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travel tips for Costa Rica

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travel tips for Costa Rica

my wife and i recently returned from an incredible vacation in costa rica! we did a particular type of trip and it's one that i would highly recommend. instead of our normal 'tropical' type vacation where we camp out at a high dollar resort and lounge by the pool with a paper umbrella in my drink - this trip was the complete opposite. we spent 1-2 nights in each location - did some exciting day trip/excursion in each and then moved on to another area. we spent time at the beach, in the mountains, by a lake, in a cloud forest, in the city, etc. we happened upon an unbelieveable tour company that handled all the arrangements including hotels, transportation, day trips, etc. our activities included exploring nature with private guides, canopy tours (zip lining above the rainforest), white water rafting, horseback riding, etc. every one of these trips was better than the next. if you have specific questions or would like me to turn you onto this tour company (a route i would highly recommend) just drop me a line at onehelluvaguy@hotmail.com. we loved our trip and that country so much that we're planning on moving there as soon as possible! such beauty you've never seen. nice people (who actually LOVE americans - a rarity these days), clean, safe, exciting, etc. i look forward to hearing from you all soon. take care and pura vida! scott

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Scott - Thank you so much for your help. I've been back and forth with Rod trying to get the perfect itinerary together - and I think we've finally got it. We leave on June 13! We're so excited. Thanks again for all your time and advice. We'll come back with a nice long story about our trip! Anna

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I would love all and any information that you have. My husband and I are planning a trip in Sept. and there is so much to do, I don't know where to begin. Thanks

Fort Worth, Texas
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hi warmandsunny! i'd be glad to help out. just drop me an email and i'll send it right off. it's about 3-4 pages long - not appropriate for this forum. i also have some photo album links that i can send you. look forward to hearing from you. scott

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is there anything cool for younger people to do (bars, nightclubs, dancing)?? i'm going down there with a few friends who are all in our mid-twenties. any suggestions or hot tips?

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i'm in my 40's... not to say that's OLD or anything... but when my wife and i were there we weren't really on the prowl for 'party' spots. i will say that in our travels, the one place that came closest to being a 'party' spot was jaco beach. there are a bunch of bars, clubs, restaurants, etc. don't go there thinking you're going to manhattan - because it's far from it - but it's the closest i saw. good luck. scott

calif
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fair enough. what do you know about tamarindo? how does it compare to jaco?

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Just returned from Tamarindo, 21 yr. old daughter and 18 yr. old had plenty of bar locations to choose from. Tues. night is open mike night at Hotel Pastiempo - cool place. Thurs. night is ladies night at Best Western Villa's Crazy Monkey Bar, and we went with the kids for a few minutes (upstairs) and it was packed with young adults - most looked American - lots of them - I wondered where they all came from!!). Then the Mambo Bar opens about 10:00 and closes late. Many comment this place is shady but we stopped in there also to say hi to the kids and it looked fun, they went a couple nights. Daughter was asked if she wanted drugs and she said no and they went on their way. There is an Austrailian student missing from T. - since March - so you do need to be careful of your actions and be aware of your surroundings. The hotel's have great bars and you are welcome to those. My kids loved the bar tenders at the Hotel Capitan Suizo - 8 minute beach walk south of Tamarindo. You are going to have a great time in Tamarindo. Place your money and camera in safe locations on you when you are out and about.

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Tamarindo is a lot better than Jaco, there was a good vibe when I was there but Jaco just seemed more .....I don't know, wide open, just one commercialised street right through the place and not so friendly. Walk either side of the bay and there are other good beaches. Check out a lady called "Surf Patty" just below the Best Western at Tamarindo for friendly advice.

Enjoy.

Lt.

calif
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thank you all for your help. i'm starting to get excited about this trip! i appreciate your time.

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Hi again Scott! The countdown has begun! We leave in 6 days and can hardly wait. After a lot of work I think the plan has been finalized and we're all very happy with it. I'll drop you a note when we get back. Thanks again for everything.