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1. Posted by turbopark (Budding Member 29 posts) 9y

I'm heading to san jose, costa rica in july. Can anyone tell me where to go to entertain yourself? Good food, girls, etc... Also I would like to visit a nice beach near san jose. Does anyone have a suggestion? Thanks, any input would be appreciated.

2. Posted by GregW (Travel Guru 2635 posts) 9y

Are you staying in San Jose, and looking for a day trip, or are you looking to leave San Jose and stay at the beach? Personally, I would go with the second option. Much better to get away from San Jose.

I think the nearest beach to San Jose would be Jaco. It's about 2 hours away.

Personally, I liked Manuel Antonio (3 hours drive), though it's kind of quiet and might not meet the "girls" quotient you are looking for.

If you want to party, Tamarindo is the place to go. Of course, that's 4 to 5 hours away. But if you are planning on staying overnight, this seems like a good option.

3. Posted by turbopark (Budding Member 29 posts) 9y

I'm flying to san jose but would like to stay at the beach for about 3 to 4 days to relax and bask in the sun. I'm looking for good food and good times so I don't know where to start or begin. Can you give me any more recommendations? Any advice would be appreciated.

4. Posted by turbopark (Budding Member 29 posts) 9y

actually it doesn't even have to be the beach. Can you recomend any small towns near san jose that has good food and women? I don't want to be stuck in san jose for a whole week. I'd rather be in a smaller city or place.

5. Posted by GregW (Travel Guru 2635 posts) 9y

You might want to think about Tamarindo or perhaps Montezuma.

6. Posted by turbopark (Budding Member 29 posts) 9y

ok thanks for the input. any advice for traveling will be appreciated. thanks.

7. Posted by GregW (Travel Guru 2635 posts) 9y

Tamarindo should be an okay bus ride, from what I hear, but I didn't go. I think it's all pretty much the Pan-American all the way up though, so should be smooth highway driving.

The ride to Montezuma would require a bus - ferry - bus ride. It's not bad, but the road once you get off the ferry is crappy. It's a short rider though. You could also fly - there's a small airport not far from Montezuma, but it's probably cheaper to do the overland route.

Greg

8. Posted by fraluchi (Full Member 129 posts) 9y

I suggest you visit the Caribbean coast. Take the bus from San Jose to Puerto Viejo de Limon - an inexpensive, approx. 4-hour ride.
Check out Cahuita, Puerto Viejo, Manzanillo. These places are connected by bus, several times a day. In Puerto Viejo you can rent a bike or scooter and visit various beautiful beaches. Night life galore ! And food: a large selection of superb cooking. Try rice and beans, cooked in coconut milk: delicious!

9. Posted by turbopark (Budding Member 29 posts) 9y

thanks but i don't really like reggae...but who knows. Right now, I'm thinking of going to jaco....

10. Posted by j222 (Budding Member 4 posts) 9y

thereĀ“s a beach called playa hermosa which is right next to jaco and way better. its a huge surf beach, gigantic waves, but really beautiful, way cleaner, and still has some bars and good restaurants. theres probably more to do in jaco but this place is way prettier.