1 week in Costa Rica - from Liberia
Replies: 9 - Last Post: Nov 12, 2012 2:17 PM Last Post By: stuckincanada
Nov 11, 2012 9:55 AM
I got a flight out to Costa Rica tomorrow arriving at 1:30pm but haven't decided on any type of itinerary. I don't know if I should head straight to Tamarindo for the beaches or la fortuna for the arenal volcano. I would have wanted to go to Corcovado for the rainforest but it seems rather difficult to get to so I was wondering what would be the best alternative given my short time. Any help would be appreciate. Thanks! =)
Nov 11, 2012 10:11 AM
Nov 11, 2012 10:15 AM
Nov 11, 2012 11:06 AM
3since you are flying into liberia and have a short amount of time, i would split your time between one of the beaches and rincon de la vieja.
rincon de la vieja national park: http://www.acguanacaste.ac.cr/1997/ecodesarrollo/ecoturismo/pailas_turing.html also take a look here: http://www.guachipelin.com for a bunch of things to do. check out their activity center http://www.guachipelin.com/one-day-pass.html which is near the national park entrance.
for some places to stay in the rincon de la vieja area, http://www.rincondelavieja.net
be sure to spend some time at santa rosa national park http://www.acguanacaste.ac.cr/1997/ecodesarrollo/ecoturismo/santa_rosa_turing.html
rincon de la vieja is about 45 minutes from liberia and santa rosa about an hour.
for beach areas, take a look here: http://www.nicoyapeninsula.com not listed on this website are playas del coco and playa hermosa. playas del coco or playa hermosa are about 1/2 an hour from the airport - and about an hour from liberia.
for distances and travel times: http://www.yourtravelmap.com
Nov 11, 2012 11:19 AM
Nov 11, 2012 12:00 PM
5waallll - i would check the weather report before heading to tenorio right now. that area has just been blasted with four straight days of rain. if it doesn't rain in the next couple of day, things might be dry enough to enjoy, but otherwise.... maybe too wet.
you can always ask your lodging wherever you are to call one of the hotels/lodges near the park and ask about the weather there.
Nov 11, 2012 4:09 PM
Nov 11, 2012 4:49 PM
7it really depends on where you are going.
you can take public transportation or taxi or shuttle to any of the beach towns.
http://www.thebusschedule.com/cr/ for public bus
http://www.anywherecostarica.com/cr/ or http://www.easyridecr.com for shuttle. if you are going to one of the beaches from the liberia airport, there is also the tamarindo shuttle. or - you can take a taxi.
to get to rincon de la vieja, you can take a taxi or take the bus from liberia to curubande and then a taxi to the park. you can also contact guachipelin for more information on transportation in that area.
to get to santa rosa, you can take one of the buses from liberia north either to penas blancas or la cruz. tell the driver you want to get off at la casona. it's a few kilometers hike into the park, but mostly flat and paved most of the way.
Nov 12, 2012 9:28 AM
8I would definitely recommend Rincon - was our best location for wildlife-spotting, and all the volcanic activity is really cool.
Tenorio was, indeed, quite wet. Don't think it's worth the hike from Liberia on public transportation/hired car unless you were planning to stay a couple of days.
Nov 12, 2012 2:17 PM
9Definitely spend at least 3 days by the beaches, and go on a tour with a local. By far the best part of my trip was with a fellow that didnt speak a word of English, but he brought us out to a tiny rock formation and jumped in- of course we followed! At first I was pretty disappointed because I had wanted shallow waters and lots of shiny fish, that was before I realized we were surrounded by manta rays! We did eventually get to the 'shiny fish' part to, and he found an octopus that didnt mind getting a free ride on my hand for a bit.
Rincon de la vieja is another excellent choice, we did a 'package tour' that included horseback riding, zip-lining/ rappelling, tubing down the river, and the hot mud baths, a very packed, exhilarating, exhausting day.
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