My husband and I are thinking of going to Costa Rica this February

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My husband and I are thinking of going to Costa Rica this February

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We've never been there, so any information on hotels, Air BnB's, nice beaches and any cool places to visit, etc. would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you in advance!
Leslie

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Sitting on the beach in Tamarindo right now! We love it here. This is our second time and we are planning a trip for next year. Happy to discuss why we like it so much.
Donna

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We flew in and out of San Jose in mid to end August 2021 and spent 15 days exploring (in this order) Tortuguero, La Fortuna, Monteverde, Playa Herradura/Jaco, Quepos/Manuel Antonio, and San Jose during mid to end August. We rented a car with Alamo (booked it with Greg Gordon at CRSurf - he got a great deal for us). We didn't have any issues driving. Most of the roads were good/very good. We did miss a turn here or there (not much signage in some spots). We used Google Maps.

Our favorites - in La Fortuna: white water rafting with Costa Rica Descents, Bogarin Trail - best wildlife and our first great view of the volcano - got our awesome guide Kenneth on arrival at ticket counter, our visit to Proyecto Asis, a wildlife refuge, the many pools and hot springs at our hotel (Los Lagos). In Monteverde - ziplining with Sky Adventures, hiking the cloud forest, Selvatura Hanging Bridges (which we liked better than Mistico/Arenal Hanging Bridges). We also loved our cycle tour in San Jose - our guide Pablo was awesome (AirbnbExperiences - San Jose Bike & Bites Ride). Another great tour was the Monkey Mangrove tour between Jaco and Manuel Antonio (monkeytourchino[.]com/). Just a note - a great place to see sloths is Sloth's Territory in La Fortuna. We saw 7 there (we had seen quite a few up until that point).
Dana

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We stayed at Capitan Suizo in Tamarindo and it was heaven!
Stefanie

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My husband and I flew into San Jose. Rented a car and drove to Puerto Viejo on the Caribbean side and stayed at Geckoes Lodge. It was a gorgeous place and we had our own little pool. I loved Puerto Viejo because there are no large hotels or restaurants of any kind, very laid back community and gorgeous beaches. Went white water rafting on Rio Pacure…insanely intense and fun. Then we drove across the country (beautiful drive) to Los Suenos where we went deep sea fishing.

We are headed to Panama for Christmas to do some more deep sea fishing.
Vicki

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Our Airbnb was amazing. Up in the jungle with no one around and the pool was awesome. Toucans flying in and out. It was about 30 minutes from Manuel Antonio park. My biggest suggestion is to get a car with 4WD or at least some power. We had a tiny car with no power and it prevented us from going to many of the places we wanted. We had great luck with the car rental company though: Adobe. They picked us up from the airport even though we were a day late and 5 hours after they closed. Make sure to try the Casados - their version of 'meat and three'. It's good, filling, inexpensive and you can probably share.

And take the monkey boat tour! We were the only ones on the boat with the captain and they stop and monkeys jump on the boat and eat from your hands. They also jump on your head and shoulders
Suzanne

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We have been 4 times, just got back in November. We prefer Air Bnb's, just read the rules carefully and read the reviews! We stay in Escazu the first night, and Al from our favorite little hotel picks us up from the airport. We have our rental car delivered to the hotel the next morning, then we go adventuring...
Helen

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We stayed at Best Western Hotel in San Jose. There we found a taxi driver named Tony who took us to Arinel where we stayed a few days. He came to get us & took us to Manuel Antinio beach where we stayed two nights. Tony was great.He took us back to san jose when we were ready to fly home.
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