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Costa Rica: Rainforest and Beaches

This was our second trip to Costa Rica. On our first trip, we were unable to do a planned day trip to Corcovado National Park, so we came back to try again. This time we made it! While we were here we took the opportunity to spend some time at a couple of laid-back beach towns, Montezuma and Brasilito. Both towns are located on the drier Nicoya peninsula in northern Costa Rica. Montezuma is more the prototypical beach town. Brasilito feels more like a typical Tico village that happens to have a great little hotel and a beautiful beach nearby.

Food and Beverage $41 per day*

Average per person per day. Breakfast was included everywhere we stayed.

Lodging $60-$119 per night*

Finca Maresia in Drake Bay was our lowest price lodging. We were graciously charged the rate we paid the first time we stayed there. (The newer rate of $70 would still have been the lowest.) Adventure Inn in San Jose was the highest.

Transportation $421 per person*

We took shuttles from San Jose to Drake Bay, Montezuma to Brasilito, and Brasilito to San Jose. We flew from Drake Bay to Tambor. We also had taxis in Drake Bay and Tambor to Montezuma.

Entertainment $140 per person*

For our day trip to Corcovado National Park and for horseback riding.

* Costs in US dollars at time of trip

Days 1-5: Drake Bay

Planned Activities

  • Corcovado National Park
  • Horseback riding

Actual Activities

  • Corcovado National Park
  • Horseback riding
  • Hike along the shore

The Plan: We’re coming back to do the day trip to Corcovado National Park. This time we’re not waiting until the last day! And we planned our trip around the full moon since high tide was another factor in us not being able to go last time. We also added another day just in case, and because we know we like the area.

The Reality: We made it! We were able to get to Corcovado as planned. It was worth coming back for. We also tried horseback riding for the first (and probably last) time. 

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Fly from home

Shuttle and boat

We took a shuttle to Sierpe and a boat from there to Drake Bay.

Stay at Adventure Inn, Alajuela

THE place to stay near the airport. Our second time here.

Stay at Finca Maresia, Drake Bay

Simply one of our favorite places ever. Our second time here.

Get around by walking

Days 6-10: Montezuma

Planned Activities

  • Waterfalls
  • Beaches

Actual Activities

  • Montezuma Falls
  • Montezuma Gardens
  • Beaches

The Plan: We don’t have a real agenda. We just want to spend some time at the beach and this sounds like a nice, laid-back beach town. With some nearby wildlife sanctuaries and such if we get bored. 

The Reality: We didn’t get bored. We hiked in to see Montezuma Falls one day, checked out the butterfly sanctuary where we were staying and spent the rest of the time at the local beach. We didn’t feel the urge to do any daytrips. 

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Fly from Drake Bay

We flew from Drake Bay to San Jose to Tambor, then got a taxi to our hotel.

Stay at Montezuma Gardens

I can't tell if the B&B is still open but we loved it.

Get around by walking

Up and down a steep hill!

Days 11-15: Brasilito

Planned Activities

  • Hanging out at the beach or the pool

Actual Activities

  • Hanging out at the beach or the pool

The Plan: The big draws are Playa Conchal, which is supposed to be a really nice beach, and Conchal Hotel, a small hotel I’ve heard great things about.

The Reality: Playa Conchal is a beautiful beach and offers shade under the trees. Conchal Hotel was everything we were looking for. And Brasilito exceeded our expectations. 

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Shuttle from Montezuma

We booked a shuttle with Tropical Tours from Montezuma. We left via Interbus shuttle to San Jose for our flight home.

Stay at Conchal Hotel

A lovely little hotel with a serene courtyard pool and a great restaurant.

Get around by walking

Resources

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We used Costa Rica: The Complete Guide (Kindle version) as our primary resource. It had a wealth of information about activities, culture, and dining, and a separate web reference for lodgings. Highly recommended.