So after a bad experience in Belize I'm "once bitten twice shy" as they say.... I really want to visit Costa Rica but I have to do my best to avoid a Belize repeat. I know all countries/cities have their good, bad and ugly. I would like to hear about the bad and ugly of CR from people who have been to CR many times or live there. I'd like to know places to avoid. I don't like the beggers, scammer vultures and hustlers who typically harass tourist... I don't mind 1 or two here and there and I have no problem being polite and saying no, but being mobbed, hounded, lied to or pestered really takes away from an otherwise enjoyable vacation. I'm travelling with my wife, a 4yr old and a 13yr old. Where in CR would you guys suggest we visit? Our check list includes beaches for wading/swimming, monkeys, sloths, and other wildlife and a hammock with a view. Mostly interested in an ecoodge type place and since we will be travelling in June I've ruled out the osa. Some rain is fine, but I'd like to avoid 2 day down pours.
Maybe Costa Rica isn't right for us?