Americas - Central America
Messages: 56,119 - Threads: 7,376
Hey ya'll. So I'm trying to stay in Costa Rica longer and need some advice.
When I came into the country they only gave me 30 days...I'm in puerto Viejo where Bocas Del Toro is a busy border crossing but I'm hearing many stories of people coming back and getting g 3-10 day stamps!
Is the pacific side crossing into panama less corrupt? Or the Nicaragua crossing ?
Advice? Trying to be ledgit and not have to pay or be bribed with the Bocas crossing. Keep in mind I've done that crossing 4 times in the last 3 years and crossed once to Nica and didn't come back across...
My boyfriend and I are about to embark on a 7 week trip of CA. We have roughly worked out how long we'd like to spend in each country, and due to our time constraints have decided to basically skip Costa Rica and go straight from Nicaragua to the Bocas Del Toro in Panama. Does anyone have any advice on the quickest/easiest way to travel between these two countries, spending as little time in Costa Rica as possible (without flying)??
I'm contemplating 5 days in Nicaragua in February. I'd like a good mix of relaxation and activities. Any suggestions on which city(ies) might be best?
I dont know where to post this but this is the first example I could find, of many many examples, concerning people's misconception of jungle and forest architecture. PLEASE... If you are commenting on anything as an expert or even a concerned adventurer, educate yourself. It will make LP and TT look better, and you.
It is being enforced in the most anti tourist way possible. I have heard the same from the Pacific side but here on the Sixiolla side they are sending people back to San Jose. Although the closest bank that can sell you a 7 dollar overland exit tax is in Limon, they are not suggesting that to confused tourists. People here in Bocas are asking out for hotels in the Pacific town of Costa Rica where their friend and family can stay until they can find a bank that will sell the stamp to them. Good going Costa Rica! Way to raise the bar!
I'm planning a trip to Central America and than go to Australia. The main countries I want visit are Costa Rica, Nicaragua and Guatemala. My plan is stay in Central America for at list 5 mounths, than go to visit a friend in San Francisco for couple of weeks and from there fly to Australia (getting the working/holidays visa). My budget including flights and USAs and Australian visa is around 6000 pound. I'm very scare that it's not going to be enoght, especialy because to enter Australia with the Holidays/working visa you need to have some money in your account.
What would you racomande? Did anybody did a travel similar to what I want to do?
Thanks so much for your help!
I am going to be at either the Grayline bus stop (holiday inn express) or Interbus stop (Calalu rest) in Alajuela. I think they are right next to each other. I want to get on the bus that comes from San Jose going to San Carlos. Is there a stop down there or do I need to be near the airport?
I think I will tell the bigger problem I am trying to solve in case I am going about it the wrong way.
I am trying to get from Brasilito to Zarcero. If it were just me I would do what I have done in the past. Take the public bus from Brasilito to Naranjo at the Pan American highway. Then take the San Carlos bus to Zarcero. I think this would be to rough on my friend. We could take a taxi but I thought it would be cheaper to take INterbus or Grayline to Alajuela and get on the San Carlos bus there. I checked with GecKo trails agency to see if either of the shuttles would drop us in N... more »
Is anyone currently around San Juan del Sur? If so, what is the dengue and mosquito situation like? I am planning a trip to SJS in January but I am worried about getting sick. I will be with a friend who is pregnant so we really want to stay healthy. It will be dry season , which I hear is better , but we are considering changing our travel plans. Any thoughts or input ?
Just had a few questions about travel in Costa Rica.
Going there this Wednesday :)
Also, what would you recommend for travel from La Fortuna to Liberia?
Hi I'm going to be in costa rica over Christmas and New Years. I wanted a bit of advice from some one who has been there at that time.
I have done a lot of solo backpacking and staying in hostels in south america but 1st time to CR and never backpacked over the xmas period. I just wanted to know is it still easy to meet fellow travellers when your out there or do thing shut up for the holidays? Also should i book things early or wait till i get there? and is transport still running over this time?
I have nightmarish visions of being alone in an empty hostel on xmas day with every thing shut in town. That's I was thinking of the possibility of doing an organised tour one of gap adventures type things, just so that i know i will have people around and they would have organised accommodation/activities.
Thanks for any help.
Thanks to everyone who has helped me get this trip sort of arranged. I hate to have too concrete of plans where you can not be spontaneous but with it high season and me too spoiled to consider sleeping in a park with a grandson in tow. I am trying to get it pretty well booked. We fly in Dec 7th and stay at Quetzalroo bus down to Monterrico to El Delfin 3 days up to Anigua to Casa Christina 3 days over to San Pedro de Laguna Chi Ya and 7 days Spanish lessons then up to Coban still looking for a place there Dec 24 to 26 Languin Semec Champey Dec 26 then up to Flores still looking for rooms there too for a week. We will bus to Mexico for the last week or so. I am not sure if bus schedules are as hard to find as they seem to be?
Does anyone recommend a Guate cell phone? Is one needed or not really?
Hi, I will be traveling solo to Costa Rica in a couple of weeks (late Dec) and would like get to some advice on how best to explore the rain forests and hiking trails in the national parks to ensure spotting of wildlife and safety while not breaking my budget.
Firstly, would people recommend using guides in these hikes and trail walks? Where are the places that you would specifically recommend using these walking guides? (I will be goign to Arenal, Monteverde, and Manuel Antonio). I have read that guides are necessary to make sure I can spot the wildlife there as well as to avoid dangerous creatures. I will be traveling solo.
If using guides is recommended, would people recommend booking of guides in advance through my lodging (mostly bed and breakfasts), booking the guides through my lodging when I get there, finding guide when I am at the parks' entrances, or joining tour... more »
This will be my first time to Costa Rica and I look forward to the rain forest walks and hikes. I will be going later this month and while it will be dry season, I am wondering if I need to bring a pair of rubber boots in addition to a pair of runner and hiking boots, especially in consideration of potential poisonous snakes or other creatures that bite and may go unnoticed in these trails.
We're planning a12 day trip to Costa Rica.
I'm travelling with my wife and 2 kids of 9 and 11. We drive a rental car.
We've the intention to stay 3 nights in the Arenal (Vulcan) and 3 nights around Tamarindo (Beach).
That means that we only have 6 nights left...
What would be your advise:
2 nights Rincon de la Vieja + 2 nights Quepos + 2 nights around San José (Carthago, Volcan Paos)
3 nights Quepso + 3 nights around San José
Thanks a lot!
This will be my first trip to Belize (late February for 7 - 10 days). I am self-employed so even when on vacation/traveling, it is helpful to stay in touch. I'm curious how available free or reasonably priced hotspots are, and if it is reasonable cost to purchase a local SIM card for data.
Thanks in advance.
Welcome & Getting Started
Our Community Guidelines and Community FAQs will help you get started.
Businesses and commercial interests please note, this is a strictly no advertising community. Our members do not tolerate solicitation or guerilla marketing, and accounts are for travellers only.
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org with feedback or questions.
Join us on Facebook & Twitter
Follow us on Twitter @lonelyplanet for the best in travel tips and inspiration.
If you’re on Twitter, tag your travel related tips with #lp and we’ll share the best of them with our community of followers.
Check out all our reviewed and recommended accommodation and book online.