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Do we jus tstay in SanHose or is there a beach as well that is good for value?

by Lostboys

Hello:

My partner and I are looking to visit Costa Rica and have heard that it is gay positive.

Not sure how to arrange a good flight at a decent price or how to sort out a good hotel in the Costa Rica? I have heard of Colors? Is it good value. I like a nice hotel bu t do not want to waste all the money on a hotel either.

My partner is older so prefer not to have 8000 steps unless there is an elevator as well.

Not sure if how to find a good place in the core, or how difficult, it would be to then spend a couple of days at the ocean?

Are there gay positive places in Costa Rica?

We are also looking at Mexico or Ft Lauderdale.

Really would like your help please, as have never boooked a trip before on our own like this.

A little lost here :)

RE: Do we jus tstay in SanHose or is there a beach as well that is good for value?

by sean420

Manuel Antonio is pretty gay friendly. Also checkout www.bananaazul.com for another gay friendly B&B in Puerto Viejo

RE: Do we jus tstay in SanHose or is there a beach as well that is good for value?

by surfsister

According to Lonely Planet, you should check www.gaycostarica.com as well as www.cipacdh.org. Also, Tiquicia Travel (www.tiquiciatravel.com) can make travel plans at gay friendly hotels in CR.

RE: Do we jus tstay in SanHose or is there a beach as well that is good for value?

by travejunkies

Costa Rica is definately an open minded culture, but it still has a long way to go. I would recommend heading to Manuel Antonio, on the Pacific coast. It´s definately the most gay friendly part of the country, and even has gay only hotels. If you stay in San Jose, you will be wasting your trip, the city is ok, nothing spectacular. Have a look at Villa Roca in Manuel Antonio.

RE: RE: Do we jus tstay in SanHose or is there a beach as well that is good for value?

by kambrose

San Jose is not a destination as much as a starting point. If you head down to Manuel Antonio don't forget to stop at the Tarcoles Bridge and check out the Crocs.....sometimes you can catch the tour boats feeding them - INSANE! As for the gay aspect..Ticans are very laid back and open minded. I think you will have an excellent time there! Have fun!!

Travel Tips for San José

tamales and eggnog

by ericdharma

It is a tradition around Christmas time that mothers around Costa Rica make tamales for their families. I was fortunate to be staying with a family last year and I got to try them out firsthand. Tamales are made of a corn type dough which is mashed together with pork or chicken and spices. They are bound with banana leaves to form a mold and then this mold is slowly boiled. When the tamale is done you unwrap it and you use the banana leaf as a disposable plate or placemat. They are really good and it is common for families to give them to each other as gifts because each family has their own recipe and so the tamales always have a different flavor depending on who makes them. If you don't have a local connection they do sell tamales in stores during the holiday season so that you can try them out and see what they are all about.

Braulio Carrillo National Park

by Stephen-KarenConn

It proportion to it's territory, Costa Rica has more of its land in National Parks than any other country in the world. On our trip to San Jose from Puerto Limon we passed through the Braulio Carrillo National Park which is only 20 killometers northeast of the Costa Rican Capitol.

Although the limited time of our tour did not allow us to stop and explore the park, it was still very interesting to at least get a passing glimpse of the lush green volcanic mountains, laced with rivers and streams. The fact that our tour guide was a retired National Park Ranger was a bonus because he shared many stories as only someone intimately involved with the park service could do.

One of our best views of the Braulio Carrillo National Park was that of the Rio Sucio, literally translated as "Dirty River." However, we were informed that the water is actually very clean. The yellow color is caused by sulfur from the volcanos within the park and not from mud or pollution.

Building of CAJA

by penumbra

The eye is drawn to one of the few sky scrapers in the downtown area, but in this case not necessarily for its beauty. This is the headquarters for Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social, also known as CAJA or CCSS. These are the people who look after the hospitals and clinics in Costa Rica. It is also the home of the Costa Rica Tourist Ministry (ICT). Beside the buildings is the Plaza de Guarantees Sociales. Covering the entire block, the square is mostly paved with some lawn and trees.

Address: Avenida 4 – Calles 5 y 7

To Cartago from San José

by Pieter11

Cartago is located just east from the capital of Costa Rica, San José and it is a very nice destination for a daytrip from here. It takes only a short busride to get there: in less then 30 minutes (depending on the traffic in the capital) you can be in Cartago already. And busses depart every day, every hour, all day long.

The busses to Cartago depart at the corner of Calle Central and Avenida 3 and cost you only 50 cents. Tickets can be bought in the bus itself, so you don't have to look for any ticket office.

When you want to go back to San José, take the bus in Cartago just north from the Parque Central.

San José Tip

by gmcnee

Gallo Pinto is the most well-known Costa Rican dish. It's black beans and rice with eggs and onion. Like the vast majority of Costa Rican food, it's not spicy, but if you like spice (like me) I highly reccommend you spice it up with Salsa Inglesa (Not a brand, but a type of sauce; just ask for it)

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