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First Visit tO Costa Rica

Summerside, Canada
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First Visit tO Costa Rica

We are landing in Liberia on March 10/10. We are looking to spend a couple days couple days on the coast to enjoy the water and maybe some fishing.

Moving on to La Fortuna for the balance of 7 days and have a few questions.

Middle of the road budget.....Mom, Dad, Son (15), Daughter (12)

1) Suggested places to stay on the coast and inland?

2) Is it wise to rent a car or use local transportation?

3) Is there an area to interact with wildlife?

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1. Re: First Visit tO Costa Rica

Thanks for choosing Costa Rica for your next vacation...

It seems like you have 10 days total...right. If that is the case I would spend a few more days on the beach, perhaps do 1/2 and 1/2...

Tamarindo, Langosta, Potrero are my favorite beaches... try a condo instead of a hotel to save some $$$... In Tamarindo... Sunrise, Naxos, Peninsula... in Potrero Casa del Sol, Surfside Tower

Definitely do the car rental if you are doing Arenal + North Pacific Beaches..

Wildlife...Arenal.. Palo Verde...Leatherback turtles nesting and snorkeling in Tamarindo...

Hope this helps

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2. Re: First Visit tO Costa Rica

Since your landing in Liberia, I am assuming that you'll be spending time on the Pacific Coast. What kind of water sports do you like? Fishing for the four of you, half-day, full-day? You can rent a car for a week or just the days you want it.

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3. Re: First Visit tO Costa Rica

1-Tamarindo could be a nice place for nice beach and many hotel options.

2-Better to rent a car...public transportation can be slow...and difficult some times to find bus stations...also shuttles can be another good option! Or private transfers.

3- Palo Verde tour...and Rincon de la Vieja volcano...you may find some great chances to see wild life...and only about 3 hours or less from TAMARINDO!


Just buckle up and enjoy the ride in PARADISE!

Summerside, Canada
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4. Re: First Visit tO Costa Rica

Yes, we will be spending time on the Pacific coast. We like snorkelling, would like to try surfing and definitely want to go fishing.

Arriving on the 10th and leaving on the 19th

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5. Re: First Visit tO Costa Rica

Definitely do the Cano Negro tour out of La Fortuna. It's a great way to see wildlife. Sunset Tours is a good outfit to use. Also check out the Hanging Bridges, waterfall hike, ziplines, and natural hot springs like Eco Termales or Tabacon.

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New fishing craze comes to Costa Rica - Kayak fishing tours in 2-person kayaks. The rate is much better than getting into a deep sea boat, and the fishing challenge is up close and personal.

"Costa Rica Kayaks" just started offering this new (to Costa Rica"s North Pacific Coast) ocean sport. You can leave from one of two beautiful beaches near Potrero - approx 1/2 hour north of Tamarindo.

Costa Rica Welcome Centers, in 4 locations on the coast with Tamarindo, is helping Costa Rica Kayaks launch their tours, and can answer your questions, if it sounds like fun to you.

Call 2654-5460 from a local phone, or contact maggie@costaricawelcomecenters.com for free assistance.

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I would recommend these hotels in Arenal:

Arenal Paraiso

Silencio del campo

Middle of the road, but good quaility!

I would head to Manuel Antonio, which has some of the best sportsfishing in the central pacific region. Here you can find lots of wildife interaction and great hotels.

The best one for middle of the road would be costa Verde, where they say more monkeys than people:)

I would definitely rent a car. Much more freedom!

Hope this helps,

Marina K. Villatoro

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