus
Hi to all!
I’m working on a solo, low budget trip to Costa Rica, flying there after 3 weeks, and plan to travel around, about 10 days (before/ after I cross to Nicaragua, for a couple of weeks+ there also).
This is a revised plan, after an earlier question, now focusing to jungle - volcano destinations and limiting the initial area, to make it more realistic – so in 1 month I’ll travell between San Jose and SW corner of Nic/a, up to Leon. Regarding CR, Sarah, Emily and more VTers gave me some good ideas earlier for Manuel Antonio and for various beaches, I hope not to overload the information capacity here by asking now!
After the initial research, it seems then, that CR is not generally a low budget paradise (!) to suit well my wallet, but I’d still like to see something good from it, so I’m looking for nice spots with forest and/or volcanoes, to get a good and true feeling of the country (nature, people) without the expensive eco-lodges, river rafting agencies, taxis, packages of any kind…. These amenities could make a great trip also, no doubt, but cannot do it.
So, best would be, if possible, to get at places by public transport, hike around independently (where it is safe and have clearly marked trails), hear the birds, see the animals, smell the forest, ride (public) boats …
Adrenaline sports, adventure parks, nightclubbing and drinking are not my thing, anyway.
Some ideas I’d think to try, are: Poas, Sarapiqui, Tortugero, Manuel Antonio… so many others…
I’d go for areas relatively easy to fit in the limited timeframe where/if effective public bus or boat transport exists, and more near to the central - upper part of the country, so, to be closer to Nic/a. The famous Corcovado is too south for me, and more expensive than before, with the new rules for obligatory guides.
C.R. has obviously many superb destinations, and I’ve got tempting recommendations from guidebook and forum, but seems they many times involve obligatory use of expensive services (travel agencies, guides, private transfers, upmarket accomodation etc), and venturing solo, makes things even more expensive. So I’m looking for some more relaxed situations, backpacker friendly….
Sleeping in hostels / simple hotels, eating at average (still, safe) restaurants, etc, is definately fine.
A budget of about $ 300-400 /week would be good news for my pocket…
It goes without saying that the trip wouldn’t worth, if it was an exile to an insignificant place, just to achieve the low budget aim… The idea is to see some good stuff, yet the small budget, if could be done.
Your recommendations would be … gold to me!!
Many thanks, happy travels !
I'm trying to plan a trip in a few months, but have no idea what part of Costa Rica I should visit? I'd like to be around beaches, diving, and general site seeing, excursions. I'd like to just be in one major area and not have to pack up and move about.
Hello, in two months I will go to Costa Rica for holiday. Below are places that we will visit. Hotels and transfers between cities are booked, but we are looking for excursions in those places. Can anyone recommend nice excursions or places to visit? We travel by shuttle bus, so it has to be on walking distance or tours that we can book.
- San Jose (night + morning)
- Monteverde (full day + next morning)
- Arenal (full day + night)
- Cahuita (afternoon + night)
- Bocas del Toro (2 days, three nights)
- Puerto Viejo (afternoon + night)
- San Jose (afternoon + night)
In San Jose we will walk around in the city and do some sightseeing. I guess I will find some interesting things on internet.
For Monteverde we are thinking about a full day canopy tour + hanging bridges and hummingbird or butterfly garden. And perhaps a night tour, although I don’t know if this is similar to the walk near the hanging bridges.
Arenal is completely open. Could be a volcano hike with visit to hot springs, but which of the hot springs? Or perhaps a visit to Cano Negro Wildlife Refuge.
Cahuita: no idea yet
Bocas del Toro: I red about a day trip to Dolphin’s Bay, Coray Cay and Red Frog Beach.
Puerto Viejo: no idea yet
I hope someone can give some advice or has other good suggestions.
I am going to spend the month of march in CR..should I pack some jeans, a sweatshirt or a jacket for the evenings/nights?
I am a woman in my mid 50s, i have traveled in tropical countries before and I know 19C at night can be pleasant or sticky depending on the humidity.
I am planning to visit CR by April with my wife.
We are senior citizens from India interested in exploring the history and culture and need guidance from fellow VTs the best itinerary for 3 days.
Thanks in advance
We are planning a trip to Costa Rica-arriving March 29, 2014 for 12 days and 11 nights. I have received tour options (rental car trip) from a few agencies. One suggests Tortuguero for 2 1/2 days with Arenal, Monteverde, Manuel Antonio. Another agency says that this is not a good time of year to visit Tortuguero. Please share your thoughts and suggestions. This is our first visit to CR. Thanks.
I’m going to Costa Rica next month for a ten day - 2 weeks (low budget ?) trip, and have just started researching via forum and soon guidebooks.
I’ll fly to San Hose and will venture around the country, and then will also go to Panama and/or possibly Nicaragua if time and costs permit (and will ask at those forums for some tips later).
Could you suggest some nice spots to visit in Costa Rica, which can be enjoyable and doable at low budget?
So, resorts and travel companies, are out of the question…
It seems to be high season and carnival time, so prices won't be at the low side I'm afraid... but will try to find a way in the middle...
