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What to pack for ten days in Costa Rica

I'm going to Costa Rica for the first time in a few weeks. I am by no means a seasoned traveler, so I'm looking for tips on packing smart and light for ten days in the rainforest during the rainy season. [more inside]
posted by vraxoin on Jun 16, 2014 - 9 answers

Small, useful gift ideas for someone going on a trip to Costa Rica?

A friend (read: guy I've been seeing for two months) is leaving to Costa Rica for a week. I'd like to give him a gift of something that's inexpensive, personal, and that he'd find useful on his trip. [more inside]
posted by Everydayville on Feb 17, 2014 - 11 answers

Help me plan my backpacking trip, real-time!

I'm currently in Guatemala with a friend, and we have another ten weeks until our flight home from Panama City. How should we divide the rest of our time? Which countries should we visit? Specific considerations inside. [more inside]
posted by alona on Feb 16, 2014 - 3 answers

Traveling to Nicaragua in February. Costa Rica and other questions...

Looking for a particular kind of vacation in Nicaragua. If it isn't possible, hoping for some advice on the best way to Costa Rica. [more inside]
posted by lattiboy on Nov 14, 2013 - 5 answers

How do I care for this wooden art mask?

I have a nice hand carved wooden Boruca mask from Costa Rica that I got in 2011. Unfortunately, I've noticed that the wood seems to be drying out, and in some places, even cracking. I know it is authentic (e.g. not tourist crap from China) as it was bought at an indigenous reserve/cooperative and I saw them being made, but was not able to learn what kind of wood it was carved from (though likely balsa or cedar?) or get any instructions on care. It is unpainted, just solid wood. Any idea how to care for this piece of art? Does it need oiling? How would I do that?
posted by juniperesque on Oct 19, 2013 - 4 answers

Central America backpacker travel porn thread.

With a month, a thousand bucks, Puerto Vallarta as a starting point, and a hot travel partner, what's our best backpacking travel option? Cross-Mexico drive? Hop down to Costa Rica/Panama? Something else? [more inside]
posted by letahl on Oct 9, 2013 - 4 answers

Is a Thursday to Sunday trip to Costa Rica advisable?

Arriving noon on thursday in San Jose, departing 11am from San Jose. Would you say this is worth it and if so, where would you recommend going? [more inside]
posted by czytm on Sep 25, 2013 - 10 answers

Oh the places we could go...

My friend and I are trying to decide on a vacation destination (August '13), and we're looking at Puerto Rico or Costa Rica. We backpacked around Vietnam a few years ago and enjoyed the historical/cultural sights. Neither of us is a resort-loving tourist, so we're definitely looking for some destinations which are less sitting on the beach and more checking out some neat stuff. Can you help us decide? [more inside]
posted by nerdcore on Jun 10, 2013 - 4 answers

Recommendations for Surf Camps/Schools in Costa Rica/Nicaragua?

We're looking for a 5-7 day surf school to give my sister as a graduation (from grad school) gift. She's fluent in Spanish, and doesn't need anything super luxury, just good instruction, good break, good vibes. Any ideas? [more inside]
posted by copacetic on May 22, 2013 - 2 answers

Cel Service/Sim Cards in Costa Rica

I'm travelling to Costa Rica for two weeks. I want to buy a prepaid sim card for my unlocked Samsung Google Nexus. The phone will be primarily used for navigation via Google Maps. Voice would only be used in case of emergency. I understand I can buy a sim card at the Liberia airport, but the providers website is exclusively in Spanish. Can anyone look and see what my options are for a prepaid data service? Anyone else have any experience with cel service in Costa Rica? We are trying to decide which is more economical, buying the Costa Rica map-pack for a Garmin GPS or using Google Maps.
posted by Keith Talent on Mar 9, 2013 - 3 answers

San Jose, Costa Rica Airport question

I'm flying from the US into San Jose (Costa Rica) airport. My flight lands at 11:47am. How good are my chances of making a 12:48pm regional flight to Quepos? I will have only a carry on. [more inside]
posted by milestogo on Mar 6, 2013 - 4 answers

International travel is a great excuse for an upgrade!

What fast Android phone can I use in the US and Costa Rica? [more inside]
posted by Tehhund on Feb 7, 2013 - 8 answers

Costa Rica in May?

