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    • Coconut Grove

      Dominical Apr 8, 2014 at 5:13 PM

      Has anyone stayed at this hotel? It seems quite nice, and a good option (ie. meaning it's well reviewwed, around the $100 range and close to the beach).

      We're trying to decide between Coconut Grove and Villas Rio Mar, which seems like another great option.


    • Liberia to Samara March 27th

      Costa Rica Mar 23, 2014 at 4:48 PM

      I'm looking for someone interested in sharing a shuttle or taxi on March 27th 2014 from LIR to Samara. I land around 12:30 and plan on traveling straight to Samara. Thanks, Stephen

    • July 5th - 15th in Costa Rica, where to go?

      Costa Rica Apr 8, 2014 at 6:29 PM

      Hi. My boyfriend and I are staying the night of the 5th in San Jose as our flight arrives late, but from there I get a bit overwhelmed as to where we should go. The only thing we have figured out is to stay on the Pacific coast. He's been to Costa Rica before and spent time in Tamarindo/Liberia/Montezuma, so we're aiming south.

      Initially my thought was to rent a house/cabin (or whatever) in the Mal Pais or Santa Teresa area for the entire time and just take day trips, but the more I look into it I'm leaning towards Manuel Antonio, or splitting the time between the 2 places (Manuel Antonio and Santa Teresa). Is it feasible to do the latter? I've never been to Costa Rica so I think my perception of distance is a bit off.

      We're looking to mostly enjoy the outdoors on this trip (hike, surf, see some cool wildlife, relax, etc.). The ferry from Puntarenas to Paquera sounds like fun. Ideally if I could roll out of my bed and land directly on the beach that would be great. But we are in our late twenties and wouldn't mind some night life to socialize and make some new friends to party with a bit. That being said making Jaco our "home base" sounds too intense for us.

      Any suggestions are greatly appreciated! Thanks!

    • How to get there?

      Corcovado National Park Mar 26, 2014 at 6:40 AM

      how do you get from Heredia to Corcovado? Is there a some kind of trip possible? Since im travelling alone i would not mind a booked tour for 4 days or something.
      Thank you very much. I would not want to miss Corcovado but its very hard to get there.

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      Room in Nosara

      Nosara Apr 2, 2014 at 8:33 AM

      Hey All!

      I will be volunteering at a school in Nosara from September til mid November and am looking for a place to stay. I like having people around. A shared apartment or anything like that would be great. Any ideas on how to find one?

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      Month in Costa Rica--need guidance!

      Costa Rica Yesterday

      Planning to spend all of January, 2015 in Costa Rica....I have no idea what area/part of the country I should stay in and make my "base." I would certainly like to explore the country some, but mainly want to relax, enjoy the area I'm living in to get a feel for the day-to-day, and be able to walk/bike most places. I'm a 34-year-old single gay man. LOVE the beach and want to be close to one. Love dining. Love running, hiking and the outdoors. Love sailing. Love live music. Love people, but need my personal space--often. Don't necessarily care about the bar/club scene, though a night or two during my stay wouldn't be out of the question. I would definitely like to be able to meet others and/or have a couple beers/cocktails here and there. Essentially, I want to be around enough people--not isolated--but don't necessarily need downtown San Jose for 30 days either. Mainly using and for my rental search....not interested in a "resort." Something local, comfortable, and relatively safe for the solo traveler. Any thoughts or suggestions on cities/areas to focus my search? Any help is MUCH appreciated. Thanks! --Jacob

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      Has anyone traveled on Avianca Airlines?

      Costa Rica Mar 28, 2014 at 11:04 AM

      Just wondering if anyone has had any experience with this airline?

    • Costa Rica with injured knee

      Costa Rica Mar 24, 2014 at 1:23 PM

      Hi guys, I have planned a trip to Costa Rica end of May. Unfortunately I have ruptured my ACL in left knee. Till end of May my knee will recover but I won't have enough time for a surgery so I would have to travel without ACL. That means I'll be able to walk normally and taking stairs. But any non flat surface or unstable surface (as hanging bridges) could be a real problem.
      I will obviously remove all physical activity from the trip. The main thing for me is to see the nature. Do you think it still worth to go? Would I be able to visit all natural parks and volcanos?
      Thanks a ton!

