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yawnkpon I liked Manuel Antonio. There's even a Selina with coworking there and I saw sloths and monkeys when I went to the national park. The beach was beautiful too. I can't compare it to Puerto Viejo because I didn't go there, next time I'll definitely go.
For someone who is not interested in nature (like forest, animals, beaches, mountains, trees, etc..), what is there to do in Costa Rica?
thanks for the advice, Manuel Antonio looks really nice. did you stay in Quepos then?
I've heard great things about Manuel Antonio. I really enjoy the Pacific coast side...spent a month in Tamarindo which is more tourist-y but there are a few coworks and places with good internet in comparison to other spots around the country. I was hesitant to go to a less touristy beach town due to internet concerns but I've heard Play Negra is nice with great surfing. I'm checking out Santa Teresa in March and then planning to head back to Tamarindo for a few weeks. The beaches north of Tamarindo are supposedly nice as well, and you should be able to make a pretty easy trip up to Nicaragua from there.
wow, this is just sort of everywhere, isnโ€™t it
jgpxeg kick the stupid bot, itโ€™s not catching the cross posting to here/bargain travel/housing because the promotion for thejetters.com|thejetters.com doesnโ€™t include a link, just an image.
Wait is togagpuczarw a bot? :)
Lol sorry i thought it was an ad :) where did u book?
how is this a promotion for jetters if i didnt mention it?
Cool!! Well good luck :)
thank you!
xcjywbrc In the Selina so kind of between Quepos and the park. I think it's like 1.4kms from the national park.
I'll have a look into it! Thanks ๐Ÿป
qnhfsiyfmw just arrived in San Josรฉ, #costa-rica
hey everyone! iโ€™m gonna spend a month in Costa Rica around March-April and I was wondering whatโ€™s the wifi situation outside of San Jose?
Hey ekadsd wifi speeds can be pretty good in larger towns and big tourist destinations, but check before you book accommodation because not everyone is connected or pays for the fastest packages, and it's common to share connections between properties.
Right now I'm getting a consistent 50 down/5 up at my cabin by the beach. It was closer to 100 down before the high season started.
In more remote areas or properties that haven't run network cable yet, 4g mifi routers are popular. If you're in a 4g area these should easily manage 10-15mb+ speeds, but they'll struggle on only 3g, and at peak times the network does get congested.
Reliability varies. It tends to be worse on the Caribbean side, but you get occasional network and/or power outages everywhere. It's rare for the power and phone network to go out at the same time, so you can usually stay connected by temporarily switching to tethered data from your phone.
oh wow that was super helpful thanks U27FKS89J! Iโ€™m going to San Jose and then La Fortuna (i asked the host and said that the internet connection was good โ€” some comments corroborated it as well) but after that weโ€™ll head down to the beach (Tamarindo) and I was worried about internet connection outside of major cities
can someone recommend a good area / neighbourhood to stay in San Jose? I'll stay in the city for about a week before heading to the coast.
I was just in Alajuela, La Fortuna, and Tamarindo. I was averaging around 10Mbps down. Iโ€™m a web developer and had no issues getting my work done. I would only be concerned if you need faster speeds. But yeah, get a Kolbi SIM for backup. I bought 4 gigs for $10USD
thank you! thatโ€™s great to hear. 90% of my work happens on gdocs/gmail/slack and 10% on google hangouts, so i guess 10mbps should be fine?
Any residential outside the very center is nice, but you'll need to uber/car around.
Got AirBNB in Residencial Los Arcos which was nice but far (good for leaving though because it's close to the airport)
Thanks U03PUE9UE!
I like barrio California
By parque nacional
Hola a todos! Iโ€™m coming to Costa Rica in May for a month and back again for several months towards the end of the year. Is anyone going to be around?
I might, not 100% sure yet.
I am planning to go soonish nothing definitive. Was thinking Tamarindo, checking out some areas of SJ and San Isidro del General, but not crazy about anything yet.
Whatever reason San Jose airport had a long line for immigration that took 3 hours
Arriving to San Jose next Sunday โ€” does Uber work in CR? And is it possible to get a sim card at the airport? Thanks!
prucjq uber works great in the central valley, but pickup at SJO can sometimes be difficult. There's a kiosk for Claro sim cards at the airport in the baggage claim area
sweet thanks!
xjhfdlolpb what would you recommend instead of Uber?
I hate having to deal with airport taxi drivers
Uber have problems stopping at the airport in SJO because traffic police. Uber is still illegal in CR
They are all good just a bit invasive at first :)
haha yeah thatโ€™s the part I hate
If u staying long better get know a driver and call him directly. People are super nice and helpful , uber drivers even more!
If u take uber is easier get it on the left side of the parking - eg out of the arrivals go down to the left. Usually right down after the taxis is a good spot just get in the uber like heโ€™s your friend. If thereโ€™s traffic police they wonโ€™t stop :(
Being a friend means u sit at the side of the driver :sweat_smile:. Ah man i love costa rica canโ€™t wait to be back
It's actually super cheap and easy to take a bus to center from the SJO airport. Especially if you don't have bazzlion bags.
