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I'm a newby - couple of questions

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I'm a newby - couple of questions

Need to know, honestly, when's the best time of year for the Whaleshark and Manta tours?

Must be able to see both on the same trip.

As well, which hotel would you recommend for 2 adults and a 10 year old? We're hoping there's something all inclusive. Somewhere quiet would be best :)

If not all inclusive what are we looking at spending for 3 meals / day for 3 people?

Thanks in advance !

Atenas, Costa Rica
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1. Re: I'm a newby - couple of questions

The best whale shark time is July and August. I think that Paraiso del Mar may offer an all-inclusive option, but I'm not sure about that.

Here's a guess on how much a low-end daily budget might run. This is per person:

25 pesos - breakfast

60 pesos – lunch (i.e. at Pollo Mago on the square)

100 pesos - afternoon cocktails

200 pesos - dinner

100 pesos – wine with dinner

100 pesos - miscellaneous

Total - 585 pesos

We have always paid cash for our boat tours, including the whale shark tours (about 800 pesos/person), and as far as I know that is still de rigeur. The prices of the other tours are dependent on which tour you take and how many others are going with you. Plus you will need to tip your guide/captain after the tour(s).

Be sure to check out milikis' post on supporting local buisness for dining ideas and the best whale shark tour operator.

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