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Costa Rica in January - now starting the trip planning

Costa Rica in January - now starting the trip planning

Old Jan 13th, 2020, 06:34 PM
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Originally Posted by volcanogirl View Post
I just looked on accuweather, and it says high of 92 degrees. It won't let me post the link for some reason.
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i looked up puntarenas and the temps were more in line with that. Iím using a weather app.
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Old Jan 14th, 2020, 10:01 AM
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Yea Accuweather has it listed under Playa Manuel Antonio, Puntarenas. Highs range from about 86-96 for highs during the day; lows are usually in the 70s at night. It's always been hot and humid when we've been there.
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Old Jan 15th, 2020, 01:38 AM
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We've used Carlos Bogarin with Destinos Encantados, and he was great. You can also hire a driver through AOL when you book your room. Carlos is fluent in English. Some drivers aren't. You could contact both to get an idea of pricing. AOL is off a long bumpy road. I think you'll really like the Smithsonian room.

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Three hours is the standard rec. for international flights for a lot of airlines. The lines can be long at SJO; we've only needed the three hours once. Also you have to pay a departure tax of around thirty dollars to leave Costa Rica. A lot of airlines include it in the ticket now, but make sure yours does. If not you'll have to wait in line to pay the tax.
thank you for the driver tip.

AOL arranged a private driver from SJO to AOL, for 190. They also arranged a shuttle ride from AOL to Parador for 57. It leaves at 730 AM or so. Given that it is a long drive it made more sense to leave in the morning than the afternoon because in it then Iíd arrive after dark.

on my last day my flight is around 4 PM or so. I probably could take a shuttle which would be cheaper, but given that I would have all day to travel would it make sense to get a private driver and stop somewhere along the way back to the airport? Or is it silly to contemplate that given how long itís gonna take to get there.

thank you again for all of your advice, both here and on all the other threads .
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Old Jan 15th, 2020, 08:42 AM
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Is it the Interbus shuttle? That's pretty popular. You could do a boat tour on the Rio Tarcoles on your last day if you got an early enough start. Jose's Crocodile Tour is good. Just make sure you're at the airport three hours before your flight.
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Old Jan 16th, 2020, 05:14 AM
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not sure, I guess I should check haha - she set me up though!

I emailed Carlos about Jan 26, thank you.

tonight I pack as tomorrow I have to leave the house NLT 5 AM!

I think I actually can achieve a two-item carryon, unless they look at item 2 (a soft sided Lo and Sons weekend bag) and tell me I can't do both. I can hide my purse inside the bag during boarding so technically it is just two items. I am not a carryon only person so if I can pull this off, go me!

I am taking only sundresses (one for each day plus a few spares), three pairs of sneakers (in case it rains), two sandals, the jeans and long sleeved shirt/jean jacket/rain shell on the plane, leggings/yoga pants, some hiking Tees, rash guard /sun protection hoodie, swimsuit. and of course electronics and makeup/sunscreen and bug wipes. I think that is it...
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Old Jan 16th, 2020, 07:43 AM
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Quick dry shoes like Keen's are good in case of rain, can also use for rafting. Also bring your own pair of binoculars if you have them. Have a great time!
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Old Jan 16th, 2020, 07:44 AM
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And I'd pack some shorts if you have them.
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Old Jan 17th, 2020, 12:30 AM
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Quick dry shoes like Keen's are good in case of rain, can also use for rafting. Also bring your own pair of binoculars if you have them. Have a great time!
looks like rain every day at Arenal

i also grabbed shorts.

Getting up in 30 mins to shower and head to airport...
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Old Jan 17th, 2020, 07:20 AM
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The weather report almost always says rain, but it's not always accurate. One of our guides said complaining about rain in Costa Rica is like complaining about snow in Aspen lol. It is the rain forest. Lots of eye rolls from the tourists for that comment! Hope you get some sunshine but have fun either way.
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