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Becky_Weber May 25th, 2012 05:40 PM

Guanacaste/Nicaragua suggestions
 
Hello All,

We are looking for some additional ideas for the last 2 weeks of our Costa Rican adventure...we are already visiting Tamarindo, Arenal, and Samara/Nosara. We will have a car, but still have about 2 weeks left up the coast of Guanacaste, and time for a jaunt into Nicaragua. Some ideas we're kicking around are Rincon de Vieja and San Juan del Sur (Nicaragua). We will be travelling with a 6 year old (a well-travelled youngster) and would like to see places with activities other than lounging on the beach, as we'll have had enough of that in Tamarindo and Samara. Thoughts???

goldcoastcharters May 27th, 2012 06:42 AM

We took a trip with our three kids in early May that included Arenal, Monteverde, and Tamarindo. Our youngest is 4 and a big adventurer who really wanted to go zip lining. We couldn't find a company in Arenal to take her, but we did find one in Monteverde. If you want to take your 6 year old on a canopy tour, I would recommend looking 100% Adventura up and adding Monteverde to your vacation. We thought it was really beautiful, filled with amazing wildlife and quite a bit to do.
Paolo Verde is another national park that is in Guanacaste and near where you'll be traveling. They offer boat tours where you can see monkeys and alligators and lots of other things. We had a really great bilingual guide that I can recommend if you are interested.
There are a few sailing catamarans in Tamarindo and a few others that leave from nearby Playa Flamingo. That was one of our trips of our vacation. There are also surfing lessons, stand up paddle boards, etc. Have fun! And, cheers to well traveled youngsters.

Jeff_Costa_Rica May 27th, 2012 02:59 PM

"We will have a car, but still have about 2 weeks left up the coast of Guanacaste, and time for a jaunt into Nicaragua."

Remember that a Costa Rican rental car cannot leave the country.

worldwidewebers Jun 1st, 2012 05:29 PM

Thank you Jeff - I did know that- so on that subject, what would be your recommendation for going across the border, whether it be to San Juan del Sur, or to Granada... take a bus to the border, and walk across, or do a tour bus and go across that way, or a car rental that does drop off in CR and pickup in Nicaragua?

Sheri_Dallacqua Jun 18th, 2012 01:10 PM

Hi,

When you cross the border you can easily take a taxi and in 30 mins be in SJDS - beaches / 2 hours Granada - colonial city, rest & bars / 45 mins the boat to Ometepe....Ometepe is nice for the nature - hiking, kayaking and horses....you have to be outdoorsy though.......happy travels! Sheri

nicaragua Jun 29th, 2012 11:43 AM

Personally I wouldn't bother with San Juan del Sur.
You will be doing plenty of beach in Guanacaste!
Go straight to Granada, its only a little over 2 hours from the border.
No colonial town like Granada exists in Costa Rica.
It is a beautiful colonial town, safe, with lots of activities:

http://nicaragua.typepad.com/granada_tours_attractions/


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