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Solo backpacker in Costa Rica - recommendations?

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1. Posted by reidfoster (Budding Member 12 posts) 10y

Hey everybody,

I'm gonna be in Costa Rica from December 28th to Jan 8th. Looking for as many tips as possible....my plans are pretty loose - just want to relax, meet new people, and experience as many new things as possible.

I'd love to meet up with anybody traveling around at the same time as me, and I'd love some recommendations on what to see vs. what not to waste my time with; cool hostels where I can meet other travelers; and exactly how much I should be concerned with crazy insects biting me on the ass in the jungle.

-Reid

2. Posted by geoffb (Budding Member 4 posts) 10y

Hi Reid, Geoff here, just saw your post. Although I splurged a little as far as accomodations (low season), I did hear that the Pangea hostel was good to stay at. Maybe someone who has stayed there will respond. Use the buses, for example, SJ to Jaco cost around $2.50 compared to a $50 cab.

3. Posted by GregW (Travel Guru 2635 posts) 10y

My general Costa Rica advice can be found at my blog here: What to do in Costa Rica.

As for meeting other travellers, don't worry about that at all. You will meet a ton of them. Costa Rica is very well travelled by backpackers.

Enjoy! Costa Rica is a great destination.

Greg

4. Posted by blue_eyes (Budding Member 8 posts) 10y

Hi there, I went to Costa Rica for 3 weeks with my college so my experience was probably different to what ures will be but I can still give you some recommendations:

Don't bother staying for too long in San Jose - its just a regular city with nothing spectacular. Head out as soon as you can! I first went to Poas volcano which was amazing once the cloud had cleared...a proper sulphur lake. Also Arenal is pretty good although when i was there it was really cloudy and I didn't get to see it erupt unfortunately. Maybe you'll have better luck! If you are there then check out the Tabacon hot springs - pools heated by the volcano - lush!

Probably the best part of the trip was visiting Manuel antonio national park and beach - its stunning and there r sloths in the trees.

Wherever you go you will be amazed at the diversity and the friendly people (although often they are trying to make you part with cash so beware!)

Have a great time, im sure u will

Nicola x

ps, Monteverde cloud forest is also worth a visit although make sure you go with a guide who knows what they are talking about and can take you to the places where the rare animals are - we saw a quetzal which was one of those moments which really made the trip.

5. Posted by reidfoster (Budding Member 12 posts) 10y

Quoting geoffb

Hi Reid, Geoff here, just saw your post. Although I splurged a little as far as accomodations (low season), I did hear that the Pangea hostel was good to stay at. Maybe someone who has stayed there will respond. Use the buses, for example, SJ to Jaco cost around $2.50 compared to a $50 cab.

Geoff,

Thanks for the info. Are you talking about the Hostel Pangea in San Jose? I actually have a friend to stay with in San Jose (i think I do at least!) but I've heard thee owners of Pangea opened up a hostel in Fortuna called Arenal Backpacker's Resort. Heard any word on that one?

Thanks again for your advice.

Reid

6. Posted by geoffb (Budding Member 4 posts) 10y

Reid, I'm going back to CR Feb 9-23 and hope to visit the Arenal area. I, like you, would like to hear any feedback on that hostel. I agree with the previous poster not to dwell in San Jose, although the museums are worth a visit IMHO. Enjoy!