Good advice needed from Costa Ricans and Costa Rica travellers

As you may have read in my 100 happy days, I just booked a ticket to Costa Rica. The first two weeks of July, my daughter and I will be hiking, swimming and visiting rain forests and waterfalls. Ooooh yes! We have a draft itinerary, which is: fly to San Jose, explore the Arenal area to hike and do adventurous stuff (week 1), then move to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca on the Caribbean coast (week 2) and end the trip in Panama City, from where we fly back to Statia.

I realize Costa Rica is quite a popular place to go these days. Of course!! Beautiful nature, wildlife, sun, sea, what else do you need? There are probably quite a few of you who have been there. Yes, it’s YOU I’m talking to now, it’s YOU I need. I’m asking for your advice. What should I REALLY do in Costa Rica while I’m there? What is not to be missed? I’m especially looking for “real costa rican life”. Like what local dish (something nice and different) should I try? Where to go to mingle with the locals? La Fortuna and Puerto Viejo are packed with tourists, I know, but I’d like to experience some of the daily life. Where to go to a local event? Which beach is the best, avoiding the crowd? Which hike to hike? What things are absolutely not done in Costa Rica? Which dance to learn? 😀

So the letter G today is for Please GIMME GIMME GIMME GOOD COSTA RICA ADVICE. You’ll be rewarded in a few months with the awesomest pictures and reports.

Thanks a million!




10 thoughts on “Good advice needed from Costa Ricans and Costa Rica travellers”

  1. Hi, hope someone answers your plea because I am off to Costa Rica in just over a month:-) I am going with my mum, and we are staying in an ecolodge in the rainforest on the Osa peninsula (that’s on the pacific coast) and then the second week exploring Monteverde. Hope you have a great time.

  2. We were there in December. We stayed in an Air B&B in arrival near the airport. We spent a day at volcano poas. The. We moved to tamarindo. We spent a week on a turtle conservation project that was amazing. That area has crocs and other wildlife too. But the turtle season is over now. Enjoy your trip. The country is paradise.

      1. We saw howler monkeys and crocodiles in that area. I think the unmissable would be to take an internal flight in a tiny plane. That was amazing. The scenery etc. If your budget allows.

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