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Hey guys, Iโ€™m planning a trip to Costa Rica over new years. Any tips or ideas on where to celebrate NYE?
Iโ€™m planning a trip as well with 2 more friends. Will probably be around Nosara but happy to move for the right party ๐Ÿ˜‰
๐Ÿ›ฌ qtasfj just arrived in ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ท San Josรฉ, #costa-rica
Howโ€™s it looking there? Gonna be there soon w my bro ๐Ÿค 
Looking to do some hiking and enjoy some of the national parks & preserves in CR. Has anyone been to Monteverde Cloud Forest Preserve? Thinking of spending some time there. Manuel Antonio has a nice looking beach, so thatโ€™s a good option too.
Normal life. Everything open. :)
Entry easy if you are vaccinated
I only did a weekend trip to monteverde, but the park is breathtaking! Like another world! You can stay at the selina there it's right by the park entrance and it has this mountain lodge vibe. Loads of other activities to do in that town too I just didn't bother ๐Ÿ˜‰
Good to know. I was thinking of staying in their lodge, but wouldn't mind Selina either.
I'm so excited to be coming back to CR in December!
It's hard to pick the perfect spot. I think I'll be in Santa Teresa just based on the nomad/cowork vibes I'm getting from that places and I think it will be easier to connect with the community a little before Christmas and New Years. Nosara and Samara would be my second pick...Haven't comited 100% yet tho ๐Ÿ˜ฌ
Oh, you're in playa right now, me too, wanna meet up and brainstorm? ๐Ÿ˜„
I recommend finding other local hostels/hotels to stay in in Monteverde. There are some beautiful places (and I'm personally not a fan of Selina so a little biased here)
True...supporting local businesses vs chains should be preferable. If there are specific places you've stayed and recommend, please share
the place i stayed doesnโ€™t exist anymore (this was 6+ years ago) but iโ€™m sure you can find something nice either on| or airbnb!
๐Ÿ›ฌ rgzfkgdgpxgpr just arrived in ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ท Santa Teresa, #costa-rica
Wohooo! Cheers from Dubai ๐Ÿ˜‰
Hey guys,
Iโ€™m coming to Costa Rica in December, trying to do a liveaboard diving_mask program for coco island any recommendations?

Also looking for an amazing coliving space if you experienced any really good place that you want to share my ears are wide open ๐Ÿ™
I checked it some time ago, and they were offering good discounts if they had spots left and you booked last minute. But I didn't do it, I don't know much other than what's said on the Internet
I sent them an email, will see how it goes
I am looking for the same type of coliving space and potentially the opportunity to work with people in the Dominical area vzxofuxfyoah where about will you be?
I donโ€™t know yet, havenโ€™t find any good and reasonable place yet ๐Ÿ˜…
Does anyone have experience with the Costa Rica residency process?
If I recall you need to live at least 5 years in the Country, have insurance by la caja
What about the new digital nomad visa?
The digital nomad visa law has been passed but there has yet to be implementation of it. I'd bet it's Feb next year when there are gonna be some deets about it.
If you've got $60k you can get the rentista temporary residency, afaik it's quite straightforward. You don't need to spend the 60k, just move it from a CR bank account to another asif you were paying yourself a salary.
Yeah, people told me about that. They also warned me that taking your money out of some tico bank is a pain in the ass
Some guy here told me it took him 8 months to get it out of BAC
Maybe itโ€™s just this bank though?
Hey guys! What do you think the best domestic airline is to move around from one side to another?
Came across these Skyway, Sansa, Aerobell & Air Caribe
Sansa is probably the biggest and will get you to the most destinations. But Costa Rica Green is my favorite.
Iโ€™ve done the rentista visa; thatโ€™s not how it works. You lock $60k. You get back $2.5k a month during 24 months. At the end you get all of it back.
The process takes about 6 months to complete. Depositing + getting a certified letter from the bank can take up to 1mo and the approval of the forms can take anywhere from 1mo to 3.
Afterrwards you need to pay $1k, then go to โ€œla cajaโ€ to register and get your social security. About a month later you get your DiMEX (your local ID)
With regards to the funds at the bank, I did it with Promerica and they just give you a debit card in USD and another in CRC. The $2.5k become available on the USD card and you can just spend from that card or withdraw from any normal ATM.
Hey everyone, Iโ€™m planning to come to Costa Rica in Feb for the first time. Can anyone tell me if Santa Teresa is worth paying premium? Airbnbs there are at least twice as expensive as in any other area
Iโ€™m in Santa Teresa and enjoying it, itโ€™s basically a millennial surf town, getting a bit too touristy though for my taste so next time will probably look elsewhere. If you are here for the surf there are probably more interesting places, itโ€™s a good and very consistent and safe beach break (although can get a bit crowded), but still a beach break. That said this is my first time in Costa Rica.
