1. Welcome! Please take a few seconds to create your free account to post threads, make some friends, remove a few ads while surfing and much more. ClutchFans has been bringing fans together to talk Houston Sports since 1996. Join us!

[Travel] Costa Rica!

Discussion in 'BBS Hangout' started by Sajan, Aug 7, 2015.

  1. Sajan

    Sajan Member

    Joined:
    Apr 18, 2009
    Messages:
    8,487
    Likes Received:
    5,957
    Booked two tickets for Costa Rica for 10 days at the end of November.

    Landing in San Jose. Let the planning begin?

    Southwest has roundtrip tickets now for ~$260. I ended doing United ($295) because they had the dates I wanted.
     
  2. SlizardOO

    SlizardOO Member

    Joined:
    May 23, 2003
    Messages:
    383
    Likes Received:
    1
    im going there in Jan. flying into Liberia for my wedding and honeymoon
     
  3. Buck Turgidson

    Joined:
    Feb 14, 2002
    Messages:
    89,003
    Likes Received:
    88,071
    Hit the Arenal area for a couple of days of proper jungle action, then head to the coast. Avoid Tamarindo, waaaay too touristy. I loved Quepos, Mariposa hotel, iirc. The caribbean side in general is a much more laid back and less crowded vibe if that's what you're looking for.
     
  4. Sajan

    Sajan Member

    Joined:
    Apr 18, 2009
    Messages:
    8,487
    Likes Received:
    5,957
    Ya the goal is to avoid touristy places. When I went to Hawaii earlier this year I made the mistake of staying in Wakiki for 2 days. Nothing but Japanese tourists.
     
  5. bigben69

    bigben69 Member

    Joined:
    Nov 20, 2003
    Messages:
    1,435
    Likes Received:
    125
    Jaco! Go to the casino and experience the ladies of the night...or day there also. Rent a 4 wheeler and explore the trails on your own. Absolutely beautiful.
     
  6. ArtV

    ArtV Member

    Joined:
    Jun 25, 2002
    Messages:
    6,916
    Likes Received:
    1,536
    Be prepared to be seriously bent over at the car rental place. If you plan on driving over there, I'd get and pay for the package over here so you don't get bent. They place a multi-thousand dollar hold on your cc then strong arm talk you into getting expensive insurance or you'll be responsible for any damage. You think ok - I'll just take care of the car, but they charge outrageous fees (keeping your deposit) for you for every scratch and ding including the ones you know were there before but didn't catch. Most cars are a pos. CCs will only cover 50k which is about the cost of a Sentra-like car down there and that still won't stop them from hitting your card. My last 2 rentals were $1000 for a week on a 7 passenger Toyota SUV and $500 for week on a serious POS Nissan (and they wanted premium fuel on the refill - fat chance on that). Those places are thieves that have their day coming but just be prepared beforehand.

    The water is now drinkable.

    The ocean is ok but not better than Destin IMO.

    Arenal is ok. You want to try and go off the beaten path IMO and see the Costa Rica wildlife. It's disappearing fast. 25 years ago you would see all kinds of Toucans, and exotic birds but it's almost rare to see those now. Monkeys and iguanas are still rather plentiful if you venture out.
     
  7. Jugdish

    Jugdish Member

    Joined:
    Mar 27, 2006
    Messages:
    8,486
    Likes Received:
    8,462
    Who'd you rent from? I think we used National, and it was about $700 for a Rav 4 for eight days...can't remember what the insurance situation was, but I wasn't offended. They also wanted us to return the car empty, which I've never heard of. No problems with dings or anything, and we drove on roads you wouldn't feel comfortable doing more than 15 mph.

    Water is drinkable in some places as of March 2014--ask the proprietor.

    Sounds like you had an unlucky experience. Arenal area is beautiful. Manuel Antonio has beach monkeys.
     
  8. Garner

    Garner Member

    Joined:
    Jul 7, 2009
    Messages:
    4,690
    Likes Received:
    1,847
    If you've never been, go white water rafting. It's a blast.

    You'll hear a lot about zip lining, which is fun and fine, but quickly becomes a bit repetitive/boring.
     
