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Old 05-13-2004, 12:17 PM   #1
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Default Vacationing in Costa Rica and Panama

I am planning to go with the girlfriend to Costa Rica and Panama in August. I have never been in that part of the world, so I am looking for suggestions on what to do, where to go, how to get there (to the local places). I am planning on spending 5 days in each country, and as far as the budget is concern, it will be somewhat tight. One more question how do you suggest that I get form San Jose to Panama City? I am trying to book a flight, but the cost is $250 per person. Any other modes of transport?

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Old 05-13-2004, 03:57 PM   #2
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don't do the rainforest cable car thing. Interesting, but not worth the $$$.
Just have fun and take in the culture.
There are a few volcanos in costa that are pretty cool to hike up.
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Old 05-13-2004, 04:11 PM   #3
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Get to know this little guy. And, I'm not joking. The Fer de Lance snake. One of the most deadly and aggressive snakes in the world. And they exist in ABUNDANCE in Costa Rice. So much so, every citizen, it's said, received anti-venom.

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Old 05-13-2004, 04:19 PM   #4
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Get to know this little guy. And, I'm not joking. The Fer de Lance snake. One of the most deadly and aggressive snakes in the world. And they exist in ABUNDANCE in Costa Rice. So much so, every citizen, it's said, received anti-venom.


watch it is raining fur elise snakes again.
I didn't see any while I was there
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Old 05-13-2004, 04:21 PM   #5
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watch it is raining fur elise snakes again.
I didn't see any while I was there
you weren't looking hard enough =)
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Old 05-13-2004, 04:24 PM   #6
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watch it is raining fur elise snakes again.
I didn't see any while I was there
My cousin saw four when she was there. They did the backpacking thing, though. That made such an impression on me (because of my hate for snakes!) that whenever I think of Costa Rica, that's all I can think of.
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Old 05-13-2004, 04:25 PM   #7
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I was in some very "tropical" off the beaten path kinda areas, didn't see any.
Snakes are misunderstood, like sharks
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This is what I would be doing in Costa Rica if I were there.




If I had time or needed a rest day or change of pace I would look into tours of rainforests etc, probably try to rent a mountain bike one day too. Costa Rica has the highest percentage of natural parks for its size in the world!
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Old 05-13-2004, 04:27 PM   #9
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This is what I would be doing in Costa Rica if I were there.



I'm hoping to go back in july.
I miss real waves
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Just have fun and take in the culture.
There are a few volcanos in costa that are pretty cool to hike up.
Volcano Arenal was erupting when I was there a few years ago. It erupts almost continuosly. We camped out in a park at the base of the Volcano and just watched it erupt for two nights. Its located in the town of Fortuna. Great experience. Some good hikes there too.

Montezuma is a cool little town on the tip of the Necoya penninsula thats not too touristy if you want to get away from that.

There are surfing beaches up and down the whole west coast.
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I miss real waves
I miss waves period
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Imprezive, are you saying that I should get an anti-serum? How about Panama - any suggestions.

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Old 05-13-2004, 07:09 PM   #14
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My only suggestion is that you leave the girlfriend home
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Old 05-14-2004, 06:12 AM   #17
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Imprezive, are you saying that I should get an anti-serum? How about Panama - any suggestions.

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I wouldn't get an anti-serum
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I would be very "street smart" while I was there. Not a lot of violent crime, but TONs of petty theft. KEEP your eyes open.
Not trying to scare you, I love it there, just letting you know what is up.
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Watch out flashing cash on the street. My grandfather vacationed there every year for about 30 years until he was murdered in his hotel room in Costa Rica for around $100 that he had in his wallet.
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my bro got $1000 worth of stuff stolen out of his rental car.
But he left the doors unlocked
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