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Costa Rica Last Minute Advice

Miami, Florida
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Costa Rica Last Minute Advice

Hey everyone, I had a recent trip planned to Nicaragua that's currently getting turned upside down. I think we're going to make a detour for half of our trip to Costa Rica and half Corn Islands.

Admittedly I do not know anything about Costa Rica. Wondering some recommendations on the single best place to go. Basically I'd like something with a town that I could explore and something with wildlife and nice beaches for my wife.

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for Costa Rica
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1. Re: Costa Rica Last Minute Advice

Probably Tamarindo; no town to speak of there but good enough beaches, and in driving proximity a couple of Natural Reserves for you.

Tampa, Florida
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2. Re: Costa Rica Last Minute Advice

Are you limited to the northern areas of Costa Rica or are you willing to travel within the country?

Ontario, Canada
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3. Re: Costa Rica Last Minute Advice

Costa Rica Destinations summary guide: https:/… .

Some of your decision where to go might depend on the weather. This site has an overview of weather and availability, by months: https:/… .

Travelling options within CR: https:/…Transportation.html .

Ready-made itineraries for 1-2 wks in CR (you did not say how many days you are planning to be in CR): https:/… .

You might find a vacation in CR more expensive than in Nicaragua. "How Much Does it cost?" might be a good article for budgeting for the land portion of your vacation in CR: https:/… .

If you do not have time to plan, see if you can browse the hotels collections, organized by various criteria, - e.g., remote, luxury, beach, Eco lodges, etc: https://www.anywhere.com/costa-rica/hotels .

Have a good trip!

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for Arenal Volcano National Park, La Fortuna de San Carlos
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4. Re: Costa Rica Last Minute Advice

Manuel Antonio has a beautiful beach inside the national park and lots of easy access to wildlife. We regularly saw monkeys and sloths right at our hotel Tulemar Bungalows. Not sure if you want to go that far south. Not much town to explore, but lots of good open air restaurants in walking distance.

Brooklyn, New York
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for Sarapiqui
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5. Re: Costa Rica Last Minute Advice

How do you plan to travel between the Corn Islands and Costa Rica? Not sure this plan makes a lot of sense ...

San Jose, Costa Rica
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6. Re: Costa Rica Last Minute Advice

I wonder how many good links have any recent information about Nicaragua...???

IMO Nixcaragua is not a safe place to visit...no matter where...

In cases like this the best is first hand advice...


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