You can even combine. Take a bus until whatever makes sense for your location and then take Uber for the rest. Communicating with Uber drivers in the airport, especially if your spanish is bad, can be annoying. Taxis are a scam.
Top things to do in La Fortuna?
Obviously the waterfall and hot springs but curious about your guys experience here
If you have transport, the Rio Celeste/Volcรกn Tenorio national park is a couple of hours drive away and well worth a visit.
Last time I was in La Fortuna I did a canoe trip down the Peรฑas Blancas and San Carlos rivers, which was a fun way to see a ton of wildlife (crocodiles, sloths, bats etc).
Sweet thanks for that, Iโ€™m gonna look into it!
gqzkdr just arrived in San Josรฉ, #costa-rica
is Uber available only in San Josรฉ?
going to la fortuna tomorrow and wondering what my transportation options are
once I get there
La Fortuna Uber works great
Quepos not so much
yeah itโ€™s actually suprising how well it works, thanks UK2RFTHHV!
No problem!
I'm thinking of headed to Costa Rica as a place to settle down
Can you run a speed test in Bahia Drake for me. I'd really love to live there
Any major quarantine restrictions happening?
Hey Iโ€™m not actually there anymore I left this morning. Gorgeous there really enjoyed my time. I ran a speed test at my AirBnB and it was only 2MB up 1 down or something like that
ofijwtfc There are no entry restrictions yet, but the official advice is to avoid all unnecessary travel. You do have to declare if you've been in China in the last 14 days, but that's all.
Bars and nightclubs are supposed to be closed completely. Cinemas and restaurants are operating at 50% capacity to minimise contact.
So far there are 35 confirmed cases, including three in intensive care, but no deaths.
It would be responsible to self-quarantine for a week or two on arrival if you do decide to come
I'm also interested, but not sure where in Costa Rica to go with only a few hours of planning. Are there any reccomended low-population areas that still have the ability to easily buy groceries, not need a car, etc? And good internet, of course.
thanks U27FKS89J. I have some family friends there and it's much closer to the USA.

2 weeks is no issue for me
Yeah that's what I thought. I went there once before and its very rural
I'm in Santa Teresa right now - my girlfriend and I are torn on if we should pay up to get out of here ASAP before Canada/US locks us out, extend until everything cools off, or hop back on our normal flights a week from today.
Everything here is very chill. No shortage of food / supplies, plenty of ATVs available to rent, a lot of desperate hotels / airbnbs
We're a little concerned that it may be too cut off though. If shit hits the fan, not sure it's ideal to be here.
ccjvejnthj Iโ€™m in the exact same position as you are. In my case, going back home (Spain) would mean getting into a state of lockdown but I feel like the entire world is going into that state anyway
CR might have better people to hospitals ratio, but I could be wrong.
Heads ๐Ÿ†™ Panama's border lockdown goes into effect at midnight tonight, banning all entry of non-residents.
I think there'll be a lot of pressure for CR to follow suit.
damn :point_up:. i just recently took a break from nomading this year and iโ€™m kind of glad i did right now.. the US has its fair share of problems but idk what i would do if i didnโ€™t have a home right now. probably hole up on a beach somewhere!
man oh man, good luck everyone.
We decided to wait for a little bit of news before trying to desperately move our flights up.
But it could be a mistake - only time will tell.
I feel travel is more risky than staying at home where ever that home is now.
I'm EU citizen and Panama resident, but i'm staying put in MX.
stay safe! i have spent many months living in Santa Teresa, so i know what you may be going through. itโ€™s a good thing that itโ€™s remote (it may be safe from corona for a while), but that is also a con, in case you need emergency medical help. STA has a clinic by Playa Carmen, but the one with the most supplies is in Cรณbano. if Cรณbano canโ€™t help you, theyโ€™ll send you to San Jose. i hope everything works out for you. STA is not a bad place to be at the end of the world ๐Ÿ™ƒ
We just booked. We're leaving.
More of a personal choice for my girlfriend and I to be with family now. If I was single, I'd probably have stayed and taken my chances in paradise.
State of emergency officially declared.

Land, air and sea borders will close completely to non-residents at midnight on Wednesday, lasting until at least April 12th. Only citizens and legal residents will be allowed to enter during this time, subject to a 14 day quarantine on arrival.
if you dont mind me asking, when are you leaving and are you connecting via US?
zlxzwx just arrived in Tamarindo, #costa-rica
I'm leaving today at 1pm out of Liberia and connecting in Atlanta.
In case anyone is worried about their 90 days running out in the midst of all this
Migraciรณn announced that anyone in the country on a tourist entry stamp that's valid today is entitled to continue to stay until May 17th.
okay weโ€™ve also booked a ticket back to Spain
earliest direct flight possible, on monday
safe travels!
tjrlqb we made something similar here in peru but they closed the airport few days before the flight. i donโ€™t think is a good moment to go back home, at least until in spain that curve is going down againโ€ฆ
well, we made it out. those were some very stressful 48h but we managed to get home. now weโ€™re in self quarantine for 14 days. spain might not be the best place to be right now but at least im home and not trapped in a foreign country
qdyxst cool thanks for the update pls stay safe cuidate
gracias! yeah i thought iโ€™d share
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