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san jose airport.....what beaches are nearby?

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san jose airport.....what beaches are nearby?

we will be going for 10 days. we already have a reservation for 5 days at the arenal resort and spa. what beaches are nice? i heard guatncaste area was nice. we were told manuel antonio is a nice beach area. how far of a drive is it from guancaste beach area to san jose airport? any suggestions?

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1. Re: san jose airport.....what beaches are nearby?

Your question is waht beach is closest to the airport? I am not sure if that's the question, or in general, which beach is the nicest in Costa Rica?. Close to the airport, in just an hour or so, driving by the new route 27 you will be in Jaco or Puntarenas beaches...not the nicest but the closest...Then, if you continue from Jaco you will arrive in Manuel Antonio that offers very nice beaches, especially inside the National Park (note that the park is closed on Mondays)

Then, the North pacific Coast is beautiful from Ocotal all the way down to Samara and the Gulf of Nicoya. The Caribbean also has a great charm, and April and May usually offer nice weather on the Caribbean Coast, usually much better than on the Pacific. Hotels in the caribbean are usually smaller, more laid back, rustic but with a great charm...so its all up to you and when are you coming down, what is your travel type, and how long you want to drive

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2. Re: san jose airport.....what beaches are nearby?

what about guantcaste? how far a drive from guancaste to the airport in san jose?

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From Liberia to San Jose is an approx 4 hour driver, 200+ kilometers. Liberia is the capital city of Guanacaste, and the distance from the beach to Liberia depends on which one you stay at. The farther you continue on the north coast down, the farther away you are from Liberia. So, in general, in takes around 5 hours to arrive from the beach in Guanacaste straight into san Jose.

Myself, I dont find it a terrible drive at all, so if Guanacaste is where you want to go for it, just plan accordingly and include in your itinerary a last night in San Jose before you leave back home

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Most beaches in Guanacaste are more than four hours away, same as going to the Caribbean side, both coast are as beautiful as they are different.

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what about the byblos hotel and casino in manuel antonio? any input? is the beach accessible from this hotel?

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6. Re: san jose airport.....what beaches are nearby?

beaches close to san jose, that are nice to visit, punta leona, then jaco (not my favorite), then esterillos (not my favorite either), then manuel antonio, nice, very nice,

now about guanacaste, you can do playa hermosa or tamarindo, and a mountain and volcano, rincon de la vieja which is close to the playa hermosa area,

also don't forget to visit palo verde for a nature tour,

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probably going to choose manuel antonio over guancaste

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Byblos is at the other side of the hill at the main road going to Manuel Antonio...no ocean view!

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I've also heard reports of shady practices at the casino, so if you're planning to gamble it is not the best place to go.

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