Post # 1
My fiance and I are DYING to go to Costa Rica. Here’s the thing – we have NO idea which area to go to. We can’t stay for too long due to time and financial restraints – probably 3-4 nights. I’m just so lost. I’ve been searching for hours and just get more and more confused. For those of you who have gone, this is what we like:
Nature/Animals/Wildlife (monkeys, jaguars, birds, everything!)
Adventure in general.
We aren’t the “lay on the beach” kind of couple AT ALL.
Post # 3
Is the 3-4 nights including your travel time? Or is that factored in separately? If it inludes it, you’ll only get like 1-2 days there, which honestly isn’t worth it. I’d save for another year and try again when you can go for longer.
Post # 4
@kaykayy: We got engaged in Costa Rica, actually… here are some of the cities we stopped at on our trip. We were there for almost 2 weeks, here is a very short run down.
Manuel Antonio: touristy, sloths, monkeys, beach, white water rafting, atv tour around mountains/waterfalls. We stayed at Costa Verde.
Jaco: street side ceviche, surfing, cool beach restaurants
Uvita: whale watching/whales mate here; offshore fishing, horseback riding around mountain and to waterfall, snorkeling. We stayed at Kura Design Villas (incredibly expensive, but we got a super great pre opening rate)… we got engaged here, on the rooftop overlooking the Pacific Ocean.
Monteverde: drive here is beyond crazy. ziplining. We stayed at Mariposa Hotel.
Arenal: natural hot springs. Since we had just gotten engaged, we decided to spend some money on a nice hotel. We stayed at Tabacon.
Corcovado National Park is supposed to be one of the most amazing parks in the world… check it out. We didn’t have time to go.
Costa Rica is full of adventures. We booked places I researched on TripAdvisor… it is my go-to place to look up anything for trips.
Post # 5
Costa Rica is a GREAT spot for eco-tourism! But if you are strapped for time, I’d recommend staying in Guanacaste and then doing day trips to Monteverde, Arenal, Cano Negro, etc. you can fly in and out of the airport in Guanacaste and then stay at one property without having to hop around the country, packing and unpacking your bags, and moving from one area to another.
Post # 6
@imnotorange: We are going to Costa Rica for our honeymoon! How was the drive to Arenal? I have heard mixed things
Post # 7
@kaykayy: I’m going in February! I’m so excited. I booked plane tickets myself but booked everything else through Anywhere Costa Rica. It was so easy and fun. You give them a budget and how many days you can spend and they work up an itinerary which I completely changed upon more research.
We are staying in Arenal Springs Resorts. I wanted to stay at the Nayara but they didn’t have availability in my price range.
Post # 8
@MrsDeLovely: we drove from monteverde to arenal, so the ride down from the mountain was pretty crazy… pretty crazy. imagine driving down gravel the whole time down a mountain… a dang mountain. not sure what route you’re planning to take; where you’d be coming from. other than getting down from the mountain, the drive to arenal was easy. what do you have planned so far? you will love costa rica. so many adventures. great honeymoon spot; very versatile… if you want to just relax or want to have an adventurous day, they’ve got it all 🙂
@kaykayy: we really just jotted down excursions/adventures we wanted to do before we left the states… when we got to our hotel, we booked the day we wanted to go. for instance, uvita was known for fishing of those areas we visited, so we waited to go to our hotel in uvita to book… we got a fishing guide for cheap bc it was a local fisherman vs going on an expensive charter, and booking online. the hotel was able to call a local contact they had.
@MRSsrm85: nayara is so nice! we wanted to stay there too, but there wasn’t an availability. you will love costa rica 🙂
Post # 9
@imnotorange: I definitely fell in love with Nayara through the pictures but oh well. We are getting private transportation through the travel company because I didn’t want Darling Husband to drive on the roads you described!
Post # 10
@kaykayy: Groupon had a deal for The Springs Resort not too long ago through Jan 31, 2014. The Springs was way out of our price range (around $500/night) but the Groupon deal was half price (I think).
Post # 11
@imnotorange: We are splitting our time between Playa Conchal and Arenal. So we would be driving from Playa Conchal to Arenal. Fiance wants to rent a car and I’m freaking out because I heard the roads are crazy. Totally doesn’t help that I get car sick :/
Post # 12
We went to Costa Rica on our honeymoon. We went first to Arenal area and than to Guancaste. We did stay at Nayara – so nice. We did our fun excursion based out of there. In Guancaste, we pretty much just sat by the pool and relaxed.
I highly recommend private transfers. We did this and I’m glad we did. I don’t think it is really that much more expensive than renting a 4×4, at least when you are there for a week. We had no worries about getting lost and the drivers will stop and point out wildlife. (At least two out of three of ours did.) I had read that the roads weren’t great. At least the ones we were on where fine, but the are narrow roads with people/bikes along most of them. Road signs definitely aren’t a good as in the states, so you would need a GPS or very detailed directions.
Not matter what, Costa Rica is amazing. As soon as we got back, we asked each other when we were going again.
Post # 13
@kaykayy: costa rica is not known for its snorkeling. so i would probably cross that off of your must do list. (the only negative thing i could possibly say about the country) if you had the time, i’d say fly into san jose, drive up to arenal, then over to the pacific coast (we stayed at playa flamingo in quanacaste) but since you are short on time, i’d agree with manuel antonio area. you’ll be able to see and do a lot in the short time you have.
@MrsDeLovely: the roads are kind of crazy…we have an awesome video of part of the drive from arenal to playa flamingo…but as long as you dont drive at night you should be fine. don’t drive at night. just. don’t. renting a car is super expensive in costa rica though…so private transfers may not be a bad idea
tripadvisor is amazing…i also highly recommend doing your research. it is my vacation bible. costa rica is probably my favorite place in the world. we plan to retire there someday. 🙂