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Hi everyone,

I'm planning a trip for next month, and am torn between the Carribbean coast (Cahuita and south, then Bocas), or Uvita area and Drake Bay. I am a solo traveler, interested in seeing some wildlife, beachtime, and relaxing.

I know that the Carribbean side is usually drier than other parts of the country at this time. Has anyone been to Drake Bay recently? I'm wondering how el nino/la nina has affected the rainfall there (if it's heavier or more frequent than usual) and if I fly to…

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Total information overload ...

I'm taking my family of five to CR, flying into SJ and plan on renting a car, once I serpentine through the rental/insurance maze ;-)

I was planning on renting a home in the Herradura / Jaco area so we can have a base to do adrenaline type activities (hearing that Jaco might not be "rated PG-13 family friendly" concerns me, although we are from the NYC area, perhaps we would feel at home). My wife however is a bit of a beach person and from my readings, it seems…

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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?