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Playa Panama - Activities

Marietta, GA
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Playa Panama - Activities

(This was previously posted on the Liberia Forum. I moved it here hoping for more traffic and specific responses).

Greetings all, and thank you for previous posts which helped us to decide on Casa Conde del Mar for a family vacation. While there in mid-July, we hope to do a few things, and would appreciate hearing about your experiences on the following. We will have a rental car.

1) Snorkeling - we will have gear. How is the snorkeling off the beach at the hotel? Clarity, variety? Also, any specific recommendations for 1/2 day boat based snorkeling tours?

2) Volcanoes - We thought about driving to Arenal, but that's a long drive, and I've heard that it's a crapshoot on whether or not you can see the summit for the clouds. What about Rincon? We'd be interested in some trail hiking in a volcanic area.

3) Canopy tours - We're more interested in seeing/ learning about wildlife than in zipline excursions. What's a good day trip? A river trip by boat would be a nice addition.

4) Surprises - What can you recommend in the area that is not on a typical list like the above, but that were special and fun?

Thanks, TBills

Ramer, Alabama
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1. Re: Playa Panama - Activities

Snorkeling is OK, not great. The water is not as clear as some places, but still worth while in the right location.

Arenal is a LONG day trip. Around 7-8 hours travel time round trip. If you really want to see it, you should spend 1 or 2 nights close by.

The Palo Verde River tour is a must do. Great trip, lots of wildlife.

We used Vargas Tours for all of our activities, they are hard to beat.

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2. Re: Playa Panama - Activities

ater is a bit cloudy in Playa Panama, so no is a good idea to go for snorkeling close to the beach. If you want to have a good experience snorkeling you must to book a boat for a snorkeling trip (3 or 4 hours). If you want a recomendation contact this guy: Jose Mendez ; he can provide you a good snorkeling trip on a noexpensive boat (the Albatres boat): costa-rica-fishingtrips.com/albatres-boat.htm

or contact at: 8331-2731, btw he can combine snorkeling and sightseeing at the same tour.

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