EXTRA DAYS IN COSTA RICA

Mar 10th, 1997, 11:19 AM
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mshaw
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EXTRA DAYS IN COSTA RICA

Have two extra days in Costa Rica..We will be in the Northern region...is it worth it to travel south? What things should not be missed in the North? Have already planned a River Trip, and a Rain Forest hike...suggestions???
 
May 15th, 1997, 10:10 PM
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STEVE TAYLOR
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If you're in northern Costa Rica, I assume you
already have plans to see the Monteverde Cloud
Forest. If not, go there. Yes, the south is very
worth it, especially the Osa Peninsula, but it would
require more than 2 extra days.
The Corcovado Tent Camp (on Osa) was one of the
highlights of our trip (contact Costa Rica Expeditions
who own the lodge). One place that sounded
interesting in the north, although we didn't get there,
is the town of Montezuma on the tip of the Nicoya
Peninsula. You can get there via ferry from
Puntarenas on the (pacific) coast. Also, there's an
island called Tortuga located in the bay between
Puntarenas and Montezuma. Many tour companies
do day-trips out there. There's great snorkling on
the island with white sand beaches. If you had 2
extra weeks, we could really talk! Good luck and
have a great time (if you're not alread back!)
 
May 15th, 1997, 10:20 PM
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Steve Taylor
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If you're in northern Costa Rica, I assume you
already have plans to visit the Monteverde Cloud
Forest. If not, go there. Yes, the south is very
worth it, especially the Osa Peninsula, but it would
require more that 2 extra days. The Corcovado
Tent Camp was one of the highlights of our trip
(contact Costa Rica Expeditions who own the lodge).
One place that sounded interesting in the north,
although we didn't get there, is the town of
Montezuma on the tip of the Nicoya Peninsula. You
can get there via ferry from Puntarenas on the
(pacific) coast. Also, there's an island called
Tortuga located in the bay between Puntarenas and
Montezuma. Many tour companies do day-trips out
there. There's great snorkling and white sand
beaches. If you had 2 extra weeks, we could really
talk! Good luck and have a great time (if you're not
already back).



 
May 15th, 1997, 10:25 PM
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Steve Taylor
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If you're in northern Costa Rica, I assume you
already have plans to visit the Monteverde Cloud
Forest. If not, go there. Yes, the south is very
worth it, especially the Osa Peninsula, but it would
require more that 2 extra days. The Corcovado
Tent Camp was one of the highlights of our trip
(contact Costa Rica Expeditions who own the lodge).
One place that sounded interesting in the north,
although we didn't get there, is the town of
Montezuma on the tip of the Nicoya Peninsula. You
can get there via ferry from Puntarenas on the
(pacific) coast. Also, there's an island called
Tortuga located in the bay between Puntarenas and
Montezuma. Many tour companies do day-trips out
there. There's great snorkling and white sand
beaches. If you had 2 extra weeks, we could really
talk! Good luck and have a great time (if you're not
already back).



 
Jul 6th, 1997, 10:16 PM
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linda larson
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My sister and her daughter (aged 8) and I and my two children (ages 5 & 7) traveled in Costa Rica using public transportation for 2 weeks about 5 years ago. We had a spectacular trip. We learned a lot of Spanish, learned a lot of patience and found that adapting to our surroundings was really good for us. We visited San Jose of course, then went on to Monteverde Cloud Forest. Next, we went on to Punterenas and then by ferry to Montezuma. Spent the Fourth of July there plus a couple extra days. Met a family from Colorado who are running a B&B a bit out of town. Some guy drowned in the surf after he spent the night drinking - really an interesting experience. Traveled back to Punterenas then on the Manuel Antonio for a couple days. Flew on Sansa Airline back to San Jose to return to Seattle. Visited a Butterfly farm north of San Jose as well as some other town famous for pottery and crafts (can't remember the name of the town). I would love to return to visit the Caribbean coast and show my husband what we saw. It was really great. The Ferry @ Punterenas is quite an experience - visit the open air Market behind the Ferry ticket office. You won't believe what you see!!!
 
Jul 15th, 1997, 04:40 PM
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Elaine
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Montezuma is a must. I was there in 1990 and it was the most relaxing place. My friends and I took a hike up a river to a waterfall. We swam, went under the waterfall and had a great picnic lunch. We stayed at a "motel" (bunk beds in a wooden cabin) for $5 bucks a night and dined on fresh seafood for about $4 bucks. Unless it's become more touristy, it was very rugged but worth it.
 

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