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Itinery, weather and packing advice - early August

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Itinery, weather and packing advice - early August

Hi there, myself and my husband to be are flying to Panama City on July 29th for our honeymoon.We're staying there two nights and then may go elsewhere in panama for a night or two or head straight up to Costa Rica. We kinda dropped the ball on honeymoon planning and I'd love some advice! We fly home from San Jose August 15th and so have about 2 weeks to play with.

Would love advice on itinerary, weather and what to pack(clothes and other essentials)

We want idyllic relaxation, bit of wildlife and adventure and a taste of the real Tico life. We'd love to do a canopy tour/rafting/horse riding where possible. We're both fit(him very, me slightly) and not bothered about tanning etc but don't want to be rained in for 2 weeks either. Would love a sunny place with temperatures of about 20-25 Celsius. Weather not most important factor. Would also love an indication of anything we should bring we may not think of, whether we need sweaters etc. budget is about $5000, ideally less. We'll happily do nothing other than chill on the beach lots of days with some adventure in the middle. We had a figure of $100 per night in our heads. Would love to find a few great cheaper places to offset the cost of more expensive places if we think they're worth it. Would love at least 2-3 nights if somewhere really luxe! Any recommendations appreciated. We were hoping to use public transport but if its not really practical any advice on rentals/alternatives would be appreciated.

Thanks in advance!! We're happy to rough it a bit but don't really fancy hostels on honeymoon! Thanks!

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1. Re: Itinery, weather and packing advice - early August

With 100US$ per night accommodation only you will be able to find nice and clean place, but any luxury on top will cost you from 150$ upward. Costa Rica is very stretched country, and almost impossible to have a central location for daily tours. Also, it is NOT the best location for beach time; its beaches are mostly open to ocean: vwaves, rip tides, excellent for surfers but not so good for swimmers. However its nature is excellent and there are plenty of secluded romantic spots.

What I would do is trying to stay few days (say 3 days) at San Blas Islands near Panama City. They are not luxurious but have that south Caribbean feel to it. Then move to Costa Rica, best way is to fly to SJO / San Jose. Chose two locations; an example is Arenal area for your outdoor activities and hot springs (3 days), and Puerto Viejo de Talamanca (south Caribbean side) for more beach with great wildlife (5 days). Of course add/delete as per your needs and timing.

While on honeymoon, check those accommodations that are offering self standing cabinas; most of hotels I've been to are made of wood (exotic wood to us) but its sound proof isolation is poor.

Coming from Ireland, you will have your share of rain also in Costa Rica. It tains much harder then in Ireland, but the rain is warm. Usual pattern is during nights and late afternoon, but it depends on micro location.

Temperature is around 20-25 Celsius during day time. In cental, higher parts of Costa Rica, it drops during night time. But you would need a sweater only if goiung to Monteverde or Cerro de la Muerte area. Bring light quick dry clothes; cotton get wet and stays wet, so ni jeans or cotton t-shirts. Don't bring any dress for like evening dinner. Ticos outside the capital city dresses very casual, and humidity is the factor to consider. Same goes with shoes. Flip flops for in the house and on the beach, and if you are planning to hike or to do any more demanding outdoor activity, lightweight hikig boots. Many visitors are using closed toe water shoes, like Keen.

If choosing right destinations, then local buses are very good and cheap way to travel. If you will feel pressed for time, then use shared shuttle service; average price for transport from location to location is around 45US$ per person. Renting a car is another option, but again, if you will go to locations like Arenal and south Caribbean, you will not really need a car. Most of the tour operators will pick you up at the hotel, and in Puerto Viejo bicycle is the way to move around. Taxi's are plentiful and relatively affordable. Use taxi whenever returning after dark, from dinner, for your safety.

Once you will digest this, and have more exact idea of what you would like to do (and thus where to stay) in Costa Rica, come back for more details.

Edited: 15 July 2013, 09:30
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