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Kenneth Bloom

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What can't I miss?

Planning my first trip to Costa Rica in the spring.  Besides scuba diving (which I asked about in another question​), what else can't I miss on this adventure in terms of food, sightseeing, and activities? 

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  • Zene M.

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    The Osa/Drakes Bay & Playa San Miguel are great spots along the Pacific, (one in a rainforest and one in a dry tropical rainforest). The latter being an area that has not been developed yet with hotels and paved roads, the former a town running on a generator with no formal roads. Go off the beaten path if you want to experience what Costa Rica was like before North America showed up! · (0 likelikes)

 

					
					
					
				

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  • Ross Sparks

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    First off I am a budget traveler that brings a jungle hammock when in Central America just in case lol.not a hole lot of machete wielding travelers here but I know costa very well! Avoid the jaco area first of all unless fishing for ladies of the night lol or catching the water taxi to Montezuma, which I highly recommend for very chill small town. The southern caribbean has it's own more rasta vibe and sloths! Also heading to Bocas del Toro while down there could make that area worth wile! La Fortuna is no longer erupting and you can zip line anywhere in C.R. I don't honestly know why people recommend that still? But if you want to strap on your fun boots go to the osa! It's the only real part of C.R. No fast food no frat boys and just the wild and jungle! Fly into the cemetery in Puerto Jimenez, get your 4x4 and stock up on food and Booze and drive past Cabo Matapalo to a rental house. There is an awesome surf school out there and you will be one of the only people that visit that beautiful country and actually get to see it!

    when you pick a area and need further help let me know and we can work out your itinerary! Good luck

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    • Kenneth B.

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  • Justin Schmid

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    Jacey has a lot of good answers. I'd add Colonia Monteverde. It's a quiet, relaxing place with a lot of trails. The Monteverde Cloud Forest is worth a visit while you're there.

    And while you're in Manuel Antonio, I'd recommend a visit to the Bat Cave bar in La Mansion, and also a visit to El Avión.

    If you're there at the right time, you should see a soccer match. I'd recommend seeing Deportivo Saprissa or Brujas FC.Manuel Antonio

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      I like the sound of a bat cave. Thank you, Justin! · (0 likelikes)

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    I don't know where you will be geographically in Costa Rica, but I adored my time south near Corcovado National Park. There is a really neat hotel/eco lodge called Aguila De Osa Inn. We had a lovely stay there and they can organize scuba, snorkeling, fishing, kayaking, ziplining, and hikes in the park. They have two options to get there-one via Drake's Bay "airport" and the other via Palmar Sur. Drake's Bay is a quick ride from the inn, but Palmar Sur takes you on a boat up the Sierpe River, into the bay. It was about 2 hours long and was spectacular. You can always return via Drake's Bay if you don't have the time to do Palmar Sur both ways.

    If you are in or around Manuel Antonio, check out Cafe Milagro. It is owned by the sister of one of our best friends here in Colorado. Excellent joe and now excellent food as they expanded into restaurant operations. If Adrienne is there-tell her we sent you!

    We also really enjoyed La Fortuna. The town is a lot of fun, with great places to pick up cheap gifts and have some amazingly fresh and yummy food. Make sure to do Tabacon Hot Springs (free if you stay at Tabacón Grand Spa)- they have the most amazing falls and pools to hang out, enjoy a mojito and soak in the beauty....and there is a really cool jungle/bridge walk/hike about 20 minutes outside of town.

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    • Kenneth B.

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      I arrive in San Jose, but plan on traveling all around the country, so these look great! Thank you! · (0 likelikes)

    • Zene M.

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      I loooove the Aguila de Osa Inn!!!! Fabulous recommendation! If you end up renting a car, contact Tiziana at Vamos and mention my name...she will totally hook you up! I use her for friends and family who come to visit! · (0 likelikes)

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    Zip lining in La Fortuna was awesome, high above the rain forest. The Tabacón Grand Spa Thermal Resort were also great. Tortuguero is a really neat area, there's a lot of marsh and swamp and it's really cool to take a boat (or kayak) through it and see the caymans and other wildlife with barely anyone else around. We stayed at Pachira Lodge and had to be boated in, got our own little cabin -- it was great. If you go to Simbiosis Volcanic Mud Springs and Spa is also really fun. So many wonderful things to say about Costa Rica!

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      Thank you for the ideas! · (0 likelikes)

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    Rent a car with a GPS and just go exploring. If not, you'll get stuck doing typical tourist activities. Go to places like this. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ovkx2hkmLB0

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    Playa Guiones hands down , no question

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