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First time to CR

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First time to CR

Thinking about a trip to Costa Rica and don't know anything about the area. Just wondering if anyone has suggestions on which town to stay in for first time visit? We love the beach and some nightlife. In the past we have preferred Mexico over Caribbean as far as the "vibe" goes if that helps in identiying what we enjoy. We would also like to be able to get to some of the waterfalls and natural attractions of Costa Rica. thank you for any advice you have.

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1. Re: First time to CR

The typical trip for 1st time visitors is to split time between Arenal for adventure activities (whitewater rafting, ziplines, canyoning, hanging bridges, waterfall hikes and hot springs) with a beach destination. Arenal is a 2.5/3 hour drive north of the airport in San Jose.

The 1st beach I visited in Costa Rica was Manuel Antonio and it remains a popular choice. Tons of wildlife in the national park and a beautiful beach as well. Lots of activities, excursions, restaurants and nightlife ian the area as well as some lodgings with spectacular ocean views. Three hour drive back to San Jose.

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2. Re: First time to CR

Sounds like Tamarindo could be the place for you. Great range of accommodation, restaurants, nightlife. Also easy access to excursions and national parks.

footprintscostarica.com/index.php?reg=2

http://tamarindo.com/

Have a great trip!!

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3. Re: First time to CR

Some incredible beaches and waterfalls around Dominical beach and UVITA beach at Central Pacific...check Tikivillas wonderfull place...incredible mountain and ocean views...only 3hours and 45 minutes from SJO...

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I would recommend a combination of the Arenal Volcano area and the Manuel Antonio beach area. Both areas are great with lots of nature activities

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