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First time visitor

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First time visitor

I am asking for advise. We want to visit CR in Feb. or March. We like beach and nice resorts. Can you give me advise. We also like to tour. We are two in our late fifties and early sixties.

What part of the country. Any resort advise. Should I plan to rent a car? Where do I fly into.

Any help will be greatly appreciated.



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1. Re: First time visitor


This is where I booked my first tour to CR.


here is the contact info for the person we used years ago, he was great. Check to see what they can do and offer.

Jorge Gomez

2 Costa Rica Travel




Toll free phone 1-888-427-7769 Ext 104

Toll free fax 1-877-315-4862

In Country phone (506) 201 7139/(506) 201 7140 Ext 104

In Country fax (506) 201 7126

or you can go it your own depends on what you want but I love Manuel Antonio and Arenal.

Here is a resort I would recommend in Manuel Antonio


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Boatman - how long do you plan to be in the country?

Most people prefer to take in the vast variety of flora, fauna, and landscapes Costa Rica has to offer. There is no single location that will grant you easy (or reasonable) access to all and hence, people usually travel around a bit.

Popular destinations include the Arenal area followed by a few days or r&r in one of the many beach towns. Some prefer the beaches of Guanacaste, others opt for the Manuel Antonio area.

Some others are constantly on the move and never stay for more than a few days in one location.

Since you are in your late 50's/early 60's, I'd probably suggest the two-pronged approach. Head to Arenal first and enjoy the sights and sounds of the volcano and forest surrounding the area.

Next, find a beach town or resort that is appealing to you and spend the remainder of your vacation there. Look into Guanacaste's Papagayo area for a variety of resorts such as The Papagayo Four Seasons or the Hilton Papagayo.

If you'd like to be more remote, I would also urge you to look into Punta Islita Hotel south of Samara (http://www.hotelpuntaislita.com/).

Also, Manuel Antonio/Quepos/Dominical offer many different choices. The area is also closer to San Jose - if that is where you are flying into/out of.

Unless you plan to do a lot of touring in either locations, it may be preferable to arrange for private transport or to take one of the shuttle services (Fantasy Bus or Grayline/Interbus) that provide comfortable and air-conditioned mini buses between locations.

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