hi there! am planning on coming in 8/15-9/5 from san jose to arenal to western beaches. i do want to explore the country a bit without limitations, but am also really wanting to lay on the beach much of the time. do i really need a 4 wheel drive for this? I read elsewhere yes because of rainy season, but if I stay on main roads as I tool around will that limit me? and if so, to go off the main roads then is a 4X4 necessary? many thanks?
upon arrival into costa rica is it worth spending any time in san jose, or best to head directly out to the waterfalls, volcanoes and/or beaches?
I have 3 weeks and want as much nature and relaxation and beach as I can get. i'm planning on landing in san jose and trying to decide whether to stay there for the first weekend, or to go directly to the volcanoes and hot springs in arenal and then off to the pacific coast from there
Any one know, if I drive in and with out stay in the peace lodge - how much to pay to get in per person
Hi...has anyone tried this?
Sámara Tu, 12/10 dep.
Bus: duration: 10:30h, chg: 2
Barranca Tu, 12/10 dep.
Bus: comes from Puntarenas
Orotina Tu, 12/10 dep.
Manuel Antonio arr.
I am so worried about suffering getting from samara to manuel antonio! Should i change itineraire?
I'm looking for recommendations on how to get from La Fortuna/Arenal area to Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJ0) early enough to catch an 11:30am flight. Most shuttles I checked have the earliest departure leaving La Fortuna at 7:30am which is hardly enough time to catch my flight. Help!?
My two teenage boys and I are flying into San Jose early, 5am.We are planning on taking a shutttle to Monteverde but it doesn't look like it arrives at the airport until 8am.I know with the red eye flight we're
going to be trashed and hungry.What would be our best plan of action?
In the second week of May I need to be in Tegucigalpa, Honduras on a Wednesday (9th). I am hoping someone can suggest a short trip that I could take, arriving on the previous Friday (4th) or Saturday (5th), and ending in Tegucigalpa on Wednesday. I am currently considering flying into San Jose and traveling by bus through Nicaragua, but not committed to that in anyway.
Other than the definite need to be in Tegucigalpa on Wednesday, I have no other requirements. I would prefer to fly into a major city to keep airfare down (flying in from Major US city), but other than that my budget is pretty flexible. I am also flexible to travel conditions. I need to book my flight soon, so any quick suggestions are appreciated.
My wife and I are investigating a trip to Costa Rica early February for one week. I wanted to get some advice from knowledgeable folks in this forum.
We love the outdoors, love to self-drive when we can and at other times tour using buses, trains, and shuttles. We are looking to hike, explore wildlife, possibly snorkel, and also visit some of the ruins. If time permits, we'd love to visit some of the beaches and also some other adventure tours.
1. Is one week sufficient for us to explore Costa Rica?
2. If we were to select one or two experiences that we would immerse ourselves in over the course of the week, what would they be?
3. What cities are a must visit during our stay?
4. Any suggestions on possible itineraries would be great.
My Delta flight leaves at 2:15PM on Tuesday, January 2nd going to Atlanta. It is flying out of San Jose, Costa Rica. The tour I am on says they expect to have me at the airport sometime between 11AM - 11:30AM (give or take 30 minutes for traffic issues), since it is a 4-hour drive. They say I should not take that flight because I will risk missing it. If I do not take that flight, I have to stay an extra day, which I do not want to do. I am a Diamond Medallion Delta member - do they have an expedited sky priority check-in lane there and/or a expedited sky priority security line there that might help??? What time do you think a good time would be to arrive? If worse came to worse and I arrived at noon because of a lot of traffic, do you think I would miss my 2:15 flight??
Thanks for any advice/input! :)
Returning to Costa Rica in March 2012. Looking for a reputable dentist in San Jose who can do a one day dental implant for my friend. Does anyone have any recommendations? Price info would be good too. Thank you
Is there anything interesting at the dock?
