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 around Costa Rica at 9:24 AM - 9 answers
Going to Costa Rica in 7hrs for 10 days. Ive been told I need to get out of San Jose ASAP, so where should my journey begin? [more inside]posted by AMWKE1984 around Costa Rica at 8:36 PM - 8 answers
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 around Costa Rica at 3:20 PM - 11 answers
1. My partner and I are planning an 8-day/7-night trip to Costa Rica to celebrate our 10th anniversary. Our plan is volcano + rain forest + beach. Any suggestions on specific places and must sees or must dos?
2. Any recommendations on the best travel agencies to work with to arrange the Costa Rica portions of our trip?
3. I've already heard from 4 companies and they've responded with essentially the same package - 3 nights at Arenal, 3 nights at Manuel Antonio, 1 extra night in either of those places or in San Jose. The prices are in the $3800-$4000 range except for one company which comes in way below the others at $2715 - am I potentially getting scammed if I go with this company? posted by tmharris65 around Costa Rica at 2:40 AM - 9 answers
December 30, 2013
Feedback on itinerary for short stay in San Jose, Costa Rica? I'm very unfamiliar with the area... [more inside]posted by 99percentfake around Costa Rica at 6:11 PM - 7 answers
September 25, 2013
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 around Costa Rica at 1:30 PM - 10 answers
May 22, 2013
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 around Costa Rica at 9:14 AM - 2 answers
March 9, 2013
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 i
s 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 around Costa Rica at 9:28 AM - 3 answers
March 6, 2013
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 around Costa Rica at 7:34 AM - 4 answers
January 30, 2013
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. around Costa Rica at 8:20 PM - 13 answers
January 24, 2013
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 around Costa Rica at 2:37 PM - 0 answers
December 26, 2012
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 around Costa Rica at 9:55 AM - 13 answers
December 18, 2012
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 around Costa Rica at 12:17 PM - 19 answers
December 2, 2012
Where is the ideal place for us to stay in Costa Rica in January? [more inside]posted by EtTuHealy around Costa Rica at 1:43 PM - 7 answers
April 24, 2012
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 around Costa Rica at 10:51 AM - 12 answers
February 12, 2012
Does my Costa Rica trip itinerary make sense? [more inside]posted by gursky around Costa Rica at 10:18 PM - 10 answers
January 2, 2012
Can you recommend any specific tour operators in Guanacaste, Costa Rica? [more inside]posted by Mrs. Rattery around Costa Rica at 7:48 AM - 3 answers
November 21, 2011
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 around Costa Rica at 12:18 PM - 15 answers
August 27, 2011
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 around Costa Rica at 1:32 PM - 8 answers
July 17, 2011
Costa Rica in September? I was planning to go to the Arenal Volcano and do jungle adventures on my honeymoon in September, but saw it was the rainy season. Anyone know how rainy it gets during that time? Any other areas to recommend that are less rainy but worth checking out for a romantic honeymoon? Thanks so much! posted by tessalations999 around Costa Rica at 11:31 PM - 6 answers