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Costa Rica Baby!

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A March 2005 trip to San Jose by ripplefan2

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Costa Rica Baby!

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Costa Rica is one of the coolest places that I have ever had the pleasure to visit. With beautiful mountains and pristine waters, this places screams relaxation. And definitely hit up Montezuma to see the empty beaches and amazing waterfalls.Quick Tips: Whatever town you arrive in, ask your hotel or hostel for their pamphlets about the surroundings and work from there. If you can, grab a Lonely Planet book and do a little more searching around. There is also the cloud forest near Monteverde which I missed, but heard was amazing! And of course, try surfing in Jaco, it's the thing to do there!Best Way To Get Around: Everyone here takes buses and I suggest following suit, however, to ge...Read More
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This place was amazing. Upon entering the city of Montezuma, my friend and I had nowhere to stay and walked over the entire city looking for a cheap place to crash. After spending one night in an insect ridden place, we made our way to Hotel Moctezuma where we found rooms for $10 a night each. According to legend, Montezuma's original name was Moctezuma, named after the chief, but the name was changed to Montezuma, so it could be pronounced easier. We reserved a three-bed room with a private bathroom and shower (which was a delight after the last place we stayed). We had a fan and even a balcony overlooking the water and the beach. The only down side is that the balcony is shared with the upstair...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 9, 2007

Hotel Moctezuma
Montezuma Bus Stop
San Jose, Costa Rica

Costa Rica Backpackers Hostel

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Hotel | "Costa Rica Backpackers"

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I stayed here on the nights before I headed back home and it was a blast. Costing around $15/night or so, this hostel was perfect for the adventurous traveler. With rooms over six or eight in bunk beds and a phenomenal courtyard, this place is great. I unfortunately stayed in a room with a snorer and if you have ever had one of those in your room, it sucks. But the beds were comfortable and the people were great. Out in the courtyard, there are tons of tables set up for all of the inhabitants to freely sit down and take up conversations. There are also swings for relaxation and a pool. A full kitchen is available and a refrigerator for your food, but label it, otherwise it will go. Inside t...Read More

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Costa Rica Backpackers Hostel
Avenida 6, Calle 21/23
San Jose, Costa Rica
+506-221-6191

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Story/Tip

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While I was staying at the Costa Rica Backpackers House in San Jose, I decided to go for a gingerly walk through the city. While walking around, I found a small outdoor market near the government buildings. I was looking for some true Costa Rican coffee for my mother (she is a true coffee fan) and here was my paradise. For the length of a football field, there were dozens of vendors selling all local trinkets and some of the weirdest things I have ever seen. Upon walking into the market, I immediately found what it was that I was looking for; a bag a pure Costa Rican coffee in a brown burlap sack with the Costa Rican flag printed right on it. The price was great, at only $4, but like any other st...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 9, 2007

Costa Rica

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If you are in need of a vacation away from the ordinary and into the heart of the extraordinary, Costa Rica is the place for you. With lush landscapes, friendly people and cheap prices, the ambience can’t be beat. In 2005, I headed down to Costa Rica in March for two weeks to visit some friends who were staying there for awhile. And what a place! I flew into San Jose, which is an experience all in its own. With it being the main city of Costa Rica, San Jose’s culture is completely different from the rest of the country. There is more of a business feel that one would experience in a major metropolitan area with a local culture that provides the backbone to the cities structure. I stayed my...Read More