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January trip, need advice

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January trip, need advice

My husband and I are planning a trip to Costa Rica this Jan. 1-9. We enjoy easy boogie boarding, wildlife, snorkeling and eating out. Small and funky is great as long as it is clean and comfortable. Do you have any places that you recommend? Do we need to make reservations now or can we just play it by ear?

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1. Re: January trip, need advice

That first week in January is a tough week for finding nice accommodations. Not as bad as X-Mas week but close to it. You will most likely find rooms but your selection will be seriously diminished. You may have to "settle". Montezuma is a great Town for a few days. Maybe try a Arenal Volcano followed by Montezuma or Dominical would make for a nice vacation. Check with crreferrals for hotel discounts and trip help http://www.crreferrals.com/TravelExperts.html I love em. Merry X Mas and good luck



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2. Re: January trip, need advice

Hi dobbySD...thank you for asking...simple answer , depends where you are planning to go...you can rent a car and go...I guarantee that you will find a place to stay almost anywhere...maybe not the one you like...but somenthing!

Maybe Arenal Volcano area...Monteverde Cloud Forst and Manuel Antonio...if you are flying into SJO.

Flying into LIR...any of the nice beaches in Guanacaste...Tamarindo...Hermosa...Coco...Potrero...Flamingo...Avellanas...Junquillal...Conchal...Brasilito...

Then a visit to Rincon de la Vieja Volcano...nice Cloud Forest up there...some great hot mud baths!

Rent a Car and a GPS if possible!

Just buckle up and enjoy the ride in PARADISE!


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3. Re: January trip, need advice

Nice to see so many body boarders... my favorite sport! I see your from San Diego - a great surf town. Are you serious body boarders? If so, you'd want to be in the water someplace south of Playa Flamingo because that's where the surfing action begins.

For snorkeling, after traveling all that way. I'd do it right and take a combination catamaran/snorkeling cruise because they'll take you to the best places with food, music, sunsets, etc.

For eating in restaurants, can't beat Tamarindo! There are so many great ones. I think because of the severe competition, all of them have to be great. Yesterday, evening we went to La Vita Bella for Lebanese Food... very good!

Tamarindo Beach is on the northwestern coast of Costa Rica in the provience of Guanacaste. There are a wide range of accommodations available, including Surf Camp.

For example, Witch's Rock Surf Camp is small, comfortable, fun and funky. Give us more information and we can narrow your choices.

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