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One week in Costa Rica

I am taking my 12 year old son to Costa Rica over Spring break April 11-18. We only have 7 days there. I am trying to plan the vacation using advice from my lonely planet guide book but I am overwhelmed. We would like to see a lot of nature, zipline and mostly visit Tortuguero. My plan is Arenal, Monteverde, Manuel Antonio and Tortuguero. Is this too much for 7 days? Is it safe for a woman and a child to drive alone in CR? Any advice will be greatly appreciated.

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Playa Cacao near Gulfito

Hi, we are looking for a simple cabina near the water in Playa Cacao near Gulfito for a 6 day and up to 10 day stay. That area is interesting because it looks like there is good access to a network of hiking trails into a wildlife preserve, it has really good access for me to kayak fish mangrove forests. There are two wildlife sanctuaries within an easy day trip for my 6 and 8 year old kids.

A couple of questions. I see mention of a couple cabinas there in Google Earth, but I cant find…

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Shuttle from San jose to tamarindo

If anyone is interested in sharing a shuttle from San jose to tamarindo on the 26th of March let me know and we can talk further.
Kind regards
Lewis

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La fortuna/Arenal.

I will be staying for 3 days in La fortuna and would like to get information about taxis in the area. Will I be able to hire taxis to get to some of the "sites" around Arenal. What should my expectations be for price based on distance.

Also, i have heard about "Salta" the local swimming hole. Is the water flow too low this april.

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What's wrong with the Caribe side of Costa Rica ?

I've been researching a trip for the month of May to Costa Rica and initially envisaged the Caribe side rather than the Pacific side. Sadly though, I've found tons and tons of information on the Pacific coast and central areas but the information on the Caribe side is by comparison, very thin on the ground. My ordered guide-book arrived today and out of 480 pages only a disappointing 28 are dedicated to the Caribe.

I appreciate there are many disadvantages to touristy areas but they are after…

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Overnight in Jaco

Hey everyone! I'll be staying 1 night in Jaco (I know it's not recommended) but I'm leaving the next morning on the boat taxi to Santa Teresa! I'm coming from Drake Bay so the way the travel day works I'll be coming into Jaco around 6:30pm. I would like to stay somewhere central so I can get picked up with no charge for the boat, but since it's Friday I wanted to book ahead of time, worried I may not get a bed if I just show up and look around.
Suggestions for a one night central stay?

Thanks…

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Running and Studying Spanish in Costa Rica

I am planning on spending a month in Costa Rica this summer studying Spanish. But I am also training for a marathon this fall and would hate to give up a month of training. Are there any runners out there with suggestions of where might be the best place to study Spanish in Costa Rica while maintaining a fairly strenuous running regimen?I am currently looking at Intercultera (both Heredeia and Samara campuses). CLRA (which is in San Jose) and Forester (which claims to be in a "quiet, upscale…

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Is what I'm planning doable/recommended?

I fly to Costa Rica next month 20th April to 11th of May in and out from Liberia. I've booked two nights in Liberia, mostly to work off the medication I take for flying but nothing beyond that (and not planning to book much more anyway).

So after reading posts on here, I want to visit Tortuguero, Drake Bay (or Osa in general) and Tamarindo. This should be relatively easy in 3 weeks, except that I do not want fly. I'd rather do long bus rides and the talk of an 8-seater plane to Drake Bay scares…

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Caribe CR - Itinerary and Lodging Feedback - October 2015?

Hello,

We will be in CR for 2 weeks arriving mid October. We arrive SJO around dinner so will be staying one night there and will be leaving early on the 1st of Nov so will require another night on the 31st in SJO.

From SJO, here is what I am thinking based on the time of year, our desire to see some highlights but also have a chunk of time at a "base camp" in the south to do our own day trips as well as chill out, read and enjoy the area.

  • SJO - 1 night
  • SJO - Tortuguero: Stay in Tortuguero
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Airport closed?

Anybody know if SJO is opening soon? I have friends flying on Monday.