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I just returned from spring break with my daughter in Costa Rica. It was just the two of us. We were on a mission to see the animals we've read about for years. Most pressing was the three-toed sloth.
First off, we found the people we met in Costa Rica to be genuinely warm and welcoming. The people were indeed one of the biggest pearls of our trip.
We rented a car and made the 3.5 hour trek over to the Pacific Coast from San Jose. At one point, scarlett macaws flew over our car. Quepos was the last small (and vibrant) town before we made it up the mountain into the Manuel Antonio section. Out hotel was at the bottom of the mountain near the ocean and entrance to the National Park. We paid only 80.00 nightly during high time; we were cared for well by the hotel staff at Hotel Verde Mar http://www.verdemar.com/. This was not a pricey hotel; it was clean and neat. The people went out of their way to make our trip wonderful. We have nothing but positive things to say!
Over the next week, we divided our time bewteen the National Park, other adventures, eating and swimming. We did the ziplines over the canopy, learned how to surf and had an amazing ride on horse through streams and to waterfalls http://www.verdemar.com/pages/activities.html. The water and beach was pristine. The food was amazing http://www.ronnysplace.com Coffe was fantabulous. http://www.cafemilagro.com/restaurant/. We saw numerous indigenous birds; reptile and troops of three variteies of monkey. And yes, we saw many sloths in a variety of unusual places. Cab drivers have GREAT eyes for sloths!
Flights were about 600.00 total , per person. We used Travelocity and found them less expensive when you purchase two one-way tickets. American Airlines had new planes with comfortable seats and NO charge for baggage. Spirit, however, charged 45.00 per bag each way and the seats were quite uncomfortable.
I love Costa Rica and will definitely go back!
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