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Feb 20th, 2013, 09:19 AM
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Costa rica questions?

Hi folks!

I am planning to go to Costa rica with my girlfriend ( one week) and I have some questions.

When is best time of the year to visit CR?
Any good Accomodation - hotel in San Jose , how much per night avarage?
Best places to visit in CR? activities, parks?
It may sound fool but I need to ask, how much money for one week: hotels, meals taxies.

I will appreciate any help...Thanks in advance
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Feb 20th, 2013, 09:44 AM
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It depends on where you're going, but in general May-November is considered the rainy or green season. We still travel then because you can usually get good discounted rates on hotels. The most popular itinerary for first timers is Arenal and Manuel Antonio. Other popular areas are Monteverde, Tortuguero, the Guanacaste beaches, the Sarapiqui, and the Osa Peninsula. Most people don't spend a lot of time in San Jose, maybe just a first or last night due to flight times. The real beauty of CR is out in nature and exploring the wildlife areas, beaches, volcanoes, etc. You can find accommodations in just about any budget and price range. Do a search on some of those areas and see if they appeal to you. With a week, you probably wouldn't want to visit more than two locations.
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Feb 20th, 2013, 09:50 AM
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My advice to most people in your position is to buy/read a good guidebook on Costa Rica (Fodors obviously, but Moon, Frommers others are also available).

Peruse it and see what jumps out at you as a "wow I'd love to see that" destination.

Manuel Antonio and Arenal are the most common for first time visitors, but there are a lot of other choices that could suit you better. Without knowing what you're into--wildlife vs beaches vs rafting will produce radically different destinations--hard to say.

Time of year--that's another moving part--some parts of the country are too dry during the dry season (Guanacaste) and some are entirely too wet during the wet season (Osa peninsula).

It might be helpful to plan a vacation time by answering the question "when do I want to leave home for a week" and then planning around that time frame, your interests, budget, etc.
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Feb 22nd, 2013, 02:36 PM
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Hey Mick, I will meet you in Mexico!
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Feb 22nd, 2013, 03:18 PM
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You can mouse over the areas you're interested in on this map to get an idea of general rainfall patterns by month.

http://costa-rica-guide.com/Weather/WeatherMap.html
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Jun 16th, 2013, 11:30 AM
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Thank you for all the info...
YOu guys are amazing...
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