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Re: Costa Rica Master Thread
« Reply #300 on: March 07, 2016, 01:43:24 PM »
You can actually stay at the andaz papagayo and use their free shuttle to go back and forth to the four Seasons which is about 5-10 min away

I just called the four seasons and was told that kosher meals are only available for guests staying at the hotel (I am staying at the Andaz). Did anyone have a different experience ?

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Re: Costa Rica Master Thread
« Reply #301 on: March 07, 2016, 01:49:07 PM »

I just called the four seasons and was told that kosher meals are only available for guests staying at the hotel (I am staying at the Andaz). Did anyone have a different experience ?

They told me the same too

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Re: Costa Rica Master Thread
« Reply #302 on: March 07, 2016, 05:23:04 PM »
The grocery store is small but has a good take out business. We ordered a few meals from them. Some were better than others.   
I was in San Josť for a short time, and didn't want to run all over the city

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Re: Costa Rica Master Thread
« Reply #303 on: March 07, 2016, 05:25:24 PM »
To find the kosher store, but near the airport there was auto mercado that had a lot of American ou products. If cy isn't a problem, there was what to buy.

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Re: Costa Rica Master Thread
« Reply #304 on: March 08, 2016, 08:02:33 AM »
I see upthread that a bunch of DDFr's recently stayed at the andaz. Can anyone suggest activities nearby? I am flying into LIR on Thursday midday  returning Sunday midday and really only have Friday and don't want to drive too far. Is there anything to do closer to the airport prior to making the drive? Did anyone go to rhe four seasons beach or the prieta beach club? I have seen mixed reviews on the andaz beach. Thanks in advance.

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Re: Costa Rica Master Thread
« Reply #305 on: March 08, 2016, 09:38:07 PM »
I see upthread that a bunch of DDFr's recently stayed at the andaz. Can anyone suggest activities nearby?

http://costaricaexperts.com/ you can use their website (they're expensive) to get some ideas for what's in the area you will be in and make a sample itinerary an then you can google the actual places you want to visit and find more affordable ways to do it.

I think you would be able to do the Monkey Sanctuary or one of the hikes in one of the national parks near papagayo. let us know what you find, I'm still not done planning my trip

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Re: Costa Rica Master Thread
« Reply #306 on: March 08, 2016, 09:39:15 PM »
What do people do about cell phones in Costa Rica.  I have an unlocked iPhone so I just need a microsim. Do I pick one up at the airport or local store or do I attempt to pre-order?


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Re: Costa Rica Master Thread
« Reply #307 on: March 08, 2016, 10:00:14 PM »
What do people do about cell phones in Costa Rica.  I have an unlocked iPhone so I just need a microsim. Do I pick one up at the airport or local store or do I attempt to pre-order?

Airport.  Cost like $9 for a sim with 500mb of data.

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Re: Costa Rica Master Thread
« Reply #308 on: March 08, 2016, 10:01:20 PM »
I see upthread that a bunch of DDFr's recently stayed at the andaz. Can anyone suggest activities nearby? I am flying into LIR on Thursday midday  returning Sunday midday and really only have Friday and don't want to drive too far. Is there anything to do closer to the airport prior to making the drive? Did anyone go to rhe four seasons beach or the prieta beach club? I have seen mixed reviews on the andaz beach. Thanks in advance.
Didn't visit the beach club or Four Seasons, but can confirm that, as of a year ago, the Andaz beach is nothing more than a small patch of rocky mud. Their pools are nice. We only went down to the beach for kayak and other water activities.

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Re: Costa Rica Master Thread
« Reply #309 on: March 09, 2016, 12:30:45 AM »
Airport.  Cost like $9 for a sim with 500mb of data.
Right in the baggage Hall, there is a kolbi store. Use this, they'll set it up for you. You'll need to show your passport. I spent about 20 for a prepaid sim with 2GB and did most of my calling on the data with hangouts dialer, which was free to the USA.
Data coverage there is decent.

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Re: Costa Rica Master Thread
« Reply #310 on: March 09, 2016, 09:47:52 AM »
Airport.  Cost like $9 for a sim with 500mb of data.
Right in the baggage Hall, there is a kolbi store. Use this, they'll set it up for you.

Thank you both!!! I'm only there for 3-4 days so I don't think I'll need more than 1 GB.