    • is a car necessary?

      Dominical Apr 6, 2014 at 8:53 PM

      Hello, VTers! We have decided that we're doing 4 nights and 5 days in the Dominical / Quepos / Manuel Antonio area.

      We're trying to do it without a car, but I'm not sure if it would make things very inconvenient for us, and it's just not worth it do that area without a car.

      We arrive in Quepos via shuttle on the morning of Day 1, and we plan to go straight to Dominical. Would you recommend taking a public bus, or taxi down to Dominical from Quepos, if we don't have a car?

      Then we were planning on spending the day in Dominical and Uvita on Days 1 and 2. For Days 3 and 4, we were planning on moving up to Quepos and MA, and then we fly out to San Jose on Day 5.

      Would you recommend staying in Quepos / MA for the entire 4 nights, and doing day trips down to Dominical and Uvita? Or is a good idea to spend 2 nights in Dominical, and then 2 nights in Quepos? Do you recommend a car to do this? Or do you think that public transport is adequate? The bus from Quepos to Dominical seems to take 2 hours.

      Even in Dominical, it seems it's advisable that we have a car. We were hoping to find accommodations (around $100 per night) in Dominical, but I can't seem to find a good place right in town. The good places seem to be either over $150, or pretty shabby. The places that are reasonable and well rated seem to require a car, as they're just outside of Dominical (ex. Villas Rios Mar).

      What are your thoughts in trying to do this area without a car?

      Many thanks in advance!

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      From Alajuela (town) to Los Chiles

      Alajuela Mar 24, 2014 at 3:39 AM

      Hi all, I know that there are hourly buses from San José to Ciudad Quesada. I need to go early in the morning from Alajuela to Los Chiles to catch the bus to Caño Negro at 14.00. When and where does the bus leave in Alajuela? I will travel on a sunday, are there fewer buses?

    • shuttle from San Jose to Arenal

      Costa Rica Mar 22, 2014 at 1:26 AM

      Hi, All! Our flight arrives at 10:45am, and there is a shuttle (Interbus) that leaves from San Jose to Arenal at 2:30pm. We have set plans to go to Arenal after landing in SJO.

      We would like to buy our tickets for the shuttle, but are concerned that our flight may be delayed or something. We are thinking we'll just buy our ticket when we arrive at the airport, but do you think the shuttle will sell out? Is it advisable to purchase shuttle tickets beforehand?


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      Travel Partner

      Costa Rica Apr 17, 2014 at 3:39 PM

      I am a single traveler interested in finding a travel partner companion. So many places that I would like to visit penalize the single traveler and I am wondering if there is a source that is available for people like me?

    • lodging close to arenal volcano and monteverde cloud forest

      by ktmck Online Now Feb 25, 2014 at 9:09 AM

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

      3 Answers Mar 25, 2014 at 5:40 PM
    • Veggie Lunch Monteverde

      by Jakobbie1 Online Now Oct 1, 2012 at 10:16 AM

      Can anyone suggest a good spot for a veggie lunch near the El Establo Hotel in Monteverde? I've read good and bad about Stella's Bakery.

    • Monteverde In February/March

      by Jakobbie1 Online Now Aug 29, 2012 at 12:57 PM

      Planning a Costa Rica tour for Feb/Mar and plan to visit Arenal and Monteverde. What's the weather like?

      1 Answer Aug 29, 2012 at 2:20 PM
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      Hotel close to ziplining places?

      by ZeekLTK Online Now Mar 5, 2011 at 3:22 PM


      We're only going to be in Monteverde for one day - arriving in the morning and departing the following morning. We don't want to waste a lot of time going to/from stuff, so what are some hotels that are right by the cloud forest so that we can go ziplining, etc. shortly after checking in?


