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Michelle
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Michelle from New York City asked

What to see in Costa Rica?

Looking to travel to Costa Rica end of June to beginning of July. What are some of the best area's to see and what  adventures do you suggest? 

We are still in the beginning of planing the trip out, but want some suggestions to get it going! 

Thanks! 

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Rocio from Costa Rica

Hello Michelle!

Well for adventures probably I would suggest OsaCorcovado National Park Office. Peninsula de Osa and Drake Bay are very famous and one of my favorite spots in Costa Rica. They were declared the most biologically intense areas on earth by National Geographic as they become the premier eco-tourism destination in the country and also due to their pristine rainforests and the rugged natural beauty. However, the Caribbean side of the country is also spectacular and pretty awesome if you want adventure. I always recommend when visiting LimonTortugueroSloth SanctuaryAlmonds and Corals HotelManzanillo, and Pacuare River. Google Pacuare Lodge, it is a bit expensive but they offer an entire experience of white water rafting plus lodging and an amazing culinary experience. 

Last but not least, let me recommend Mal Paisor Santa Teresa beach. They are pretty close to the Daniel Oduber International Airport. I always stay at Villas Hermosas. If you decide to visit Guanacaste in the Pacific, a must see place to visit is Monteverde Cloud Forest. If you want adventure, this is the right place as well.

My country is beautiful and Costa Ricans are unique people. I am sure you will have a blast. 

Pura vida!!





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Gaia
Hola Rocio! Your answer is very helpful..I'd like to go to Corcovado..do you know if there is any public transportation? I'm planning on getting there from San Jose, but I might not be able to rent a car. Pura Vida! :)
 

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I would recommend you take a bus from San Jose since this peninsula is more remote and less developed than any other part of the country, (wildest and most spectacular region too), or take a plane called Sansa to Puerto Jimenez will be easier and faster. However, you can also catch a daily bus (google Transportes Blanco, telephone 22574121, terminal address to follow). For low lodging rates, google on Cabinas Jimenez at Puerto Jimenez.
 

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Terminal del Norte/San Jose to Puerto Jimenez: (express bus from San José) – DEP. every day from just outside Terminal Atlántico Norte at 6:00 am, 12:00; RETURNS. 5:00 am, 11:00 am; 378 km; 10:00 hrs. $6.26 ** Atlántico Norte company. Tel. 2256-8963
 

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Address: AV 9, Calle 12, San Jose.
 
 
 

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Chandra from Boulder

Oh my gosh, how exciting! I still think about my Costa Rica trip. Dominical is a wonderful little surfer town with delicious food and laid back people. I also went to the Corcovado National Park Office. Corcovado is definitely a drive (scary at times) but you will see sloths, monkeys, macaws and a bunch of other cool animals. We stayed at Airbnb's the entire time and it worked out perfectly. Everyone was very nice. 


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Aaron
Chandra, my wife and I are looking at a similar itinerary for our trip next year (spring time, hopefully). Since you drove yourself around the country, are you a fluent spanish speaker? I'd like to rent a 4x4 vehicle, but neither of us speak spanish.
 

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Hi Aaron, It was definitely important to get a 4X4. However do know that their version of a 4X4 is much different than ours (a lot less rugged) but it was still needed to get to Corcovado. Don't worry about the language barrier, you will be able to communicate just fine!
 
 
 

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Justin from Phoenix

I have a blog post that hits some high points. We went in December, though, so we had cooler weather. I could spend most of my time in Monteverde easily (though I'd still want to see monkeys in Manuel Antonio).


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Richard from Costa Rica

Costa Rica has something for everyone as you can imagine. So the important thing to know is what type of people are in your group and specifics are very important as niche markets for all types can be found just about anywhere worth going here. Time is also important as well as budget because this will greatly help others to know what to advise you.

For example a nature buff may be elderly and still find great tours all over the country. Middle age, young athletic or even pudgy but healthy people from all over the world can access just about every place with ease here with the transportation infrastructure.

I will list what I believe to be essential trips or adventures that I have done and can give a 5 star rating for anybody from Pregos to centenarians.

In no order:

  1. Arenal Volcanoe and this region, a cool view a safe distance away can be found at the Springs Resort where there are amazing rooms and services including a fabulous wild cat sanctuary.
  2. Heres my Canyoning and waterfall rappeling with Pure Trek
  3. Mangrove Crocodile Tours with handfeeding of wild crocs
  4. Visit the Produce Markets and Organic Fairs
  5. Stay in a beach house that gets monkeys! Montezuma
  6. Snorkel in the Pacific Ocean
  7. Hula hooping with a crowd in San Jose every Saturday and Sundays is a super fun tourist highlight for the last 5 years!

Very well, I hope you enjoy these ideas and have an amazing time. note: these are personal ideas and experiences as well as personal photos, as usual!!


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Don from Austin (Texas)

It's a whole country with two coasts running it's length and a lot in between. Can you narrow your question a bit or give everyone a time period to work with?


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