Our trip to Costa Rica was everything I had hoped for and more. After using this this site extensively for planning along with a few guide books from the library I was pretty confident that that our first vacation to C.R. would be wonderful but it exceeded our high expectations.
First of all THANKYOU to all of the experts and regular posters who take the time to answer questions and make recommendations.It helps to speed up the planning process so much!
We had 19 days to explore the the Rincon volcano, Samara, Monteverde, Arenal, and Playa Hermosa areas with a 4x4 we rented from Budget. We would have liked to have had a lot longer to do the area justice!
This will probably be a pretty long report as I would like to report on our highlights of which there were so many. Also, it will be over several installments as I do not type very quickly!
We always rent a car wherever we go on holidays and this trip was no exception. We decided to rent a 4x4 Bego based on the numerous recommendations and we were glad we did (especially for the trip in and out of Monteverde). You can get by with a car but we felt more confident with the clearance that the 4x4 provides as there are a few large rocks jutting out of the road to Monteverde.Our travels didn't necessitate us crossing any rivers.
We also were prepared for the occasional bug in our rooms as this is a tropical location. We have also encountered bugs in Mexico, Hawaii, etc.
We love the beach and if there is a beach in the vicinity of the place we are visitng we will stay there at least a few days. However C.R. has such beautiful and diverse geographical locations packed within such a relatively small area, you should really plan on spending a good deal of your time at the inland destinations, which is what we did.
We printed out the maps to our various destinations which are found on the "Your Travelmap" C.R. site and they provided excellent directions to our various destinations. Also, the time estimates they provide were pretty much dead on, driving at a reasonable rate of speed. I was surprised that in most cases there was a sign pointing out the direction to take but then we were travelling usually to popular destinations. On those few times where there was a fork in the road with no signs the Travelmaps came through.
We honestly didn't use bugspray very often. We did get a few bites (my wife more than me). When we did use it Deepwoods Off seemed to work well. We came back with a couple of full unused bottles of the bug repellant,
Next Installment: Rincon de la ViejoEdited: 29 July 2012, 17:41