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Has anyone been to Costa Rica?

kuba

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No. Nobody has ever been to costa rica. Ever. It is an unknown place, an urban legend. DOn't believe them. It doesn't exist.

Stay home in Toronto.
 

Klubmasta Will

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i'm going for two weeks in may. we are going to climb the arenal volcano, camp out there and in a rainforest refuge, and then spend a week at the mal pais surf camp learning to surf.

http://www.surfline.com/travel/surfmaps/surfspot.cfm?id=171

http://www.malpaissurfcamp.com/

i recommend avoiding the big resorts. just pick out the places you want to hit, fly to san jose or liberia, and then backpack your way around. my friend tyler (a.k.a. big league cho) is there right now, and we will be joining him soon. no one is allowed to own the beaches in costa rica, so you can camp on any beach. the surf camps will give you a room for about US$10-15 per night, and the fancier bed & breakfasts are about US$30 per night.

stay away from jaco beach as it's too big a tourist trap. take the ferry on the pacific side and hit places like montezuma and mal pais.
 
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mcbee

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i'm dying to go.

there is a yoga retreat that looks amazing.

but alas, i'm broke.

someday tho!

:)sarah
 
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--[Zirca]--

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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.

Have a good time,
Dan
 

Klubmasta Will

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--[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.
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.) :)
 

bArHo

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I'm making plans to go at the end of this year after exams or sometime next year. I just hope I have enough $$ from working this summer and not blow all of it in NYC.

I need to go so badly.
 

TRO

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my brother went for 2 months over the winter...he had a kick ass time...he stayed mainly on the pacific side...(samuria, ocital...)

he said it was fun...
 
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Boss Hog

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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

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We were thinking about it for our honeymoon in October.... but I think that's the peak of the rainy season.
 

IgStar

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I just found out a close friend is getting married and moving there b/c her future father in law has some business developments going on.
Lucky bitch.
 

Silvershadow

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A co-worker recently came back from Costa Rica (her son got married there) and was telling a few of us about her trip this week... I'd never really considered going before, but now I really want to go. It sounded awesome.
 
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--[Zirca]--

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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.) :)



So this isn't the greatest map, but it will make it easier for me to explain my trip.

I only went for 10 days, so it wasn't an extensive trip like I usually do (damn work). We landed in San Jose and went immediately to Alajuela (a "suburb" of SJ) where we stayed for one night. The next morning I hitched a ride down to Manuel Anotonio, which is a beach/surf area. The ride down was quite beautiful. Rolling hills, some "jungle" and some nice river/ocean views. There's a cool croc spot on the way down where there are some monsters (13' long, etc). MA was pretty nice. It has a small national park that you can hike in a day easy. There is a nice beach, where you can swim/surf and some decent restaurants. It's more relaxing than anything.

Drake Bay (see south western tip of CR on map, just NW of Corcovado National Park), however, is the bomb...at least I thought it was. Very remote, undisturbed area bordering Corcovado National Park, which is HUGE. To get their we flew from San Jose to just outside Drake Bay in a 5 seater plane. The "airport" is essentially a dirt strip with a hut at the end. You then get in van to a small town where you take a boat to the area. It's great. The first night we took a night walking tour (just two of us) through the rainforest with night vision goggles...very cool. Next day, did a hike in the national park and saw a ton of wildlife (sloths, a million monkies, a million birds, snakes, some cool insects, etc). Next day did some diving, which was good, but not the best I"ve done. Still saw a bunch of sea turtles, baracudda and the usual parrot fish, clown fish, coral, etc. The next few days we did a canopy tour (wasn't great, better ones elsewhere in CR, but still fun) and were the first people to ever do a kayak tour (just two of us again), through the mangroves (special type of vegetation where salt and fresh water meet..creates this vine/tree like maze through the water), which was amazing.

The only "downside" was the sea lice (when you swim in the ocean and feel like your getting stinged). I had a real problem with it. I found it helped to wear light, long sleeve shirts (also helps reduce the burn factor when swimming). Could have just been the time of year though.

Anyhow, if you decide to go to Drake let me know and I'll give you some suggestions on where to stay. It's a bit more expensive than other areas of Costa (it's still cheap), but it's well worth it.

Hope that helps,
Dan
 

mcbee

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Poot said:
We were thinking about it for our honeymoon in October.... but I think that's the peak of the rainy season.
it is, and that's precisely why our honeymoon didn't end up there.

:)sarah
 

kate

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My boyfriend and I went for 2 weeks back in November. It was the most beautiful place I have EVER been.

Its not super easy to get to the pacific coast-that was the only drawback. We took a shuttle there on the way in and in hindsight i would have jsut taken the little sea plane instead-so much more effiicent and so beautiful to see the country from above!

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!!!

Anyway, costa rica is the best place for a fun and relaxing and romantico vacation that's off the beaten path...but the last place I'd go there is a resort or casino.
 

Klubmasta Will

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--[Zirca]-- said:
Anyhow, if you decide to go to Drake let me know and I'll give you some suggestions on where to stay.
i would love to get your suggestions for where to stay in drake bay. it sounds interesting.

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!!!
sending you an email now. i would love to get your recommendations for where to stay in mal pais and montezuma because we are planning to spend about a week there (after the volcanos and rainforest treks). tyler, andy, jane and i thank you in advance. :)

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.
hogg - where did you go in costa rica?

and how did you all travel around the country? we were going to rent a jeep, but hear that might not be the best idea. what's the best way to get from san jose to the ferry en route to montezuma, mal pais, et al.?
 
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Sinister Shadow

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Poot said:
We were thinking about it for our honeymoon in October.... but I think that's the peak of the rainy season.
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.
 

Shann

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I stayed at Fiesta Premier.... It was GREAT (but thats if you're looking to do an all-inclusive vacation)
 

Poot

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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.
Hey - thanks for the feedback. Will definitely give this some thought.

:)
 

Sinister Shadow

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Poot said:
Hey - thanks for the feedback. Will definitely give this some thought.

:)
No problem.

You might also consider Nicarauga. I know it's not exactly desination #1 for honeymoons but during October is pretty prime time there.

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