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Costa Rica On A Shoestring (trip Planning Help)  
User currently offlineShawn Patrick From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 2610 posts, RR: 15
Posted (10 years 8 months 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 2917 times:

Hi everyone,

I am considering visiting Costa Rica with a friend for a week in March, since airfares are really cheap at the moment. Well, I am also a starving college student  Smile so I would like to keep the rest of the trip as cheap as possible.

I'd like to see:

-Beaches (Pacific at least, Gulf maybe)
-Volcano(s) - Aerenal seems to be the popular one to see
-Rainforest - I hear there are lots of things to do, like rapelling, and "zip-lining" or whatever that thing is where you go from tree to tree really fast!

My main concern is getting around. I wouldn't mind using public buses as long as they're safe and reliable enough. I'd just like to know a little bit how the system works.

I would prefer to stay in hostels or other cheap accomodations.

Any and all suggestions/advice is greatly appreciated!


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User currently offlineBigOrange From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 2410 posts, RR: 4
Reply 1, posted (10 years 8 months 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 2907 times:

Try www.lonelyplanet.com for general information.

User currently offlineMsh744 From United States of America, joined May 2002, 463 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (10 years 8 months 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 2891 times:

I spent three weeks in Costa Rica this summer about an hour inland from the beach town of Jacó. Although it might not compare with a Hawaiian beach resort in terms of amenities and overall aestheic appeal, Jacó has a big beach with warm water and good waves, and there's a good variety of accomodations in and around the town. I made two day-trips there during my stay because it was a center of civilization compared to the eight-house village I was living a few minutes from.

The night before my flight back to the US, I stayed in a hostel in the capital of San Jose -- I can't remember the name of it, but it was run by Hostelling International and was across the street from a KFC. A very decent place to stay for $12 a night...clean, quiet, etc.

Good luck and have fun!

User currently offlineRedngold From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 6907 posts, RR: 40
Reply 3, posted (10 years 8 months 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 2887 times:

You should PM this user: TACAA320.

Up, up and away!
User currently offlineCarmenlu15 From Guatemala, joined Dec 2004, 4763 posts, RR: 26
Reply 4, posted (10 years 8 months 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 2887 times:

For information on tours, prices, etc., you could visit www.graylinecostarica.com . I've never been to Costa Rica  Sad but worked extensively with this tour operator at my previous job, and they are very reliable.

Quoting Shawn Patrick (Thread starter):
"zip-lining" or whatever that thing is where you go from tree to tree really fast!

Canopy (a must-do while you're there!)

Don't expect to see me around that much (if at all) -- the contact link should still work, though.
User currently offlineTACAA320 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (10 years 8 months 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 2867 times:

You will be more than welcome in a friendly country.
Email me with your specific concerns [apart of the mentioned above], and I will be glad to try to help you.

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