(Closed) Suggestions for Costa Rica Vacation?

posted 8 years ago in Travel
Post # 3
1043 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

Costa Rica is amazing!  The first time we went, we booked a vacation package through AAA’s travel agency.  I highly, highly recommend using a travel agent’s services for your first time in Costa Rica, they will take care of all the little details like transportation so that you don’t need to worry about it.  There’s so much to see that you will want to explore different regions and towns, don’t just stay in one place the whole trip.

I’ve mentioned this before on these boards – I think the most romantic place on earth is The Tabacon Hot Springs in Arenal.  The pictures don’t do it justice!  You’ll get free admission to the hotel’s own hot springs if you stay there.  (The town of Arenal is filled with hot springs and hotels, but trust me, Tabacon is the BEST).  You can lay in the hot waterfulls and pools at night, drink in hand, and hear the rumbling volcano.  Ahhhh, paradise.  This hotel is worth a splurge.  (I swear I don’t work for them… lol).  (And AAA got us an amazing deal on one of their nicer rooms, so again, it helps to use a trusted travel agent.)

Pictures below – and in case you don’t believe them, the 2nd one is of me!  😉



Post # 5
1361 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

We just booked our honeymoon to Costa Rica this morning!  We booked everything but the flights through anywherecostarica.com at the suggestion of a coworker, who booked her honeymoon in Costa Rica through them.  You should definitely check them out!  We’re going to Arenal, Monteverde, and Tamarindo.

Post # 6
220 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

I HIGHLY recommend checking out the Pacuare Lodge. It is my favorite place on earth. I’ve been once before and Fiance and I are going there for part of our honeymoon. It’s a 5 star eco lodge. You white water raft there and back and it is so beautiful, relaxing, amazing food. It’s perfect. Feel free to let me know if you have any questions about it. It’s really a unique place.


Post # 8
20 posts
  • Wedding: July 2012

I know this is an old thread, so you probably already booked your trip haha, but I just had to chime in! My fiance and I went to Costa Rica for nine days last January and it was amazing. I planned the whole trip ourselves, so it IS possible to get around without a travel agent! We flew in to San Jose and spent only one night there. We went on an overnight white water rafting trip at the Pacuare lodge (previous poster mentioned it also, AMAZING!!!!) and after the trip, the rafting people drove us to our next stop at the Arenal volcano. We stayed at the Arenal Observatory Lodge, highly recommend it, it’s right at the base of the volcano and from there we went waterfall rappelling, on a hiking tour of the volcano, and to the Tabacon resort for the evening. We finished the trip with three days of scuba diving on the Pacific coast (using a local bus to get there from Arenal, it wasnt a big deal at all!) and snuck in a zip lining trip too. If I could do it over, I would spend one more day in Arenal and do a forest canopy tour… But hopefully we will go back someday 🙂

Post # 9
1038 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

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@jaina8851:  I’m planning on going to Costa Rica for my honeymoon.  I want to spend part of my time there at the beach at an all inclusive and the rest in the Arenal area so we can do all the fun outdoorsy stuff there. I’m getting married this October but not taking my honeymoon until Feb cause I want to be able to save more money for it and cause I hear October is not the best time to go to Costa Rica.  When should I start talking to a travel agent?  I def want to go through a local travel agent so that everything can be taken care of, and so I can put a deposit down on the trip and pay the balance later(I’ve done that before with travel agents years ago, I’m assuming this is still an option with most of them?). 

Post # 10
2413 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Hit up the Arenal area…we stayed in La Fortuna for the nightlife. We did the hanging bridges, volcano hike and went to Ecotermales hot spring which is more low-key than the rest but just as beautiful as the pictures above! We got dinner and all of the drinks are on the honor system which I thought was funny.

Then head to Manuel Antonio for some beach action! We stayed at Si Como No and you won’t be disappointed.

Also, for the trip from La Fortuna to Manuel Antonio (and for trips anywhere within Costa Rica….) we hired Wilson Rojas as a personal driver. He has an awesome van that is comfortable outfitted with books/travel guides, snacks and BEER! If you run out he’ll go to the store and get some more! He was super duper awesome nice and his van ride was a tour in and of itself! I HIGHLY recommend him. You can PM me for his contact info and see his good reviews on TripAdvisor!

Also, December is the best time to go…I would take a hike to Rio Celeste. The chemicals from the volcano combine to form an electric blue river and it’s such an amazing rainforest hike! I LOVED it!

Post # 11
44 posts
  • Wedding: July 2012

I highly recommend CR Referrals for planning trips to Costa Rica! We went there in July of last year and our trip was amazing and stress-free. We went to Arenal, Monteverde, and Manual Antonio and loved them all. All our hotels and transportation was arranged, as well as certain activities like ziplining, a guided hike, horseback riding. I loved Costa Rica and CR Referrals!

Post # 13
501 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Arenal volcano-Try to do Sky Trek while you are there. Best coffee shop ever is looking over lake Arenal called Macadamia Cafe.Try the macadamia pie and cofee valcono (iced coffee drink).

We have been a couple of times to Costa Rica and have just rented a car so we could go where want, when we want. The roads can be a little bumpy, but it wasn’t that bad, and we were glad we had our car.

Pacuare river white water rafting is awesome. If you are staying a night in San Jose (not really necessary, but a lot of people do stay the first night in the city) then the river rafting company will pick you up at your hotel and bring you back. The rafting experience we had was great and the guides were very professional.

I agree that Tabacon is a must see. It’s pricey, but if it’s in the budget splurge for a few days. 2 day minimum and that is really all the time you need. You can do sky trek from the hotel.

Make sure you get to the beaches, there are tons of gorgeous ones. Manual Antonio would be a great place to visit.You can surf, do surfing lessons, or body surf, or just lay out, whatever you want.

We also went to Monte Verde, but Fiance said he could skip that if we go back to CR. I actually enjoted it though.

We hae been to guanacaste and it’s very nice, but if you want to “experience Costa Rica” I guess, prob just skip that area. It’s way too touristy with the All-incusives now. It’s not what Costa Rica is about.

Post # 14
493 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

We stayed at the Arenal Nayara resort and it was absolutely beautiful.  We do wish we had stayed at different places throughout the week and actually traveled the country

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