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staying at the jw marriott

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staying at the jw marriott

hey me and my friend are going to the jw marroitt for a week... aug 8 - 15... its are 1st time in costa rica. and are looking for suggestions on things to do and see.. We'll be flying into san jose and driving over to the jw... so we'll have a jeep as well... so lets us know.... thx

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1. Re: staying at the jw marriott

You need to take a look at a good guidebook or spend some time with your friend Google.

You are not going to just hop off the plane, jump in your Jeep and boogie on down to the JW Marriott. It's about a five hour trip. The JW Marriott is fairly isolated so you don't have a huge amount of options once you are there. There will be nothing like strolling downtown and checking out the town since there is no town there. For the closest town, check your guidebook or a map of Costa Rica.

I would suggest you take a look here: www.tamarindobeach.net

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You really do not need a 4x4...maybe a nice day at palo Verde...another day at Rincon de la Vieja....even Santa Rosa national Park..well if you are planning some nice around...then maybe is a good idea to have a 4x4...

Try to drive up to Arenal and stay overnight...such nice drive and a lot to do...

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The JW Marriott is a beautiful hotel actually located in the sprawling development of Hacienda Pinilla. The development has a golf course, horseback riding, etc. However, most activities will point to Tamarindo where most of the activities are centered. It is only 20-minutes away. Here is an orientation to the area.

www.tamarindocosta-rica.com/costa-rica.html

Have a great trip!

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Be prepared to do alot of driving. It is a long, but interesting drive from San Jose to Hacienda Pinilla. What time does your flight arrive? If it is late in the afternoon, you will need to stay overnight in San Jose and begin your drive in the morning. Also, if this is your first time in CR, it's important to realize that it is not the easiest place to navigate due to differences in the way directions are given, lack of signage, etc. The good thing about driving from San Jose is that you will see alot of the beautiful country that you wouldn't see if you flew into Liberia.

As the others have said, the Marriott is fairly isolated, but the location is quite beautiful. There isn't much in close proximity other than Playa Avellanas. Playa Avellanas is a nice, wide beach with a great bar/restaurant called Lola's. It's a nice place to spend the day. Tamarindo is the next closest town, and it is filled with great restaurants and shops.

There are several day trips available from the Marriott. I highly recommend the all-day tour to Rincon de la Vieja. It is a fun and active day that includes horseback riding, zip-lining, hot springs, mud baths and possibly a visit to a waterfall. I also recomend a sunset sail from Tamarindo. The ATV tours also get alot of raves.

The other thing to note is that you will likely need to drive back to San Jose the day before your flight leaves and spend another night there on the back end of the trip.

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Nice explaination!

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With the new road to Orotina-Caldera you can drive to Pinilla in about 4 hours...great road...almost the whole way!

Even you can drive at night just common sense...a lot more dangerous roads in some areas in USA or Canada...

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Thx again every1 for the info, our flight gets in at 12pm on the 8/8/2010... we were thinking of stopping over at the supermarket on r way to the hotel to stock up on the snacks??? Also we were told not to use the hotels referral for activities, since they are going to be offer the most expensive services...

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There are several relatively large supermarkets in the area. The nicest one offering the most options is at the Tamarindo Heights Shopping mall. Watch it when entering Tamarindo, we now have some new, nasty potholes.

Your contacts were partially right about the price of the tours being higher when purchased at the JW Marriott Guanacaste. However, the JW does keep many of the prices the same, the tour operators just makes less money because commissions are deducted. But, the JW is an important source of business for many of them, so it's not all bad. Especaily, when one considers visitors can hold the JW partially accountable if something go bad. In this small town environment, locals do not want to risk losing such a big client.

Having the star sign of a Libra, I also look at the other side. A visitor could just walk down the street in Tamarindo and drop in for a chat with a independent tour desk. Here are some examples:

www.xplorecostarica.com

www.crparadise.com

They are more flexible and can put some deals together right on the spot. Of course, they can also book the usual popular tours as well. As a rule, the actual operators don't offer lower prices, unless you have a group, they're busy enough just running their businesses.

Edited: 20 July 2010, 12:05
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Thx again every1 for the info. We are going to take the info and make it work. But if u guys got any more suggestions or info. Please feel free to post it. Through i do have another question, do u guy have any ideas for quick simple day trips we can do on are own without the need of a tour guide.?

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10. Re: staying at the jw marriott

Maybe drive to Santa Cruz...then to Guaitil...nice kind of indian village...with some nice souvenir shops with the tradition of our Chorotega indians...nice people...

You can even drive to Puerto Humo and take a boat ride around Palo Verde...

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