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Women travelers need itinerary help and safety advice

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Women travelers need itinerary help and safety advice

Hello fellow travelers! The 4 of us women are planning a trip to Costa Rica in late March/early April and we would really appreciate anyone's help. Here's what we were planning on doing:

Fly in to SJO arriving at 9am-ish. Taking Nature Air to Manuel Antonio, staying there for 2 nights. Then fly to (SJO or ? airport) to get to Pacuare River to do the 2-day rafting, then (drive or fly? if flying to/fr which airport?) to get to Arenal and stay 2 nights (see lake Arenal? or La Fortuna waterfall?), then drive (how long?) to Monteverde to do the zipline (and/or?) cloud forest tour. And finally, how to get back to SJO? Are there any safety advise you could give us? THANK YOU SO MUCH for your time!

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1. Re: Women travelers need itinerary help and safety advice

www.spiritair.com LAX SJO usually cheapest on sales

with 4 www.mapache.com car rental for the week or driver more $

far better cheaper than flying

www.arenal.net

www.tabacon.com

www.monteverdeinfoinfo.com

www.fondavela.com

www.manuelantoniopark.com

www.tulemar.com Villa Mot Mot

2-3 days each place would be nice...

www.insuremytrip.com

Have fun,

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2. Re: Women travelers need itinerary help and safety advice

www.riostropicales.com best for rafting

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3. Re: Women travelers need itinerary help and safety advice

Not sure just how long you will be in Costa Rica but it looks like 7 or 8 days. You are trying to pack a lot into that amount of time! I would consider taking out at least one of your destinations - probably Monteverde. I would also change the order of things - I would go Manuel Antonio, Arenal, rafting, back to Arenal and then to SJO. Here are some places to look:

For distances and travel times: www.yourtravelmap.com

For domestic flights: Sansa and NatureAir (Sansa is located at the same airport, SJO, and Nature Air is located in Pavas, about half an hour away.)

For Arenal - www.arenal.net

For transportation, you might consider a mix of things. For instance, it is not that far from Alajuela to Manuel Antonio and you arrive early in the morning so just take an Interbus shuttle to your hotel in Manuel Antonio. After Manuel Antonio, shuttle back to airport and then fly to Arenal. Rent a car in Arenal so you can get around and explore the area. Your rafting tour operator will pick you up in Arenal and return you there. Fly back to SJO.

For safety -- just don't do dumb things. Use the same common sense skills that you would anywhere. If you want to go out at night, one person should be sober enough to take care of everyone else. Don't wear flash clothes or jewelry. Be respectful of the local people. That's about it.

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4. Re: Women travelers need itinerary help and safety advice

I agree with Hattie about trying to fit too much in. I would skip Monteverde and probably change rafting to one day as well. Confirm with your rafting company but some of the two days you get the same amount of time on the river as the one day. 3 nights in MA and Arenal is much better than 2.

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5. Re: Women travelers need itinerary help and safety advice

You have too many locations in a short time, maybe just MA and Arenal. You can also use Exploradores Outdoors for your rafting/transport needs, If possible try to use Sansa for your flights, its terminal is a five minute walk from SJO.

If you need private and safe transport, Tucan Limo Services is highly recommended, professional and great vehicles. You can do the zip lines with Skytrek from Arenal area, one of the best in Costa Rica.

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6. Re: Women travelers need itinerary help and safety advice

Nice that you are thinking about Costa Rica for your vacation...thank you...agree with Hattie but let me try...

1- If you arrive at 9:00am...take a car , shuttle, private service, etc...to Arenal..

Only 2 hours and 45 minutes drive great ride.

2- From Monteverde take the boat-jeep-boat transfer about $ 29.00 per person is hotel to hotel transfer.

3- From Monteverde take a transfer to Manuel Antonio...about 4 hours...nice ride...

4- back to San Jose about 2 hours and 30 minutes ride...

About the Pacuare overnight very simple is a ripp oof...even that is a great place to spend the night ...if you do your math you will be paying even more than staying at Four Seasons...and that is not an overnight rafting trip...the first day no more than 40 minutes in the river nad next day maybe 2 hours even less depending on the volume of water on the river...that is transfer by rubber boats to a expensive lodge...I will rather do one day Pacuare and spend a great fairwell dinner in San Jose...

All private transfers can be done for about $ 150.00 per person...nice safe and 100% private...of course you can do a lot better by shuttle service as INTERBUS and Gray Line...

If you have any more questions please let us know..

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Edited: 16 September 2010, 19:36
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7. Re: Women travelers need itinerary help and safety advice

Hi Travel Bug!

As far as safety advice goes, the best thing I can tell you is to stay alert and be mindful of your surroundings. Don't carry around a purse if you can manage not to. Simply tuck your cash into your bra and throw your camera in your pocket! If you dont plan on using your phone, don't even bother carrying it with you. Don't leave things unattended on the beach - best just to bring your towel and a book and enjoy a relaxing day on the beach without being weighed down by a bunch of bring-alongs. If you're taking cabs, make sure to stick to the red cabs with yellow triangles on the side. There are a bunch of unmarked, registered taxis (which are also fine if you know what to look for), but there are also imposter taxi drivers too. Since you'll be new to the area, it's better to be safe than sorry. Costa Rica is an amazing country with amazing people, but as with any city across the globe, there are always people looking to take advantage of you if you let them. Trust your gut and you should be just fine!

Hope this helps!

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8. Re: Women travelers need itinerary help and safety advice

Prior post give you a good advice about safety...just common sense...and everything is going to be OK!

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