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Going to CR in August, was going to rent a 4x4 for our trip from LIR->Arenal->Malpais. I've driven in CR on several trips, but never during the rainy season. From what I am reading, the stretch on the back of the Gulf of Nicoya getting to Malpais seems like it can be pretty sketchy in the rainy season? I don't mind bumpy, potholed, muddy roads, but I am a little concerned about hitting rivers that may not be passable, and getting stuck on the road in the middle of nowhere. I used to drive…

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I haven't been to CR in about 8 years, and I don't recall what we paid for a car rental, but I'm trying to figure out how the mandatory insurance works. I looked at rental options via Expedia and the price for 10 days for a small SUV was $75 ... total. I know that can't be correct, and I assume insurance will be added upon pickup. I looked up the fine print on expedia and it said "All mandatory insurance coverage is included in the price you pay Expedia.

So, a couple of questions .. I am…

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Hi everyone,

I'm traveling solo next month from the States, and am thinking about visiting Cahuita for 2-3 days and then going to Bocas del Toro. A couple of questions:
Cahuita national park
Is it not recommended to hike in the park alone? (I live in a large city, so would take the regular precautions, of course -- would not go early/later in day, or carry valuables)
Would a guided tour give you more in terms of the experience, and would anyone have a person they recommended?
How rough are the…

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Hi all,

I'm going to be i nCR for 4 nights and i was thinking of checking out Manuel Antonio and possible other sights Maybe Jaco and/ or a nearby volcano. Any recommendations? I'm trying to avoid long hours drives... Thanks for your feedback.

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Hi all,
- - I am considering volunteering at Tree of Life in Cahuita, CR. Looking for anyone who has done this. I am interested in hearing about your experience & opinion of the rescue. I have read rave reviews about it. The only negative things I can find are posted by people who don't seem to understand the process at all. I have spent time at Paseos Los Monos in Ecuador and loved it. Extremely hard work when I was there, immeasurable reward.
- - A bit about me: After many, many trips to…

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Hi
We are planning to visit Costa Rica in October and rented 4*4 during our staying.
My wife and I are little worry because of the long drive in the rain season from La Fortuna towards Monteverde.
We are coming with our kids ages 4 and 6
and read in trip-advisor that the road is dangerous.
From your experience is it safe for us to come?
What are the tips you can give us?
Thanks

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http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3703955/US-man-attacked-crocodile-Costa-Rica-beach.html

There used to be no crocs in the river years ago and just Bull Sharks, so if you were on the surfboard paddling across, it was not really a risk. But low tide is another story, as you can even walk it though the currents are strong.

Last time I was surfing in Tamarindo in 2014 I crossed here and saw crocs on the river banks upstream but they were under 4ft long...but I knew it was matter of…

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Planning a trip to Costa Rica. We will be going to the Arenal Volcano area and the beach. Better to fly in/out of Liberia or San Jose?

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Hello My name is John and my son and I will be leaving Minnesota with a Motorhome. What are the bad things things we should expect? Will the borders be hard to cross? We both love Costa Rica looking at the different countries in Central America. Any information will be greatly appreciated. Thank you.
John

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I am planning an 8 day vacation in Costa Rica. I am deciding between a Costa Rica Monkey Tour deal for $1,199 or custom planning the trip. Others who have traveled to CR, would love to get their feedback. Is it more cost-efficient to do the tour or to custom plan the trip oneself? Thanks so much!