My girlfriend and I are looking to go some where on the Pacific side of Costa Rica. Here is what we are looking for:
Nice beaches, jungle/nature - ability to do excursions, see monkeys, hike and so on. We don't want something so secluded that there is nothing to do at night but we don't need to be in the middle of a big city... About 6 years ago I was in Puerto Viejo, looking for something like that but hopefully with some better beaches. Please give suggestions for towns/areas and any accommodations. Thank you from Alaska
We will be in Costa Rica for 2 weeks between the end of January and the beginning of February.
We tried to plan a bit the itinerary and we came to this:
1: First night in San Jose, we will arrive late in the evening.
2:Organized trip to Tortuguero (it is maybe good to have something organized for the first days since we will have some jet-lag problems...).
3: Back to San Jose and flight to Puerto Jimenez (if we do not manage to fly the same evening, we will sleep in San Jose and take a plane the next morning).
4: La Leona ecolodge
5: Walk to Sirena
6: Walk back to La Leona
7 e 8: Rent a car and spend the two days on the coast to Puntarenas.
9: Arrive in Puntarenas, take a ferry to Playa Naranjo,and drive to Samara.
10 e 11: two nights at Villa Baula.
12 e 13: Poas volcano.
14: Back to San Jose, and then back home the next morning at 7.00!
- What do you think about our itinerary? Should we "move" some night somewhere else?
We are wondering if we should spend one more night at Sirena and one less at Poas.
- Corcovado tour: we asked at La Leona ecolodge and they can organize a guide for us for 120 $/day for the walk to Sirena. It is quite a lot... Can maybe someone recommend to us a "private" guide? Would it be cheaper?
- Always for Corcovado: do we really need boots?
- Car rental: What is the best option for a car rental, assuming that we are at La Leona?(Where? Which company?) La Leona suggested us: toyotarent, alamocostarica, solidcarrental.
- 2 days on the coast (7 and 8): some advice? What are the best places to visit? Where to stay?
It should be all for the moment...
Thanks a lot!
My adult daughter and I will be in the area the first week of January. She mostly wants to go to a beach. I want to take some excursions, and to swim where the waves will not knock me over.
I prefer simple lodgings; my daughter says, "No hostels." What can you recommend?
Hello. This will be my first time going to CR. I'll be going with a gf to celebrate our bdays. I need advise on places to go, rental car, lodging, etc. I think I planned too many places to visit. Here is the itinerary I came up with, please let me know what places I should leave out. Thanks :)
From San Jose Airport:
Drive to La Fortuna & Tabacon
Stay 1 night in Arenal Volcano NP
Llanos Del Cortes
Stay 1 night in Tamarindo
Stay 1 night in Samara
Stay 2 Nights in Santa Teresa/Mal Pais
-Taxi Boat to Jaco
Stay 1 Night in Manual Antonio
(1) Night in Dominical
Drive to San Jose, 6am flight out on 3/15
HI - I have bought my plane ticket, I will be arriving in San Jose around 9 pm Sunday - I do not have the use of a scanner so I cannot buy a bus ticket in advance (you have to scan in your passport) - This is unfortunate of course. I would like to go for the Tica bus as 3 am but that is dicey. Is the Tica office in the main bus station? Any chance it would be open around 10 pm? I think the Transnica office is elsewhere. Would they be open? I might spend all night without sleep and get nowhere. If I could check on the ticket situation on arrival, then go to a hotel if I cannot get a night ticket, after having secured a ticket for the morning, that could work. Are there other, funkier buses leaving for Liberia/the border during the night? Thanks, Jean
HI - because of crazy airline offers - and a late decision - I am planning to fly to Costa Rica from the States in order to get to Granada. Flying to Liberia is more costly, of course, so I am wondering if it is worth it. Is it cheap and not too much a struggle with luggage to get from Liberia to Granada? I could also fly into San Jose in the evening and then take a Tica Bus at 3 am, although I would be risking not getting a seat. Does anyone know if there is a Ticabus office/stand at the airport, or when the Ticabus office would open? Say I arrived around 9 pm, what would be the best place to hang out and wait? The airport is probably the safest but I would want to make sure I got on the Ticabus. Any adivice? thanks!
Hi! Looking for the most affordable/quickest way to get to Montezuma from San Jose airport for a family of 5? As well as return for the flight home! - Is it more efficient to fly into Liberia and travel to Montezuma from there or San Jose? Thanks
Read that a guy on a bike got shot in the arm with a bb gun as he was biking earlier this month. What is going on with the safety issue there and do we need to have concerns biking???!!!
What main concerns are there???!!!!!!
Does anyone know where to buy vegan protein powder near Liberia? I am running out of the Arbonne protein powder I brought with me and would like to find a supplement for making my morning smoothies. Thx!
I'm going to be spending this Friday-Sunday in Jaco. Any recommendations on places to eat or a good place to have a cocktail and relax?
What is the best way to get from Manuel Antonio to San Jose. My flight leaves San Jose at 7am and ideally I'd like to leave Manuel Antonio around midnight/ early hours of the morning so I can spend the day there and go straight to the airport. Could I get a taxi or private driver or will I have to leave earlier in the day and spend a night in San Jose
I am planning on booking a vacation in the arenal volcano area. The cost of private transfers from the airport in San Jose is $225 per person. Is there a more economical way to get to our hotel?
Is it safe for a solo female to go out to a nightclub in jaco?
I will be staying at the the Marriott in San Jose for 5 nights, and will be free during the daytime to use a rental to go anywhere within day-trip distance (for me, about 1.5 hrs one way) with a non-4-wheel-drive vehicle.
