Shawn Patrick From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 2610 posts, RR: 15 Posted (9 years 11 months 1 week 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 2520 times:
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 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!
Msh744 From United States of America, joined May 2002, 463 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (9 years 11 months 1 week 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 2494 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.
Carmenlu15 From Guatemala, joined Dec 2004, 4763 posts, RR: 28
Reply 4, posted (9 years 11 months 1 week 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 2490 times:
For information on tours, prices, etc., you could visit www.graylinecostarica.com . I've never been to Costa Rica but worked extensively with this tour operator at my previous job, and they are very reliable.