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10 Days - Puerto Viejo to Samara...too ambitious?

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10 Days - Puerto Viejo to Samara...too ambitious?

Hello!

My boyfriend and I are planning a trip to Costa Rica in February and I would like some advice on our possible travel plans.

I have been to Montezuma and Santa Teresa already so I've been doing research and narrowed it down to Puerto Viejo & Samara. I was thinking we would spend 4 days in Puerto Viejo, spend a night in Orosi, and then drive to Samara and spend the remainder of our time there. Will that give us enough time to feel like we can enjoy a lot of what both of those areas have to offer? We are both fast-paced travelers so I don't think the driving would be a problem for us, but I don't want to miss out on anything by doing too much. Also, what would you suggest doing in each area within those time frames?

Just to give you an idea of how we like to travel - we did a roadtrip from WI to CO, NM, & UT and back in a week and we had a great time and thought we saw plenty. I know driving/traveling in CR is a little different so I would like to get as many opinions as possible!

Thanks!!!

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Paris, Canada
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1. Re: 10 Days - Puerto Viejo to Samara...too ambitious?

You like to travel fast but apart from two long travel days you will twice be spending 4 days in one spot. I have not been to Samara but do you really want more beach after Puerto Viejo? What are your interests? If it were my trip I would go to Sarapiqui, Tortuguero, Cahuita and the beaches south of Puerto Viejo. Or Arenal, Tortuguero, Cahuita, PV. Or Tortuguero, Cahuita, PV and Orosi valley.

If you keep your itinerary as is at least spend 2 nights in the Orosi Valley.

Don't miss the National Park in Cahuita.

For some of those itineraries you don't even need a car. Tortugero to Cahuita could be: a scenic boat ride to Moin and from Moin a taxi or bus to Limon and bus to Cahuita. You could also consider the rafting trip on the Rio Pacuare between Puerto Viejo and San Jose or Puerto Viejo and Arenal. I assume you are flying into and out of San Jose.

San Jose, Costa Rica
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2. Re: 10 Days - Puerto Viejo to Samara...too ambitious?

Puerto Viejo is nice...but SAmara is great...I rellay like your idea of driving across the country.

Just rent the car and hit the road...a ñlot cheaper than any other ways...and ou can drive or stop any time you like without some times terrible itineraries

GO FOR IT

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Ontario, Canada
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3. Re: 10 Days - Puerto Viejo to Samara...too ambitious?

Agree with Sonia that "For some of those itineraries you don't even need a car. "

S. Caribbean is easy without a car. Tortuguero - boat access only - a car is a waste (rent + parking by the dock + limits you, as you have to return to the same dock to ge it, while Moin dock makes sense coming to/from P.Viejo, and La Pavona dock for other areas.)

Samara is considered one of the best walkable destinations in CR.

Portland, Oregon
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4. Re: 10 Days - Puerto Viejo to Samara...too ambitious?

I also say "Go for it". Here's some stuff on Samara:

A description of Samara and some places nearby

https://www.twoweeksincostarica.com/samara/

If you have any questions about Samara, ask Brenda at the Samara Info Center.

https://www.samarainfocenter.com/

Here is a video showing Samara (from the start), Playa Carrillo from 2:20, and Playa Camaronal at 3:20.

https://youtu.be/scRJa5KK7oc

You can also visit "Mel Gibson" beach, Playa Barrigona

https:/…

video on Playa Barrigona

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZEOvVup2DgI

Edited: 8:57 pm, September 21, 2018
Portland, Oregon
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5. Re: 10 Days - Puerto Viejo to Samara...too ambitious?

From Samara you can also visit Nosara.

Short video tour of Nosara.

https://www.youtube.com/watch…

Portland, Oregon
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6. Re: 10 Days - Puerto Viejo to Samara...too ambitious?

You might enjoy taking a gyrocopter tour

https://www.youtube.com/watch…

At 3:15 you see Playa Barrigona, at 3:58 you see Playa Buenavista (briefly) and at 6:53 again, at 8:25 you see Playa Samara, and at 10:50 you see Playa Carrillo.

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