Americas - Central America
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Flying in to San Jose on the 10th May, would like to be out the city and to the pacific coast as soon as possible, just looking on some help on planning my trip up into Nicaragua following the Pacific Coast and then other to the Caribeen side.
There are 2 of us travelling, i only want to be in Costa Rica for 4/5 days. i have looked in to a shuttle that will take us from our hotel to Montezuma for $50 per person, is this a good price? how long will it take?
i then want to travel up the coast to Tamarindo stay a night/day here then move in land, not sure of the best point to cross the border will be travelling by bus/boat to keep costs down. Is Los chiles the best route?
Then once over the border to Nicaragua would love to experience the lake, maybe hike a volcano and make our way over to bluefields, would like to avoid big cities if possible and are happy with hostels and bac... more »
We are in Arenal for 5 nights and then headed to the Pacific Coast for another 9. My feeling is that Arenal is the place to get in all your adventures while enjoying the beauty around you (I've never been to Costa Rica so what do I know though). We are travelling peak season with 6 of us so I wanted to make sure we have reservations to aviod disappointment.
My question is now that I have an itinerary is it realistic? I've been working with Desafio and they have been great. I don't know how long each of these tours are or what time they have us starting or ending. I thought maybe those of you who have done some of these tours might be able to commment.
We are still debating on whether to rent a car or use Destinos Encantados Bohar Travel Agency.
Liberia to Arenal
La Fortuna Waterfall Guided Hike
Whitewater Rafting Class 2 & 3
Caño Negro Wldlife... more »
I will be flying into the San Jose International airport. I am wondering if it is it recommended to book a place to stay in Alajuela, San Jose (or somewhere else) for the first two days of my trip. Day 2 I will be rafting the Pacuare River (Exploradoresoutdoors). Does anyone know if Exploradoresoutdoors picks up and drops off from both Alajuela and San Jose? Thank you in advance for your help!
Also, any recommendations on inexpensive, but nice hotels/B&B's would be appreciated.
New here, new to vacationing.
I went to Cuba last year and while I really enjoyed myself - my liver was quite angry with me when I returned. I found there was nothing to do besides drink. I'm not much of a beach bum, I'd rather be doing something.
This year, I want to explore.. and I have no idea where to do that - under$1300pp (all inc).
I'm looking for somewhere with TONS of options for daytime entertainment - like snorkelling off the beach at the hotel, hiking, jungle, whatever! Paid excursions would be ok if they weren't crazy priced. And somewhere cheap (currency), most bang for my buck, with good water - and of course safest areas for tourists.
I am also looking to go end of May/early July. I know it's not the most desired time, but I am a stressed out mom to 3 kids and I'm a full time university student. This is when I can go/can afford to go. lol.... more »
I am a frequent traveller to Thailand and am curious about Belize(although, I have not been to Belize, yet), as a possible alternative. Ideally, I would like to hear from people who have experience in both countries.
My main questions are;
What would a reasonable expectation of monthly expenses be, in Belize? ( To give some perspective, I rented a four room house, over-looking a beach on Koh Pha Ngan, Thailand, with A/C, hot shower and maid service, for the equivalent of $600 per month Canadian). I would be looking for a bungalow near, but not directly on a decent swimming beach, not 5 star, but not a dive either.
As I eat my meals out, what would mid-range restaruant meals cost for three per day? ( I lean towards healthy, fresh fruit, veggies, seafood, etc.). I also like good coffee:)
What are the transportation options like, in as far as cost, ease ... more »
I am planning to go to Guatemala for 10 weeks and study spanish.
I have been looking at Xela since it offers good prices and dedicated teaching.
I wonder if anyone here has experience from studying spanish there?
Also. The web talks a lot about weather in December and January being cold.
I was hoping to avoid that by staying from Oct to Nov and perhaps one week of December.
Is there any fun staying in this place during this time or is it just pure agony getting through cold nights?
So I can't decide which country to visit both seem so interesting..
I'll be doing a working holiday in Australia for a couple of months, starting in november and after that i want to fly to South/Central America to do some volunteering.
It will be my frist time to travel South America on my own. I have visited Peru many times with my family because we have relatives there but I need an easy landing to the on your own South America travelling.
I assume Costa Rica is safer but more expensive but don't really know about Ecuadors safety. I know it is REALLY cheap.
