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I am arriving in San Jose, Costa Rica on October 2nd and then have 2 weeks to explore the country. I'd like to pack as lightly as possible while also maximizing what I can do and where I can go. For the rain forests, am I better wearing running shoes, hiking boots, or traditional military jungle boots? The rest of the time am I ok with sandals or will I want regular shoes for the evening? Any and all advice from those with experience in Costa Rica at this time of year would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!!!
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Old Sep 27th, 2012, 02:40 AM
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We always bring a pair of running shoes for the trails and a pair of Keen's or other water sandals for rafting or when things are wet. For the evening, anything goes.
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This question generally leads to many responses with suggestions about specific brands, styles, and designs. However, without knowing what you intend to do and where you intend to do it, generalizations may not be helpful. Nonetheless, it's rainy in October and that means water and mud--depending on where you go. Some woodland hikes are more level than others, and flip-flops would be okay. Some involve more slippery climbing than hiking. Water shoes/sandals are good for rafting and can be worn for almost everything else. What do you plan to do in the evenings? There are really only two shoe *requirements* First, if you are going to be where ants are, some sort of covered shoe is preferable. When you go where there might be snakes, it's nice to have taller rubber boots. Rubber boots are often available on loan at lodges/resorts/hotels. Many areas have trails or pathways that are maintained and fairly easy to negotiate--many with stairs. Serious trekking with backpacks, etc. requires good boots with lots of support.

There are lots and lots of hints and tips though. Red mud on white shoes doesn't look good. You may want toe and/or heel protection. You may want more support and protection on the bottom of your feet than crocs will afford--especially when hiking over tree roots. Whereas some people will travel with shoes for every conceivable activity, most won't, and you will see almost everything everywhere.

Mostly, though, it's your personal preference and *comfort*.
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For CA, I generally wear a pair of hiking boots on the plane (gortex best in rainy season, for me), and pack Keens and flip-flops. Sometimes I just wear Keens on the plane and pack flip-flops, if I want to go extra-light.
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Many years in country and my personal opinion, if you want to pack light is to use an old pair of running shoes that you can throw out when you leave and a pair of flip flops that can be used day and night. Thing are soooo inexpensive in some areas you might even find a pair of cute ones to use at night! I like the Rainbow leather flip with the thin strap!
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