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2-3 days in costa rica following dental work in san jose

Old Nov 2nd, 2014, 12:37 PM
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2-3 days in costa rica following dental work in san jose

My husband and I are spending one week in San Jose for dental work(DDS DENTAL in Escazu-comments?)
We would like to visit other areas for 2-3 days that are within 3+ hours of San Jose. We spent 3 weeks in Costa Rica 20 years ago and saw Arenal, Manuel Antonio, Monteverde(disappointing!), and Torteguena(SP?)
We are interested in beauty, relaxation and possibly some hiking.
Thanks for any ideas!
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Old Nov 2nd, 2014, 06:46 PM
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La Paz Waterfall Gardens and the Peace Lodge.
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Have you thought about going back to the Arenal area? There's tons of new things to do there and nice hiking at the Hanging Bridges, waterfall, and volcano. You could relax in the natural hot springs like Tabacon and Eco Termales. It has changed a lot since the last time you went there. If you wanted to stay in the central valley, Xandari is a beautiful place to stay, and you could go to the La Paz Waterfall Gardens like Michelle mentioned, and Poas volcano, and the Doka Coffee Estate. We also like the Peace Lodge. We enjoyed Selva Verde, but if you didn't enjoy Monteverde it might not be your kind of spot. What did you enjoy and not enjoy on your last trip?
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How about San Gerardo de Dota?

I would look at Savegre Lodge first, they have onsite amenites such as a bar/lounge, massage studio as well as onsite trail system and trout fishing.

Important to go in the drier season though, and realize that it is a cloud forest. So bear in mind, depending on weather and season you may get cold and wet.
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Thanks for these ideas! We now have 5 days, so can possibly go a bit further. We will be in CR the week of December 8th, so it may still be rainy---
We remember liking Marena Balleno National Park which was still being developed which was nice as it was less touristy , loved Tabacon, liked a lodge maybe called Gavilon de Sarapiqui which was in the north and by a river. The Orosi valley was nice as well. We also stayed near a beach that had nesting turtles you could see at night ---I think that was on the Pacific Coast - amazing. Dont mind the touristy feeling at tabacon as it was so incredible, but if we can avoid some of that, we're usually happier...
p.s. does anyone know anything about dentists in Escazu, San Jose ---we are booked with a practice called ddsdental---
thanks!
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Old Nov 3rd, 2014, 09:18 AM
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Just checked out the Peace Lodge and Xanderi - both look amazing but possibly more than we'd like to spend ---any suggestions of other hotels/lodges that are alittle less expensive?
Thanks again---
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In the Arenal area, we like the Lost Iguana and Nayara. Silencio del Campo is also very popular and a little more affordable. If you want to avoid touristy then the Peace Lodge probably isn't for you. There's a Poas Lodge and Poas Volcano Lodge that are popular if you want to explore those.
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Casa Rio Blanco is about 90 minutes from SJ. Good for a few nights. We loved it.

http://www.casarioblanco.com
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joanie, I was curious about why you found Monteverde disappointing? That might help us steer you in the right direction.
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