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Re: Belize and Costa Rica #144131
06/01/02 01:32 PM
06/01/02 01:32 PM
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Asheville, NC USA
Lan Sluder/Belize First Offline
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I first went to Costa Rica about 20 years ago. Back then it was incredibly cheap and beautiful, with very few tourists. Now it's still beautiful, especially the mountains around the Central Valley and parts of the Pacific coast, but it's gotten much more expensive and much more touristy. Still an interesting and enjoyable place, though.

--Lan Sluder

Lan Sluder/Belize First
Re: Belize and Costa Rica #144132
06/04/02 10:28 PM
06/04/02 10:28 PM
Joined: Jun 2000
Posts: 33
California, USA
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I'm also from SAC and we chatted and emailed about a year ago about AC, before your first trip. Although Lan is my travel guru, I disagree with his opinion about costs in CR. Having traveled to CR and AC numerous times in the past 3 years, my opinion is that AC is way more expensive than CR. On the Pacific side of CR you can still get an Imperial (local beer) for about $.75. There are multiple places to find lodging for about $15.00/night .. although rustic. CR is definitely advocating tourism, but if you look for lodging off the beaten track and are wiling to rent a vehicle, CR is one of the best vacation values going. Listen to Chloe, head to the NW corner.

Re: Belize and Costa Rica #144133
06/04/02 10:40 PM
06/04/02 10:40 PM
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Monrovia, Ca,, USA
Woz Offline
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Tabacon Hot Springs in Costa Rica are a must!Suggest white water rafting 1st then hitting the hot springs to relax and recover afterwards.

Re: Belize and Costa Rica #144134
06/05/02 09:36 AM
06/05/02 09:36 AM
Joined: Oct 2001
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Northern California
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Hi CalChick - thanks for the information on Costa Rica. I have been reading about it lately and the information you gave sounds like what I have read. I am looking into northwest area and also want to go to Tortuga Island and those hot springs. Does anybody know how/if you can get to Belize City by way of San Jose for a few days? Got to get a short AC fix when I do this trip.

Re: Belize and Costa Rica #144135
06/09/02 06:24 PM
06/09/02 06:24 PM
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texun Offline
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Been to Costa Rica 3 times already this year. Great place. So much to do you keep wanting to come back. Suggest: Tabacon Spings/Arenal Volcano, Tamarindo, Playa Flamingo and most definetly don't miss Manuel Antonio for the beach. The park at Manuel Antonio is fantastic. If you need more info let me know

Re: Belize and Costa Rica #144136
06/09/02 08:54 PM
06/09/02 08:54 PM
Joined: Sep 2000
Posts: 713
Fremont, CA, USA
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If you are considering someplace beachy other than AC, you might want to look at Bocas del Toro, Panama. The islands are gorgeous, you have rainforests (with parrts, toucans, monkeys, sloths, etc.) and beaches in the same place, they have scuba diving, snorkeling AND surfing, and everything is very cheap (except the fancy places in Panama City). If you want huge, remote jungles, its an hour away by air.
check out for lots of links to travel and tourism info...
The negatives: The reefs are beautiful but not as lovely as Belize. The food is good but not fantastic as it is in Belize.

Susan Guberman-Garcia, Attorney at Law. Phone: 510-792-2639
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Re: Belize and Costa Rica #144137
06/10/02 09:45 AM
06/10/02 09:45 AM
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Costa Rica
Lakerboy44 Offline
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Yes Susan we just returned from Bocas and loved it. We stayed for eight days and did some good diving. Where are you buildihg your house there> ?

Re: Belize and Costa Rica #144138
06/10/02 10:25 AM
06/10/02 10:25 AM
Joined: Sep 2000
Posts: 713
Fremont, CA, USA
susangg Offline
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Its on Isla Cristobal, on the northwest side. We have 27 1/2 acres of rainforest land that's elevated about 30 ft above the shore, on a bluff. There's a reef in front abut 150 feet from shore. We just closed on it in March, had it fenced and the pier and dock are going in as soon as Izzy gets down there to supervise the start up (depending on the weather of course). The house building won't start til the end of the year or early January (when the "dry" season starts).

Susan Guberman-Garcia, Attorney at Law. Phone: 510-792-2639
Fax/Voicemail:: 510-405-2016 Email: [email protected]
Re: Belize and Costa Rica #144139
06/20/02 02:00 AM
06/20/02 02:00 AM
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Posts: 2
San Jose, CA USA
ultimate adventurer & me Offline
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Going to Costa Rica & Belize 11/02. First time visitors. We're from California, Costa Rica first, Central Pacific, Quepos area near Manual Antonio. Thinking of extending our stay from 4 nights to 7-10 nights. Want to see & stay volcano area. Then, Belize, No. Ambergris Caye, probably Portofino or Mata Chica, we like quiet. We travel a lot & decided this part of the world needs exploring. Booking most on my own, kinda of scary, frustrated with travel agents who book you with their interests instead of yours. What would be good volcano to see & stay considering flying into San Jose, Quepos?

Glad I found this board, been really helpfull with decisions. All suggestions welcome.


Re: Belize and Costa Rica #144140
06/20/02 07:12 AM
06/20/02 07:12 AM
Joined: Oct 2000
Posts: 146
Philly, PA
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I too am going to CR in Nov. Leaving on Nov 1. Headed to the NW areas first. Will be doing Arnel, Montverde, Gunacaste and SJ. We were tryign to make it all into one big fest and add AC back into it - but we cbna't swing the time off. So this year we have to skip Belize - adn we are sad, yet excited to see CR.


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