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      Things to do on Sundays

      San José Nov 27, 2016 at 7:01 AM

      I notice that some attractions are closed on Sundays in San Jose, Costa Rica. What about tour companies? Do they operate daily?

      10 Answers Dec 1, 2016 at 12:36 PM
    • Which beaches? Pacific or Carribean?

      Costa Rica Nov 2, 2016 at 2:35 PM


      I am going to Costa Rica in end of December towards January for 10 days and I want to know which is better Pacific or Caribbean side this time of the year? How are they different?

      Also, can you give me top 3 beaches to explore? I will be driving so I am flexible with the locations etc.


      4 Answers Nov 4, 2016 at 6:55 AM
    • 9 Day Itinerary

      Costa Rica Oct 25, 2016 at 3:03 AM

      Hi Everyone,

      We will be travelling to Costa Rica at the end of December and need some help with an itinerary.

      We will be there for 9 full days - flying in and out of San Jose.

      We have heard that there isn't much to do or see in San Jose so is it worth spending time there?

      From the research we've done so far we would like to spend some time by the beach, some time doing activities such as zip lining, rafting etc, visiting the volcanoes, seeing wildlife etc.

      What itinerary would you suggest? In terms of traveling around, would you suggest driving or taking buses?

      Any help is appreciated!

      2 Answers Oct 25, 2016 at 6:21 AM
    • where to stay

      San José Oct 24, 2016 at 10:22 AM

      question 1: We arrive on Thursday at 1:22 am. Do I book a hotel for Thursday or Wednesday? Not sure.

      question 2: We want to stay in Manuel Antonio National Park. I am a woman travelling with two children. Any suggestions? I don't want to pay much over $100, less would be great. Saturday - Thursday.

      question 3: How do we get from San Jose to Manuel Antonio? Bus I am assuming and do I have to book that in advance? 2.5 hours journey correct? How much will I pay?

      Thanks for all the helpful tips!

      2 Answers Oct 24, 2016 at 2:06 PM
    • where to stay

      San José Oct 24, 2016 at 8:38 AM

      What area would you recommend I look for a hotel in San Jose? I will be arriving late at night (1;30am) with my two daughters (age 8 & 9). I would like to be central and walking distance from most sights and markets. Is there such a central area?

      4 Answers Oct 24, 2016 at 9:28 AM
    • Monteverde vs Braulio Carrillo

      Costa Rica Oct 7, 2016 at 12:16 PM

      I am a solo female traveller going to costa Rica at he end of October for two and a half weeks. I'll try to spend about 1 week along the caribbean coast from Tortuguero to Manzanillo, maybe crossing to Bocas de Toro (Panama) and stay there for 3-4 days (to get the PADI), Manuel Antonio on the Pacific side for a couple of days and if I have time enough in case I skip Panama, I might go to Corcovado. So... I'd like to do a rainforest or cloud forest on my way to Tortuguero starting from Alajuela or on my way back at the end of my trip. Not sure if I should head to Monteverde or Braulio Carrillo instead. I would love any advise from anyone who has been to both! Thanks.

      6 Answers Oct 8, 2016 at 2:16 AM
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      Blue River Resort - Transportation

      Liberia Oct 6, 2016 at 7:40 AM

      I am trying to find a cheaper alternative for getting to and from the airport. The resort charges $120 each way (for up to 4 ppl). Any help would be appreciated. I'm traveling with one person; is anyone going on 10/10/16 that could share a shuttle with us?

      2 Answers Oct 6, 2016 at 8:25 AM
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      What to do In Alajuela Area

      San José Oct 3, 2016 at 4:49 PM

      Our 15-day tour of Cost Rica will start on January 19, 2017 in San Jose (3 nights) and will take us through the country for the next 12 days and end in San Jose in the morning of February 2, 2017. Then we move to the Marriott Hotel in Alajuela (to be closer to the airport) for our post tour stay. I am trying to decide whether to spend 2 (Thursday - Saturday ) or 3 more nights (Thursday - Sunday) in the Alajuela area. What are there to do in Alajuela for 3 days considering that we would have already visited most of the tourist attractions in San Jose? Is there swimming in the area?

      Your input is greatly appreciated. Thank you so much!


      4 Answers Oct 4, 2016 at 1:16 PM
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      Railroads ?

      Costa Rica Sep 28, 2016 at 4:58 PM

      Do they have any train travel in costa rica ?

