Please help me, need advice

Old Dec 26th, 2006, 07:45 PM
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I am planning on booking a flight for the 1st week of Jan to Liberia, renting a car and going on a two week adventure. I have no hotel reservations but don't mind staying at smaller places that may not have websites or advertisements. I'm thinking of focusing my trip to Guanacaste and hitting up some of the main locations. Has anyone ever done this here? Any suggestions please?


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Old Dec 26th, 2006, 08:12 PM
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We've spent a lot of time in Guanacaste. I think you'll have a great time--two weeks is a long time for any one province--you should get the full flavor!

I'd sugggest the following as high points:

Rincon de la Vieja (national park) for a couple of days--great hiking.

Playa Hermosa/Panama/Ocotal/Coco area

Santa Rosa National Park

Volcanes Tenorio and Miravalles (also excellent hiking)

Rio Celeste (Tenorio)--beautiful blue waters. . .

Waterfalls at Bagaces (south of Liberia toward San Jose a short distance)

Flamingo/Potrero/Sugar Beach area

Tamarindo/Playa Grande, Playa Avenella, Playa Negra area

Up on Tenorio is La Carolina, a great little retreat near Bijagua (hope I spelled that right)--it's north of Las Canas, and a little east I think. Maybe more east--I'm not looking at a map right now. We spent a couple of nights there in July and loved it. Very off the path--no electricity--hottub right on the river using river water heated coils and a woodburning stove--fantastic. Early to bed, early to rise, good birding, horseback riding--excellent staff, no English! Tons of fun--check it out!

Even though you would have a problem trying to book the more popular places, I think you might be able to find some smaller, as you say unadvertised places once you arrive.
We like Hotel Brasilito (between Flamingo and Conchal) for a great budget place--right on the water. But across the street there are a couple of cabina style hotels that you never hear of. One is called Cabinas Las Ojas, I think. Another place that would be an excellent choice (and budget, not heard of much) is Cabinas Isolina in Potrero. I think you can check this one out online. It would actually be a very good base for you to do some traveling from.
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Let me rephrase that--a good base from which to explore--much better grammatically!
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thanks for the advice, hope to have this all planned soon
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First week of January is very nigh unto us!
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