day Costa Rica Adventure
we go in 10 quick days? - Really 8 days
is spent getting to Costa Rica and another day spent
leaving. We were
areas with white dots - numbered 1, 2, & 3, in that
we end up in Costa Rica?
flown anywhere since our Honeymoon in 1993. So
for our 10th
Anniversary we wanted an amazing adventure.
One of my dreams was to
swim with dolphins in their natural habitat.
So a search on
the internet began. A link to Delfin Amor Eco Lodge
in Drake Bay Costa Rica came up. We didn't know much
Rica, but after a few days of net research we were
county offers SO many amazing sights, from rain
forests, palm treed
beaches, rare flora, amazing animals, several active
Anniversary was Sept. 18, but this is Costa Rica's
VERY wet season, we
preferred to go in their dry season. So we planned
our trip to be over
Valentine's Day! Feb. 10 to Feb. 19th 2004. We
created our own
itinerary from the numerous tourism
websites on Costa Rica. By doing this
ourselves we got to see and do things we were
interested in. I
began emailing our first choices of where we wanted
to stay and when. I
was 8 months ahead of myself! So there was
Everyone should feel comfortable
arrangements themselves for the places you are
interested in. I'm not a
resort" kinda girl. Mainly because I want to see as
much of a
country and experience as many new adventures as I
can squeeze in. I
feel a bit restricted just staying in one location.
I know there
are plenty of lay on the beachers, not move for a
week type people out
there and that's fine, I'm just not one of them.
only request was to have others drive us around in
Costa Rica. Which is
very easy to
arrange thru van shuttles like Interbus. We only
needed a vehicle ride
Alajuela to Arenal (Tabacon) and back again to fly
actually arranges this shuttle, which is 3 hours one
way. After reading
people's complaints of CR roads we didn't know what to
stretch of road is great, new paved highway the whole
way. The road is
very twisty, so a slow travel speed is required, but
it was a smooth
journey. Delfin Amor arranges your Sansa flights, Land
Rover drive to
beach where a boat meets you to take you to their Eco
Photos of Costa Rican
Experiences / Advice...
- No need to
exchange money into the Costa Rican currency Colones.
is widely accepted. Make your own
conversion chart and keep it in a calculator.
- As of Feb.
2004 the departure tax is $26 U.S.
(since this was a few years ago, please note it
is probably MORE now!)You pay this at the
you get in your airline line. There's at least 6
people at desks ready
to take your money so its not too long of a
International Airport appears to be relatively
clean and nice with a few food options like pizza.
About 4-5 large gift
with great stuff. We didn't have many opportunities to
during our trip (too busy admiring nature to be in
stores and in Drake
Bay there are NO stores!) So we did most of our
shopping last minute at
the airport! And got great stuff :)
areas seem to be clouded over
frequently, but the areas are
beautiful and worth the tour. A rain poncho will
be handy, we got ours
at our local $1 store.
varies across Costa Rica. Check the
weather sites to get an idea of
what to expect and pack.
- Do use
guides, they know where the animals are
and can find the smallest
things like tiny frogs under leaves. Their
knowledge is great.
Rica gets dark by 6 pm every night, every day,
year round! Really cuts
into sight seeing time, its light by 6 am so early
starts are a must.
required for most things, but is appreciated if
you try, so bring a
- At the
suggestion of our local travel immunization clinic, we
A, Typhoid Fever and a Tetanus shot. We
took 2 doses of
for travelers diarrhea and cholera 2 weeks and
1 week before we
left. We also took Malaria
pills, we started
those a week before we left, took them while we are
away and for 4
weeks after we
returned. 2 pills at once BUT just once a week.. All our
covered from Mark's work so it wasn't a big expense.
We had no side
affects from any of them.
were not a problem during our visit in the areas we
were in. But our
pills were only $11 for 12 pills, so taking them to be
safe might be
- Do try
light! Sansa Air (flights WITH IN Costa Rica)
have a 25 pound luggage limit. To get there, we flew with
Detroit to Houston, Houston to Costa Rica, about
7½ hours with
cameras - They have
been known to just stop working in the more humid
areas such as the Osa Peninsula. Ours is a
Canon and it was
fine, thank goodness! But we did meet people who
had their camera quit.
others have to say from travel websites
such as Fodors
and Trip Advisor message board, you can get
answers to your questions from people who
have recently been. Great for info. on
places to stay, things to see etc. Click
on "next" at the bottom of this page to get
flowers, some Heliconias and others
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