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Visiting Costa Rica

Costa Rica pairs the relaxed pace of a surfer’s paradise with an ambitious drive to preserve its stunning eco-diversity: dense rainforest foliage, steaming Arenal volcano, turtles of Tortuguero National Park, and Caribbean beaches lining the coast of Manuel Antonio National Park. There are so many ecosystems to explore, in fact, that one IgoUgo member says it’s difficult to settle on a single answer to the question, "How was it?"

So whether you’re a first-timer or a frequent visitor, a business traveler or a budget explorer, IgoUgo has all the travel-planning tools and resources you need to create a memorable vacation. Read traveler reviews of the top hotels, restaurants, and things to do, browse amazing ... Read More
Costa Rica pairs the relaxed pace of a surfer’s paradise with an ambitious drive to preserve its stunning eco-diversity: dense rainforest foliage, steaming Arenal volcano, turtles of Tortuguero National Park, and Caribbean beaches lining the coast of Manuel Antonio National Park. There are so many ecosystems to explore, in fact, that one IgoUgo member says it’s difficult to settle on a single answer to the question, "How was it?"

So whether you’re a first-timer or a frequent visitor, a business traveler or a budget explorer, IgoUgo has all the travel-planning tools and resources you need to create a memorable vacation. Read traveler reviews of the top hotels, restaurants, and things to do, browse amazing photos; ask for advice in our friendly travel forums; and find cheap flights and hotels. Then, after your trip is over, share your travel reviews, tips, and photos with friends and fellow travelers right here on IgoUgo.    Close

Stories and Tips Costa Rica

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Budget Rent a Car

Written by lashr1999 on 23 Apr, 2006

The only negative experience I had in Costa Rica would have to be at Budget rent a car in San Jose. I should have known things would go wrong when they did not have the automatic 4x4 which I reserved on the Internet. My friend…Read More


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Our Trip

Written by szaboa on 10 Apr, 2005

The first half of our trip was an all-inclusive package. We chose that since we wanted to go to Tortuguero, which is only accessible by boat or plane. It took a couple-hour boat ride to get to our resort - but you get…Read More


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The drive from San Jose to Manuel Antonio

Written by SFPhotocraft on 13 Sep, 2005

There are three main choices from getting from San Jose International Airport and Manuel Antonio. The first is by bus; there are several bus companies that make this run. It's inexpensive but takes a long time. I wasn't up for spending my valuable…Read More


How long to stay? What to do?

Written by JungleKat on 18 Aug, 2002

Monteverde offers so many options today that there is something for everyone, still, it is a lazy town. People used to come here and stay an average of 2 full days, but now, with so many new interesting walks, hikes and radical sports activities,…Read More


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Getting Around Costa Rica (including road conditions!)

Written by Ben the Grate on 02 Apr, 2003

I could write a book on this one. Thanks to years of tourism, it's fairly easy to get to any part of Costa Rica, if you have the right kind of money. The tourist track is well plied by express buses, and no route in…Read More


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Caño Negro Nature Reserve

Written by Tropic on 21 May, 2001

A very different world is found here among the large lagoons and slow flowing rivers. This tropical wetland reserve is a popular stopping point for the many migrating birds from the North and the lagoons offer the ideal habitat for caiman, gar and many other…Read More


Combo Tour La Paz Waterfall Gardens, Poas Volcano

Written by Nanah D on 25 Mar, 2004

This is an excellent tour while staying in San Jose. This is close to San Jose and does not require long periods of driving. We started out early, picked up by van and taken to breakfast in mountains. We then travelled to Doka…Read More


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Tabacon Hot Springs

Written by sirverity on 22 Apr, 2008

Nestled against the base of the ever-active Arenal Volcano is Tabacon Hot Springs, a gorgeous collusion between man and nature where relaxation takes on many forms. While there is a luxury hotel just across the street, you don't need to be a guest to enjoy…Read More


Costa Rica

Written by ripplefan2 on 14 Jun, 2007

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…Read More


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Arenal

Written by journyfly on 30 May, 2007

Upon arriving in Arenal, one can truly see why this city is one to brag about. The major attraction, of course, is the Arenal Volcano, which remains very active to this day. During our stay at the Lavas Tocatal Hotel (http://www.tacotal.com), my husband,…Read More


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