Post # 1
Hey ladies!!! Me & the hubby are really wanting to vacation in Costa Rica, and are planning way in advance. We probably won’t go until next fall or so, but wanted to get the most imformation I can. What are the BEST hotels for the best buck? We have a budget so don’t want to go too overboard.
Also, what are the best spots to visit while there?? Any advice would be great! Thank you so much!!!
Post # 3
We left for CR the day after we got engaged and spent 8 glorious days there! What part are you going to? I can give you LOTS of tips, and hotel info! Also you will want to check out tripadvisor.com. I planned my whole trip that way- the forums are filled with folks who live there and they are GREAT!
We went to started in San Jose (just a quick night after our flight) then drove to Arenal, Monteverde, Tarcoles, Manuel Antonio….and a lot of stops in between.
If you rent a car, you HAVE to have a GPS. Do NOT go without one, the roads are not marked at all.
If you go to Arenal, your best chance of seeing the volcano erupt is by staying at the Observatory Lodge. We saw lava every night from our balcony! We also saw lots of folks taking a tour to go see it, who never got to due to the fog (timing is everything).
If you want to see wildlife (monkeys, scarlet maccaws, etc) I can tell you where in Manuel Antonio we saw all that stuff. PM me if this is the kind of trip you are taking and I can fill you in more! I love talking about it! And it is still very fresh in my mind.
Post # 4
Hi! I have been researching Costa Rica and also have questions. Mainly – what else is there to do in Arenal besides the Volcano? How long would you suggest staying there? Also, is MA too crowded? We want to see wild-life and explore beaches, without feeling like we are in a tourist trap. We are going end of November/early December. I love hearing about others experiences!