Coffee Farm and Beach
Replies: 5 - Last Post: Nov 21, 2012 10:34 AM Last Post By: roamingbrewer
Nov 17, 2012 7:42 PM
Coffee Farm and BeachI'll be in Costa Rica for work in Feb, and I want to take maybe four days off, rent a car, and see some other parts of the country other than the capital. I'd love to do two things: 1) Stay at /see a rural coffee plantation for a couple days and then 2) go down to the beach- maybe spend $50 - $90 a night or so. Since it's work, I'll be traveling alone -so somewhere safe for a female traveler...and things around that I would feel comfortable doing by myself... (For example, I really don't want to go zip lining by myself, but would feel comfortable hiking/walking where there are others around). I hate shopping and hate crowds.
Nov 18, 2012 5:10 AM
1why would you want to stay at a coffee farm? why not stay somewhere like this http://www.orquideasinn.com/ and visit poas volcano one day and visit a coffee farm the next day. then head for the beach.
stay away from jaco.
check out uvita, dominical, or even manuel antonio.
my advice would be to wait until you get there. do some research on costa rica and then just ask your co-workers or other people you come in contact with. if you are not working 7 days a week, there are many interesting day trips from san jose, including overnights.
even though costa rica is a small country, it takes more time than you imagine to get around. http://www.yourtravelmap.com for distances and travel times.
there are lots of coffee farms in costa rica - but - costa rica is mainly about nature: waterfalls, rainforests, cloud forests, volcanoes, wildlife, hot springs, etc.
Edited by: wiremu
Nov 18, 2012 10:33 AM
Nov 18, 2012 10:44 AM
3i think you would be better off to just plan to visit a coffee farm for a day. but - if you are determined to stay at a coffee farm, just google it.
keep in mind that orquideas is very close to poas volcano and not that far from san jose so you don't spend a lot of time traveling from san jose. a place like that gets you out of the city but not too far - and is rural. also look at http://www.puravidahotel.com/
both doka and cafe britt offer coffee tours from either alajuela or san jose, but there are others. doka is thought by most people to be the best http://www.dokaestate.com/coffee_tour/tour_coffee.html
of course, you can always head to a really rural area and find someone like my neighbor, don ramon, who has some coffee trees and roasts the beans in a 55-gal metal drum over and open fire.
Nov 18, 2012 4:22 PM
Nov 21, 2012 10:34 AM
5I would recommend Monteverde. Monteverde has guided tours of local coffee plantations and wildlife reserves for all your nature walking needs. I was there for 3 weeks and had a blast. I think the coffee tour I took was at a place called El Trapiche.
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