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ACosta Rica: Driving in Costa Rica?

Hi. We have rented a SUV and driven each time we have visited CR. With no issues. Easy to get around. We do not speak Spanish. Waze or the old-fashioned map is needed. The biggest thing to know: the rental price sometimes doubles when they add the insurance which is required... See More

ANeed suggestions for travel destination that is warm in early March?

Ray, my favorite spot is Tamarindo Costa Rica ! Tamarindo​  We have traveled a lot and keep coming back to CR.  We do not do the all inclusive's.  A hotel near the beach and rent a SUV to go to the nearby National Parks, water sports up and down... See More

ACosta Rica: Best things to do for a family in San Jose, Costa Rica?

C R is our favorite place.  I agree with the first answer. Get out of San Jose and our favorite spots are La Fortuna​ for Arenal Volcano, National Parks and the amazing volcano fed water parks like Tabacon Hot Springs. Tamarindo​ for... See More

ARemote honeymoon destination that has plenty of sun in November?

Costa Rica is our favorite place on the planet - so far.  Consider Tamarindo​  Rainy season is Sept / Oct.  November will be nice.  We love to relax on the beach; many nice hotels - hike the national parks, kayak, ride horses - all nearby.   ... See More

AIn which country, city or state have you drank the best beer?

Asheville​, NC   Several really good micro breweries. See More

ACosta Rica: Best restaurants in Costa Rica?

We have had wonderful experiences by going local. Sodas​ - small family run cafe's - try their version of a "Blue Plate" special.  A "Typical" meal is a plate with grilled (Chicken, beef or fish) with sides - beans and rice cooked... See More

ACosta Rica: Honeymoon in Costa Rica: looking for uncrowded beach destination

We love to start in La Fortuna​ and the Arenal area and then drive around Lake Arenal with fun stops in small towns and wind up on the west coast near Tamarindo​.  Tamarindo is a happening place with lots to do.  Nicer restaurants,... See More

AI have a free airline ticket to anywhere in the world... Where should I go?

Shannon, I love Costa Rica.  It is 5 or 6 hours (or so) in the air from SF.  Inexpensive and easy to book short notice. Amazing cloud forest, national parks and wonderful Pacific side beaches.  Fly to San Jose International Airport (Juan Santamaria), Alajuela Costa... See More

ACosta Rica: Has anyone ever rented a car in Costa Rica?

Renting has worked well, no problems. Think about a 4x4 SUV if you want to be in the more remote areas. Or just be able to drive the dirt roads in some of the pacific beach towns with confidence.  Costa Rica​ includes insurance on each rental. Mandatory.... See More

ACosta Rica: Driving from Monteverde to Manuel Antonio - stops along the way?

Check out the road around Lake Arenal near La Fortuna​ it takes you by Volcano Arenal. The National Park is a good stop; there are several really nice hot springs. We have been to Arenal Paraiso Hotel Resort & Spa​Then a great... See More

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