Costa Rica Anyone?

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    Mar 31, 2013 2:40 AM GMT
    Thinking about vacationing in Costa Rica soon.
    Most likely i'll be in the capital San Jose.

    Anyone ever been?
    Anyone live there?

    What's the country/city like? What are things I wouldn't want to miss while there?
  • Suetonius

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    Mar 31, 2013 12:17 PM GMT
    Costa Rica is all about nature and the country - San Jose has not much to offer. Check out Lonely Planet or Rough Guides or Moon Handbook travel guides. San Jose does have the gold museum.
  • Shark100

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    Mar 31, 2013 12:36 PM GMT
    Been there, volcanoes you definitely have to go, if you like extreme sports white water rafting is really cool, beaches...some of them are quiet nice, specially in Guanacaste. It is a nice country and the weather is perfect. Enjoy!!!!!!!!
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    Mar 31, 2013 1:57 PM GMT
    Costa Rica is great to explore. I've been there a couple of times for a Yoga Retreat. I agree that San Jose doesn't have much to offer but I would go to the main market to get some food and do some people watching. I usually head out to the Osa Peninsula in the southwest coast. National Parks are a must do. Don't be afraid to fly the prop planes, driving can take a long time. Have a great time!
  • TicoTaz22

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    Mar 31, 2013 2:36 PM GMT
    As a Tico myself, I can only say good things about CR. I do have to agree with the guys above that San Jose is not the main reason to visit the country. Experience both oceans, natural reserves, volcanoes, surfing, canopy tours in the jungle, horseback on the baches, great food and very nice people. Enjoy.
  • tomjack

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    Mar 31, 2013 3:50 PM GMT
    I have been 3 or 4 times... I would go to Manuel Antonio. They have beautiful beaches, lots of adventurous activities and it has a gay scene... a few gay bars and a club or two. It can be really pricey but if you plan it right it is doable.
  • calibro

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    Mar 31, 2013 4:09 PM GMT
    monteverde/quepos, arenal/la fortuna, manuel antonio, corcovado, tortuguerro. done.
  • Fit_Couple

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    Mar 31, 2013 5:00 PM GMT
    calibro saidmonteverde/quepos, arenal/la fortuna, manuel antonio, corcovado, tortuguerro. done.


    Yep. Do what he says. We have done all but Corcovado and highly recommend all he listed. I'd add.. There is a boat ride along the border of Nicaragua that goes from the lake to Tortugeuro that is great and not too expensive. Make sure to enjoy the hot springs at Tabacon when in the Arenal area (or where ever it is... It's close to there). Only do the zip line in Monte verde. All other zips I have tried were inferior. This was the original and the best IMO. Enjoy! Amazing tripahead!
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    Apr 01, 2013 3:51 AM GMT
    Suetonius saidCosta Rica is all about nature and the country - San Jose has not much to offer. Check out Lonely Planet or Rough Guides or Moon Handbook travel guides. San Jose does have the gold museum.



    Well I know i'm flying into San Jose that's why I wrote I'll be there. But I'm completely open to other cities and regions you guys recommend.
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    Apr 03, 2013 2:01 AM GMT
    anyone live there?
  • BrownsTown

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    Apr 03, 2013 2:26 AM GMT
    Spent 4 days there last September — San Jose and Manuel Antonio. Be careful! I've traveled the world from Brazil to Moscow to Hong Kong and CR was the only place I have been robbed. They broke into our rental car and even stole the rental car GPS from the trunk. 2 days later, someone tried to break into the car AGAIN in broad daylight near a farmer's market. Craziness.

    Other posters are correct, Manuel Antonio is probably the gay center of the whole country. The national park there is amazing, but GET A GUIDE. We almost didn't, but we wouldn't have seen 25% of the animals that the guide found for us.

    Have fun!
  • Suetonius

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    Apr 03, 2013 8:22 PM GMT
    BrownsTown saidBe careful! I've traveled the world from Brazil to Moscow to Hong Kong and CR was the only place I have been robbed. They broke into our rental car and even stole the rental car GPS from the trunk. 2 days later, someone tried to break into the car AGAIN in broad daylight near a farmer's market. Craziness.
    +There's a lot of car break-ins and car theft in San Jose - If you have a car there, you must never leave it unattended (even for a few minutes) unless it is in a fenced and guarded parking lot. They may even steal mirrors and anteanas if they can't get into or don't have time to get into the car.Just one of the hassles of having a car in San Jose.