Post # 1
Darling Husband and I found an awesome deal on a trip to this tiny resort (Florblanca Resort if anyone has gone!) through Jetsetter and we’re REALLY thinking about going. It’s just on the outskirts of Santa Teresa . It’s gorgeous!!! Has anyone been? Any tips? We’re thinking about going in September and celebrating our first anniversary there, but I have no clue about the weather at that time of year, so if anyone can fill me in on that that would be great! We’re thinking about renting a 4×4 while we’re there as well so we can drive around a bit, I’ve heard the roads aren’t great though. Any input there or on safety in general?
It’s not cheap, and we’re planning a house reno and I’d like to have kids as soon as the house is done, so it’s sort of “now or never” for stuff like this, LOL! I’ve heard nothing but great things about Costa Rica and I know you bunch are well travelled, so I’d appreciate any input you have!
Post # 3
There are a bunch of great posts on Costa Rica on here…you should search! A bunch of blogger bees have gone there.
I LOVED Costa Rica although I have not heard of either of the places you mentioned. Also our summer is their “green” season. A fancy term for wet. We went in August and it rained quite a bit, but didn’t ruin any of our plans. It was still very warm and we had plenty of sun time at pools and ocean also. It was kind of like Hawaii where it rains every day in the afternoon but when it’s not raining it’s sunny.
I went to Arenal and Guanacaste…if you have any questions about those 2 areas let me know!
Also…we drove between cities and it took A LONG time! There are tons of potholes in Costa Rica. But we still would have done it the same way again. Just saying that a week actually goes by really quickly there.
Post # 4
I haven’t been, but everybody I know who has LOVES it. My neighbor has a huge Costa Rica photo collage hanging up in her living room. I asked her about it and she told me that out of all the Caribbean islands she has visited (at least 4 or 5), she and her husband loved Costa Rica more than all of those islands. Costa Rica is the only non-Caribbean place she visited, but she said it is more green, beautiful and they just loved it! Sorry, don’t know where she stayed.
Sounds like fun and I hope you can go!
Post # 5
Costa Rica is beautiful! It’s been a while since I’ve been (summer after 8th grade!) but I loved it!
We were there for about a week and a half (I think). We started on the east coast at a sea turtle preservation accessable only by boat. Then we did a home-stay for a night somewhere in the central part of the country. Then we went to Arenal and cloud forest areas and went white water rafting and to the hot springs. Then we ended at a resort on the west coast were we got to zip-line through the rainforest.
I don’t recall the roads being that bad and we drove through a large part of the country (but then again, I wasn’t driving). We were there in July (I think – it was around then) and the weather was quite hot and sticky and it rained some, but not a lot and it was only short storms that then returned to sunshine.
There are a lot of adventure outdoor type activties in Costa Rica, along with just relaxing in the sun on the beach. Best of both worlds!
Post # 6
I love Costa Rica! At the time I went, it was my first trip outside of the US so I was nervous. The people there however were AMAZING. They were so kind. Most knew enough english to get basic thoughts across. It is good to know basic spanish though, just in case.
I too spent much of my time in Arenal before traveling to Guanacaste and then Playa Grande. This trip was only 2 years ago, and the roads ARE bad. . If you plan to do to a lot of traveling within the country, definitely keep that in mind, because the “travel time” for the same distance will be much longer in CR than in the USA.
If you are going in September, that is the wet season, so be prepared for it to rain everyday. Usually, the rain comes either early in the morning or in the evening, so it won’t ruin your entire day. I actually went on a couple hikes in the rain and I loved it… but I’m strange like that. I personally think the only time to visit CR is during the wet season, since much of the rainforest in CR is seasonal and dries up for part of the year. You can much better appreciate the awesomeness that is a rainforest when it’s… raining!
Safety will depend on the area. Touristy areas tend to be quite safe. I don’t think the risk factor is anywhere near the same risk you would take in, say, the Dominican Republic. I know many students who travel alone to Playa Grande and Guanacaste for months at a time for research, and I felt safe the entire time I was there.
Definitely try to visit a sea turtle preservation while you are there. The CR government has done an amazing job (in the face of a ton of threats and adversity from the rich with beachfront interests) to protect leatherback nesting sites.
Post # 7
@JaneyD: Good idea! I don’t know why I didn’t think of searching on here. Duh! LOL! I’ll get on that now 🙂
@Sunshining: Awesome! Thanks for the info! I know the hotel we’re looking at has security guards on the beach for turtle nesting areas, so cute! I’ll make sure to look into the preservation area. We’re also going to do a tree top trek/zip lining tour. That’s on my bucket list for life so there’s no way I could skip that! The resort is pretty much half in the jungle so I think you’re right that going during the rainy season may actually be prettier because it’ll be so lush and green.
Santa Teresa is on the Pacific coast if that counts for any info? Thanks for your help everyone!
Post # 8
I have been to costa rica 3 times but have always stayed at the paradisus playa conchal. However, for some reason i have it saved in my phone that the next time I go I should stay at the florblanca hotel. I think they went there on “the hills” during the last season and I remember it looking amazing. I know that sounds totally lame, but I’m sure the resort is pretty amazing. I say go for it! Costa rica is incredibly beautiful and there are so many fun things to do. Zip lining, horseback riding, 4×4’s, surfing etc. In terms of weather I have always been in October and it would rain almost ever night but not during the daytime. So it worked out. Definitely rent a jeep or all terrain vehicle if u plan on traveling on your own. My fi surfs and we went to some remote beaches where the roads were super bumpy and would be unmanageable in the rain. Hope that helps!
Post # 9
@reneynay: Awesome thanks! I’ve heard it was the hotel on the Hills, but I’ve never seen the show (it was mentioned in a TripAdvisor review, LOL!). I’ll have to do a bit of searching and find that episode!
So wow, I guess I should book this sucker! I’m so excited! Thanks for your suggestions everyone, YAY!!!!!!!!!! I’m freaking spoiled rotten this year!