(Closed) NWR: China, Costa Rica, or somewhere else?

posted 6 years ago in Travel
  • poll: Where would YOU go?
    Beijing, China : (6 votes)
    23 %
    Tour of Costa Rica : (15 votes)
    58 %
    Somewhere else : (5 votes)
    19 %
  • Post # 3
    454 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    $3-5K seems like a lot for a tour of Costa Rica.  i suppose you are paying for the convenience of having someone arrange everything for you, but if you rented a car and arranged everything yourself, it would be much cheaper.  I’ve never been to China, but I would suggest that you look into Panama over Costa Rica.  It is less touristy in most places (except for Bocas del Toro) and people like Americans in Panama because when we owned the canal we paid American wages to local workers (most Costa Ricans seem to have some resentment toward Americans because there are so many).

    Post # 5
    487 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: April 2012

    I’m going to Costa Rica in April because everyone I’ve ever met that’s been there just raves about it and there really isn’t any other place in the world that is as eco-diverse as Costa Rica is.  For someone who has never been out of the country, like your Fiance, I would think he would think it would be cool to be in such a small area with so many different biomes.  He’s in the rainforest one day, he can hike an active volcano, then hike a cloud forest the next, then relax at the beach, all the time surrounded by wildlife and adventure activities, waterfalls, hot springs, and a lot of romance.  Plus many people speak English and take our money -and our money goes a long way.

    Also, you’ve never been.  And the flight, especially for someone not accustomed to flying long distances, is shorter.

    I’m also looking into Belize in the future and find Peru to be really cool too.  Peru probably not for 10 days.

    And $2700 is a good deal

    Post # 6
    109 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: January 2012 - Catholic Church, Chateau Thomas Winery

    I haven’t been to any of the places, but Mr. Raccoon spent some time studying in Costa Rica and loved it!

    Post # 7
    155 posts
    Blushing bee

    I was recently in Beijing and wasn’t a huge fan.  Although I also went to Nepal (Kathmandu-Chitwan-Pokhara) and LOVED it.

    Post # 8
    2699 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    Don’t know much about CR but i’ll tell you that in China, independant travel, even for an experienced traveller, is bloody hard. No signs are in English, people don’t speak English in general (surprisingly) train info etc….it’s just all really hard work. A guided tour is a must if you’re going that direction.

    If it were me….I’d be really tempted by Costa Rica. Again, the reviews i’ve heard are ALL really positive.

    How exciting!!

    Post # 11
    487 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: April 2012

    Depends on the time of year.  Ireland’s weather isn’t exactly appetizing to spend all day in.  I personally think there is a lot more to do in Costa Rica than Ireland.  It really depends what you’re going for.  Do you want laid back simplicity combined with history or do you want adventure, nature, and sun.

    Post # 13
    2142 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: July 2011

    @MissBananaBread: I was in Central America (Guate) in Mid-May to Mid-June and rainy season can be a pain but if you’re in resorts it probably won’t bother you as much as it did my group in a highland town. Rainy season means it will rain in the afternoon, a lot, but will have decent weather in the morning and cold nights. Supposedly it gets better if you are lower elevations- I just didn’t get to experience anything else. Your money will go farther here than in Ireland.

    My cousin and her husband went to Ireland for a trip two or three years ago and loved it. They are boulderers so hooked up with some locals and went climbing there. Went on a Guinness tour, and some other things. Her pictures did look a little gloomy but that’s it.

    Post # 15
    172 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    I think Ireland will be nicei n May/June. I guess it is more of the shoulder season. I went to Ireland in March and it was cold but quite bright weather (not rainy or overcast). There is a lot to see in Ireland, just be sure you have planned some time outside of Dublin. Ireland is also the shortest flight if that helps your decison. My only downfall is that I don’t think you really need 10 days in Ireland unless you have specific plans to track lineage or intend to also go to Northern Ireland.

    If you have already been to China, I would personally want to go somewhere else. I think May/June is before China’s rainy season but would suggest you also check into that. 

    Have you considered Japan? I hear there are great deals on hotels in Tokyo this year and typically hotels are very expensive in that area. We went to Japan a few years back and loved everything we did/saw. There really is so much to do there and it’s a very friendly place to travel. Since you are considering China, I thought you may also be open to Japan.

    Post # 16
    1093 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    China is really cool to see once in your life. I was there for three weeks over Christmas and New Years about five years ago (my boyfriend at the time was teaching there for a year).  I was in Shanghai and Hang-zhou (probably spelled that wrong).  It was just cool to see some place so completely and utterly different from home.  Definitely worth it.

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