1. Activities.. like kayaking, biking, diving, snorkelling etc. Which country? and costs?
2. People.. Difference between personalities?? Is it easier to get friends among costa ricans or equatorians?
3. Scenery.. which country has the more stunning scenery?
4. Overall mood??
5. Which co... more »
We just booked tickets to Costa Rica for ten days in August 2013. We want to travel light, meaning very cost effective on accommodation and transportation. At the moment we have been researching hostels, and also online booking agents like (tierre verde, travel Costa Rica) We want to hit the touristy parts for our first trip: Arenal, MonteVerde, Manuel Antonio. Right now, I'm not sure if it would be best to go through a travel agent to book our itinerary (again we would prefer to travel cheaper), or if we should book rooms in hostels and excursions that include transportation from lets say San Jose to Arenal. Also since it is the green season, should we wait to book excursions when we are in Costa Rica just in case weather is bad? Some information on us, we are very outdoorsy people and would like to do the zipline, caveing, jungle hiking and beach action. Any information o... more »
I will only have 2 or 3 days in Ambergris Caye and want to make sure that I take the excursions/tours that are best for snorkeling. I've read a lot on the subject, but most of the time they are talking about diving and then sprinkle in the word 'snorkeling'. I'm interested in hearing what is best for snorkeling.
I was thinking of doing the Hol Chan Marine Reserve/Shark Alley. And since this seems to be a half day trip, I would take another tour on that date. Which would you recommend for SNORKELING -- Mexico Rocks, Night Snorkeling, or something totally different like the Manatees?
And the other tour that I was thinking about is the Turneffe/Island Atoll/Blue Hole excursions. If I understand correctly, it is a 3 hour trip each way to get to these places and it is awesome for diving - but what about snorkeling?
Your suggestions are most appreciated!
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Hello everyone. I will be visiting Belize for the 1st time in an upcoming trip and will be staying at both Ambergris Caye and San Ignacio.
My plan is to go to San Ignacio first, but I am worried because my flight doesn't land until 2:30 and I'm not sure how long getting through customs and baggage typically takes. Specifically, I'm worried that by the time I get to the bus station that all the express buses to San Ignacio have left. The postings that I see for the bus schedule are several years old. I have been quoted a price of $110 to get myself and my brother from BZE to Parrot's Nest Lodge (this is where I think I will stay, but I may stay in town instead). Because the cost of the bus versus the shuttle transfer is so dramatic, I'm thinking the bus is the way to go... but I have limited time in Belize and if I have to wait several hours for the bus, I might just go ahead... more »
I'm planning a quick trip to Central America (4-5 days) with my mom, who is older and not very mobile. Any ideas on which country we should head to? Any specifics (a city to check out, place to stay, island to chill out on for a few days) would be so appreciated! I've been to Panama already, so that's the only country we're not considering.
It'll be her first time in Central America, so I'd love for her to experience the culture, but realize her reduced mobility may be an issue. We're also very content to just hang out somewhere cool for the duration.
I am staying in Nosara for three weeks but would like to stay in Samara for a night or two. I was hoping I could get some suggestions on where to stay (relatively cheap and lively) and places to go out and eat and drink...and dance.
Any insight is greatly appreciated. Thanks,
Hello Fellow Travelers,
I am planning a 3-4 week trip from mid-June to mid-July. I am looking to do some hiking, diving, beach time and lots of eating. I was thinking of going to two countries in central america. Currently thinking about Panama, Costa Rica, Nicaragua and Guatemala. Dominican Republic is also a possibility...
What is weather like in each of those countries around this time? Good time to travel?
Also, I am wondering if anyone had any advice/suggestions.
My friend and I (both girls in our early 20s) are spending around 2 weeks in Belize (flying back home around day 15 or 16).
We have found an organised tour through a company (not sure if I can post the name on here) that is a tour of Belize and Tikal (15 days). The cost is around £950. It goes Belize City to San Ignacio , San Ignacio to Tikal, a 3 day canoe trip around San Ignacio, then to Hopkins and finishing in Belize.
From the sound of it the main benefit of going on this organised tour is hassle free travel- as in, once we join the trip we have nothing to organise for ourselves.
However, I have been looking at options to save some money. I have looked at good hostels and private transfers and it looks as though we could save around £300!! The only thing we haven't found is a similar canoeing adventure.
My question is, does anyone have experience of travell... more »
A friend and I took a trip to Central America and here's the results. If it inspires you please share, if you have questions feel free to ask.
Hopefully this will give some ideas to those traveling to Panama, Costa Rica, Nicaragua or Honduras in the upcoming future.
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