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travel tips for Costa Rica

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travel tips for Costa Rica

my wife and i recently returned from an incredible vacation in costa rica! we did a particular type of trip and it's one that i would highly recommend. instead of our normal 'tropical' type vacation where we camp out at a high dollar resort and lounge by the pool with a paper umbrella in my drink - this trip was the complete opposite. we spent 1-2 nights in each location - did some exciting day trip/excursion in each and then moved on to another area. we spent time at the beach, in the mountains, by a lake, in a cloud forest, in the city, etc. we happened upon an unbelieveable tour company that handled all the arrangements including hotels, transportation, day trips, etc. our activities included exploring nature with private guides, canopy tours (zip lining above the rainforest), white water rafting, horseback riding, etc. every one of these trips was better than the next. if you have specific questions or would like me to turn you onto this tour company (a route i would highly recommend) just drop me a line at onehelluvaguy@hotmail.com. we loved our trip and that country so much that we're planning on moving there as soon as possible! such beauty you've never seen. nice people (who actually LOVE americans - a rarity these days), clean, safe, exciting, etc. i look forward to hearing from you all soon. take care and pura vida! scott

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We've never been to Costa Rica. Would like to stay at an all-inclusive, but also do some interesting things. What is the name of this tour company? Where did you stay? We would be travelling right after Xmas. What are the mosquitoes like at that time? Can you drink the water? Never been there. Anything you can tell us about Costa Rica would be helpful. We've been to Cuba and Mexico - (love Mexico). We live in Regina, Sask., Canada. I don't think there are direct flights to Costa Rica, but I'm not sure.

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I would love to know more. I would like to stay 5-7 days at an all inclusive then stay 3 days by the volcano/hot springs. it was recommended play conchal, but where by the hot springs? any advice?

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I would love to know more. I would like to stay 5-7 days at an all inclusive then stay 3 days by the volcano/hot springs. it was recommended play conchal, but where by the hot springs? any advice?

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hi guys... i would love to help.. just drop me an email at onehelluvaguy@hotmail.com. i rarely come into this site - so that's the best way to communicate with me. scott

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you didn't mention it in your review - but did you ever get to the area where the paradisus playa conchal is? we're thinking about spending 5-7 days there. have you been there?

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I've stayed at the Paradisus acouple of years ago and we're going back this summer. It is an excellent all inclusive. I'm not a big fan of all inclusives but with kids in tow they can be a good bargain. This one exceeded anything we've experienced in Cancun, Playa Del Carmen, Jamaica, etc. We're going with five families in June...can't wait to get back!

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To russ:

We just booked our vacation to Paradisus with another family. We are bringing our teenagers.....

Can you give me more details about the hotel? we have been to The Palladium and Riu Palace in Mexico. Casa de Campo and Paradisus Punta Cana in the domenican Republic, Beaches in Turks and Caicos and Riu Negril in Jamaica. How does the Paradisus Playa Conchal compare?

We love to spend our days at the beach. We know taht the beach is public and that there are no services at the beach, but we were told that they do have chairs that can be moved and that they have saliboats/catamarans. I hope this is true....

Any suggestions and comments about the hotel will be greatly appreciated.

Inct

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Good news for you inct! I've stayed at Royal Hideaway, Adventura Spa Palace and Iberostar Tucan in Playa and the Paradisus is superior to all of them in my opinion. First, Costa Rica in general is much nicer than Mexico (cleaner, friendlier people, cheaper food and drinks and lots of stuff to do!). The resort itself is everything an all inclusive should be...decent food (as good as Royal Hideaway which was the best we found in Mexico), top shelf drinks rather than crappy watered down no name stuff...they even have Heineken in the bottle, awesome pool (lots of little inlets and coves so you still get a feeling of privacy), fantastic rooms (they are more like mini suites), easy beach access, lots of activities (your kids will never be bored), casino, disco and a fantastic golf course. We took several day trips that were all well worth the money. My boys loved the zip lining in the rainforest and my wife and I thoroughly enjoyed horseback riding to the waterfall and natural spa. We also did a river raft trip where you would think you were visiting a zoo! We are going back the week of June 19-25 with five families...we can't wait.

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Russ,

Thank you so much for your reply. W are really looking forward our trip. Any commentes on the beach at the hotel, and waht is available as "non motorized" water sports

Inct

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Sorry...I forgot to talk about the beach. First, the property sits right on the beach but you do have to leave the resort. So no bar service or beach chairs from the resort. The beach is situated in a large horseshoe bay...very beautiful! The sand on the left side is more soft whereas the sand to the right is more shelly (Conchal means shell in Spanish). We enjoyed a glass of wine and the sunset every night (makes you never want to leave). The surf is not too rough but there is a bit of an undertow. My friend and I took masks and snorkels. We found some interesting fish viewing on the right side of the beach. Look for the large rocks jutting out to a point...real cool but if you are antsy about deep water, beware...it drops off fast and gets real deep and dark (kind of brought back memories of "Jaws"). We didn't use any of the motorized stuff but we have heard that the vendors on the beach have a really cool ATV tour. We'll probably try it this time. The vendors are not at all pushy. We were never approached...they set up shop under the trees and mind their own business. This was a refreshing change from Mexico. I have also heard the horseback riding is nice as well. We only spent two days at the Paradisus last time (we transferred from the Barceleo Langosta after going on a tour with some people staying at Paradisus...once our wives heard of all the ammenities, we checked out of the other property after much wrangling with Adventure Tours). I'm really lloking forward to spending the entire week at Paradisus. Let me know if you have any questions. Regards-Russ