Costa Rica: Which is the coast with the most?
February 3, 2010 4:21 PM Subscribe
Which coast should we go to in Costa Rica? East side to the West side - which is the coast with the most? What are some unusal experiences off the beaten path?
posted by abirae to travel & transportation around Costa Rica (12 answers total) 7 users marked this as a favorite
I'm planning a six day vacation to Costa Rica in early March, flying in to San Jose, and I'm conflicted about whether to head east to the Carribean side or west to the Pacific.
I'm looking to see the jungles, spend time on the beach and snorkle. I'd also like to see some sloths. Orchids might be nice. Canoeing or kayaking would be awesome. Hot springs are also awesome, the more the better. Arenal has come highly recomended on MeFi, but I'm open to any and all other hot springs.
In my (5 year old) Lonely Planet, I read that the only living reefs are on the Caribbean coast between Limon and Manzanillo, so I was thinking of Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, but MeFi and the NYTimes seem to advocate the beaches of the west coast. Do you know why? Is the Caribbean very rainy? Is the Pacific more awesome? Is there something I'm missing?
We don't require much pampering but love unusual experiences. My favorite vacations have included camping with buddies on the beaches of Vieques, sitting in a concrete hot spring surrounded by salt flats in the middle of the Mojave desert, visiting Watt's Tower and sleeping on a friend's boar moored off Key West. We like snorkeling but aren't very picky about it. As a general rule, cheap is good, but we'll probably invest in renting a 4wd vehicle to get around. Crowds are scary, but tree houses, bars built out of planes and other architectural marvels are totally awesome. Any suggestions on where we should go?