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Costa Rica Master Thread
« on: April 08, 2010, 09:52:30 AM »
We are considering a trip to Costa Rica this July. Has anyone ever been there? Please post your experiences, places, hotels........
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Re: Costa Rica
« Reply #1 on: April 08, 2010, 12:10:45 PM »
 Been there numerous times, the only Jewish communityy is in SJO (actually in a suburb) However there is no reason whatsoever to actually spend any time itself in SJO at least as a tourist

 Although small theres tons to do and see alll according to ones interests, your question is way to broad to answer as is, why not specify how long youd be there and what you are looking to do. also are you looking for a Resort location? do you have any Status with any hotel program

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Re: Costa Rica
« Reply #2 on: April 08, 2010, 07:14:10 PM »
there should be a shliach there, why not ask him, or check out the website...

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Pesach in Costa Rica
« Reply #3 on: July 28, 2011, 06:27:45 PM »
We are considering going to Costa Rica for Pesach next year. We have friends who did it and really liked it. On TripAdvisor, the page for the hotel the program uses contained 2 very negative reviews of this years program. has anyone done it? What are impressions/thoughts of it?

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Re: Costa Rica Master Thread
« Reply #4 on: May 17, 2012, 12:41:59 AM »
Here is my Costa Rica trip report. I went with my wife late March. We flew with 12.5k miles on AA using BA direct from JFK to SJO. Stayed at the Aloft hotel that night on C and P. Nice hotel for SJO.

Next day we went to Manuel Antonio National Park which is a 2.5 hour drive. I rented from the airport a jeep. Not cheap. Stayed at Hotel Villas Nicolas a small hotel with stunning views of the Pacific and the jungle. Our room had a huge porch overlooking the ocean complete with a hammock, couches, a glass table and chairs and candles etc. Room was very cool too, very airy and you feel like you are in paradise. Since it is a smaller hotel the pool which was stunning was almost always empty. That night we did a mangrove boat tour. We had monkeys jumping around the boat and on top of us literally. Next day we did tour of the park which has alot of cool animals etc then we hung out in the park beaches which were out of this world. They sell cocunuts cut open on the beach to keep you hydrated.

Next day Friday we drove to this town called Fraijanes (3hr) and spent Shabbos there. Sunday we went to Volcan La Poas and saw the lava iniside the crater, as the view is from higher up. It was a very cool experience. Then we went to La Fortuna and did a hike on the volcano there that afternoon.

Monday we went to Nicaragua and spent the day there. Was such an experience. We went from a town called Los Chiles and hired a boat to take us by river to Nicaragua. We got back to Costa Rica later that night and went to the hot springs in La Fortuna. Tuesday we left La Fortuna and drove to Monteverde (2hr dirt roads) which is a huge cloud forest and hiked a little and then did the coolest horseback riding for 3 hours for 30 bucks. We got to gallop around and see the rural side of Costa Rica. Used a company called Desafio.

Then we drove to Liberia stayed at the Hilton for 100 dollars and flew the nesxt day back to NY thru Miami for 15k AA miles.

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Re: Costa Rica Master Thread
« Reply #5 on: May 17, 2012, 02:00:20 AM »
what did you do for food? did you take all along with you?

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Re: Costa Rica Master Thread
« Reply #6 on: May 17, 2012, 02:04:11 AM »
what did you do for food? did you take all along with you?
We brought it with us including a small crockpot and kishka for shabbos day! We checked all the food in a cardboard box so that we would not have to shlep it back with us and we anyways got one bag free. We put steaks etc in a cooler and we had no problems. There is food in San Jose but we did not want to waste time running around the city which has alot of traffic and is hard to find your way in.

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Costa Rica Thanksgiving Trip Planning
« Reply #7 on: September 19, 2012, 07:08:54 PM »
I just reserved tickets on UA for Thanksgiving weekend departing Wednesday 11/21, returning Tuesday 11/27 for $274.

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Re: Costa Rica Thanksgiving Trip Planning
« Reply #8 on: September 19, 2012, 09:18:25 PM »
I just reserved tickets on UA for Thanksgiving weekend departing Wednesday 11/21, returning Tuesday 11/27 for $274.
Nice! Given those prices it's really worth it.

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Re: Costa Rica Thanksgiving Trip Planning
« Reply #9 on: September 19, 2012, 09:41:58 PM »
I just reserved tickets on UA for Thanksgiving weekend departing Wednesday 11/21, returning Tuesday 11/27 for $274.
You have to go on the zipline there(over the waterfalls), it is something well worth waiting for!

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Re: Costa Rica Master Thread
« Reply #10 on: September 19, 2012, 10:31:32 PM »
can anybody be more specific on which cities are must do and where did you stay. i booked a dif trip with jetblue to liberia so also interested on stuff to do on other side of country

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Re: Costa Rica Master Thread
« Reply #11 on: September 19, 2012, 10:44:04 PM »
can anybody be more specific on which cities are must do and where did you stay. i booked a dif trip with jetblue to liberia so also interested on stuff to do on other side of country
When are you going and for how long?

Are you staying overnight in Liberia?

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Re: Costa Rica Master Thread
« Reply #12 on: September 19, 2012, 11:19:47 PM »
can anybody be more specific on which cities are must do and where did you stay. i booked a dif trip with jetblue to liberia so also interested on stuff to do on other side of country
I flew into liberia last year and stayed in guanamar, one of the best vacations I have had.

Some things to note, most roads there are not paved renting a "non-SUV" will make travel very slow. Hotel Guanamar was great! I used the expedia $50 coupons and ended up paying $12 per night and that included breakfast. It was not by a far stretch a luxurious hotel. view from hotel tons of really nice beaches and surfing spots nearby. There are also plenty of "jungle zip lines" ect ect..
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Re: Costa Rica Master Thread
« Reply #13 on: September 19, 2012, 11:28:07 PM »
one of the best vacations I have had.
After your HKG trip of course!

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Re: Costa Rica Master Thread
« Reply #14 on: September 20, 2012, 10:33:44 AM »
When are you going and for how long?

Are you staying overnight in Liberia?

i am going in the beg of janurary. im not sure where i am staying yet. have to decide on itenarary and then book hotels or condos around where i will be that day. would love some help. would love to relax plus get in some of the beautiful forest and wildlife.

like should i do a day in areanal or montevedre