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Costa Rica with biologist and poet: Comments on Itinerary?

Costa Rica with biologist and poet: Comments on Itinerary?

Jan 4th, 2005, 01:06 PM
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SHILLMAC and FAITHIE: Thanks for the tips. Shillmac, go ahead and be an old fuddie-duddie, that makes 2 of us! I am worried about my 2 daughters, (18 and 19 in June) going night-clubbing too... I want to make it as safe for them as possible. I do plan on beginning the evening with us all together, my husband, myself, my 22-year-old son, and 2 daughters. My son will also look out for them.

Maybe it's best to go to El Pueblo because it sounds relatively safe and also we could establish "wandering" boundaries, possibly...Anybody know if it's possible to get cell phone service in Costa Rica? (We were able to use 2 cell phones in Italy for example...)

It's really hard at their age for parents...The older one lives in a dorm at college and is used to more freedom but I do still have influence, especially as this is a family vacation. The younger one will just have graduated from high school and as she hasn't lived in the dorm yet she hasn't had that much freedom yet! She still has to be home by 11:00 pm...

Yeah, us old fuddie-duddies have to hang on as long as we can...I'm so fortunate that I've persuaded them all to accompany us on this trip!!! I want to make it both fun and safe for them, so that they will join us again in the future and we'll have lots of nice memories.

Probably I can persuade them back to the hotel by reminding them how early we have to get up for the next day's outing...

I guess I'm hearing my older daughter tell me how she's going to travel around the world by herself (with what money?!), and I'm thinking, better she starts with us along, and gets a little experience first...
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Jan 4th, 2005, 01:56 PM
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Some of the car rental companies are now offering cellphones that you can rent..
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Jan 4th, 2005, 04:38 PM
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Melissa,
If i were getting into San Jose at 8:30p.m. I would spend the night right next door to the airport at the Hampton Inn and Suites(they have a shuttle), get up the next morning get the rental car, explore the towns along the way, and stay a day or so at Peace Lodge or one of the other places you have listed, and then go your days to Arenal,Monteverde, and Manuel Antonio as you have planned.
If you want to go into San Jose I would do at at the end of the trip after you have seen the nature that others are suggesting is what Costa Rica is really noted for. We went into Costa Rica our last day before departing the next day and went to the National Theater, Jade Museum, and would have gone to the outdoor market except it was raining very hard. We had a wonderful lunch at the Grano de Oro which is a lovely hotel. Depending on your flight time if early it would be much easier to spend your last night at the Hampton Inn and Suites again. From there the hotel staff is so helpful(Christina) who has lived in America is great a getting the best taxi drivers to take you into the city or out to the supermarket for coffee shopping,etc. as suggested. Our driver was so good to go in shopping with us. Just below the Hampton Inn is a wonderful souvenir shop. I do not think San Jose is where I would want my daughter to go out to clubs.
Concerning your son getting back to catch his flight his best way would be to catch one of the small planes( Sansa or Nature Air) which fly from near Manuel Antonio - only about 30 minutes into San Jose.
Those that know Costa Rica better than me(only 1 trip in Sept.) do these suggestion sound the easier, better way to you?
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Jan 7th, 2005, 01:20 AM
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Jessie and Maryanne1, thanks for the help.

Jessie, I'm glad to know that some car rental agencies are offering cell phones...I'll keep that in mind.

Has anybody tried driving at night to get a better view of the lava? Just wondering if everyone stays put or ventures out of their room when the volcano is putting on a show.

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Jan 7th, 2005, 02:33 AM
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Melissa,
I thought you wanted to leave the next day for Arenal. i still think The Hampton Inn and Suites is a very conveninet place to stay if you are only trying to get in and out of the area rather than lingering around for a few days. I think Grano de Oro
would be a wonderful place to stay. It would be my choice if I were staying in the city. Sure you would have no problem finding transpo from the airport. Grano de Oro is expensive,but the people I met there were wonderful. They wanted to show us the rooms, although we only ate lunch there. Beautiful courtyard we had lunch in,but there is also an inside restaurant. One of the desk people at the Hampton suggested this as a place for lunch that we would enjoy when we said we were going into the city. As someone said above it is not very far from the National Theater(very beautiful and interesting) and that area. Percy gave such good suggestion on a post of things you might want to see. I had another lady in the airport to tell me they always stayed in the Grano de Oro on their trips down to check out property in that area. They felt it almost a second home for them.
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Jan 7th, 2005, 09:33 PM
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Melissa, driving along the main road between La Fortuna is quite easy. As far as staying put at the hotels. There really aren't too many places to just pull over to look. El Novillo is a restaurant right next door to Arenal Paraiso. It has great food but you could just stop in for a glass of wine or just a soda and sit and enjoy the show if it is clear. There is a dirt road around the north side where people used to go but you just don't see much of the lava from there anymore.
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Jan 8th, 2005, 01:37 AM
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Maryanne1 and Jessie, thank you for the advice.

I do want 2 nights in or near San Jose because I always need time to relax and get my bearings after I come off a flight. I was thinking of staying north of the airport but have decided we'll spend those first 2 nights in San Jose after all.

I'm really sold on Hotel Grano de Oro, but Hotel Le Bergerac is also nice and cheaper. I'm looking at the prices of Hotel si como No in Manuel Antonio which are relatively expensive, so I'm considering booking Hotel Si Como No and saving a little money by booking Hotel Le Bergerac instead of Hotel Grano de Oro. Unless I find somewhere else in the itinerary to save a little money.

Does anybody know which rooms are best at Hotel Si Como No...they have standard, superior, deluxe, deluxe suites, honeymoon suites, etc.! I want a nice view and a quiet room, not on the road. but not necessarily the most expensive choice...
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