I am planning a trip for me and my family from a Thursday to a Monday. We are flying from NY. I have not booked my trip yet because I am considering other Islands in the Carribean as well. I was wondering if anyone had advice on Costa Rica for:
1. General Safety
2. Nightlife safety: is it safe for me and my 23 year old sister to go out at night?
3. Day time activities
recommended La FortunaIf you are planning to visit Costa Rica a good place would be La Fortuna, here we offer you a House for rent and many options for tours.Recommended for:Wdilvia Brenes
Hi Deanna, if you like contact with nature, La Fortuna is the best option for you and your family, we offer a luxurious house to stay, Zip line, Hotsprings, Hanging bridges and the posibility to exlore much more things, contac us to help you out
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Fly from NYC direct to LIR spend the first night at Rincon de la Vieja Volcano , Hacienda Guachipelin, then go down to the beach, Playa Hermosa is the place to go, Villas Sol is a good place on the beach..
recommended Playa HermosaRecommended for:
- Hacienda GuachipelinParque Nacional Rincon de la Vieja | Sector Pailas, Rincon de La Vieja National Park 11782-1000, Costa Ricarecommended Hacienda GuachipelinGreat place to start the tour to Rincon de la Vieja National Park with a very convenient location, just minutes away from the main entrance of the Park. Lots of Culture surrounded by gardens ... read moreoverlooking the volcano. Hot springs and waterfalls in the property and can be easily accessed. A courtesy shuttle makes several rounds to the park and the springs and back to the hotel. The Adventure Tours operation is right next door, with lots of exciting tours for all ages. An adventure day pass is very convenient, because it includes many activities and a meal. At nigh the Marimba music entertains guests at the bar. The bar has the best cocktails in the area. Friendly staff.Recommended for:
recommended Parque National Rincón de la ViejaA place with lots of volcanic activity, easy to explore. Rincon de la Vieja has pristine waterfalls, lush forests, hot springs, with lots of wild life. There are 3 points of interest: The summit or ... read morethe crater top is a great , about 7 km of distance from the rangers house, at the main entrance. The second attraction is Las Pailas Trail, about 3 km in distance, sulfur vents, boiling mud pots, little roaring craters, a nice forest with birds, monkeys, small and large mammals, and some reptiles. The other important attraction is La Cangreja Waterfall, another Rio Celeste , a large blue waterfall about 1 hour from the rangers station. Great for hiking, bird watching, or simply enjoying nature.Recommended for:
- Hotel Banana AzulPlaya Negra, Puerto Viejo, Costa Ricarecommended Hotel Banana AzulHotel Banana Azul is a great little resort located on a black sand beach just north of the popular surfer/backpacker town of Puerto Viejo. The hotel is a laid back place with lush grounds, a new pool, ... read moreand a large cool-water Jacuzzi. There's a good range of reasonably priced rooms--from basic garden level to a two-bedroom apartment--that feature rich local hardwoods and artful decor; a full breakfast was included in the rate the last time I checked. The only bummer, which is kind of random, are the bamboo beds frames, which creak at the slightest movement (the owners definitely are aware of the situation, though, and are dealing with it). It's also located next to Cahuita National Park, which in combination with Puerto Viejo, has tons of outdoor options beyond snorkeling and diving: hiking, animal-spotting, zip lines, river rafting, kayaking, fishing, and of course, surfing. It's easy to plan your own excursions but if you prefer to let someone else do the work (it's your vacation afterall!), there is a recommended tour operator on-site, Gecko Trail Adventures.Liza Prado
Great option for two women travelling on their own....
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Are you staying in San Jose, or do you plan to take in more of Costa Rica's countryside? My lodging recommendations would be based on that (and your budget). San Jose has many museums but if that's not your thing than the beaches and jungles of either coast may be better side trips for you with lots of available activities. I had no problems walking around solo (daytime only), but I did wear a theft-resistant Pac-Safe bag and basic tees & jeans. FYI, every single tourist I spoke to who had rented a car experienced a break-in. But - beautiful country!
- Pachamama House & BungalowsPunta Uva, Puerto Viejo 7304, Costa Ricarecommended Pachamama House & BungalowsPachamama is truly a jungle paradise, nestled just a couple miles from Puerto Viejo's city center. The quaint bungalow B&B is run by a friendly American, Bill, and his lovely family. Go to sleep in a ... read moretropical hideaway, wake up to a home cooked Costa Rican breakfast on your porch (courtesy of Bill) and then explore the area. You can even borrow Bill's kayaks and cruise through the jungle rivers that wind through the property and into the nearby Caribbean.
recommended Puerto ViejoCosta Rica's Caribbean coast is relatively sleepy in comparison with other Central American hot spots, but Puerto Viejo, the tiny beach town in the country's southeastern corner, is the best bet for a ... read morelaid-back Caribbean getaway. The beaches are beautiful (from pristine white sands to silty, ethereal black sand), the food is delicious (banana pancakes and jerk chicken and fish), and there is never a shortage of cold Imperials and live reggae music. Viva 'Pura Vida'!Ramona Flume
I also love the Caribbean coast!
recommended MonteverdeCosta Rica's beaches might be world famous, but some of the country's most amazing natural wonders are found deep inland. Ecotourists and nature lovers should head to Monteverde--a tiny mountain town ... read morein the midst of Costa Rica's renowned cloud forests. Visitors can zipline through the tropical canopies, take a guided night tour of the jungle to inspect the fragile ecosystem's biodiversity or just curl up in a cozy eco-lodge with a cup of Monteverde's famed coffee.Ramona Flume
Hi Deanna! I would recommend visiting the cloud forests and Monteverde if you decide on Costa Rica. It's such a beautiful region...