I'm interested in doing and seeing anything that doesn't require driving on bad roads or an intense hike, though anything that involves beautiful scenery would be put at the top of the list.
Thank you for any suggestions!
I will be visiting Jaco this coming weekend (Nov 8-10). Are there any good snorkeling spots on the coast within an hours-or-so drive from Jaco? Of course, the closer the better.
I've never tried surfing before, but it seems there are quite a few surf shops in Jaco. Any recommendations for a first-timer?
And if there is some not-to-be missed event this coming weekend, or something I should definitely see or do while there, I'd appreciate any info on that.
Have lost name and address of a small shop in the main street to the beach which specialises in silver set sea shells, as pendants etc. The owner is a young man from another part of central america, who works at a bench in the shop. Any suggestions anyone? Does a good map of the town or some kind of street view exist?
I've already done some investigation. At the moment I think I need an immuzation against diphteria, hepatitis A and also tetanus. This should be enough for three to four weeks. What about malaria ?
What about changing Euro in Costa Rica ? I`ve read that the Euro is not so popular in Costa Rica. Where can I change in San Jose or in the whole country ? Do I have to change first in US Dollars and then a second time in Colon ? I will be three nights in San Jose and then 2 weeks on a round trip organised by a travel agency. And the last days in Tamarindo.
are they available to rent?
I was thinking of a 250 dirt bike
I am unclear how far off the main highway the gated community of Hermosa Palms is...I gather it is a narrow dangerous dirt road into the area...can anyone comment on the road condition and how far off the main road that the gated community is? Thanks
We are interested in a wildlife tour that includes watching wildlife ,walk through the forest ,waterfalls ,beaches and a lunch.The Cruise ship is arriving at 7.00am and leaves Puntarenas at 19.00.We are interested in small groups only.
We are in our seventies and fairly fit.
Are foods and brands that we find in Canada in the US available in Costa Rica....items such as nice breads, cream for coffee, decent beef and chicken? And are prices less or more than in Canada?
With two friends (around 27 years old) I want to visit Costa Rica in March and travel there by shuttle bus. I have a couple of questions and hope someone can give me advise. We have 10 complete days in Costa Rica. We arrive and depart from San Jose. Further we definitely want to visit Monteverde and La Fortuna / Arenal because we heard good stories about that. We also want to have days at a beach destination, preferable at the end of the holiday. We're thinking about Bocas del Toro (Panama) and can book a 4-day trip for that. But we aren't sure yet. Also between La Fortuna and Bocas we've a couple of days left. What would be another nice destination? Puerto Viejo, Cahuita, or perhaps Samara before Monteverde and go from Monteverde to Bocas? Or perhaps another National Park? Which beaches are most beautiful? But during the day also have possibilities for excursions nearby (village to visit, hiking in a park, or snorkeling, ...) and in the evening a bit of nightlife like some bars or perhaps a club?
Schedule until now:
Day 1: flight with arrival in the late evening in San Jose
Day 2: San Jose - Monteverde
Day 3: Monteverde
Day 4: Monteverde - La Fortuna / Arenal
Day 5: La Fortuna / Arenal
Day 6: La Fortuna / Arenal - ???
Day 7: ???
Day 8: ??? to Bocas del Toro (from San Jose or Puerto Viejo)
Day 9: ??? Bocas del Toro
Day 10: ??? Bocas del Toro
Day 11: ??? Bocas del Toro - San Jose
Day 12: departure from San Jose
Day 13: back at home
Other ideas also are welcome :)
Hi, can anyone provide info for planning bus travel from San Jose to Talamanca Puerto Viejo on the Caribbean? We are planning to leave from the Centro Caribe bus depot and are wondering what that's like. Is it a large place with numerous bus companies lined up and offering different options to various destination at various times? Would it be best to try and reserve tickets ahead of time, or is it just as easy to walk in and purchase something? Are all the buses leaving from this station public, making a ton of stops all the way for a budget price? I've seen more expensive buses advertised for about $30 to $45 per person, do they operate out of the Centro Caribe?
Thanks for any help clearing up my confusion.
What would be the safest route to drive through central america to end up in Puerto Jimenez, Costa Rica. We want to enter into Mexico from Texas, assuming that would be the shortest/safest route to drive. Any suggestions would be welcome
Will be traveling with a five year old very active boy to CR in December. We are trying to figure out how to best allocate our our time there. We have exactly 1 week. Can someone please recommend us an itinerary full of activities but at the same time some relaxation too. The kid is heavily into animals, sports and marine life.
Hi everyone, can someone tell me how is the weather in Costa Rica in November? I might be going there November 4-10. I hear it rains a lot. Does "a lot" mean you can't go outdoors?
What should I be looking for to buy? How about food? What is the especiality?
Thank you very much for your help.
We are going to Costa Rica with our 2 little kids. we land in LIR (Liberia) and thinking of the following:
1. stay the first night in Liberia (anything to see in this area?)
2. drive to Manuel Antonio or to the Arenal for 4 nights
3. drive to Tamarindo for 6 nights. Stay on the beach and maybe take some day trips to explore the area
What do you say? any recommendation for such young kids (what to do and what to avoid)?
any thoughts of what will be better for us - the Arenal or Manuel Antonio?
Hi there my husband, myself and my two boys age 11 and 8 are going to Costa Rica from Dec 21-31==we will be spending 3 days in the arenal area and then a day at Monteverde and the rest of our time in Manuel Antonio--when we rent a vehicle should it be a 4wd--also what are some must see things that the boys would love--we prefer activities that are less touristy and allows us to experience the real costa rica--any tips or advice would be awesome--Thanks in advance--Paula