--[Zirca]-- said:Great place to go. Great people, fair prices and lots to do. Drake Bay is AMAZING. Also checked out Manuel Antonio (sp?). It was pretty good, but a little too touristy for me.
If you want any details let me know. Timing of year is really important. IT can be rainy season or retardly hot. I went late Nov./Early Dec and the weather was perfect.
If you're planning on going to Aernal (sp?), be warned that more often than not you won't see the actual volcano, as it's often covered in mist/fog.
Klubmasta Will said:i would like to hear details of the best places you visited. what is drake bay exactly?
my friends tyler and nakedboy have done lots of research, but i haven't heard of drake bay.
as for the arenal volcano, we learned of a way from couchsurfing.com where you can climb to the top. it's illegal but some people do it. (we climbed the stromboli volcano illegally a couple years ago in italy, so now we go out of our way looking for volcanos to climb.)
--[Zirca]-- said:Anyhow, if you decide to go to Drake let me know and I'll give you some suggestions on where to stay.
kate said:I spent 5 days in Mal Pais, which is without a doubt my favourite beach I've ever been to. Its a super sleepy surf town, its amazing to walk around and not really see too many other people. Will-send me a PM-if you're looking to do some amazing dining, I'll send u to the place I stayed at. It was honest to god the best food I've ever had, especially since everything is so fresh.
Spent the rest of my trip in Montezuma which is a beautiful town, but we stayed at a crappy resort that wasn't at all what it seemed on the website. I wish we'd stayed somewhere more local because the town itself was the highlight in Montezuma. If you're up for it, walk 20 minutes over rocks and trees to Playa Grande-this HUGE whitesand beach. We were there all day and there was only two other people on the beach all day! Naked tanning!!!
Boss Hog said:CR is tied with the Greek Islands for my favourite vacation spot. You're going to love it. As always when you travel, keep an eye on your back.
Poot said:We were thinking about it for our honeymoon in October.... but I think that's the peak of the rainy season.
Sinister Shadow said:Yes it is... BUT... if you stay north of San Jose it actually the best time of the year.
I travelled/lived in costa rica for 7 months and by far our favorite time was rainy season. In the north it usually rains once in the morning then is sunny all day. Breaks the heat, and keeps the tourists away because they think the weather is bad.
My suggestion is Tamarindo and the beaches north of the town. Stay in the town as it has lots to do and piles of places to eat. The beaches north of the estuary are a turtle reservation. Very underdeveloped, amazing surfing, incredible sand for mile upon mile. The best of eveything. Nighlife and empty beaches.
After seeing just about every inch of this country this gets my top pick for beaches.
The major volcanoes are overrated in my opinion. Our favorite park was Rincon de la Vieja in the North as well. Incredible hikes on very variable terrain. Massive waterfall, and volcanic activity.