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      How many nights in Monteverde?

      by roamer61 Online Now Jun 1, 2010 at 5:58 AM

      Hi. I am planning for a trip to Costa Rica for next year. What would be the ideal number of nights for the Monteverde/Arenal Area?

      5 Answers Jun 9, 2010 at 10:42 AM
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      Zip lining in Monteverde vs. Manual Antonio

      by habitualwanderer Online Now May 27, 2010 at 7:08 PM

      Can anyone tell me what the difference between zip lining in Monteverde vs. Manual Antonio would be? We are sort of pressed for time in Monteverde and would prefer to do a hike to experience the wildlife and maybe spend some time on the suspension bridges. We would love to zip line, but are we missing out if we do it somewhere else rather than Monteverde?
      Any input is appreciated!


      1 Answer May 30, 2010 at 11:33 PM
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      Monteverde to Montezuma

      by habitualwanderer Online Now May 27, 2010 at 1:25 PM

      Hello Travelers,
      I am looking to find the most efficient way (time and expense-wise) to get from Monteverde to Montezuma. It looks to me like most of the bus options are once a day and in the morning. Does anyone know of any options that leave in the early afternoon? Affordable travel options are always appreciated! I am open to most modes of transportation, i.e. bus, shuttle, rental car, ferry, etc? From what I have read so far, I should expect around 5 and a half hours for travel time? Definitely looking for an afternoon departure!
      Thank you in advance for your thoughts & suggestions!


    • Day trip Arenal to Monteverde- Please Help!

      by LaurieD8 Online Now Mar 11, 2009 at 9:41 PM

      Trying to work a day trip from arenal to Monteverde.
      We want to work it that we leave our arenal hotel early am and get to Monteverde to do a guided hike and bridges....
      [we probably don't have time for a zipline but maybe somewhere else is just as impressive... near playa conchal or in arenal??]

      I know to go and return to arenal in a day is a lot but please someone help us make it happen!!!
      We have the idea we can do it but we have had no tour operator to help us make a day schedule.

      Please help!!!!!! Please tell us it is possible too haha ;))

      4 Answers May 3, 2009 at 12:56 PM
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      Transportation from Monteverde to Manuel Antonio

      by star8 Online Now Jan 2, 2009 at 5:51 PM

      We are planning on visiting Monteverde in March. What is the best way of getting to Manuel Antonio from Monteverde? Around how much does it cost? Thanks

      2 Answers Jan 26, 2009 at 9:01 AM
    • getting from Monteverde to Tortuguero

      by terrirob Online Now Nov 17, 2008 at 8:03 AM

      We are planning on visiting CR in Aug. and are planning on visiting Tortuguero, Arenal and Monteverde. We are a family of 4 with 2 kids. We were wondering if it is possible to travel from Tortuguero to Monteverde without having to go back to San Jose?

      Thanks. Terri

      7 Answers Jul 16, 2010 at 1:44 PM
    • Hotels

      by kllrtt Online Now Nov 8, 2008 at 1:07 PM

      Does anyone have an expierence in staying at Hotel Don Taco or Pie de Monte? Do you know if they are on the bus route?

      1 Answer Nov 11, 2008 at 6:27 AM
    • Ziplining

      by jwilson823 Online Now Nov 2, 2008 at 7:31 PM

      We are going to be in Monteverde at the end of December and would like to go ziplining while we are there. Is there a specific company that we should look into? Should we make a reservation in advance since it is high season? Any other suggested activities? We will be there for two days.

      3 Answers Nov 10, 2008 at 12:13 PM
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      Transportation from Monteverde to Samara?

      by Tom_In_Madison Online Now Sep 29, 2008 at 5:35 AM

      Trying to find a way to get from Monteverde to the coast by Samara. If I do the bus from there, where would it go? Seems everything I've found goes to or from San Jose.

      Is there a bus schedule/routes on-line somewhere? I can't seem to find one anywhere.

      1 Answer Nov 10, 2008 at 12:15 PM
    • Best Night Hike?

      by Graciej Online Now Jun 8, 2008 at 5:42 PM

      We plan to do a night time hike while we're in Monteverde and are wondering about your experiences with the various options. There are night hike options in the Children's Forest, at Selvatura, and in the Montana Forest (booked through a homestay organization) that we know about.

