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Trip List by WindyCityGrasshopper

Costa Rica on a budget

Feb 20, 2007  Traveling Solo this time!
3.5 of 5 bubbles based on 5 votes

I am young and adventurous, without a lot of dough in my pockets, so I look for cheap places to stay and fun things to do!

  • 1. Pension Santa Elena
    Pension Santa Elena, Santa Elena, Monteverde

    An eclectic hostel located in Santa Elena. The staff is friendly and very helpful for booking tours or helping travelers find their way. There is a kitchen if you prefer to cook your own meals. The front room and porch seem to be the congrugating point for travelers to talk and meet up. Great place!

  • 2. Monteverde Cheese Factory
    Monteverde Cheese Factory, Monteverde, Province of Puntarenas

    This is located on the road to Monteverde Cloud Forest. It is about a 45 minute walk from Santa Elena, or the bus drops off right in front. Great ice cream, good cheese!

  • 3. Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve
    Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve, Monteverde

  • 4. La Fortuna
    Bagaces, Province of Guanacaste

    La Fotuna is the closest town to Volcan Arenal. The town is really touristy and busy with tour guides trying to get business. It was fine for one day, but that's about all the toursim I could handle! I stayed at Gringo Pete's while I was there. $3 a night for a comfy dorm bed was a-okay.

  • 5. Puerto Viejo
    Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, Province of Limon

    Awesome, laid back beach community on the Caribbean side of Costa Rica. The town has a Bob Marley feel to it and nobody is in a hurry. The beaches are wonderful, including Playa Cocles and Playa Chiquita. Bike rentals are plentiful and necessary to scoot around town.

  • 6. La Costa de Papito
    Hotel La Costa de Papito, Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, Province of Limon

    These bungalows are about 1.5km south of Puerto Viejo's center. A good 5 minute bike ride from town. The bungalows are cozy and clean. Can't beat the hammock on the porch. The beds come with mosquito netting, though I did not run into any mosquitos during my time there. The staff is very friendly and nice. You may rent snorkel gear, bikes, surf and boogie boards all at the hotel.

  • 7. Manzanillo
    Manzanillo, Province of Puntarenas

    This is a very small beach town 13km south of Puerto Viejo. The road there is paved, which is great considering most of the road in Puerto Viejo is not. About an hour bike ride, maybe less if you book it. I snorkeled here and found the coral reef to be full of colorful fish and very accessible. The reef is close to shore and seems to keep going and going. Just watch your things on the beach, never leave them unattended.