Costa Rica Journals

Costa Rica

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A travel journal to Costa Rica by catsholiday

Tortuguero National Park Photo, Tortuguero, Costa Rica More Photos
Quote: We spent about ten days in Costa Rica in April 2010. We had a wonderful tour with Caravan tour company - an American company which was a land only tour but amazing value. We had to get to San Jose ourselves.

Tortuguero National Park

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Attraction | "Wildlife in Tortugero"

Tortuguero National Park Photo, Tortuguero, Costa Rica
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How to get there:We spent two nights at this rainforest, river and beachside lodge on the fringes of the 47,000 acre Tortuguera National Park. The lodge was on the river front on one side and the Caribbean Sea was the other. The entire area of Tortuguera is like Venice, based on rivers and canals as the only means of transport apart from planes which tend to only bring in tourists rather than supplies as it is a very small airstrip and only small private aircraft can land there. We came in by river which took about two hours in a small covered boat which went at quite a speed in some parts of the river but at times the smaller rivers were so shallow that the boat driver had to lift the motor an...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 14, 2013

Tortuguero National Park

Tortuguero, Costa Rica

Barcelo San Jose Palacio

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Hotel | "Not Quite a Palace but a Very Nice Hotel!"

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The Barcelo San Jose Palacio Hotel, San Jose, Costa RicaWe arrived at about 5pm local time and were taken to our hotel Barcelo San Jose Palacio just outside the main city centre of San Jose. The Reception area was large and airy and staff very pleasant, welcoming and efficient. There were a number of efficient lifts and there were also stairs to all floors.Our room was very large with plenty of storage space 10 drawers, huge wardrobe, bathrobes, safe, coffee maker and fridge with mini bar. The bed was a large queen sized one and was VERY comfortable with 5 huge plumfy pillows and over the bed lights so that reading in bed was easy rather than struggling with fiddly dull lights. There...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 28, 2010

Barcelo San Jose Palacio
ROBLEDAL DE LA URUCA
San Jose, Costa Rica OFFICIAL H
506-220-2034

Braulio Carrillo National Park

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Attraction | "In the Jungle, the Mighty Jungle..."

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Braulio Carrillo National ParkWe spent the morning driving through the Braulio Carrillo National Park on our way from San Jose to Tortuguero National Park. This National Park is named after Costa Rica’s third president, Braulio Carrillo Colina. Braulio Carrillo is located only 20 km northeast of the capital city of San Jose. It is open to the public from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m and the entrance fee is $15 or $7 if it’s been purchased in advance. The park was founded in 1978 in order to save some of the area that was being opened up by the Guapiles Highway which is the road we drove along. The park is home to more than 6,000 species of plants and 333 species of birds although as we pas...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 29, 2010

Braulio Carrillo National Park
20 kms. northeast of the capital city of San Jose
San Jose, Costa Rica

Cano Negro and Rio Frio

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Attraction | "We Saw 'Blondy' in Cano Negro"

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Cano Negro ReservationWe set off from our hotel in La Fortuna and drove an hour and a half through the San Carlos Valley to this reservation on the border of Costa Rica and Nicaragua. On the way we passed over a bridge with a large tree beside it and it was full of iguanas. It was really strange to see about 50 iguanas sitting in the trees eating the leaves just at the level of our bus window. Our guide had told us that we would be seeing an iguana tree and we thought he was joking but indeed there was a tree full of these huge reptiles chomping away on the leaves.When we arrived at the town where we were to board the boat for our trip on the Rio Frio in the Cano Negro Reserva...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 29, 2010

Cano Negro and Rio Frio
Caño Negro
Cano Negro, Costa Rica

JW Marriott Guanacaste Resort & Spa

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Hotel | "Possibly the Best Hotel I Have Ever Stayed In"

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This was one of the most amazing places I have ever stayed I think. We arrived at the end of about 10 miles of dirt road past some pretty luxurious houses; according to our guide Mel Gibson has a pad in the area. The hotel looked like a film set hacienda, huge, neat and palatial even. We were met by the bell boys and trolleys and then taken to the reception area where were given a bottle of cold water and a cold towel which was most refreshing. Our keys were plastic card type keys with a picture of the hotel on one side which we were impressed with!We walked down an open corridor past two large garden and patio areas before finding our room. As we opened the door we both said ‘Wow!’ It was...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on June 1, 2010

JW Marriott Guanacaste Resort & Spa
Hacienda Pinilla
Costa Rica
+506 26812000

Magic Mountain Hotel

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Hotel | "Would Have Been Nice to See the Magic Mountain"

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Magic Mountain Hotel, La Fortuna, San Carlos Valley, Costa RicaThis very new hotel is within sight of the Arenal Volcano and all rooms have a view of this active volcano when it is not covered in cloud. Unfortunately for us the two nights we were staying here the cloud was very thick and we could barely make out the volcano never mind see red lava flow at night. They do trips to see the lava flow from the hotel but not if the weather is unfavourable and as it was raining and very cloudy we were unable to go but these cost $15 per person when they do go. The hotel is a little way out of the town of La Fortuna, you can walk into town but on the way back it is up hill so it might be an idea t...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 1, 2010

Magic Mountain Hotel
La Fortuna
Costa Rica, Central America
+506 2479-7246

Manuel Antonio National Park

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Attraction | "Careful where you leave your clothes when swimming!"

