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Old 01-22-2008, 04:23 PM
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Vacation time is only 3-5 months away and my g/f and I are trying to go to Costa Rica for a week and a 1/2 or so. I have been looking into travel packages for a while but everything I find is like 3500 or more per person not including air fare. I got to Amsterdam with hotel for 10 days with 2 people for 3500! I see a lot of you have been there and was hoping to get some advice. Who did you make your travel plans through? Was your trip anywhere near this expensive? I would like any and all recommendations on where to stay, tour guides and activities, frog observing, island hopping, night life, r&r, fishing, snorkeling, local mingling, everything. I want to experience the jungles and the beaches, and I'd like to see the volcano too. Let me in on some of your secrets! How did you do it?
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Old 01-22-2008, 07:12 PM
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When I went to Costa Rica in 98, I picked up a guide book and booked plane tix and hotels. Or we just winged it. I've never used travel packages. $3500 is alot of $$$$.

We stayed a week and rented a car. Partied for a night in San Jose, then headed for Puerta Viejo down near the Panamanian border. Stayed with a Swiss Inn of some sort. Green and Black auratus everywhere. Diving was not very good. Funky little town and amazing beaches but kind of out of the way for most people. We headed to Quepos and did some sail fishing (I caught and released a 118 pounder). We just found a place to stay and they reccommened their brother's seafood restuarant...awesome. Then we went north to Playa Ocotal for some diving and zip lining.

Costa Rica was awesome. Nobody speaks english, the food was awesome, lots of fruit, great coffee, diving, howler monkeys at Manuel Antonio National Park sloths, Cuban cigars. The only person who scamed us was an American cigar dealer. Did some gambling in the Holiday Inn in San Jose. Skip the casino in Quepos. The pacific coast sounds like for you. Good luck.
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I found 1!!! 995.00 for a 10 day guided tour including meals. That's a little more like what I was looking for. Looks like I'm going to Costa Rica! Anybody have any info on what the best time of year to go is? The tours run all year long so there are no restrictions. We were looking at going in May or June but it looks like that may be the wettest part of the year. What time of year did all of you go and how did it affect your trip?
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Mellowroo, who did you find that price through?
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