      10 Answers Oct 1, 2016 at 5:51 AM
    • T Shirt Shop in Montezuma Costa Rica

      Montezuma Sep 28, 2016 at 8:01 AM

      We bought a great T shirt at a nice surf style shop in Montezuma Costa Rica. It was located by an ice cream/yogurt store on the same side of the road. We cannot find the name of it anywhere. we would like to buy more shirts if possible.

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      shuttle services

      Costa Rica Sep 19, 2016 at 7:33 PM

      what shuttle services are there from SJO to ferry ride , or even the whole way down to Montezuma. Thanks

      2 Answers Sep 20, 2016 at 2:04 PM
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      shuttle service

      Costa Rica Sep 19, 2016 at 7:26 PM

      what shuttle services are available for trips to Montezuma

      3 Answers Sep 22, 2016 at 5:51 PM
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      info on costa rica

      Costa Rica Sep 17, 2016 at 12:58 PM

      shuttle service from SJO to Montezuma, go by bus, or rent a car from SJO , or Fly to Tambor and then rent a car to Montezuma. Reasonable shuttle services,.. rental agencies,.. and or basic advice. Thanks

      11 Answers Oct 3, 2016 at 3:43 PM
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      Ladies retreat

      Costa Rica Sep 13, 2016 at 8:16 PM

      Hello fellow VT members ,

      I'm researching for my cousin who lives in British Columbia ,Canada where I live . She and 4 friends are looking for a place to go from February 17 to 27 for relaxation,exercise and healthy eats ( I'm sure wine is included ;)) .a place with a spa like atmosphere ,yoga , you get what I mean . I thought Costa Rica would be good or maybe Boca del Toro in Panama ,but perhaps that's to far to travel for such a short time . I would love to here any ideas or recommendations !!
      Maybe Jamaica, Puerto Rico of maybe Kwai,. I prefer Europe so I have no idea .
      Thanks in advance ,Kietaa

      2 Answers Sep 20, 2016 at 9:53 AM
    • To Rivas from SanJose or puntarenas

      Costa Rica Sep 11, 2016 at 2:42 AM

      Hey guys so I'm staying in Jaco and wondering what route will be easier to get to Catch a bus to Rivas, through San Jose or puntarenas, are the buses from puntarenas to Rivas everyday?. I checked Tica but I'm Spanish isn't the greatest. Thank you.

      4 Answers Sep 15, 2016 at 7:46 PM
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      info for costa rica

      Costa Rica Aug 31, 2016 at 12:53 PM

      what tour companies or shuttle services cost ?

      2 Answers Sep 1, 2016 at 12:40 AM
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      info on costa rica

      Costa Rica Aug 31, 2016 at 12:51 PM

      shuttle services,...tour services

      3 Answers Aug 31, 2016 at 8:39 PM
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      Pacific or caribbean ?

      Costa Rica Aug 25, 2016 at 5:32 PM

      Going to Costa rica in Feb. for 7 to 10 days.Been there 3 other times to Quepos, San Isidro de El General,La Fortuna, etc,..highlights.
      Want to explore a different region peninsula nicoya ( montezuma) region or caribbean side ( Puerto Limon ). What do you think ?

      4 Answers Aug 27, 2016 at 8:23 AM
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      what region to travel in costa rica

      Costa Rica Aug 23, 2016 at 3:43 PM

      been to CR 3 times and been to different sections of the country and thinking of going to the peninsula de nicoya region. Maybe to playa montezuma cabo blanco. Is it worth going there or a better region ?
      Perhaps do the ferry to get there. Also thought of renting a car . what places do u recommend on the peninsula instead of montezuma or any info would be helpful. Thanks

      1 Answer Aug 23, 2016 at 4:23 PM
    • Moving to Costa Rica

      Costa Rica Aug 11, 2016 at 7:11 PM

      Need any tips. Moving to playa Del coco

      4 Answers Aug 22, 2016 at 9:04 AM
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      First timer

      Costa Rica Aug 8, 2016 at 10:16 AM

      planning a trip with 6 adults(18-50) to Costa Rica next May, decided to go here instead of the long trip to Hawaii, trying to decide where to stay, here are the parameters:
      We live in Tampa, so we are at the beach alot, but still want to be close to beaches, want to be on the Pacific side
      Would love to snorkel right from shore( we are comparing this kind of snorkeling not to Maui, but more St. Thomas
      Waterfall hiking, ziplining, is a definate must do
      Rainforest feel, lush landscape, not brown and dry
      No nightlife for us, we are usually too tired from going all day
      Close though to grocery stores(15 -20 min)
      Sorry if this is still too broad, we are planning to fly into Liberia also, thx in advance

      3 Answers Aug 8, 2016 at 11:00 AM
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      Looking for inexpensive rental for one or two months

      Costa Rica Jul 14, 2016 at 3:50 PM

      I am looking for an inexpensive rental (2 persons) on or near water where I can spend one or two months next winter.
      What is the best area for things to do/ touring rest of country and the best company for renting furnished accommodation?