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Re: Costa Rica Master Thread
« Reply #311 on: March 10, 2016, 11:02:11 PM »
Thank you both!!! I'm only there for 3-4 days so I don't think I'll need more than 1 GB.

Am here in Costa Rica now and I didn't see the store with SIM card in the airport. While I may have missed it (the airport is fairly small) - I was told by the rental car agent that they don't sell sim cards in the airport.

Additionally, anything that is labeled "chicken" was confiscated at customs (first hand experience). They didn't take items labeled turkey or any beef. Funny - for those from the five towns in NY - they were OK with the "Approved by Aliza Beer" sticker on my meals that weren't chicken in lieu of USDA.

Also - Andaz told me they longer provide fridge and microwave in the rooms, but YMMV

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Re: Costa Rica Master Thread
« Reply #312 on: March 11, 2016, 12:08:23 AM »
Am here in Costa Rica now and I didn't see the store with SIM card in the airport. While I may have missed it (the airport is fairly small) - I was told by the rental car agent that they don't sell sim cards in the airport.

As of last month there was a Kolbi storefront after all the baggage carousels on the rights hand side.

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Re: Costa Rica Master Thread
« Reply #313 on: March 11, 2016, 12:30:44 AM »
Am here in Costa Rica now and I didn't see the store with SIM card in the airport. While I may have missed it (the airport is fairly small) - I was told by the rental car agent that they don't sell sim cards in the airport.

Additionally, anything that is labeled "chicken" was confiscated at customs (first hand experience). They didn't take items labeled turkey or any beef. Funny - for those from the five towns in NY - they were OK with the "Approved by Aliza Beer" sticker on my meals that weren't chicken in lieu of USDA.

Also - Andaz told me they longer provide fridge and microwave in the rooms, but YMMV
Are you in San Jose, or Liberia?
Last month there was a kolbi in the baggage claim area in sjo

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Re: Costa Rica Master Thread
« Reply #314 on: March 11, 2016, 10:09:34 AM »
If you have t mobile, you get free data and text.

They don't have a separate fridge in the room, but a minibar one that is big enough to fit quite a few items inside.

The four seasons beach is beautiful, the prieta beach club is the nicest to go for sunset, as it faces straight west.

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Re: Costa Rica Master Thread
« Reply #315 on: March 12, 2016, 08:06:28 PM »
Are you in San Jose, or Liberia?
Last month there was a kolbi in the baggage claim area in sjo

I flew into LIR.

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Re: Costa Rica Master Thread
« Reply #316 on: June 25, 2016, 11:51:23 PM »
I flew into LIR.
an updates on brining in meats through LIR?
going on Monday want to know what I can and cannot bring.. TIA
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Re: Costa Rica Master Thread
« Reply #317 on: August 17, 2016, 03:08:49 PM »
So, I'm going with my family next week to Guanacoste. It seems as if any uncooked frozen meat needs to have USDA stamped on it, and vacuum packed. What about other packaged frozen foods (e.g. pizza, pot pies, hot dogs, frozen American cheese, etc.). Are they allowed in? Also, can someone please confirm that in fact there is a place in the airport to get a sim card if I have an IPhone 5 or 6s? Last, my insurance fully covers me for car rentals. Do they still force you to take other insurance, or do I need to bring proof that my insurance covers? Thanks

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Re: Costa Rica Master Thread
« Reply #318 on: August 17, 2016, 10:20:06 PM »
So, I'm going with my family next week to Guanacoste. It seems as if any uncooked frozen meat needs to have USDA stamped on it, and vacuum packed. What about other packaged frozen foods (e.g. pizza, pot pies, hot dogs, frozen American cheese, etc.). Are they allowed in? Also, can someone please confirm that in fact there is a place in the airport to get a sim card if I have an IPhone 5 or 6s? Last, my insurance fully covers me for car rentals. Do they still force you to take other insurance, or do I need to bring proof that my insurance covers? Thanks

IME they tried to make us put a $5k hold our our CC if we wanted to use its coverage. 

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Re: Costa Rica Master Thread
« Reply #319 on: December 01, 2016, 09:40:19 AM »
Can anyone comment on driving conditions in Costa Rica.  Am considering spending shabbos in San Jose but would like to spend week near Liberia coast.  Looks like a 3-4 hour drive between the two but wasn't sure if driving there is recommended, whether it's safe or not or any other important considerations... Thoughts?