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3/4 week itinerary maximum experience on minimum budget

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3/4 week itinerary maximum experience on minimum budget

My son and friend are travelling to Costa Rica in November as part of a 4 month trip. They cant decide whether they should stay for 3 weeks or 4. Also can anyone give them some advice on itinerary to give them maximum experience on a minimum budget? All advice would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

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1. Re: 3/4 week itinerary maximum experience on minimum budget

I would suggest doing some research. You don't actually think it is right to ask someone here to plan a 3 or 4 week itinerary for them?

Once they do some research and narrow down their interests and locations, we can give them a lot of help and advice. But without knowing what they want to do or what they are interested in, it's very difficult.

Some helpful websites: www.anywherecostarica.com

www.costa-rica-guide.com

www.costarica-nationalparks.com

www.govisitcostarica.com - government tourism website

www.puertoviejosatellite.com - Caribbean coast

www.nicoyapeninsula.com - part of Pacific coast

www.arenal.net - very popular destination with lots to do.

www.yourtravelmap.com - distances and travel times

www.thebusschedule.com/cr/ - the most inexpensive way to travel around

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2. Re: 3/4 week itinerary maximum experience on minimum budget

3 or even better 4 weeks is nice amount of time to explore Costa Rica. Although it is more expensive then other Central American destinations, one can travel it on affordable budget by using public buses for transport, and staying at hostels. Food in local restaurants called soda is also not expensive. Where bulk of the money will go are tours; many National Parks requires using a guide which can be costly. In November, Caribbean coast is less rainy then Pacific one. Also it is in general less expensive also. First investment should be getting a travel book, Moon Costa Rica is excellent and has many informations geared toward budget travel. Also, The Lonely Planet ThornTree forum has much more budget oriented posters so asking same question there might yield more results. In any case, a rough itinerary they will need to be done by themselves.

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3. Re: 3/4 week itinerary maximum experience on minimum budget

They should read a guidebook, see what places interest them, and then look at expenses of lodging, transportation, food, and activities.

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4. Re: 3/4 week itinerary maximum experience on minimum budget

They are doing a lot of research themselves and I dont expect anyone to plan their itinerary but was just hoping for some guidance and information which they may find useful in helping them make their decisions. Thank you for the information provided I am sure they will find this very useful.

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5. Re: 3/4 week itinerary maximum experience on minimum budget

Have them check out Lonely Planet book, lots of good information for budget traveller. Early November is usually still nice weather on the Caribbean side, I would start there, lots to do around Puerto Viejo for the budget conscious, maybe head to Tortuguero Arenal, hit the Pacific Coast around Tamrindo and then head South along the coast, the wether gets better as it gets later in November on that side of the country.

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