Costa Rica

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    Dec 10, 2008 12:11 AM GMT
    Has anyone been to Costa Rica? My husband and I are planning on going to the West/northern coast near the Montazuma rain forrest.
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    Dec 10, 2008 12:43 AM GMT

    I have, but its been years guy. There's a little island off the mainland that harbors a local school for some of the locals and a nice restaurant to boot. It's run by an American I believe that takes people out fishing for huge ocean fish. All over the walls of the restaurant are photographs of the people he's taken out. The fish are at least half your size, but the fishing excursion will cost you. I took a small ferry out to the island which was kind of scary/thrilling, but yea it was great!

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    Dec 10, 2008 12:44 AM GMT
    I went for three weeks as an exchange student back in high school. We stayed in Heredia, which is only 10 kilometers north of San Jose so most of the activites were in that region, but there were a lot of day trips, and even a weekend spent at Mt. Arenal, an active volcano in the northwest of the country. You can see eruptions from the cabins at the base of the volcano at night, and during the day there's fantastic hiking through a landscape teeming with tropical wildlife, swimming, and horseback riding. Actually we checked out a number of volcanos (such as Irazu, which is a little to the East of San Jose). The country as a whole is pretty small, so you might also consider checking out Monteverde, as the cloud forest is amazing.
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    Dec 10, 2008 1:15 AM GMT
    I was there in February. Had a great time.
    I flew through Liberia, which is in the northwest of the country. (Hot, dry, leave town quick)
    I went to Monteverde and saw the forest for a few days (bring sweaters).
    I then went to a very nice small beach town called Samera.
    Good surf spot for beginners, and some nearby breaks are good for more advanced surfers.
    Traveling around was easy, and the hotels I had were all very nice.
  • whenitrains

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    Dec 10, 2008 1:23 AM GMT
    I know a lady in her 50's who with her partner biked from San Jose to Liberia. She said it was phenomenal. I would love to do that someday. You should post your trip experience after you go. I'm a bit weary 'cos I don't know how safe the country is? Does anyone know?

    I hear the Carribean side is nice, as well the pacific side I hear is great for surfing. My sister knew a surfer who got robbed in Mexico on his way to Costa Rica. So I hope you're flying.

    I'm not trying to scare you... when I finally decide to go I'd probably stay at the Riu... the Hotel there looks amazing.
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    Dec 10, 2008 2:56 AM GMT
    I loved Costa Rica. I lived in San Jose for a summer, which is not the most memorable place to be. Manuel Antonio/Quepos is amazing! The area in between Manuel Antonio and Quepos has very nice hotels and evens some gay bars (bar Tutu). I stayed at La Mansion, which was expensive, but very nice.

    Arenal in also amazing. I stayed at the jungle lodge, which was very nice and inexpensive. We had a great view of the volcano and there was a nice breakfast included. My friends stayed at the Tabacon resort, which is much more expensive (I believe its a 5 star resort). You can buy a day pass to the Tabacon Springs which is about $40 and totally worth it. It has tropical rivers and waterfalls that are heated naturally by the hot springs. There is also good hiking and zip linning (canopy tour).

    Monteverde is also beautiful, but you can do many of the same eco-tourism activities in arenal, so if you have limited time, I would think you could skip it.

    We also went to isla de tortuga from San Jose through a charter tour. It was very nice. (This is not to be confused with tortuguero island).

    We also went river rafting on the rio reventon. I never made it to Limon on the carribean side, though i hear it looks similar to other carribean destinations.

    By no means am I an expert; there is a lot to see in such a small country. icon_smile.gif
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    Dec 10, 2008 4:00 AM GMT
    I lived in Costa Rica for 5 months and Montezuma* without question was one of my favorite spots. It is one of the clearest and cleanest beaches you will visit and at night the horizon line is amazing -- start studying up on your astrology because you will literally be able to see dozens of constellations. Plus, the only way you can get to this remote hot-spot is by taking a ferry from Puntarenas.

    For the canopy tours or zip-lining I strongly recommend doing this in the higher altitudes of Costa Rica like the Monteverde Cloud Forest.

    The best beach towns for surfing (or learning how to surf by a tico) are Samara* and Tamarindo. However don't be turned off by how Americanized the latter is -- it does offer great souvenier shops, restaurants and clubs.

    I used the Frommer's guidebook to Costa Rica which provided great insight and travel tips. I suggest picking this up and flipping through it on the plane ride down.
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    Dec 10, 2008 7:06 AM GMT
    I spent three months in CR this past summer and absolutely loved it. Such a small country but so many different places/things to do. Went by myself but met a ton of cool people.

    I spent most of my time in Heredia in the Central Valley (suburbs of San Jose) and then down south near San Isidro. Other places i went to which i recommend are;

    Quepos/Manuel Antonio: Beautiful hiking/beach national park. Stayed in Quepos which was cheaper then took a short bus trip up to MA. Supposedly a nude gay beach in MA, but never checked it out. MA is supposed to be very gay friendly too, but can get pretty expensive.

    Dominical: Great small surfing village. Learned how to surf there. the roads still hasnt been paved so I would go before it does and gets too commercialized.

    Puerto Viejo: Stopped by on my way to Bocas del Toro in Panama. Small caribbean town, very rasta, great musical nightlife.

    For the best canopy tour, I also recommend Monteverde Cloud Forest.
    Volcan Arenal is also a great spot to hit up, when i was there, lava flow was visible!

    The country is so small, its so easy to get from one corner to another. Lots of buses and also domestic airlines that are pretty cheap. Check out NatureAir and Sansa.

    From my friends that went north while i went south, they loved Samara. The beaches are beautiful, but apparently its becoming more high class and expensive.

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    Dec 10, 2008 7:13 AM GMT
    sfinboston saidHas anyone been to Costa Rica? My husband and I are planning on going to the West/northern coast near the Montazuma rain forrest.

    thank you for using the word husband and "partner." it sends a chill down my spine whenever i hear it. not as bad a "lover" though.

    costa rica is sick. you'll love it.
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    Dec 26, 2008 2:36 AM GMT
    Hey have to say Costa Rica is awesome. If your looking for a place to go and just relax with great beaches, off the tourist track..then go the Montezuma, Costa Rica.

    Been here 3 days and it is such a great place!!!icon_biggrin.gif

  • Jan 20, 2011 10:47 PM GMT
    Planning a gay bachelor party for a couple that r getting married, they want a joint bachelor party and we r going to costa rica. They want a WILD PARTY. We are going to San Jose then Jaco which we heard is a wild time for heteros but we are not sure about gay clubs, beaches, and frankly... sex. We heard that costa rica used to be more gay friendly but now has a don't ask/don't tell type of policy with no gay beaches... I.e. thongs/nude, and no more openess.

    They basically want to live out all their fantasies together with about 5 of us. Any thoughts would be great. I know its a more crude post than the others about the scenery, but at least I'm honest. Thanks.
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    Jan 20, 2011 11:00 PM GMT
    Family has a place down in a french canadian community near the Panama border called Ojochal, where you can have a french canadian poutine, in costa rica.

    If you are into seeing natural beauty at its finest, rent a car or hire a driver and go along the pacific coastal highway and head to a park called Corcovado, in the southern point. Manual Antonio, is junk, pretty much tourist dominated, and the wildlife there are more like pets then anything. The hot springs near Arenal Mtn. are amazing, and provide a somewhat great view of the active volcano on the very rare non-cloudy day.
    The town of Dominical has some of the best surfing in the country, very cool surf town with an amazing atmosphere.