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February 1

Things to do in La Fortuna, Monteverde, Manuel Antonio

Building on my previous question, I now want to get specific. We will be in La Fortuna (2/23-2/25), Monteverde (2/25-2/27) and Quepos (2/27-3/2). [more inside]
posted by falsedmitri around Costa Rica at 8:23 AM - 6 answers

January 15

Costa Rica - Quepos, Arenal, Monteverde

We are staying in Quepos, Costa Rica in late Feb/Early March. About 1/2 the time will be spent around Quepos, the other half a road trip to Arenal/Monteverde. [more inside]
posted by falsedmitri around Costa Rica at 4:28 PM - 16 answers

June 16, 2014

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 around Costa Rica at 9:24 AM - 9 answers

March 4, 2014

Going to Costa Rica in 12hrs on a whim. Where should my journey begin?

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

February 17, 2014

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 around Costa Rica at 3:20 PM - 11 answers has best

Several Part Question about My Trip to Costa Rica

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?

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

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 around Costa Rica at 1:30 PM - 10 answers

May 22, 2013

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 around Costa Rica at 9:14 AM - 2 answers has best

March 9, 2013

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 around Costa Rica at 9:28 AM - 3 answers

March 6, 2013

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 around Costa Rica at 7:34 AM - 4 answers has best

January 30, 2013

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. around Costa Rica at 8:20 PM - 13 answers

January 24, 2013

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 around Costa Rica at 2:37 PM - 0 answers

December 26, 2012

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 around Costa Rica at 9:55 AM - 13 answers

December 18, 2012

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 around Costa Rica at 12:17 PM - 19 answers

December 2, 2012

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 around Costa Rica at 1:43 PM - 7 answers

April 24, 2012

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 around Costa Rica at 10:51 AM - 12 answers

February 12, 2012

Need a vacation from vacation planning.

Does my Costa Rica trip itinerary make sense? [more inside]
posted by gursky around Costa Rica at 10:18 PM - 10 answers has best

January 2, 2012

Do you know the way to Arenal?

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

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 around Costa Rica at 12:18 PM - 15 answers has best