      We especially enjoy snorkelling.

      1 Answer Jul 17, 2016 at 7:07 AM
    • Osa Peninsula

      Costa Rica Jun 28, 2016 at 12:48 PM


      Could anyone tell me the best way to get to Osa Peninsula, and what must see / do experiences there is there. Would I need to hire a car to get about to restaurants etc? Is it safe ?
      And any recommended Eco lodges please .
      Also staying in San Jose for a couple of nights if anyone could recommend places to stay and things to do etc?


      5 Answers Jun 29, 2016 at 12:46 PM
    • 26th Dember Boxing day travel to Manuel Antonio/Quepos

      San José Jun 23, 2016 at 3:40 PM

      Hi guys just wondering if buses will be running to go to Manuel Antonio / Quepos on Boxing day?. Also is there direct shuttle buses, what the prices?. Thanks

    • Costa Rica in Christmas 2016

      Costa Rica May 26, 2016 at 6:02 PM

      We booked a vacation in Costa Rica during Christmas but now my husband is worried to go there due to the situation.
      What do you recommend? Is it advisable to go there in these conditions during Christmas?


      9 Answers May 28, 2016 at 8:19 AM
    • Summer camp to help teen son transition

      Costa Rica Apr 25, 2016 at 4:39 PM

      Good day. My small family is making the steps necessary to make costa rica our part time home in the not too far future. I have a son who is 13 years old, will be 14 on July 12. I would love to find a local summer camp that he can spend time at to start the integration, meet kids his age and learn about local culture. Is there a source you can recommend to find such an opportunity? He completes in 8th grade school year on May 19 here in Arizona, USA. Thank you so much in advance.

      9 Answers May 10, 2016 at 11:14 PM
    • Planning solo trip mid May for about 2 weeks

      Costa Rica Apr 9, 2016 at 2:04 AM

      Basically this is my first solo trip anywhere but traveled all over with my family and ex (just recently broke up with my fiancé of 3 years and felt I needed to try something new and different and Costa Rica seems like a place I would love) I am seeking advice on where I should I spend my time as I am am adrenaline junkie and I have always wanted to zip line through the jungle and rainforests since I I was a kid and now I get to do it! I also want to spend some time on the Carribean coast and enjoy the beaches. I've done a lot of research and I understand travel from one place to another can be dangerous and time consuming so I hope those who have been can enlighten me on the best places someone who enjoys adventure would go? I just can't decide after doing a lot of research where to go after checking out the volcanoes and hot springs. I appreciate all feedback:) Also would it be a bad idea to bring apple products there as I heard robbery and theft is common in CR besides I can just use my GoPro to take photos. Haha I have so many questions but I figure this place is a good start! Gracias!

      2 Answers Apr 9, 2016 at 5:28 AM
    • Grocery Shopping

      Costa Rica Apr 5, 2016 at 6:59 PM

      Hello - we fly into San Jose and are staying in a house two hours into the rain forest. There is a kitchen in the house, so we were hoping to stock up on food supplies in San Jose. We land at 12:30pm, and are renting a car, so I would imagine we would get out into San Jose around 2:00pm. Are any ferias open at that time where we can buy meats, fruits, etc...? If not, is there a supermarket that you would recommend we stop at?

      Thank you!

      3 Answers Apr 5, 2016 at 8:04 PM
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      Where is the best place to learn Spanish at the Caribeean?

      Costa Rica Mar 25, 2016 at 3:05 PM

      HI! I will be in Costa Rica for 2 weeks in June and I would love to improve my Spanish. I was there 2 years ago at Perfect Sunset School in Playa Hermosa close to Santa Teresa and they were amazing but this time I want to be at the Caribeean and Im looking for something similar. Small groups, focus in what the students need, and I want real conection with local people like I had 2 years ago at Playa Hermosa. Also after my a course I want to go to Bocas del Toro and San Blas.



      2 Answers Mar 25, 2016 at 10:46 PM
    • Fortuna vs Manuel Antonio

      Costa Rica Mar 23, 2016 at 10:21 AM

      We want to do zipline and Whitewater rafting but we are not sure which place is better for both activities.
      also, is canopy the same thing as zipline? I noticed companies offering canopy tour in the Fortuna.

      5 Answers Mar 24, 2016 at 2:55 PM