Provincia de Puntarenas Travel Guide

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Mal País


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See all 149 Jacó Tips
  • The best Bar in Jaco

    Jacó Restaurants

    Where you go with friends jaco beach? in jaco beach there are a variety of places to go, one of these places, the bar and restaurant, Surf Dogs which is a great option to have fun, hang out and try some delicious daiquiris, Jaco restaurants are an excellent choice and Surf Dogs is one of these, the bar is modeled and in the heart of the city, so it...

  • Hotel Villa Caletas

    Jacó Hotels

    Most satisfying stay I have ever had. Breathtaking views and luxurious rooms. If you want your own...

  • Thief in Esterillos Oeste

    Jacó Warnings and Dangers

    There is a known thief in Esterillos Oeste. His name is Marlo. He will distract you by offering to get coconuts from the highest palm tree. While he has your attention showing off his partner will come in the back and steal the first available thing. In our case it was my daughters brand new Ipad.The local police are well aware he is the thief and...



See all 171 Quepos Tips
  • El Avion

    Quepos Restaurants

    We came to El Avion on the advice of my brother-in-law, who had come to Quepos the year before. It was great fun! I love the open-air restaurants, and we were seated under the wing of the airplane. After ordering, we walked into the body of the plane, which is now a bar, and were able to climb up into the cockpit - a GREAT photo op! The food came...

  • Makanda By The Sea Hotel

    Quepos Hotels

    A great getaway in the jungle. Big and luxurious rooms, great ocean views, good pool, excellent...

  • Manuel Antonio National Park

    Quepos Things to Do

    We will be going to Costa Rica in November 2014. We plan to see Manuel Antonio National Park this tip is in preparation for my travel there. It is advisable to rent a 4X4 vehicle if you drive there. The park is open from 7am to 4pm. Closed on Mondays. The park allows 600 people on weekdays, 800 people on weekends to enter daily. Entrance is US$10...



See all 94 Montezuma Tips
  • Excellent Photography Tour

    Montezuma Things to Do

    I've wanted to learn how to take photos for a long time and finally, I found out the best way to do it while on vacation. John Ussenko is a professional photographer offering photography tips and techniques. He helped me understand the basic principles of aperture, shutter, and composition. The best part, we did this all in the rainforest. I have...

  • Ylang Ylang Beach Resort

    Montezuma Hotels

    Montezuma Beach, formerly El Sano Banano Beach Hotel, Montezuma, 00001, Costa Rica

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

    Hotel Class 3 out of 5 stars

  • Cabuya Island Fishing & Snorkeling Tour

    Montezuma Things to Do

    You quickly learn that the main tour pushed all over Montezuma is the Tortuga Island tour. It's a fun tour but it is a pretty standard tour.... lots of lolling around the island time waiting for the boat to leave, snorkeling with 50 people in the water etc. In search of something a little different and more authentic we went on a fishing and...



See all 44 Puntarenas Tips

Mal País

See all 61 Mal País Tips
  • Surfers Beware

    Mal País Shopping

    Do not rent boards here. I was totally taken advantage of when returning 3 surfboards last week. They added on charges at every turn when I brought the boards back.All the boards were fine, yet one had about a 1/2" chip in it. They wanted $50.00 US to repair it. When I questioned why so much, he said it would now be $80.00.They then charged me...

  • Vista De Olas Hotel & Spa

    Mal País Hotels

    Vista de Olas is above in the hills overlooking Mal Pais and has 5 separate villas for rent, each...

  • Nature Air to Mal Pais

    Mal País Transportation

    We took Nature Air from the capitol San Jose to the coastal city of Tambor which has a small airfield, to get to our house in Mal Pais, another 45 minute taxi ride from Tambor. Nature Air has a website where we booked our flight, and even though they changed the times a couple of times, all in all it was an easy, good experience. The planes are...


Puerto Jiménez

  • 4 star in the jungle

    Puerto Jiménez Restaurants

    Surreal to come from a week's trek in the jungle and sit down to a 4 star restaurant complete with linen tablecloths, candlelight and fancy fold napkin. Food is The Best & without any complaints from any hotel guests I have sent there for the last 2 years. A treat not to be missed. Freshly caught seafood....straight from the your fishing trip (or...

  • Bosque del Cabo Rainforest Lodge

    Puerto Jiménez Hotels

    My favorite place in Costa Rica. Wonderful Nature

  • Travel Like A Local

    Puerto Jiménez Transportation

    The cheapest way to get between Puerto Jimenez and Carate is definitely by taking the colectivo. It’s also a great way to feel like a local. The colectivo is basically a pickup truck with a tarp fashioned over the truck bed to act as a roof / sun protection. Two wooden planks are fixed to each side of the truck bed. It’s not the most comfortable...


Corcovado National Park

  • Corcovado National Park trails

    Corcovado National Park Things to Do

    The previous posting mentions trails in Corcovado National Park. There's a good trail description and map for those who would like to plan a trip. This is useful if you want to go on your own without a guide. It's located at chose to do the Sirena Station to Sand Pedrillo route with a...

  • Lapa Rios Ecolodge

    Corcovado National Park Hotels

    We did not stay at Lapa Rios as it was above our budget, but my parents had stayed here last year...

  • Day Hike into Corcovado

    Corcovado National Park Things to Do

    One of your options to explore Corcovado is to hike in from the La Leona Ranger Station. It’s a 3.5 km hike down the beach from the pulperia and / or airstrip in Carate to the Station. If you’re not a Costa Rican National it’s $10 US for a pass into the park, payable directly at the ranger station. The trailhead is clearly marked and once in the...



