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These are some itineraries you may use in conjunction with Explore Costa Rica.
We're aware that the information is overwhelming and that there are innumerable options. So we've tried to smooth your path a bit with the list below.
Add a minimum of a day before and a day after to times listed in order to allow for transfers (except with first two options). Also allow for one day to travel between segments
active spouse with couch potato partner
reasonably fit and adventurous
backpacker (willing to rough it)
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|Place/Area||Description||Tips||Total Duration of Trip to Area||Star Rating|
|San Jose||Base yourself in San Jose and just travel around this area. (p.171)||Best option if you are only staying for a few days.||3-5 nights|
|Central Valley||Stay in outlying town or village and travel around Central Valley. (p. 233)||Best option if you are only staying for a few days.||3-5 nights|
Volcanoes and other attractions nearby. (p. 282)
|Good option for more adventurous travelers if you are only staying for a few days.||4-5 nights||to|
|Sarapiqui Area||River trips, butterfly gardens, rainforests. (p. 291)||Good area to plan a visit around||4-5 nights||to|
|Monteverde||Cloudforests, rainforests, canopy walks, lots of tourist facilities. (p. 297)||There are less touristed cloud forests, but this one is well set up for visitors. Don't ignore the other reserves.||3-5 nights||to|
|Arenal||Active volcano (see book cover). Plenty of accommodation including community tourism. (p. 324)||Can stay in Fortuna or nearer volcano. Can easily spend a week in the area if you take advantage of everything....||2-7 nights||to|
|Tamarindo||White sand beach area for tourists. (p. 377)||Fly here and back. Plenty of comfortable hotels. Turtle nesting beach nearby.||3-5 nights||to|
|Montezuma||White sandy beaches, Mix of backpackers and up. Lots of wildlife. Relatively remote. Reserves nearby. (p. 412)||Bus and then ferry and back. Good place to relax.||3-7 nights||to|
|Manuel Antonio||Wildly popular national park. Lots of places to stay. (p. 444)||Better for the upper budget tourist. Bus in, fly out. Plenty here to do.||3-5 nights|
|Dominical||Surfing beach area becoming more popular. Visits to waterfalls, canopy trips. (p. 465)||Travel down to Uvita (p. 390) as part of your visit.||5-7 nights||to|
|Chirripo||Mountain climbing. (p.481)||Be well prepared and plan in advance.||5-7 nights||to|
|Golfito Area||Former banana port turned ecotourism center. Botanical gardens, lodges. (p. 489)||Area more interesting than town. Fly in and out.||5-7 nights||to|
Osa Peninsula/ Corcovado National Park
|One of the best places to experience rainforest in Costa Rica. (p. 505)||Stay at a small lodge in or near Drake Bay. (p. 424) Great hike along the coast but strictly for the adventurous.||5-7 nights||to|
|Tortuguero National Park||Coastal rainforest with canals. (p. 537)||Buy a package or stay in the village (low-budget travelers). Boat in, fly out.||2-5 nights||to|
|Cahuita||Peaceful village. Great place to relax. Beautiful beaches, plenty of wildlife. (p. 564)||Take bus RT. Visit the national park daily.||3-7 nights||to|
|Puerto Viejo de Talamanca||Small village, botanical gardens, beaches, surfing. Many backpacker hotels but also nice places to stay. (p. 573)||Take bus RT. Visit the Manzanillo reserve. (p. 584) Daytrip to Cahuita. Visit Panama (p. 587)||3-7 nights||to|
Other Adventurous Suggestions
|Volunteering, (p. 147), Language Schools (p. 155), Rincon de la Vieja (p. 354), Guanacaste National Park (p.361), Palo Verde National Park (p. 407), Mal Pais (p. 422), Piedras Blancas (p. 487), Zancudo (p. 499), Tiskita (p. 411), Coco Island diving (p. 530).||Visit one place and stay there! Come prepared!||5-7 nights to several months||to|
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