I've been reading through a lot of the posts and this seems like a great forum for people traveling to a destination for their first time. My girlfriend and I are trying to plan a trip to Costa Rica from 6/6 to 6/12, but didn't realize what we got ourselves into with all the options. We start graduate school in August, so we definitely have a budget. I think we've settled on the Guanacaste area since it encompasses a lot of activities and is close to the airport. We want a hotel that is going to be on the beach and be able to do day trips for activities, ie. Volcano, rain forest (zipline), horseback to a waterfall, etc. We do not need a fancy hotel or a lot of amenities as we can pretty much make do with whatever and go with the flow.
So, I've been searching through the various travel websites and have found that a flight from BWI or PHL to Liberia plus 6 nights at the following hotels are in our price range:
- Hilton Papagayo Costa Rica Resort & Spa
- Sol Papagayo Resort (All Inclusive)
- Allegro Papagayo (All Inclusive)
We were really looking to stay under $800/person for the hotel and flight...but we are also both about to start grad school, so this is the last vacation for a long time and looking at six figures in debt makes you think a different way.
If there is any feedback, advice, info that anyone could give with regards to the hotels I would really appreciate the help. Even if your feedback is tell me I'm an idiot and they are the worst places ever...well, that's still a viewpoint and I'm interested in hearing it. Thanks!