I hope to move around with public transport, stay at simple hotels/ hostels, walk around cities and villages, have some daytrips to nature from there, possibly on our own with other travelers, or with the help of a local guide etc.
My interests would be beaches, culture, villages, forest, volcanoes… well, maybe too ambitious for backpacking? We’ll see…
Many thanks-looking forward to your suggestions, happy travels to all!
Hey guys and gals, I need some help coming up with an itinerary for 10 days in Costa Rica. First of let me give you all some background so you can get a feel for what I enjoy. My wife and I are both in our late mid 20's, no kids and live in California. We love to do all things outdoors and love trying new things and going on adventures. I feel like I just filled out an online dating profile......Anyways we have traveled a bit over the last few years, making it to a few parts in Mexico, some Caribbean islands, Belize, Fiji, and each of the Hawaiian islands a few times. Through these travels we have found many things that we like and many things that we have not. Starting off with the diving, obviously that is one of the best parts of the trips and I feel it will be hard to beat what we saw in Fiji and the Rainbow reef and shark dive. We love all of the "off the beaten path" non tourist stuff that we found in Belize and Fiji. I did find that Mexico and the Caribbean islands we went to were just too touristy and everything was overpriced because ship loads of people show up to snorkel and zipline. I loved that I was able to explore the country in Fiji and Belize and still feel safe yet have a sense of adventure because of the culture. We're not huge fans of big cities while on trips either. Hawaii has been amazing each time we have been there but we want to try someplace new. Like I said before we love to dive, fish, snorkel and pretty much do anything in the warm ocean water. That being said, we also loved spending time in the jungle of Belize and seeing all of the wildlife and doing the hikes(most of which aloud us to be the only ones on the trail). So a good mix would be awesome. Lodging should be nice but doesn't have to be 5 star. Pretty much we want to do lots of stuff besides just sit on a beach and have a great adventure doing things we will be talking about for years to come! Anybody that has good experience in Costa Rica please feel free to chime in. We don't care whether we fly into Liberia or San Jose and most likely we will be renting a car to allow us to move around at our leisure. We will most likely be staying in the north since we are limited on time but I'm curious if Manuel Antonio could be a possibility to drive to. So anything really helps here guys…….Hotels, places to eat, great dive spots! Thanks!
While staying in Manuel Antonia, Cost Rica would you recommend staying in a Hotel or a Villa?
We are Richard Henriet and Julius 4 Years old from the Netherlands
We are planning a trip for our holliday Juli, august
Costa Rica is also on oure list. we have heard that Costa Rica is expensive.
oure plan is to make a round trip and travel allong the coast.
Tips on where to stay and eat are more than welcome
Hi Traveling ( 2 families) 8 ttl people 4 adults 4 teens
Going end june -Got the airfare already flying into SJO and out of Liberia
9 nights -
Trying to stick with only 2 home base destinations and day trips ( maybe need to stay near airport sjo/ liberia for both travel dates-I am thinking )
Have heard Manuel Antonio - or Guanacaste good spots for a few days
Arenal area for 3 days or Monteverde ? should it be a different place? open to sugg's
objective of trip-
first half fun / adventure- busy- zip lines-steam baths-cool adventure
2nd half nice resort - relaxed -but still fun
I would appreciate suggestions-
does anyone know this tao bar in san jose?
What sort of information do I need if I am going to be kayaking to Bocas Del Toro from near Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica.
Can I get an exit stamp from Puerto Viejo?
Where Do I get my entry paperwork stuff in Bocas, if I tie up to a marina, could they help out with the paperwork?
This might seem like a crazy adventure, but I've done lots and lots of trips like this in Alaska, with a tent and a Kayak... I am skilled in this endeavour. However do not know the legal mumbojumbo and need a little help.
Any recommendations on nice, clean, yet best budget hotel in santa teresa in guanacaste, costa rica?
After a long hesitation, I finally made my mind: first time I set foot in Central América (never been in "South", and little in "North" anyway...), I choose C.R. because I need some nature trip, a bit of beaches, forest, volcanoes.... I have no other choice than july-august, weather wise but I know what to expect (many trips in equatorial and tropical areas in this season...), still I find it very difficult to establish an itinerary. I'm thinking of a loop around the country (I would like to see the northwestern Pacific coast as well as Tortugueros, if possible...). Is it more suited to the season to head north west first, or is the direction irrelevant?
Not driving, if it matters...
Hi. We're using miles to fly to Costa Rica in late Jan/early Feb and I'm trying to make the most of the flight options available. Right now in/out of SJO is not an option, We can fly in/out of LIR or in to SJO and out of LIR. I've read La Fortuna and Tamarindo are both top choices for first (and likely only) visit to CR. A must is zip line (over rivers/gorges), white water raft or tube, and experience a good hot spring. We want to limit the amt of shuttles or drivers we need to hire (no desire to drive on our own). Any thoughts and suggestions are appreciated.
What is the best travel guide to buy for our visit to Cacique?
best car rental companies
Do we need a four wheel drive or will a compact/sedan be fine for a 10 day San Jose to Arenal and Monteverde area and exploring pacific coast 1st week of Jan.? thanks
are there taxis at the hotels? we will stay at Baldi will they have taxi service?