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First time to Costa Rica...

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First time to Costa Rica...

So my fiance I are thinking about going to Costa Rica for our first time. We are were kind of hesitant because we usually prefer calm clear blue waters and understand that CR does not have much of that.

We are in our early 20s and very active. We loved Jamaica and Playa del Carmen if that give you an idea.

We are looking for a nice all inclusive resort with or very close these activities...

Pool Bar

Volleyball

Surfing for beginners and cheap place to rent a board

Snorkeling

Cliff Diving

Ziplining

Nightlife or a place other young couples tend to hang out

Thank you for your time.

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1. Re: First time to Costa Rica...

Glad you're considering Costa Rica for your next trip but wanted to alert you that Costa Rica is nothing like built up areas in Jamaica or Playa del Carmen. Its generally a small scale environmentally conscious country whose principal attractions are rainforests, volcanos, wildlife, adventure sports and undeveloped beaches (all of which are open to the public).

There are a few all-inclusive hotels along the NW Pacific coast but they tend to be located in isolated areas far from towns and nightlife. The one with the best beach is undoubtedly the Westin Playa Conchal, but it is pricey. Tamarindo is the best spot for beginning surfers and nightlife so you may want to explore beach resorts in that area including the Tamarindo Dirio on the beach in town, but not AI. The closest AI is on the beach south of town, the Barcelo Playa Langosta.

Cliff diving is a no go due to a lack of cliffs adjacent to deep water. Snorkeling is not particularly good on the Pacific coast of Costa Rica so you can try it, but keep your expectations low. Ziplines are everywhere.

Not to discourage you, but if you really want a beach resort rather than an adventure vacation, you may want to look into Punta Cana in the DR which is famous for beautiful AI resorts.

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2. Re: First time to Costa Rica...

We have also been to Punta Cana and did not like it as much as Jamaica or Mexico....maybe we were just there at a bad time but the water was not calm or very pretty from what we remember.

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3. Re: First time to Costa Rica...

crfan describes Costa Rica well and if it still appeals to you, Tamarindo would be a good spot for you. There is great surfing for beginners and plenty of places to rent boards. ATV rentals, horseback riding, lots of bars and restaurants, shopping. You are very close to parks for day trips to see wildlife, zip line, mud baths and more.

If the 'beach water' is most important and really want snorkling, have you looked at Roatan in Hondures? Look at the West End on Roatan Island. It has everything you are looking for, except the big AIl Inclusive resorts.

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4. Re: First time to Costa Rica...

Spyglass hills in Roatan, Honduras another good place and you can even swim with dolhins there!

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