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11. Posted by greatgrandmaR (Travel Guru 672 posts) 16w Star this if you like it!

Do you say "Elevators? Wow. because think I should no longer travel because I am mobility challenged? What would you like me to do?

The reason a lot of people go to a place is usually because they think it is worth going to. But when a lot of people go, there are crowds. Because there are crowds and there are people that cater to the crowds (and charge for it) that does not mean that something is a tourist trap. The Anne Frank House always has a line outside waiting to go in- you have to buy a ticket, and once you get in there, there is not much to see. Is it a tourist trap? Some people have wanted to go there all of their lives. I have a friend whose son took her there because he knew that was one of the places she most wanted to see. It isn't a place I want to go, but YMMV.

We were there at MA during the off season (August). I probably wouldn't go during the high season but it was nice in August. The main trail was one I could negotiate, although it was not comfortable. I do not think I could have done MonteVerde or Corcovado unless they have changed a lot in the last 20 years. I can do Tortuguero because I can get into and sit in boats.

I don't require that all places be made accessible. I can still walk a little bit. But I don't like it when people put unnecessary obstacles in my way or look askance because I need extra facilities as though it is bad that I need them and even worse that I don't mind paying for them.

12. Posted by Piecar (Travel Guru 1090 posts) 16w Star this if you like it!

Elevators are more upscale and require more expertise, and mean way more floors than I remember around Manuel Antonio. Things really have gone upscale. Ah well. There's always Guat.

Grandma, I would have no opinion on how you move even if you were being carried around by oiled up dudes on a silk lined litter. Have at 'er.

Anne Frank's house is definitely a tourist trap. I imagine the poor young lady would not be all that thrilled that her harrowing experience would be visited by sticky fingered kids who had no idea what the hell they were looking at. I find it sort of ghastly, really. On the other hand, I was pretty interested in going to Dracula's Castle in Romania, last year....and that was also a tourist trap.

But we're off topic.

After several visits to CR I have never been to Alajuela. What brings you to the city on a whirlwind 6 day tour?

[ Edit: Edited on 23-Feb-2018, at 22:24 by Piecar ]

13. Posted by Teoni (Respected Member 492 posts) 16w Star this if you like it!

If you want to save some money at La Fortuna in terms of the hot springs there is a free version across the road from Tabacon. The river under the road bridge mixes with the hot spring water making for a warm river and in one part of the river you have a spa like effect. Obviously you are not going to get the luxury of a spa resort but I thought it was quite an adventure to be wading through a warm river in a forest:). There are no facilities there, it is just a car park and a set of stairs to the river but at night locals come down there with candles and sort of have a party.

14. Posted by greatgrandmaR (Travel Guru 672 posts) 16w Star this if you like it!

Quoting Teoni

If you want to save some money at La Fortuna in terms of the hot springs there is a free version across the road from Tabacon. The river under the road bridge mixes with the hot spring water making for a warm river and in one part of the river you have a spa like effect. Obviously you are not going to get the luxury of a spa resort but I thought it was quite an adventure to be wading through a warm river in a forest:). There are no facilities there, it is just a car park and a set of stairs to the river but at night locals come down there with candles and sort of have a party.

I'm glad that is still an option. That's what we did when we were there in 1996

When we did it, there was a small park with changing rooms and I think you paid for lockers or something.

15. Posted by greatgrandmaR (Travel Guru 672 posts) 16w Star this if you like it!

Quoting Piecar

After several visits to CR I have never been to Alajuela. What brings you to the city on a whirlwind 6 day tour?

It's where the Juan Santamaria airport is - it says San Jose but it's really not even in San Jose province.

16. Posted by fraluchi (Full Member 132 posts) 16w Star this if you like it!

Everyone has different expectations from a holiday. Without knowing people's wishes, it's difficult to make suggestions. If one desires to experience pure nature, beautiful views, pleasant climate (without A/C of blankets !) , walks without chatting tourists, etc. one can have this within short distances from the Central Valley.
If you want beaches and a "$$$-home" feeling, Tamarindo might be a choice. Untouched nature can be found in places such as the Osa peninsula. During our "summer", expect hordes at SJO airport and around the so-called "not to miss" places. Hiking the Coast-to-coast trails, for example, is a perfect healthy exercise for "away-from-the-crowds" - snip - .

[ Edit: Sorry, no promos please. ]

17. Posted by greatgrandmaR (Travel Guru 672 posts) 16w Star this if you like it!

Yes, and what one person wants is not necessarily what another person wants.

Some people want to lie on a beach. Some people like hot tubs and pools. Some people cannot withstand great cold, great heat or high humidity.

Some people like museums (really they do). Some people like to find out about their ethnic roots.

Some people do want people to talk to. Some people want or need to be connected to the internet at all times. Some people want solitude.

Some people like seeing all kinds of wildlife from army ants to whales. Some people think animals other than mammals (and even some of those) need to be exterminated.

Some people like to hunt or fish. Some people like zip lines and adventure sports. Some people like to kayak, and some prefer to sail. Some like to walk and others prefer to ride.

Some people like trying new foods and others just want pizza or McDonalds. Some people like beer and want to go to local breweries.

None of these desires are bad - they are just different for different people. And basically in order to get reasonably good advice, we have to know what kind of travel the person desires. Also just because someone does not want a particular type of travel, it is not necessary to try to convince other people that they are wrong for wanting to travel that way.

I assumed that the OP wanted to use public transportation because either they don't drive or want to save money. But it might be that they would reconsider in order to make the best use of their time. Also that they probably were reasonably mobile and wanted to be on a beach. I've never been to Tamarindo, but I thought that might be a better beach location than MA.

I thought of suggesting that the OP fly into Liberia instead of Juan Santamaria. What do you think of that idea.

18. Posted by Piecar (Travel Guru 1090 posts) 16w Star this if you like it!

It's where the Juan Santamaria airport is - it says San Jose but it's really not even in San Jose province.

Talking to the OP Grandma. It's not always about you. I notice still no responses from her though.

Fraluchi, thank you! I was trying to remember that beach name. Tamarindo, it is.

[ Edit: Edited on 24-Feb-2018, at 16:53 by Piecar ]

19. Posted by greatgrandmaR (Travel Guru 672 posts) 16w Star this if you like it!

Quoting Piecar

It's where the Juan Santamaria airport is - it says San Jose but it's really not even in San Jose province.

Talking to the OP Grandma. It's not always about you. I notice still no responses from her though.

Fraluchi, thank you! I was trying to remember that beach name. Tamarindo, it is.

Sorry - I just assumed that the reason that the OP was there was because that's where the airport is.

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