See all 14 Tárcoles Tips
  • American crocodiles

    Tárcoles Favorites

    Crocodiles haven't changed much since the last 200 miljoen years. They can get 3 to 6 m long and can become 60 to 100 years old.

  • Restauant with a view

    Tárcoles Restaurants

    Not too far from Carara NP in the direction of Jaco, there is a good place to eat. The restaurant has enough parking space in front of the building with supervision, (don't forget to tip the guy about 500 colones), and a nice view of the ocean at the back of the restaurant.They serve local and american-styled dishes for an average price. Take your...

  • Parking your car

    Tárcoles Warnings and Dangers

    Several robberies have occurred in the past. If you are planning to walk the Laguna Meandrica Trail (long trail near the Rio Grande), ask the park rangers at the visitors center about current conditions. Avoid parking at the trail when there is no supervision. Give the boy at the gate of this trail a tip (500 colones or 1 USD) and he will watch...



See all 19 Dominical Tips
  • Car robbed in front of us!! Professional...

    Dominical Warnings and Dangers

    We were parked within eyesight of our car at a soda restaurant. THREE MEN CAME IN AND TWO DISTRACTED US WHILE THE THIRD WENT AND STOLE OUR VALUABLES.The car was locked. It was afternoon daytime. The car was in front of us. DONT LEAVE ANY VALUABLES OUT OF YOUR REACH. The police said they were professional thieves and that this happens all the time.

  • Rancho Pacifico

    Dominical Hotels

    This small little resort was at first what i thought i was looking for. a secluded place to rest and...

  • Nicoya: Speeding Ticket Racket

    Dominical Warnings and Dangers

    We were pulled over in a 80 km zone going 100km while passing another car. The officer showed us a photocopy of the rates for tickets that showed a price of $600 US. Then he added the rental company's fee $200- making it $800 ticket. He proceeded to ask "HOW MUCH CAN YOU PAY NOW? and saw what I had in my wallet, which was $300, and he was going to...


Santa Teresa

See all 11 Santa Teresa Tips
  • Surf Lesson

    Santa Teresa Things to Do

    If you go to Santa Teresa you will have to take a surf lesson, a great experience. I did it with Frederic, Hotel Meli Melo owner, and it was just an incredible experience...After 1hour, I ride my first wave, such a nice feeling...Frederik is so sweet and a professional. I had a very secure and fun experience....

  • Villas Hermosas

    Santa Teresa Hotels

    400 mts sur de la escuela Hermosa Valley, San Martin de Cobano, Santa Teresa, Costa Rica

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

  • The perfect place to eat

    Santa Teresa Restaurants

    During my trip in Santa Teresa we went every night in Meli Melo Restaurant, and it was always perfect : good food, cozy atmosphere, great ambience, reasonable price, friendly owners....everything to spend a wonderful moment !!I had jumbo shrimps while my friend had the mahi mahi and both meals were huge, fresh and the plate was well decorated. The...



See all 4 Tambor Tips
  • feeling Lucky

    Tambor Nightlife

    There is a small casino at the hotel, has the basic table games and slot machines....etcplaying at the slots is a good way to use your change that you accumulate, if you win around 7 pm till late, it's a place to go and have some fun, maybe even pay for a trip.... casual nice dress

  • Barcelo Tambor Beach

    Tambor Hotels

    I would definitely recommend Barcelo Playa Tambor, it's an ALL INCLUSIVE Hotel, I had a great time...

  • beach and sky

    Tambor Favorites

    If you ever do stay at playa tambor take the time to walk along the beach... While it is not a white sand beach it is still quite nice.....It is a very long walk in either direction so plan accordingly, bring a water bottle if you do this during mid day as it does get very hot....This is the beach looking down towards the small town of tambor...if...


Monte Verde

See all 10 Monte Verde Tips
  • Ziplining - the best part of our trip!

    Monte Verde Things to Do

    If you're only going to go ziplining in one place in Costa Rica, make it Monteverde!We went with Extremo Canopy Tours (set up by our hotel, Cabinas El Pueblo), and they even came and picked us up from our hotel. The price was $45 per person and it was definitely worth it!You get a quick demonstration on how to zipline and then off you go. There...

  • Hotel Finca Valverde

    Monte Verde Hotels

    P.O Box 2-5655, Monteverde 02-5655, Costa Rica

  • Taxi stand

    Monte Verde Transportation

    Take a cab, or walk.The cabs are hilarious, sorta like tame 4-wheeling.To get one from town, they all line up across the street from the La Esperanza Market, in Santa all four, haha. Theyre very reasonable, we thought.To get into town, just ask the desk at youre lodging and they show up promptly...and they're quite polite (so says my...


Isla del Caño

  • Aborted Hike

    Isla del Caño Things to Do

    In the area of Drakes Bay there are several large stone balls. No one seems to know why they are there.When we went on the excursion from Drake's Bay to Cano Island (now $75 per person but when we went in 1996 it was one of the two free included trips), in the morning, we were to hike up to the plateau to see the unexplained stone balls. I couldn't...

  • Snorkeling

    Isla del Caño Things to Do

    This was the first snorkeling I had done in quite a while, so I was entranced. Since then I have decided it wasn't all that terrific. I saw some angel fish and sergeant majors, and quite a few rocks - very little coralThe Drakes' Bay expeditions to the Cano Island ($75 per person) sayCano Island is located 12 nautical miles from Drake Bay.The...

  • Twelve Miles by Boat

    Isla del Caño Transportation

    You get to the island by boat. Wear shoes that you don't mind if they get wet as the SOP for landing seemed to be to roar up to the beach, turn the boat around so that the stern was toward the island, pull the outboard up out of the water and someone jumps out of the boat and pulls it toward the beach. Then all the passengers also jump out into the...


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