Is the Caribbean coast a must?

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1. Posted by kelly126 (Budding Member 13 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

I will be traveling all over Costa Rica for about a month but im debating whether or not I should travel to the caribbean coast because it is a little out of the way considering the rest of my itinerary. If there was a road directly across the South Pacific to the South Caribbean it would work out perfectly but I have no knowledge of one. Can someone tell me if the caribbean side is a lot different than the pacific coast or if it's a must to travel there while I'm in Costa Rica? Thanks

2. Posted by Travel100 (Travel Guru 1556 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

The whole country is not that big. I really liked Tortuguero, which is in the Northeast very close to the Caribbean Coast. Never went to the Pacific Coast but thought I'd mention that I thought Tortuguero was worth a visit.

3. Posted by chase (Budding Member 33 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

if you only have a month in Costa Rica, it would be such a shame to miss the Caribbean side! It is so completely different from the pacific - the people , the food, the atmosphere.... Unfortunately there are no bus routes directly from the pacific to the caribbean - you have to go through San Jose. depending on your itinery . places to visit are Cahuita - very chilled out, with a beautiful national park and beaches, cheap accomodation and food.Totuguero is a bit more difficult to reach but very beautiful. And of course Puerto Viejo - great nights out, beautiful beaches of Cocles, Punta Uva and Manzanillo, and incredibly freindly people. I love all of Costa Rica, but the Caribbean remains my favourite part! Hope this helps!