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Visit to Pacific or Cartibean side of Costa Rica?

Ottershaw, United...
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Visit to Pacific or Cartibean side of Costa Rica?

Hi,

I am travelling with a friend for 2 weeks to Costa Rica. We are women of a certain age and reasonably fit. We plan to spend 3 days at the Arenal Volcano for hiking, riding and hot springs. We want to zip line and do some beginners surfing. I like the beach, preferably white sands and good dipping rather than long swims, my friend a pool. We are travelling in March and would like suggestions of Pacific v Cartibean side. Happy to fly to Liberia or SAN Jose. I’ve seen this question asked before but the threads go back to 2012 so looking for more recent experiences. Thanks in anticipation of your views.

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1. Re: Visit to Pacific or Cartibean side of Costa Rica?

Try the Costa Rica forums

https://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/ShowForum-g291…

Check the weather forecast for each coast in March

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2. Re: Visit to Pacific or Cartibean side of Costa Rica?

Sorry I do mean and can spell Carribean but for some reason it’s. one out with a “t”

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3. Re: Visit to Pacific or Cartibean side of Costa Rica?

Caribbean

Try posting in https://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/ShowForum-g291…

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4. Re: Visit to Pacific or Cartibean side of Costa Rica?

If you are thinking white sugary beaches of some other destinations like Punta Cana, Varadeto, etc, etc, CR beaches are different. Does not mean not beautiful, but not the same. The ones called white on some travel sites are more light grey, and some ppl prefer to call them golden.

This site will give you a good idea about S. Caribbean weather/average monthly rainfall, etc.: https:/…weather.php .

We enjoyed our trips to that coast. But it is hard to know if you would. You did not say what else you were looking for - do you like touristy, developed areas, with shops, restaurants, etc? Then Pacific side might be better.

We were on the Pacific side mid March once. It was hot. The dark sand on the beach got so hot - too hot to walk barefoot from the beach chair to the water for a swim... See https:/… for weather in March in CR in general. Probability and averages are not guarantees, of course, but might be useful to know for your decision.

Also, I would spend more time in Arenal, especially since you have 2 wks.

In 2 wks, you can do more than Arenal and 1 beach destination.

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