Xmas in Costa Rica?
Replies: 4 - Last Post: Apr 26, 2013 7:41 PM Last Post By: minimorgi
Apr 14, 2013 5:38 PM
Xmas in Costa Rica?Hi,
I am looking for recommendations for a place in Costa Rica for my family (all adults) for Xmas. We need a comfortable and clean place, like a condo, for a base. We plan to have a car and do some day trips, e.g. Arenal. I've been to Costa Rica previously on a much lower budget. Looking now for something moderate, but clean and safe enough so my wife is comfortable. Hopefully near a town that we can walk to as well. I was thinking the Guanacaste area, or maybe further south on the Pacific side, but I am open. Thank you for your comments in advance.
Bruce from Montana
Apr 14, 2013 6:24 PM
Apr 15, 2013 5:34 AM
2you can fly into lir liberia and from there, the closest beach is only 20-30 minutes away. basically, arenal is not a feasible day trip from anywhere - other than the arenal area. but from one of the northern pacific beaches, such as playas del coco or playa hermosa, rincon de la vieja national park is only about an hour away for your "volcano" experience. take a look here for a nice "adventure" day: http://www.guachipelin.com/one-day-pass.html
if you are determined to visit the arenal area, then plan on being there for at least 2-3 days. there's lots to do and some interesting day trips and there is lodging of all sorts and all prices, including vacation rentals. http://www.arenal.net is a good starting point. also http://www.anywherecostarica.com/destinations/arenal-costa-rica for vacation rentals, check vrbo or homeaway or trip advisor vacation rentals. if you are staying in the area for 5-7 days, a vacation rental is economical.
Edited by: wiremu
Apr 17, 2013 7:31 AM
3Bruce you first have to ask yourself how many days you are planning to be in CR,
Keep in mind Christmas (peak season) season is usually expensive
Is your family active? There are a lot of activities to do in the whole country
I would suggest a combination of rainforest or cloud forest and beach and would plan for you to stay in the Arenal Region –Monterverde Region– Guanacaste Region
Typically, I recommend a minimum two-night stay.
While in Arenal:
• Visit the Fortuna River Waterfalls: About three miles from town, magnificent waterfalls cascade into the rainforest. You will have the opportunity to hike and swim in the river.
• Go rafting on the Sarapiqui River: The River has Class III and IV rafting for adventure aficionados and Floating Safari Class II rafting for slower paced, nature lovers. Both are excellent tour choices, featuring amazing scenery, interesting wildlife and thrilling adventure.
• Try cannoning: One of the country’s top adventure activities, you will rappel down a waterfall inside the rainforest. An unforgettable experience!
• View the forest from Hanging Bridges or the Sky Trek / Tram: Both are impressive hikes in the rainforest, and the Sky Trek features suspended bridges plus the aerial tram and the canopy experience. What a way to see the jungle!
• Stop in at the Arenal National Park: Visit on your way to El Castillo and the Sky Trek. You learn all about the Arenal volcano and its history.
• Eat your way through the town of La Fortuna: Many restaurants in La Fortuna serve typical Costa Rican meals. We recommend la Vaca Muca, the Steak House and the Rancho La Cascada for after-hours cocktails. On the weekend, go do some Latin dancing at the Nido de Aguila (Eagle’s nest) disco.
• Cano Negro Wildlife Reserve and the Rio Celeste National Park.
My Top Hotel in the region is El Silencio Del Campo with own hot springs right next door
I would spend one or two nights in Monteverde at the most this is a enchanting part of a Costa Rican vacation. Nature lovers visit this secluded part of the country in search of exciting nature trails in the Cloud Forest, adventurous canopy rides, and relaxing evenings in the cool and crisp climate. Cozy mountain lodges provide the opportunity for romantic, intimate moments.
Monteverde offers many attractions and activities, among them, canopy tours, the Sky Walk / Sky Trek, butterfly farms, orchid gardens, day and night nature hikes, a cheese factory, tours on horseback, and ATV tours. We recommend a minimum one-night stay with at least two full days to enjoy the region. Day trips are also offered from Arenal and Guanacaste.
