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Hey! I am planning a trip to Costa Rica and plan to stay for about 110 days, thus my round trip ticket is for over the 90 day tourist visa requirement. Within my time there I plan to take a trip to Nicaragua. I've read that this will "renew" my tourist visa, but do I need to buy the bus ticket before I head to CR to prove that I'll be leaving before 90 days? Or am I good with my roundtrip ticket for now? I welcome any advice. I'm stressin a bit. Thank you!

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I will be arriving in Costa Rica SJ on 16 July very late, after 30 hours flight I will spend 1st & 2nd night in San Jose.

Later on the 22 July I will be flying to P Jimenez to meet some friends to hike the Corcovado Park and after a day or 2 in Drake Bay & around. Any tips and advice of where and what best to do before flying to Osa? After Osa I was planning Tortugero, rafting Pacuare & the Caribean area before flying back to S Jose & back to Europe. My main means of travel will be bus…

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Road map

hi, can i get it in the airport or any tourism office please? thanks.

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I've spent a month traveling in CR and visited many towns in both the Atlantic coast and Pacific coast regions. And I find Puerto Jiménez to be the least enjoyable. Many hotels were poorly run (rooms were dirty, bathroom with broken plumbings, noisy, poor management). I've been told this town has beeen "occupied" by ex-CIA operatives and other Americans who've made this town home with the mindset of a colonist. So, naturally, many locals aren't happy with the Americans. Though, the Americans…

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Can anyone recommend a driver? There are tons of companies that want to charge $240 US to drive me to San Jose. I have an odd hour arrival so shuttles won't work and flights are sold out that day. If anyone knows of someone who can drive me to San Jose, I would be happy. I am willing to pay a decent rate. But $240 seems excessive.

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Hi all,

My husband and I are very excited to go back to Costa Rica in late July - early August. As we only have one week, and are flying in and out of LIR (again), we looking for destinations within Guanacaste. The places and activities we did previously, on our two-week trip, are:
- Rincon de la Vieja - stayed at Hacienda Guachipelin, hiked Las Pailas, etc
- Bijagua - hiked Rio Celeste
- Arenal - Hanging Bridges, 1968 trail, Venado Caves
- Monteverde - Curicancha Reserve hike, SkyWalk/Tram/zipline…

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Hi,
I have been considering a couple of places for a winter away, beginning this December. I had at first considered Florida(given up as too rich for my budget) and then Cuba, but am leaning away from there after getting lots of advice from Thorn Tree posters. Costa Rica has been on my travel "to do "list for quite a while and am wondering if it would be appropriate for my winter escape.
To give some background, I am a single, 60 year old male and my budget would be $2,000 US per…
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So I'm heading out to Costa Rica for 2 weeks at the end of July and just have a couple of questions mainly about transport and bookings!

First few days will be spent Osa / Drake Bay Area but there are either no flights or they are looking pretty steep on the day I need to head back to SJ airport. Is there a bus route anyone can advise me of? I know it will be time consuming but no more than waiting an extra day in Drake to fly.

Also after 2n Tortugeoro I have 6 nights which I was going to…

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I am interested in having a full face lift done in Costa Rica and have read that there are well trained physicians and excellent clinics. This would be an anxiety provoking procedure anywhere. I would appreciate any personal experiences and recommendations that any other members have had. Thank you in advance.

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After looking over posts for the last couple of days I know this will be a difficult question to answer....but I was hoping someone who has experience could chime in with some advice.

I will be landing in Liberia about 2:00pm. The hope is to catch a bus to Granada that afternoon so as not to have to stay overnight in Liberia. I have contacted Ticabus and Nicabus about schedules but have not received any real answers that help me. Here are my questions:

  1. I know the busses leave San Jose…