Monteverde

Old Apr 2nd, 2003, 06:24 AM
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Monteverde

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I am going to be driving from Playa Samara to Monteverde. Does anyone know how long that will take? What is the best hotel in Monteverde? Should I spend 1 or 2 nights there? Thanks! Sarah
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Old Apr 2nd, 2003, 06:26 PM
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We were in Monteverde in March and stayed at the El Establo...we loved it. The rooms were beautiful with deep bathtubs. We had a Jr. Suite (sleeps 4 comfortably) and had great views of the sunset over Nicoya. We were within walking distance of alot of attractions and restaurants. You definitely need 2 nights I would think...one to unwind when you get there (and possibly do a night hike or the frog pond), the second to do a guided tour of the park and a self-tour of Selvatura. Have a wonderful time!
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Old Apr 3rd, 2003, 07:15 AM
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We stayed at El Sapo Dorado and loved it--nice cabins with fireplaces, friendly and helpful front desk and the restaurant was DELISH!!! Would go back in a heartbeat.
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Old Apr 3rd, 2003, 07:24 AM
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Hi,
You might want to look into Hotel Belmar, El Sapo Dorado and Hotel Fonda Vela.

How were you planning to get to Samara? By taking the car ferry from Puntarenas?

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Old Apr 3rd, 2003, 11:10 AM
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We plan to be driven...from Playa Samara to Monteverde...rumor has it a bridge, somewhere, will be complete soon so it will get us across faster..north of Pumtarenas, I believe. Thanks for the help!
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The bridge is scheduled for April 10th from what I hear. It was supposed to open last fall. You may be going by ferry if history repeats itself.
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The Tempisque bridge is now open. It's a 4 hour drive from Samara to Monteverde. There is also a new daily shuttle on this route offered by monteverdeinfo.com for $38 per person. We found the Sapo Dorado on that site. The cabins were very nice but the restaurant was a bit expensive in my opinion. Because of the time it takes to get in and out of Monteverde we stayed 2 nights, there is many things to do including great horseback riding, hiking & canopy tour.
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