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?
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
where to stay for a reasonable price and drive time between the two places?
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.
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?
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!
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