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Very helpful tips, airport, hotels, tours, languages school

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Very helpful tips, airport, hotels, tours, languages school


1.do not change dollar at airport their rate is 1 dolar = 460colones, standard rate is v around 1$ = 517-520colones, here is the Costa Rica national bank website where you can check the daily rate http://www.bncr.fi.cr/BN/index.asp?c=home

P.S (you can find a lot of banks in San Jose)

2. The airport departure tax is $26 and they only take visa and mastercard or cash, so please do not spend everything until you pay the departure tax

3. The airport taxi to San Jose is $22, and if you do have a hotel reservation, please do not let them take you to other hotel by saying that the hotel you booked is closed or full coz they can get some commision by taking you to other fancy hotels.

Languages Schools


Location: San Jose, Sabana (Paseo Colon) & San Pedro

Tel: 257-2062 * 233-1714 Price $120-180 per month

4 days a week / 2 hours and half per day

New Learning Academy

Location San Jose (downtown)


Price $100-120

Uiversidad de Costa Rica

Location: San Pedro Tel: 207-4000

You may also find personal tutor for $8-10 per hour, you may find it on www.craigslist.org

Or the personal ads board in the supermarkets

Here is other schools information



From San Jose

Tourtuguero (turtle nesting season July- December) (Great tour and cheap)

Costa Rica Hilighlight tour (volcan poas, sarapiqui river, waterfall garden)

Volcan Irazu,Valle Orosi

Turu Ba Ri (canopy, airtram, and other activities)

Canopy Sarapiqui

Pacuare rafting

Naranjo Bungee jumping

Volcan Arenal (hot spring)

Hotels 2007 Rates

Arenal (La fortuna) Cerro Chato Lodge

Owner Miguel Samora

They can pick you up at the bus station (requires previous reservation)

Location : (2.5 kms. from La Fortuna, on the road to Catarata R甐's Fortuna and only 15minutes by car from Tabacon's Hot Springs)

www.cerrochato.com $23-40

San Jose (downtown) Hotel Pension de la Cuesta

Location: Avenida 1, 50meters west from Registro Civil

Very nice location , close to the museums, bars, restaurants

Nice and clean rooms and great service

Their staff are very helpful and they also offer airport shuttle to their hotel for $15

www.pensiondelacuesta.com $18-28

Monteverde (Santa Elena) Pension Santa Elena

owner :shannon

Location: Santa Elena (downtown) 50meters este from the banco nacional

www.pensionsantaelena.com $8-15

Manuel Antonio Hotel Verde Mar

Location :400meters from the entrance of Manuel Antonio National Park

The only hotel which has the direct access to the national park

Great view and beach

(no need to pay the park entrance)

http://www.verdemar.com/ $50

Puerto Viejo El Tucan Jungle Lodge

Location: Near playa manzanillo

Good service and nice rooms and cheap!

They can pick you up at the bus station



Most important thing

Keep eye on your bags, there are a lot of thief in Costa Rica, please becareful specially at the bus stations and bars.

Enjoy you trip!!

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1. Re: Very helpful tips, airport, hotels, tours, languages school

thanks for the great info. I'm especially pleased to hear we can pay the departure tax on credit card - the less cash i have to carry (and not spend while I'm there) the better.

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