There's a deal that looks inexpensive for a trip to Costa Rica in May, to Arenal and Matapalo Beach in Guanacaste. Usually the deals have some kind of catch to them, such as off-season rainy weather, or hotels undergoing construction, or something. I can't find anything bad about this one. Is there a reason not to go in May? Or should I start getting excited about going to Costa Rica?! [more inside]
posted by never.was.and.never.will.be. on Jan 30, 2013 - 13 answers

Stopover between Tamarindo and Manuel Antonio in Costa Rica

In March we are going to be driving between Tamarindo and Manuel Antonio via 34 along the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica. Google Maps says it's a four hour drive. We would like to break up the drive by stopping for a night somewhere enroute. We are renting houses on the beach at either end so seashore is not a priority. Ideally we'd like some kind of jungle/bamboo/eco hotel. Lots of flora and fauna. [more inside]
posted by Keith Talent on Jan 24, 2013 - 0 answers

Wanna beach bum it up for a month in March!

Less touristy Central American beach spot to plunk down for a month in March? Thinking Quepos, Costa Rica, got anything better? [more inside]
posted by yellowbinder on Dec 26, 2012 - 13 answers

I want to come back alive!

How safe is Costa Rica in terms of violent crime/theft? My partner and I are planning to visit in February, and I'm reading wildly contradictory reports of the danger levels for tourists there [more inside]
posted by abbagoochie on Dec 22, 2012 - 19 answers

Driving during the honeymoon - Just trying to remove stressors before they happen.

We're going to Costa Rica for our honeymoon! We’re risk-averse and easily scared / frustrated while driving in the US. Should we drive ourselves or hire a driver / drivers in Costa Rica? [more inside]
posted by Tehhund on Dec 18, 2012 - 19 answers

Which hotel/rental should we stay in Costa Rica?

Where is the ideal place for us to stay in Costa Rica in January? [more inside]
posted by EtTuHealy on Dec 2, 2012 - 7 answers

Pregnant and Traveling to Costa Rica

Is it safe for my wife who will be 12 weeks pregnant, to travel in Costa Rica to San Jose, La Fortuna, Monteverde and Manuel Antonio? Any other advice or recommendations on traveling while expecting are welcome, too! [more inside]
posted by pithy comment on Apr 24, 2012 - 12 answers

Why do pine trees make a thumping noise?

Help me figure out why I hear and feel a thumping noise when I sit next to pine trees. [more inside]
posted by huxham on Mar 9, 2012 - 9 answers

Need a vacation from vacation planning.

Does my Costa Rica trip itinerary make sense? [more inside]
posted by gursky on Feb 12, 2012 - 10 answers

Do you know the way to Arenal?

Can you recommend any specific tour operators in Guanacaste, Costa Rica? [more inside]
posted by Mrs. Rattery on Jan 2, 2012 - 3 answers

zip lining with the sloths

Heading to Costa Rica with an open itinerary tomorrow. If you've visited, is there anywhere in particular I absolutely have to go? [more inside]
posted by roger ackroyd on Nov 21, 2011 - 15 answers

Recommendations for dental tourism?

Recommendations for medical tourism (dental implants) in Costa Rica, Mexico or elsewhere? [more inside]
posted by wretched_rhapsody on Oct 25, 2011 - 5 answers

costa rica vacation advice

costa rica vacation advice? My fiance and I are leaving for costa rica in a week. Our plan is to rent a car and spend a week doing a loop around the Nicoya Peninsula: 3 nights in Tamarindo, 2 in Samara, 2 in Montezuma, 1 in Liberia, then fly back to the US. My question is: given this basic plan are either any "don't miss" items that you would suggest seeing/doing or anything that we should know or be prepared for. I'm hoping to hear from others who have done similar trips in this area and to learn from their experience. Thanks!
posted by metadave on Aug 27, 2011 - 8 answers

Trying to avoid tourist trap beans in Costa Rica

Where in Costa Rica do we buy great coffee beans? [more inside]
posted by tula on May 22, 2011 - 7 answers

Can anyone help me ID this song that's stuck in my head?

Help me identify this song I heard a kajillion times on the radio in Costa Rica last week. [more inside]
posted by ghharr on Apr 6, 2011 - 3 answers

Advice about biking the Nicoya Peninsula in Costa Rica

Looking for advice about biking the Nicoya Peninsula in Costa Rica, specifically, the best places to rent bikes, and best coastal routes. [more inside]
posted by christy on Mar 7, 2011 - 1 answer

Help me find a good playa

Where should I stay on the Nicoya Peninisula in Costa Rica for a couple days for maximum beach hanging out and minimal cost and crowds? [more inside]
posted by ghharr on Mar 4, 2011 - 2 answers

What locations in or near San Jose (Costa Rica) should I scope out on my imminent vacation to further fuel my expat fantasies?

What locations in or near San Jose (Costa Rica) should I scope out on my imminent vacation to further fuel my expat fantasies? [more inside]
posted by Eshkol on Jan 23, 2011 - 3 answers

Looking for some Costa Rica expertise

Please help clarify some questions about Costa Rican interior parks/volcanos/rain forest... [more inside]
posted by docpops on Jan 22, 2011 - 7 answers

Costa Rica: Guanacaste or Tamarindo?