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This is one of the most visited National Parks in the wonderful country of National Parks. It is in the central Pacific region of Costa Rica just south of Quepos and about three hours drive from the capital San Jose using the Costanera Highway which in some parts is a very good fast road. As we got close to the park we were ‘guided’ into a parking area beside the road by official looking people. We got out and thought we had a fair walk to the park entrance but accepted that then the hard sell for a ‘guided walk’ started. It took us a while but we realised we had been conned and got back in the car and drove nearer to the park entrance about half a mile down the road....Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on June 2, 2010

Manuel Antonio National Park
Manuel Antonio Park Road
Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica

Auberge Pelican

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Hotel | "Great Location, Basic Hotel"

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We found the hotel really easily after about a two hour drive and parked in the car park behind the hotel. As it sits on the beach the back of the hotel faces the road. First impressions were that it looked a bit basic and a come down from some of the other hotels we had been staying in throughout our tour in Costa Rica. As we were paying $120 per room per night we thought it should have been okay.Reception was a minute room but hey, who cares about that and after we confirmed who we were the young manager took us up to our rooms. They were next to each other with a shared balcony which was fine as we were together but if you didn’t know the people next door it would have been a little to...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on June 3, 2010

Auberge Pelican
Esterillos Este Beachfront
Playa Esterillos, Costa Rica
(506) 778-8105

Poas Volcano

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Attraction | "I Stood Beside a Volcano"

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Poàs Volcano and Escalonia Cloud forest TrailThese two places of interest are located in the Poàs National Park which is a high rain forest area or cloud forest so the chance of rain is extremely high and if it is not actually raining then low damp clouds are most likely. However, we were so very lucky as on the day of our visit we had a bright sunny day and the views were clear. Apparently the chance of seeing the volcano clearly is only 30% so we were so thrilled to have a clear picture of the entire volcano and the surrounding area too.This is one of Costa Rica’s most visited volcanoes since 1828 it has erupted several times and is thought to be one of the world’s largest ac...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 3, 2010

Poas Volcano
Poas Volcano National Park
Monteverde, Costa Rica

Baldi Termae

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Attraction | "Baldi Hot Springs Resort"

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Volcanic Hot Springs Baldi Resort One afternoon was spent relaxing and exploring these amazing hot springs and pools not far from our hotel in La Fortuna just under the Arenal Volcano. This was like a huge water park really and it even had a couple of water slides. You paid your entrance fee then made your way to the changing rooms. On the way you paid a deposit of $10 for a towel and $5 for a locker but as part of our ‘Caravans’ tour the guide sorted all this and we didn’t have to take any money with us at all, we left everything valuable on the bus with the driver. We were asked to keep an eye on our towels because there was a £10US deposit on towels some people sometimes ‘f...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on June 3, 2010

Baldi Termae

La Fortuna, Costa Rica
+506 479-9652

Finca Corsicana

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Attraction | "Largest Organic Pineapple Farm in the World!"

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Finca Corsicana – Pineapple FarmThe pineapple industry in Costa Rica is bigger than Hawaii now and they export more than any other country. We visited this organic plantation which was owned by the people who started the Collins Street bakery, based in Corsicana, Texas and famous for its rich fruit cakes in the USA. They wanted to get a reliable source of quality papaya and pineapples for their cakes so started their own plantation in this area. The plantation was started in 1991 but the tourist part only began in 2005 as the interest in eco tourism took off and Costa Rica became an increasingly popular tourist destination.The farm is over 3,000 acres and still growing and they...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 6, 2010

Laguna Lodge Tortuguero

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Hotel | "The Place to see Howlers"

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Laguna Lodge Tortuguera National ParkHow to get there:We spent two nights at this rainforest, river and beachside lodge on the fringes of the 47,000 acre Tortuguera National Park. The lodge was on the river front on one side and the Caribbean Sea was the other. The entire area of Tortuguera is like Venice, based on rivers and canals as the only means of transport apart from planes which tend to only bring in tourists rather than supplies as it is a very small airstrip and only small private aircraft can land there. We came in by river which took about two hours in a small covered boat which went at quite a speed in some parts of the river but at times the smaller rivers were so shallow th...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on June 6, 2010

Laguna Lodge Tortuguero
Curridabat Jose
Tortuguero, Costa Rica
506.280.7843