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1. Posted by AmyC (Budding Member 4 posts) 12y

Hi there!

I will be in Costa Rica for the first time from June 12th-July3rd. I was originally planning on attending a Spanish Language school down there, but am now considering just staying in hostels and roaming around the country for 3 weeks.
If anyone easygoing, with a sense of adventure, is interested in a spontaneous-intinerary trip, maybe we could meet up!

Amy

p.s. If anyone has been there, and considers my plan to be the worst idea they have ever heard, please let me know.

2. Posted by IMonaghan (Respected Member 431 posts) 12y

Hello Amy,

I was in Costa Rica fairly recently and think going is a great idea!

You didn't really ask for ideas where to visit so I wont go on about any at this point. I was there for a few months though and loved every day of it. I'm sure you will wind up having a great time there.

3. Posted by AmyC (Budding Member 4 posts) 12y

Monaghan,

Actually, I would love to know which places you consider to be must-sees.

The school I had initially signed up for was in San Jose. The more I read about the country, the less I think I want to waste my whole time there.

Also, do you know anything about youth hostels there? Reading about them online, it's hard to get a real idea of the differences between them.

Thank you!

Amy

4. Posted by IMonaghan (Respected Member 431 posts) 12y

Unfortunately I don't know too much about youth Hostels in CR, there is one in a town called Quepos that I really enjoyed.

As far as things to see. There is the Arenal Volcano a very active volcano in CR. There is a lake at the base of the volcano that is warmed by the lava flowing underneath it. I forget the name, but it is a nice spot to swim.

San Jose was ok, but just ok in my eyes. There is a bus terminal downtown though that has very cheap bus fairs to anywhere in the country. Also in San Jose there Parque Central where people go to spend time, it is a very interesting place to people-watch. Very close to Parque Central is a museum which was nice too.

There is a place called the cloud forest which I think is a must see. It is a jungle where the clouds hang very low and is great for adventure tourism.

In Quepos there was also a good bit of adventure tours headed out from there, but Quepos also has a very nice beach front area and a few local dive bars where a handful of expat Brits and Americans hang out, they are a great source of local info I found while I was there.

I had a great time too in a town called Palmalres, but I made some friends there who showed me around a lot. I don't know how much will be going on there at the time you are visiting.

You could go to the carribean coast too. There is a park over there that has a lot of Sea Turtles that come into shore at various times of the year, as well as a few really good wildlife tours that will take you to see some exotic birds and monkeys and other interesting creatures.

There are tons of great beach towns in Costa Rica, I am not too much of a beach person though, so not very many of them stand out. There was Puntarenas though, but the beach wasn't so great there. It was a fun town to visit though.

I do not know the name of any tour companies down there. I tend to travel independantly usually, and like I said I made friends with a few local folks down there who were well connected and took me around the country. Whatever you wind up doing though, you are sure to have a good time there. One word of caution though, Downtown San Jose can be a little bit seedy at night. If you are out and about in San Jose after dark try to stick to the city center located around Parque Central and a few blocks in any direction from there. Outside of that 10 block sq. area or so you will see a much lighter police presence after dark and a bit of a shady crowd.

5. Posted by trotting (Budding Member 7 posts) 12y

Hello Amy
Just wrote to KristaG she will be getting in San Jose on the 26 of June, you might look her up on travel companion in travellerspoint. I am in San Jose with my wife, we own a guest house for solo travellers who want to meet travelling companions. I think the way you intent to travel is perfect. We have guests that travel like you all the time there is a lot you can do without any problems.
Cheers,
Pierre,
GuestHouseInCostaRica@hotmail.com
tel:220-1757:)