What is there to do in Costa Rica that gives me the amenities of a tourist, but keeps me away from them?
Tourist amenities without the tourists?
Hmm .. tourist amenities are expensive and therefore only placed where there are tourists. That said the best place I found for me is Playa Santa Theresa. It has tourist amenities such as a nice coffee shop, a few restaurants but is not overly commercialized. There are tourists but most are low-key and there to exclusively surf and chill.
Myself I rented a dirt bike and visited volcanoes and some beach areas. You can usually find stuff along the way. If you have a working knowledge of Spanish great. But a few key words, phrases and some hand waving will do too.
Definitely stay away from Jaco. IMHO its a seedy tourist trap with few redeeming features except it is easily accessible by road from the airport... :/
When you arrive you could be looking for overnight accomodation. This place is one of the nicest .. met a few repeat savvy travelers there. Although I never used them I noticed many people loading up on buses to transfer to their ultimate destination.
If you go to Playa Santa Theresa I recommend the following place:
There is a lot to see .. don't be afraid to move around.
-W. about 5 years agoAnswered by Warren via WorldNomads.com