  9. Buck Turgidson

    Joined:
    Feb 14, 2002
    Messages:
    89,003
    Likes Received:
    88,071
    I love rafting, and I've been all around this world, but the Pacuare is the greatest I've ever seen. If you are into that, you have to do it while you're there.

    Do not rent a car, make friends with a guy and say "I will pay you $20 to drive us [from point A to point B]. If it is a longer trip, pay 50-plus.
     
  10. Mr. Clutch

    Mr. Clutch Member

    Joined:
    Nov 8, 2002
    Messages:
    46,550
    Likes Received:
    6,132
    I'm going in spring.

    Is travel by car really necessary to have a good trip there?
     
  11. Buck Turgidson

    Joined:
    Feb 14, 2002
    Messages:
    89,003
    Likes Received:
    88,071
    Busses are terrible, if you have the means then just rent a guy+car. Personal taxi.
     
  12. Mr. Clutch

    Mr. Clutch Member

    Joined:
    Nov 8, 2002
    Messages:
    46,550
    Likes Received:
    6,132
    But I mean is there a part of Costa Rica where we can stay without driving and have a good time with enough to do and see?
     
  13. Buck Turgidson

    Joined:
    Feb 14, 2002
    Messages:
    89,003
    Likes Received:
    88,071
    Quepos, Manuel Antonio, Mariposa hotel. If you are going with a woman just go there.
     
  14. Mr. Clutch

    Mr. Clutch Member

    Joined:
    Nov 8, 2002
    Messages:
    46,550
    Likes Received:
    6,132
    Family trip, but Manuel Antonio looks great. thanks!
     
  15. StupidMoniker

    StupidMoniker I lost a bet

    Joined:
    Jul 18, 2001
    Messages:
    15,456
    Likes Received:
    2,374
    I've heard Isla Nublar is kind of over, but you can check out Isla Sorna. It is less touristy, but still has some amazing wildlife available for any shutterbugs in your group.
     
  16. Buck Turgidson

    Joined:
    Feb 14, 2002
    Messages:
    89,003
    Likes Received:
    88,071
    Honestly I haven't been since '03, but that was my favorite place in the whole country. I'd love to go back, let me know what you think.

    Random thoughts:

    If you like spicy food (or anything other than bland), take some hot sauce with you (cholula type stuff).

    They try to like italian-style food, it is terrible. Avoid it unless the kids really want "pizza".

    Go fishing, catch fish, find restaurant, tell restaurant how to cook your fish. And lobster. Snorkeling is outstanding if you like to look at stuff and pretend you're in an aquarium.
     
  17. Mr. Clutch

    Mr. Clutch Member

    Joined:
    Nov 8, 2002
    Messages:
    46,550
    Likes Received:
    6,132
    From what I see online it still looks like a prime spot in Costa Rica.

    Snorkeling and maybe scuba diving (if I ever get certified) is exactly the kind of stuff we want to do.

    Good tips on the food. Makes me think of the blandness of food in Spain. Having a restaurant cook the seafood we catch sounds awesome though.
     
  18. Sajan

    Sajan Member

    Joined:
    Apr 18, 2009
    Messages:
    8,487
    Likes Received:
    5,957
    For anyone still looking for a trip idea...

    Southwest has tickets to costa rica for 250 round trip!
     
  19. FTW Rockets FTW

    Joined:
    Jun 23, 2011
    Messages:
    27,724
    Likes Received:
    21,397
    Which dates?
     
  20. Sajan

    Sajan Member

    Joined:
    Apr 18, 2009
    Messages:
    8,487
    Likes Received:
    5,957
    use their low fare calendar. plenty of dates.
     

Share This Page

  • About ClutchFans

    Since 1996, ClutchFans has been loud and proud covering the Houston Rockets, helping set an industry standard for team fan sites. The forums have been a home for Houston sports fans as well as basketball fanatics around the globe.

  • Support ClutchFans!

    If you find that ClutchFans is a valuable resource for you, please consider becoming a Supporting Member. Supporting Members can upload photos and attachments directly to their posts, customize their user title and more. Gold Supporters see zero ads!


    Upgrade Now