Costa Rica: Guanacaste or Tamarindo? [more inside]
posted by juniperesque on Jan 8, 2011 - 2 answers

Traveling to Central/South America with an iPad

iPad 3G/Wifi in Costa Rica... anyone have direct experience? [more inside]
posted by FauxScot on Jan 2, 2011 - 3 answers

Costa Rica transportation

How to get around Costa Rica? [more inside]
posted by the druid on Dec 26, 2010 - 16 answers

Wanting to avoid the rainy day blues in Costa Rica

Planning our honeymoon for end of July. Keying in on Costa Rica. I know there are serveral threads here already, but we're looking for advice specifically during this potentially rainy (but maybe not b/c of 'veranillo') season. [more inside]
posted by jilliank on Jun 5, 2010 - 7 answers

Experience with Flexi Drive Vacation?

Has anyone taken a flexi drive vacation? Is this kind of thing safe? [more inside]
posted by ejames on May 27, 2010 - 5 answers

Help us get away!

My boyfriend, my father, and I are going to take a trip together in September. My boyfriend and I are in our early 30s, fairly active, and are interested in beaches, ruins, rainforests/jungles, white water rafting, and possibly scuba diving. My dad is in his late 50s, quite overweight (like probably 150-200 lbs overweight), and enjoys luxury hotels, relaxing, and fun stuff that's not TOO physically taxing. I haven't seen him in a few years, but he may be interested in white water rafting and scuba diving, if his weight isn't an issue. We're looking at somewhere in Central America, most likely Belize or the Yucatan, but we're also considering Costa Rica and are open to other suggestions. [more inside]
posted by odayoday on May 18, 2010 - 17 answers

How did you get yourself to Costa Rica?

What's the best way to plan a vacation to Costa Rica? I've been researching the crap out of going, but I'm having trouble finding a good method of procuring the best deal for airfare, hotels, car rentals, and outings. [more inside]
posted by ehamiter on Apr 1, 2010 - 11 answers

scuba diving in costa rica

Scuba diving around Playa Papagayo, Costa Rica - looking for advice on good dive shops, good dive spots. [more inside]
posted by fso on Mar 14, 2010 - 0 answers

Registering a .cr domain.

I'd like to register a .cr domain but I'm not sure which company I should use. [more inside]
posted by ASM on Feb 26, 2010 - 3 answers

Costa Rica: Which is the coast with the most?

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? [more inside]
posted by abirae on Feb 3, 2010 - 12 answers

Costa Rica vacationing...another original Ask Mefi topic

Has anyone been to Los Altos de Eros in Costa Rica? What did you think? Alternatively, other CR recommendations? [more inside]
posted by suburbanrobot on Jan 21, 2010 - 8 answers

Where do you go when you've won a free vacation for your family and you could go anywhere?

Great news! My family has won a $6,000 1-week vacation through my work. Unfortunately, we can’t take the trip until Christmas (2010) but I have to book and pay for the trip by the end of this month. Help! I need kid-friendly suggestions that will also provide some much needed R&R for two exhausted and stressed-out parents. [more inside]
posted by victoriab on Jan 6, 2010 - 22 answers

Christmas '09 Mini-Vacation Suggestions?

Christmas '09 Mini-Vacation with the Fam. I need your suggestions Me-Fi! [more inside]
posted by OuttaHere on Nov 25, 2009 - 2 answers

Will I regret trying to take the bus?

Costa Rica Filter: Public bus from San Jose to Monteverde? Also, any recommendations on where to stay? [more inside]
posted by Nonce on Nov 12, 2009 - 4 answers

Crime in Malpais?

How worried should I be about crime in Malpais, Costa Rica? [more inside]
posted by RandlePatrickMcMurphy on Aug 26, 2009 - 4 answers

Trying to locate this awesome villa

I am trying to locate a villa rental property I read about in a traveler magazine in my doctor’s office some time ago. Problem is, I don’t remember a lot of the specifics... Might you be able to identify the villa I’m talking about based on the few things I do remember? [more inside]
posted by widdershins on Aug 17, 2009 - 2 answers

Costa Rica in rainy season: Bad idea?

Suggestions for Central American vacation...We want a place to do the beach/pool/resort thing, but also a place with great photographic opportunity. Where to go? [more inside]
posted by muxnaw on May 12, 2009 - 9 answers

You should be having fun!

I'm in Costa Rica for the next 9 days and with no idea how to spend them. What can I do? [more inside]
posted by inatizzy on Mar 16, 2009 - 10 answers

Where to travel with my mom and sister?

Where should I take my mom and sister for a week of family bonding and exploring? [more inside]
posted by brynna on Mar 5, 2009 - 7 answers

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