While in Monteverde
• You must visit the Cloud Forest National Parks of Monteverde and Santa Elena. Both parks have short and long hiking trails, which take from two to six hours to climb. As two of only a few unspoiled Cloud Forests on Earth, they are a unique experience.
• The Serpentarium is a zoo dedicated to snakes and reptiles. It’s worth a visit to observe the many varieties of snakes that live in Costa Rica’s Cloud Forest.
• Visit the famous Monteverde Cheese Factory. The Monteverde region was founded by Quakers, and early on, they established this factory as one of their only industrial activities. Tour the facility to learn the process of producing different cheeses. Taste-test the products and the superb hand-dipped ice cream at the end of the tour!
• Experience the Sky Walk / Sky Trek or the Canopy Tour. Costa Rica boasts over 50 canopy tour experiences, but two of the originals are set in Monteverde. The mist of the cloud forest makes this the most magical canopy experience in Costa Rica.
My top Hotel’s in the region are Sapo Dorado Finca Valverde or Poco a Poco
The Tamarindo Region
The Tamarindo/Flamingo Pacific Coast region encompasses the popular coastal area from Playa Langosta to the south and Playa Potrero to the north. The area is known for its unspoiled beaches, world class surfing, challenging golf courses, fishing, exciting towns, nightlife and many lodging options.
Large resorts along with small boutique hotels offer visitors many lodging alternatives. Easy access to the beaches and many restaurant and entertainment options make this region in western Guanacaste a tourist favorite. With close proximity to the Liberia International Airport, this popular beach area is easily accessible from anywhere in the world.
If your memorable vacation requires championship golf, world class fishing, romantic beach walks, surfing on challenging waves or sun and relaxation, the Tamarindo area is the perfect destination.
While in Tamarindo:
Explore the beaches. From Playa Langosta all the way to Playa Negra in the south, and Playa Grande, Playa Ventanas, to Conchal, Brasilito and Flamingo in the north.
Hike the dry tropical forest on a tour to the Palo Verde National Park.
Visit the Rincon de la Vieja National Park, and some of the mud baths and hot springs in the region.
Horseback ride at the Buena Vista Lodge the Buena Vista also features hot springs, and is adjacent to the Tenorio Volcano.
Shop for souvenirs in Liberia
Play golf at Hacienda Pinilla in Playa Langosta, or at the Garra de Leon golf course at the Reserva Conchal.
Explore the native mangroves in Tamarindo on a sea kayaking tour.
Embark on a sunset cruise off the shore of Tamarindo Beach. View spectacular sunsets on Costa Rica’s Pacific coast as you sail through Tamarindo bay.
Watch the giant leatherback turtles nesting during a special night tour only available from mid November to late February. This is a miracle of nature that can only be seen in select places around the globe, during a few months of the year.
Cross the border to Granada in Nicaragua and visit another Central American country while you are in the region. This long day tour will take you across the northern border and through southern Nicaragua, visiting Lake of Nicaragua and the picturesque town of Masaya, home to many artisans. The highlight of the trip is a visit to one of Latin America’s oldest cities, Granada. The Colonial city is full of interesting architecture, colorful buildings and friendly people.
My top Hotel’s in the region are in Cala Luna, Jardins de Eden and Captain Suizo and nearby in Conchal is the Reserva Conchal very nice Condos
I hope this will enlighten your spirit
Edited by: RicenBeans
Apr 26, 2013 7:41 PM
4Stay somewhere around Playas del Coco. That is the center of the 4 beaches in the Gulf of Papagayo that are 30 min from the airport. And from here you can visit Monteverde Cloud Forest where you can do extreme zip lining in the rainforest (1 kilometer superman cable!) and Rincon de la Vieja Volcano (mud pots, hot springs, river tubing, etc) in one day tours and can return the same day. There is a good mix of locals and tourists there. I live around here myself, my name is Morgan and if you need any help, message me. I know some people that rent condos and my friend owns an awesome tour company (Native's Way, nativesway.com).
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