      Any experiences you can share?


      2 Answers Jun 25, 2008 at 8:40 PM
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      Affordable Accommodation?

      by dilydim Online Now Mar 30, 2008 at 2:20 PM

      We're going to spend a couple of days in Monteverde and need an affordable place to stay. I would prefer a small hotel/B&B. Hostel would do as long as there are individual rooms as opposed to dorm style. Our max budget is40-50 per night for two people.
      Since we're not renting a car I would prefer somewhere closer to the site.

      2 Answers Mar 31, 2008 at 6:35 PM
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      Arco Iris or Trapp Family lodge?

      by marlene76 Online Now Mar 12, 2008 at 12:48 PM

      Which lodge do you think would be better for 2 nights? Arco Iris or Trapp family? We are stumped. I liked the fact that Arco iris is next to the town and the price seems very reasonable, although after looking at the town in photos, the town really doesnt look all that appealing, but I could be wrong. We will have a rental car to get to town if we choose the Trapp Family Lodge. I like that Trapp has its own restaurant, cable tv and a nice view from the mountain suites, but then I hear it's very cold and windy. The problem I find with Arco Iris is that there are no screens on the windows and I dont know if that is going to be a big problem or not. Hopefully someone can help me make a decision, Im so confused.

      Would love to hear your input. Thanks!

      5 Answers Jan 16, 2009 at 8:21 AM
    • Cabanas La Pradera

      by lmangano Online Now Apr 17, 2007 at 9:29 AM

      I'm planning on booking our last three nights at Cabanas La Pradera in Monteverde in mid-May. Has anyone stayed here before? They offer fully equipped rustic cabins that look super cute online. The price is a steal too!

      Our only concern is getting to San Jose on our last day around 12pm. Our flight departs at 3pm. Does anyone see any big problems getting to San Jose in time to catch our flight?


      1 Answer May 1, 2007 at 5:07 AM
    • weather

      by JGottfried Online Now Jan 5, 2007 at 7:44 AM

      We are considering a trip to Costa Rica in June, but are concerned about going during the rainy season. Does anyone have experience traveling in Costa Rica at this time? Any advice?

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      Transport from Monteverde to Tamarindo/Coco?

      by amish Online Now Jul 3, 2006 at 4:04 PM

      Im trying to figure out how to get from Monteverde to Tamarindo in the afternoon. Looks like the bus leaves only in the morning. Even Interbus or Grayline.
      Thinking about taking a taxi to Tilaran and catching the public bus to liberia from there and then on to the beach.
      Anyone know a better way?
      Or how much a taxi from Monteverde to Tilaran would cost?
      I know that we could just get a private minibus for the whole trip that leaves whenever we want but thats like100. A bit too much.

      4 Answers Jul 10, 2006 at 1:57 PM
    • Vista Verde or Sapo Dorado?

      by Anjulis Online Now Mar 28, 2006 at 1:45 PM

      Where is better to stay with 2 children?

      Lonely Planet says Vista verde is the best but reviews complain about bad electricity and problems with hot water.

      I am confused. Does anybody have an opinion?
      Sapo Dorado is40 a night more but it is not important.

      2 Answers Jan 25, 2007 at 11:16 AM
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      Arenal to Monteverde

      by delnero80 Online Now Mar 6, 2006 at 1:15 PM

      What is the best way to get from Arenal to Monteverde?

      2 Answers Mar 31, 2006 at 10:43 AM
    • bartering

      by altatraveler Online Now Feb 22, 2006 at 7:55 PM

      This is a general question about shopping in CR, do you barter as in Mexico?
      Thanks for help we are heading to CR in 5 days.

