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Costa Rica Coast-to-Coast

COVID-19 continues to disrupt travel plans and cause stress so we decided to return to a country we’ve been to before — and enjoyed — that is open to travelers. We hope we will be able to go as planned, and that it will be somewhat familiar and therefore less stressful!

Days 1-6: Cahuita

Planned Activities

  • Hiking in the national park
  • Visiting local wildlife places
  • Checking out nearby beaches

Actual Activities

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The Plan: We haven’t been to the Caribbean coast of Costa Rica yet. Cahuita sounds like a good base for us for exploring the southern part of the coast.

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Fly from home

Shuttle from San Jose

Stay at Adventure Inn

THE place to stay near the airport. Our third (and fourth) time here.

Stay at

Playa Negra Guesthouse

Get around by walking

Days 7-8: Arenal

Planned Activities

  • Visiting hot springs

Actual Activities

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The Plan: This will be our third trip to Costa Rica and we haven’t been to Arenal yet because it sounded too touristy for us. However, it breaks up the long trip to Monteverde and we’d like to try out the hot springs.

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Shuttle from Cahuita

Stay at

Hotel Bijagua

Get around by walking

Days 9-11: Monteverde

Planned Activities

  • Cloud forest reserve tour
  • Cloud forest hiking
  • Ziplining and hanging bridges?

Actual Activities

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The Plan: This will be our second time visiting Monteverde. We’d like to revisit the cloud forest we enjoyed so much and might just go ziplining again or if not, at least the hanging bridges we enjoyed.

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Shuttle from Arenal

We plan to take the shuttle-boat-shuttle across Lake Arenal.

Stay at Arco Iris Lodge

Get around by walking

Days 12-15: Playa Grande

Planned Activities

  • Hanging out at the beach
  • Turtle nesting tour?

Actual Activities

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The Plan: We’re still looking for that perfect beach location in this hemisphere. We plan to use the rental car to explore a bit of the Nicoya peninsula while we’re here.

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Shuttle from Monteverde

Stay at Hotel Catarana

Get around by rental car

Days 16-19: Montezuma

Planned Activities

  • Hanging out at the beach

Actual Activities

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The Plan: This will be our second time visiting Montezuma. Last time we stayed in the hills outside of town. This time we’ll be in town which will be more convenient for getting to the beach and any other activities.

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Shuttle from Playa Grande

Stay at Hotel El Jardin

Get around by walking

Days 20-27: Samara

Planned Activities

  • Hanging out at the beach

Actual Activities

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The Plan: Check out another beach location to see if it’s THE place for us. I looked at Sámara for our previous two visits to Costa Rica. Now it’s time to see how we like it.

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Shuttle from Montezuma

Stay at Entre Dos Aguas

Get around by walking