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Costa Rica- Advice needed!!

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1. Posted by ashnz (Budding Member, 17 posts) 1 Mar '12 10:00

My partner and I are going to Costa Rica for a week or 2 at the end of this month,

We are really unorganised and have no idea where we want to go, I have looked on lots of websites, everywhere looks
great.
We are going to fly into San Jose, maybe spend a night there and head off to the beaches. We love surfing, eating and wildlife.

Can anyone who has been recommend some places?

We prefer beach shacks over resorts, and are on a budget of about $120US a day?

Please help

Thanks!!

2. Posted by Cyberia (Travel Guru, 1722 posts) 2 Mar '12 10:43

Lots of Americans go to Costa Rica and Fodors is mainly an American forum.
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http://www.fodors.com/community/
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Type Costa Rica into the "Search the Forums" box and you'll get plenty of advice.

For accommodation, try the Hotel Only option on:
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http://www.lowcostholidays.com/
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Hostelbookers is cheaper but you get what you pay for.

[ Edit: Edited on 02-Mar-2012, at 10:43 by Cyberia ]

3. Posted by ashnz (Budding Member, 17 posts) 2 Mar '12 13:48

Awesome!! Thank you

4. Posted by fraluchi (Full Member, 124 posts) 3 Mar '12 14:04

Quoting ashnz

We are going to fly into San Jose, maybe spend a night there and head off to the beaches. We love surfing, eating and wildlife

There are 2 surfing centers worthwhile visiting in Costa Rica: 1. Playa Tamarindo on the Pacific coast (4 hours by car from San Jose) and 2. Puerto Viejo de Talamanca on the Caribbean side of the country (3 hours drive from San Jose).
I recommend visiting both locations. The areas are quite different from each other, offer various interesting spots to visit nearby, both have full range of accommodations to choose from, and concentrate all services which one could expect. You don't have to stay in the center of these small towns to enjoy the areas, and one week in each location will give plenty of opportunities for discovering the country's attractions in a relaxing way. Here it is called Pura Vida, take it easy, enjoy!

5. Posted by SamSalmon (Respected Member, 622 posts) 7 Mar '12 18:24

If you're going for food prepare to be disappointed-food in Costa Rica is execrable.

6. Posted by daisykim71 (Budding Member, 19 posts) 19 Mar '12 07:15

We stayed close to Volcano Arenal at a place called surf chalets and had a lot of fun. Besides the volcano and the lake also the landscape around the lake, including Monteverde and Rio Celeste is fantastic. Absolutely worth to see, to stay and to enjoy.

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8. Posted by ashnz (Budding Member, 17 posts) 19 Mar '12 12:36

Thanks for the info, We have just booked to stay in La Fortuna!

9. Posted by fraluchi (Full Member, 124 posts) 26 Mar '12 18:59

Quoting SamSalmon

food in Costa Rica is execrable.

Now, now!
If this relates to budget limitations, you obviously did not check out the trailers' digs! Better and cheaper than McDonalds and certainly not execrable.
Otherwise you could have had fine culinary experiences, particularly in the Central Valley and in the larger resorts.

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