      3 Answers Mar 31, 2006 at 10:48 AM
    • Directions from Monteverde to Quepos?

      by starleta Online Now Feb 7, 2005 at 2:09 PM

      I've got a rental car. Does anyone have any good directions from Monteverde to Quepos? I appreciate the help! Misty

      2 Answers Jul 4, 2006 at 12:44 AM
    • places for running (training) around Monteverde

      by wbu Online Now Dec 14, 2004 at 6:28 AM

      We will be staying in San Luis for about 10 days over the Chirstmas/New Year's holidays. Our son is a competitive runner on a track team and has a training regimen he is supposed to be following during the period we will be staying in San Luis. I think part of the plan is to work on some improvement during the period he is away from school. I received the following email from him. "I'm a little worried about fitting in runs down there. It's gonna be tougher cause I'm supposed to do some workouts there--tempo runs of a couple miles where it would be helpful to have miles marked (he normally keeps track of his time for each mile and has different target times for each mile of the run), and then some shorter stuff it would be nice to have a track for. I'm guessing I'll have to just go by feel and time." Do you have any thoughts regarding where/how he might best be able to accomplish this or whether he might be able to get some information/suggestions from someone there? Presently his longer run each day is about 7-9 miles. As I recall the Santa Elena/Monteverde road is relatively level. He might hire a taxi one time 9we won't have a car) and use the odometer to get some visual distance markers along the Santa Elena road. I don't think he is too concerned about these issues as he feels he is in pretty good shape and that he will probalby be fine as long as he keeps up his shape even if he can't exactly follow the training plan his coach has for him. Bill

      2 Answers Dec 19, 2004 at 4:31 PM
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      What tip is appropriate for guides in Monteverde?

      by elji Online Now Dec 3, 2004 at 7:34 AM

      Hi, we just returned from Costa Rica, and we had such a wonderful time! We went on a 3 hour tour in the morning at Monteverde, and our guide was terrific. However, I didn't know what I should give him for a tip! What is a good tip for 2 people (as a part of a larger group) to give to a guide at Monteverde? I heard previously that5 per person for a day is a good tip for any tour in Costa Rica, but this tour was only15 per person, so5 seemed percentage-wise like a large tip, but I wasn't sure. Also, do you know if people ever tip at the Frog Pond or Butterfly Garden? I didn't see anyone else tip, so I didn't either, but I would have been happy to give a small tip there too. Everywhere we went, our guides were very knowledgeable and fun. If you have any input, I just thought I'd ask, as other people who travel there may be wondering the same thing. Cheers,

      8 Answers Dec 22, 2004 at 5:49 PM
    • Hotel prices for Monteverde

      by luvdapug Online Now Nov 26, 2004 at 1:12 PM

      What should I expect to play for a really good room? Thanks!

      2 Answers Dec 2, 2004 at 10:54 PM
    • Hotel El Parador

      by digitaldisaster Online Now Jul 7, 2004 at 11:40 AM

      Is anyone familiar with this hotel? Also, we are going in August and wonder how bad the weather will be. Are we correct is assuming the mosquitos are pretty bad, and if so, whats the most effective repellent? I see people mention long slacks versus shorts - what should we take? Thank you! Bob

      3 Answers Jul 17, 2004 at 9:02 PM
    • Monteverde or Manuel Antonio

      by MerS729 Online Now Jun 27, 2004 at 5:28 PM

      I am going to Costa Rica the last week of August. Unfortunately, I booked it before reading about the right time of the year to go. I think I have narrowed it down to Monteverde or Manuel Antonio. Any suggestions? Or any other places I should visit? I only have about 6 days there. Thanks

      14 Answers Oct 14, 2005 at 12:09 AM
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      June in Costa Rica

      by rwpprior Online Now Jun 9, 2004 at 1:38 PM

      My wife and I are going to CR on the 19th for 10 days visiting Monteverde and Manuel Antonio. We are worried about the rain of course but are also wondering what daily temperatures will be like in Monteverde? And are the roads getting to Montverde dangerous during this time of year. Is it cooler at this elevation? All of our trips are in the mornings so I am happy about that. any advice will be appreciated.....we are bringing our rain gear. Ryan

      10 Answers Apr 5, 2005 at 2:58 PM