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Re: Costa Rica Master Thread
« Reply #375 on: January 06, 2019, 02:58:09 AM »
How's this for a Costa Rica itinerary?
Thursday jfk-sjo, arrive at 9:30pm
Stay at Costa Rica Marriott with cc night.
Friday am drive to Carrara national park, tarcoles river crocodile safari.
Friday pm drive to Marriott Los Suenos,
Sunday am drive to Monteverde, zipline, hanging bridges at selvatura. stay at Los Pinos hotel.
Monday hike at cloud forest reserve, late am drive to Andaz papagayo, cc night.
Tues late afternoon fly lir-jfk
Andaz for only 1 night??!??

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Re: Costa Rica Master Thread
« Reply #376 on: January 06, 2019, 06:40:14 PM »
There isn't really that much to do around there!

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Re: Costa Rica Master Thread
« Reply #377 on: January 06, 2019, 07:12:05 PM »
There isn't really that much to do around there!
Agreed.. planning a 4 day trip also think will only do Andaz for 1 night

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Re: Costa Rica Master Thread
« Reply #378 on: January 07, 2019, 09:30:20 AM »
Planning to cancel a 4 night stay at andaz Jan 20 - 24.

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Re: Costa Rica Master Thread
« Reply #379 on: January 07, 2019, 11:53:18 AM »
Planning a 4 1/2 day trip to CR would appreciate any input
Flying Sun morning EWR-LIR
Sunday night @ Andaz
Monday-Wed @ Nayara Springs
flying out Thursday, should i go back to the Andaz Wed night or head to SJO area?
Would like to see different areas but since Manuel Antonio is too far trying to figure out if there's any reason to go to SJO or just go back to Andaz.

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Re: Costa Rica Master Thread
« Reply #380 on: January 07, 2019, 04:04:36 PM »
Poas Volcano and the la Paz waterfall (and gardens) are on the way back from Arenal to sjo, and make an excellent few hours stop.
Poas is currently erupting, but is safe to visit.
Point Hotel options for a night before flying are better in sjo.
Near LIR point hotels are the Hilton Garden Inn and the El mangroove, which looks pretty good.

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Re: Costa Rica Master Thread
« Reply #381 on: January 10, 2019, 10:32:47 AM »
Tickets to Poas volcano are limited now and you need to make reservations online.
The lake has drained and there are constant steam explosions from the crater

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Re: Costa Rica Master Thread
« Reply #382 on: January 14, 2019, 01:23:40 AM »
Thanks to all who have posted with great info.

Looking for advice:  We'll be in San Jose for Shabbos and Friday is a question mark in our itinerary.  (My original plan was Poas Volcano but seems not like a sure thing.)  I've heard the shul is very interesting, but not sure our teens would agree.  There are a bunch of tour operators that go to La Paz Waterfall and Coffee Estate, those may be too long and anyway you're paying for breakfast and lunch which is a waste.  Any recommendations?  Willing to pay for a private guide with transport if anyone has recommendations in that direction.

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Re: Costa Rica Master Thread
« Reply #383 on: January 14, 2019, 07:37:13 AM »
Get Poas ticket online before you go. An Uber or taxi to poas/ la Paz is about $30 each way. I did Poas, but not la Paz. That's probably your best bet for a Friday, when you'll want to be done before early.

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Re: Costa Rica Master Thread
« Reply #384 on: January 14, 2019, 08:21:57 PM »
Anyone ever stay at EL Mangroove?

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Re: Costa Rica Master Thread
« Reply #385 on: January 24, 2019, 12:02:47 PM »
i just got back from the westin playa conchal. i thought i would share that i was able to successfully book 2 adults and 2 children (ages 4 and 1)for 240k marriott for 5 nights with no other charges.

it kept giving me an error when i tried booking online. what i had to do was book for 2 adults and then call in to marriott rewards and tell them that i was not able to add the kids online, i asked them to confirm that there would not be an additional charge for the 2 kids. the rep called the hotel and confirmed that kids under 11 do not incur additional charges. i had the rep send me an email as proof

i sent an email to the hotel requesting a crib in the room and they said that i would be charged for the 2 kids, i explained that i spoke to marriott and forwarded them the email i got from the rep and all was fine after that.

YMMV but if your far enough out the points should be refundable

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Re: Costa Rica Master Thread
« Reply #386 on: January 25, 2019, 07:32:18 AM »
i just got back from the westin playa conchal. i thought i would share that i was able to successfully book 2 adults and 2 children (ages 4 and 1)for 240k marriott for 5 nights with no other charges.

it kept giving me an error when i tried booking online. what i had to do was book for 2 adults and then call in to marriott rewards and tell them that i was not able to add the kids online, i asked them to confirm that there would not be an additional charge for the 2 kids. the rep called the hotel and confirmed that kids under 11 do not incur additional charges. i had the rep send me an email as proof

i sent an email to the hotel requesting a crib in the room and they said that i would be charged for the 2 kids, i explained that i spoke to marriott and forwarded them the email i got from the rep and all was fine after that.

YMMV but if your far enough out the points should be refundable
Can you share anything about the hotel?

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Re: Costa Rica Master Thread
« Reply #387 on: January 25, 2019, 02:01:03 PM »
Can you share anything about the hotel?

the resort is about an hour and 10 minutes from LIR

very large property but you can call golf carts to shuttle you around if you dont feel like walking. you will definitely spot some wild animals. the kids loved the monkeys, coatis, and iguanas.

enormous pool, shouldnt be a problem finding lounge chairs

kids club looked very nice. minimum age is 4 yrs and parents cant stay

the base room is a junior suite which has a pull out couch. not sure i would be comfortable sleeping on it but my 4 year old didnt have any complaints. we were told multiple times that they have full size cribs but when we got there they said thats not true and they only provide pack and plays.

beach is very nice but the hotel does not provide lounge chairs or umbrellas. shade can be an issue later in the day as its pretty difficult to get away from the sun on the beach.

not sure about the kosher situation as we arent very strict but if anybody is wondering the food was very good, especially the italian and Mediterranean restaurants. need to make resos in advance for dinner. very good pizza restaurant by the pool. they did have fresh fruit, bread, and pastries at every meal. room service is also included.

let me know if you have any specific questions


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Re: Costa Rica Master Thread
« Reply #388 on: January 31, 2019, 03:07:30 PM »
Anyone ever stay at Marriott Los suenos for Shabbos? I've never stayed at a hotel for Shabbos before and wanted to know about sensors and thermostats.

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Re: Costa Rica Master Thread
« Reply #389 on: February 22, 2019, 11:01:54 AM »
Man this Wiki needs help...

What's with food? What can/can't you bring into CR and where can you get kosher food?
Save your time, I don't answer PM. Post it in the forum and a dedicated DDF'er will get back to you as soon as possible.