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1. Posted by kjkaus (First Time Poster 1 posts) 42w Star this if you like it!

I have Metastisized Breast Cancer and Heart damage/involvement. I am going for 2 months to Central America flying into and out of Costa Rica. I want to travel the Caribbean North and the Pacific South, or vice-versa.

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I would LOVE ANY AND ALL information ANY of you could give!!

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2. Posted by Piecar (Travel Guru 979 posts) 42w Star this if you like it!

If you are landing in San Jose I'd make an effort to get out of the town as soon as you can. San Jose is pretty dull. Head over to The Pacific Coast side. Maybe Quepos, which is just north of Manuel Antonio national park. Visit the park and then take a bus south around the park to visit some of the small surf villages before cutting to the Caribbean side to Puerto Viejo. There. That's a start

3. Posted by greatgrandmaR (Respected Member 475 posts) 42w Star this if you like it!

I don't agree that San Jose is dull. And I also don't know anything about camping or backpacking.

We've been to the national park at Tortuguero twice and been to Puerto Limon by cruise ship twice. My visits to Tortuguero were arranged through a travel agency - it was a group situation in each case. They arranged for the transportation (bus) to the place where you get the boat to go to the village as there are no roads that go there. You can do this yourself, but I don't know how easy it is to arrange a place to stay once you get there. Most of the lodges appear to be set up for tour groups. The first time in 1998 we stayed in Parismina which was very rustic and was primarily for people who were fishing. The second time in 2016 we stayed in Tortuguero proper. It was August and I was interested in seeing the turtle nesting but it was too muddy for me to walk out to to see that.

The cruise port at Puerto Limon also arranged tours to Tortugero and other places on that side.

We also rented a car and went up to Fortuna and Arenal and then drove around the lake to Monteverde. You can do this by bus also but it is a bit more strenuous. We flew to Palmar Norte and went to Drakes Bay - from there we had excursions to Corcovado. We have also driven down to Manuel Antonio which is a very nice park and near Quepos. My grandson's significant other arranged for a rent of a villa in Tamarindo for the month of February - there is turtle nesting there too.