Post # 1
Where are you going, and how long are you staying for? If you are comfortable sharing, how much are you spending total including airfare? I’m just now starting to plan our honeymoon here and don’t know where to begin! Any advice would be helpful…All I’ve done so far is look at packages online.
Post # 3
@Rosegold: I’d like to know too! If we can’t afford to go to New Zealand we’ll be heading to Costa Rica.
Post # 4
We went for 7 nights and split it between two different locations. We flew into San Jose (SJO) and out of Liberia (LIB) all on Jet Blue. We used private transfers to get from one location to the next. We spent four nights in the Arenal Volcano at Nayara Hotel. We booked their Adventure package. I highly recommend this hotel. Next we spent three nights in the Guanacaste area at the JW Marriott. (Two of our three nights I was able to use hotel rewards points.) I think in total we spent around $4k.
I think first you’ll nee)d to decide what you want to do when you are there, because that will help you decide where to go. It isn’t that big of a country, but it takes extra time to get from location to location. (One lane in both directions, slower speed limits, and very winding roads.)
I’m sure no matter where you go you will have an amazing time. We can’t recommend Costa Rica enough and can’t wait to go back.
Post # 5
- Wedding: June 2013 - Upstate NY
Whatever you do, do not spend too much time in San Jose (the capital). It’s pretty gross and fairly dangerous!!!
Post # 6
We went for 9 days and split our time across 3 locations: Arenal, Monteverde, and Tamarindo. I HIGHLY recommend anywherecostarica.com. They booked all our hotels, excursions, transportation (not flights, though), etc. and it all went so smoothly!
Post # 7
We are hoping to spend about 6K for 12 days there – still in the process of making reservations and deciding which places we want to visit though. I went to Costa Rica a few years ago and took the puddle jumpers to get around because the idea of driving on those narrow windy roads scared the bejeezus out of me.
Post # 8
I don’t want to be a party pooper, but….. my Fiance and I went to Costa Rica 2 years ago on vacation and had a pretty terrible time. That was mostly due to a horrible flight (DO NOT TAKE SPIRIT AIRLINES) and a bad time share. The positive experiences were:
Zip lining. Awesome! BUT Be careful! The zip line companies are NOT regulated by the government and have no safety requirements! Make sure you go with a reputable company that has good reviews. Research ahead of time or ask your hotel for recomendations. Avoid the budget companies. Don’t take the risk.
Monteverde is a fun day hike, lots of trails with waterfalls and hotsprings, although it’s super hot sulfer so don’t think you can go for a dip.
Negatives: Again, the flight and the time share. We also found the food pretty expensive, but that might have been the area we were in (Guanacaste). We ended up eating pizza and cooking rice and chicken in our time share. Didn’t see any fun animals, no monkeys. We did see some birds and iguanas, but I was expecting more. And the WORST: We got pulled over in a speed trap on the way to the airport. The cop basically blackmailed us (or whatever you call it) into paying him cash in order to avoid the ticket. Did I feel safe? NO WAY JOSE!
I’m sure it’s possible to have a great time but be careful where you stay, #1!
Post # 9
@RiverBride13: Oh yeah, stay away from Spirit airlines. They have the cheapest fare but there are so many hidden fees and the flights just SUCK. I’ll never fly them again!
In terms of hotel stays, just make sure there are things nearby to do. I’ve seen a lot of resorts that look beautiful on the website but are completely alone in the jungle – so no restaurants, clubs, culture, activities nearby. Manuel Antonio area is a safe bet. They have a great national park there, lots of good food, a little night life, and you can do a bunch of zip lining activities. This time around we’ll probably go to Arenal, Drake Bay, and somewhere on the upper left hand side of the country to get a diff experience.