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I visited La Fortuna for the sole reason to go rafting with Costa Rica Descents after they came so highly recommended. I signed up to do the Class III / IV expecting a challenging and fun day, I was extremely disappointed. The /website said the tour was 6/7 hours, yet it turned out we spent about a third of the time in an Organic Farm learning about Costa Rica organic farming methods.
The rafting was not challenging and we kept getting stuck on rocks. My tour guide was in a bad mood when he came to pick us up and was very unhelpful. During the rafting he kept blaming me (the only male on the boat) for us getting stuck on the rocks in shallow parts of the river. The girls on the boat were very taken aback by this and came to my defense.
When I went to complain, I was met with an unhelpful member of staff and not offered any consolidation for an extremity expensive and disappoin... more »
Has anyone had experience of flying from UK to Costa Rica and having to change planes at Newark? We are flying with Lufthansa to Newark and then onwards with American Airlines.
Have read that some people nearly missed, or nearly missed onward flights because of transit problems in JFK. We only have 1hr 30 mins for transit. This will be next February. Will we have a problem with transit through Newark and do we need any documents to transit through USA?
Have done transit through Bangkok, Asia with no problems but now becoming worried about transit through USA.
Any help would be appreciated.
I am beginning to plan a two-week trip to Costa Rica for my husband and me in October and was hoping to get input and observations about my draft itinerary from the regulars who seem to have a good idea of what's reasonable and makes sense in CR. So here goes...
Going in October to the Caribbean coast, as it appears the weather is good there at that time of year. While a car is not out of the question, I'd hoped to take public transportation.
Stay overnight in San Jose, then on day 2 raft the Rio Pacuare. I've noticed comments that a 2-day raft trip is better - really? I'd thought one day would suffice. However, afterwards we'll carry on to Tortugeuro, so my hope is that the tour company will pick us up at the hotel in SJ and then drop us after rafting at Moin to catch a boat. Will it be too late in the day at that point?
Stay two nights in Tortugeuro. Is it better ... more »
Hello my friend and I are planning a trip in september, possible to CR, we are both 25 years old, into nature, hiking, swimming, would love to learn to surf.. so my question is, is september a good time to travel costa rica?
I've been reading online that the weather is CR varies depending on the region and that the caribbean side is rather dry and a good area to check out? Although it would be rainy, I would still like to check out tamarindo and that region.
Flights that I have looked up indicate that it's more affordable to fly into san jose than liberia
Please let me know what you think?
Any seasoned costa rican travelers out there that could give me the 411 on CR in september would be extremely helpful!
Hello fellow travellers,
I'm trying to figure out the best destination for our honeymoon next year in February. I get to choose where we go and prepare the whole shabang, but she imposed the conditions ( to which I agreed). The criteria are few but very precise.:
- see vulcanoes and heavy vulcanic activity (lots of fumaroles, mud pots, volcanoes etc);
- clear skies and good temperatures to have beach time;
- no need to take malaria pills;
- good diving spots
- if possible: see whales (but this is the least important one)
Thank you very much!!!
my partner and I are looking for a honeymoon destination. we are really flexible as to where to go: costa rica, mexico, dominican republic etc etc etc....
we are tempted by the idea of having all meals provided, or an affordable restaurant really close (given breakfast is provided) and therefore all-inclusive fits the purpose of this trip (we really only want to be together, not worry about food etc).
We do not like really touristy places and big resorts.
We are rather in nature in a remote place (at least not crowded).
and yes...we are on a budget....meaning those really fancy resorts that are completely in nature but where you pay hundreds of $ a night are out of our league.
basic-nice-nature-all meals provided- affordable. any hints????
thank you soo much
We are trying to decide whether to go to Costa Rica or Dominican Republic in Dec/Jan. Has anyone been to both?
I am wondering how costs, food and transport compare, which did you prefer and why?
We are travelling with two young kids, so ease of transport is a big consideration to us. I have also read that DR is more historically interesting. Is this true?
I fly into SJO late Friday night so I am going to stay in Alajuela. I am looking to make my way over to Tamarindo the following day.
Is it necessary to go into San Jose to catch a bus to the coast or is there somewhere I can get a ticket and get on a bus from Alajuela.
Could someone please advise on the best way to do this?
I'm looking into going to Playa Samara next weekend.
Does anyone have any tips? Hotels/hostels/trips?
We're a family of four heading to Costa Rica as the first stop on a round-the-world trip. Our kids are aged 9 and 11. We're planning on spending 2 weeks in Costa Rica and would like advice on a good itinerary. We'll be there in the month of mid-late November. I've been to Costa Rica once already on a surfing trip. We spent a week in Playa Grande but didn't see much of anything else besides some great surf. Would love any advice for our family.
I hear there is, was, or will be a food festival in this vicinity, but have failed to ascertain the temporal coordinates, and wheras the place is a bit off the grid, I'm a bit leary of falling in sketch sitch. I would appreciate advise from anyone qualified (that means having been to Cosa Rica).
I visited Costa Rica in 1997 and enjoyed a great canopy tour/zip line trip while in Monteverde. I'm hoping somebody who has been there more recently can help me remember which operator it was. As I recall, it was off the main road. We then traveled a bit (by van?) and hiked a bit to the base of a big tree. The base of the tree was open and the interior was of the tree trunk was covered with cargo netting/ladders. We climbed up inside the tree to an opening which put us on a platform from which we were hooked onto the zip line. From there, we traveled from one tree/platform to another, gradually passing through the canopy.
Does this sound familiar to anybody? I wouldn't be surprised if the tree is long gone now, but I was hoping to return there with my 9 and 11 y.o. daughters this summer. (Apparently my description of the set up made them think of Winnie the Pooh.)
Thanks in adv... more »
The place where we're staying gave us instructions on how to use their travel agent credentials to get a discount flying on SANSA (one of the regional air carriers in Costa Rica). After failure on a PC, I managed to log in on a Mac (no snickers!). But once in, the system reported no flights were available on the dates requested--yet if I try to make the reservations using the main SANSA site, or Kayak, or by phone, the flights are available.
While I wait for a response form the folks who offered the initial information, I'm hoping another savvy traveler might have some useful advice.
Thanks in advance!
Am booked on a Tica bus tomorrow into Costa Rica. Have 3 nights before leaving from San Jose and wanted to see some real Costa Rica. Was thinking Monteverde would be a good option, but not sure how best to get there.
With tica bus i can get off in either Liberia or San Jose, but then what? Any suggestions of how to make the route would be great. I think i should arrive into Liberia around 12 noon.
Open to other destinations too, just somewhere not too far from San Jose for my onward trip.
I'm planning on going to Tortugeuro in June before moving on to Panama City. I'd like to stop off in Limon on the way down (and maybe see the sloth sanctuary between Limon and Cahuita). I've had a look around the web and on here and can see lots of information on how to get to Tortugeuro and Limon from San Jose, but not how to get in between the two. Does anybody have any advice on how to do this? What are the most convenient and cheapest ways to get from Tortuguero to Limon?
And any advice on the best way to get down to Panama City from Limon / Cahuita? I know it's relatively easy to get to Bocas from Limon but I'm meeting friends in Panama City so need to get there.
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