HI, I am arriving at San jose airport at 1140 am and plan on going to our hotel at la fortuna/arenal area. What is the best way to get to arenal in a safe and efficient manner? Shuttle buses available? We want to be at La fortuna early so we can enjoy that evening in the hot springs.
Will be visiting San Jose, arriving 8/11.....How do I puchase tickets for Carmen and what are the prices?
We(2)have hired top rated private driver 5/14 to take us from SJO to Los Suenos with stops for lunch,grocery & croc's.The cost120. for up to 4 people,$10 each additional if wanted,split evenly plus tip.Will go to Jaco for short tour/delivery for small addional tip.Looked into this since checkin not till 4. We arrive 12ish pickup can be arranged between 1-2pm at airport.Thanks!
best places to mountain bike around this area??
I am not a young partier, just want somewhere easy to get a good night's sleep, clean and affordable. What are your experiences with hostels in San Jose. I wanna hear the good, bad and ugly.
Hi. Can anyone tell me of a bar in San Jose that has a steel tip dartboard? Thanks.
Where is the best nightlife in San Jose and what are some good moderately priced hotels or hostels that are close to the action?
I'm trying to figure out if this is the hotel I stayed at in the late 90's....Did this hotel use to have a real toucan bird in the lobby back in like 1997 or 1998?
I will be arriving in San José (from Santo Domingo) on my way to Mexico City.
Arrival Time 9:38AM Departure: 6:10PM
Is it a reasonable time frame to do some sightseeing around San José while being able to return on time to catch my flight? If yes, all suggestions and tips will be much appreciated.
Hi - We arrive in San Jose on a Thursday afternoon and leave the following Monday. Anyone have suggestions on whether we should book lodging in SJ & just do day trips, or are things close enough where we should get out of the city for a night or two (or the whole trip!)? Thanks!
I know, the proper way to get from San Jose to Santa Elena is via the bus that leaves from San Jose at 2:30 PM. Put I can't get a flight that arrives at the airport in time to make the trip from the airport to the bus station. Anyway, I already have my ticket--I arrive at 3:00 PM. So is there another way? For example, is there a bus that goes from the airport to Santa Elana?
My alternative is to spend the night and leave the next day, rent a car, or take a taxi for a four hour trip. I don't really want to do any of these.
I appreciate any advice!
Is there any kind of schedule for theater performances for Feb 1, 2010?
Would like to get together with student interperter, or person with English speaking skills. To show me around San Jose, and help me speak to my lady friend. A.
IF WE ARE STAYING IN LIBERIA? AND WHERE IS THE NIGHT LIFE?
I am planning a trip to CR to visit friends. I would like to take my niece to a ballet or opera or cultural event in San Jose during the Christmas time from Dec 27-Jan 15...is there anything going on? I noticed the Theatre Nacional does not list anything during this time period. Is the theatre dark during Christmas? We are willing to go to another village or city ..we are located in Flamingo near Tamarindo airport--so we can fly anywhere to see local festivities or theatre, dance music-- Thank you! sheila
We will be visiting Costa Rica during the last of February 2010. Can anyone recommend a hotel in or around San José? We are interested in knowing about price, room comfort, cleanliness, noise, safety and so forth.
We are arriving in San Jose at the Pavas airport on a Nature Air flight from Nosara at 11:30 am on January 9. We would like to get a Mepe bus to Puerto Viejo from the Terminal Gran Caribe mid-afternoon. How much time should we allow between these two parts of our trip? We would like to take the earliest bus possible because it is a long trip. I've heard the buses often sell out, especially on a weekend. Is it possible to arrange for a taxi driver to purchase our bus tickets in advance and then meet us at the Pavas airport to take us to the bus terminal?
We were in San Jose a few years ago and had a fantastic meal at a restaurant recommended by someone from the north...it was a combination of a wonderful buffet and also many kinds of meats served by waiters at your table, as often and as plentifully as desired. Now I am sad and embarrased to have forgotten the name...it was in an odd location and I remember the taxi having trouble finding it. Is this familiar to any Virtualtourists? I would greatly appreciate help remembering the name.