Got it, thanks, Chris! Did you just book an Airbnb? Any recommendations?
I'm at Griss Lodge. Was recommended by a friend, super nice and friendly Italian owners, but they seem to get booked super fast as well. My backup plan was just checking Airbnb and Booking. As for area I personally like the spot near Santa Teresa beach best, Santa Teresa town is basically just along a long road.
Thank you!
๐Ÿ›ฌ efeadatnwncjgn just arrived in ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ท Santa Teresa, #costa-rica
hey! ๐Ÿ‘‹ Iโ€™ll be traveling to CR for Christmas and NYE, so excited, Iโ€™m trying to find a car to move around but prices are just crazy, any recommendations?
Prices are crazy for the holiday season. That's why I decided to go somewhere else and come back during calmer off season
We had the same issue trying to get a car over the holiday. Expect to spend 3x the going rate, no way around it unfortunately.
๐Ÿคฆ how about public transportation? do you know if it is a good option?
Depends on your timeline and where you're going
I'm planning to move quite a bitโ€ฆ maybe I'll just have to pay for it
Would La Fortuna be a good spot to spend New Yearโ€™s Eve? Or would Manuel Antonio or Tamarindo be better as far holiday-related festivities?
๐Ÿ›ฌ nbqkmfucujnv just arrived in ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ท San Josรฉ, #costa-rica
Heading to Nosara for a week if anyone is nearby
what's the best way to find long-term accomodation in CR? is it airbnb? booking? are there facebook groups like bali?
looking for mid-range, 1 bedroom, private bathroom, nearby surf spots, and cafes/coworking, not interested in night life
do people do the "i'm going to book a place for a couple nights on airbnb and then negotiate a better rate with the owner in person to stay longer" kind of thing?
how do people get around costa rica? are scooter rentals a thing? just car rentals? local buses or taxis only?
looking at Samara/Santa Teresa/Nosara
In Santa Teresa, you want a quad. Scooters aren't powerful enough or safe enough for a lot of the rocky and hilly roads. Dirt bikes are better if you want 2 wheels. There's only one main road and parking is sometimes rough so a car introduces more challenges than it solves.
I would try the Facebook marketplace. widely used in costa Rica
In Nosara it seems to be a mix of cars, quads and local tuktuks. Considering the dirt road and constant dust I'd say a 4x4 is your best bet here.
Anyone have any recommendations for 4x4 rentals in Nosara? Contacts? WhatsApp? Prices?
You can contact the host pre-booking
I always do this, got a 15% discount on my Airbnb in Puerto Viejo de Tamalanca
UCAT8C2G4br />Facebook Marketplace isn't showing any results for Nosara or Santa Teresa, did you mean a facebook group? or am i missing something?
I tried here and got the same. I knew it was challenging to find a place in those places, but not that much. Facebook groups could work, also encuentra24
Any ATV rental company recommendations? don't need anything crazy, mostly just getting around day to day in Nosara, with a surf rack, looking for cheap and friendly local to support
Heading to Manuel Antonio for NYE!
๐Ÿ›ฌ kiaqxqtm just arrived in Jacรณ Beach, #costa-rica
for what it's worth, wifi so far in santa teresa is faster than my apartment in berlin, which is blowing my mind. but only in some parts of town apparently.
๐Ÿ›ฌ prcrgxmx just arrived in Manuel Antonio, #costa-rica
Is anyone here attending|BPM Festival> (12-18 Jan) in Tamarindo?
Anyone in CR now?
Yes ๐Ÿ™‹โ€โ™‚๏ธ
Are you in San Jose?
My husband and I will be travelling to Costa Rica on January 21st, and hoping to find what the best way to travel from San Jose to Playa Chiquita is. Does anyone know if flights/ bus rides can be booked on arrival in San Jose, or if it should be done in advance? ๐Ÿ™‚
I'd rent a car. The domestic flight network is not very good ๐Ÿ˜… . The bus rides to Puerto Viejo go out from 'Terminal de Autobuses Atlรกntico'
The bus tickets can't be bought online, only at the bus terminal
๐Ÿ›ฌ flgmmoghqxo just arrived in ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ท Tamarindo, #costa-rica
My wife and I will be heading to Santa Teresa on the 29th for at least a month, plan on heading that way at all?
Thanks guys!
What do you guys think is the best way to get a phone plan out there? Don't want to be paying Canadian fees lol
pick up a temporary sim card from a corner store
๐Ÿ›ฌ fiiqazev just arrived in Barrio La Amistad, #costa-rica
Coming out to CR in Feb for a few documentary projects. Weโ€™re looking for folks with an interest in film (actors, writers, filmmakers) to bring on board for a few narrative projects. Shoot me a DM if youโ€™re around and interested!
๐Ÿ›ฌ xcihvspaqy just arrived in ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ท Tamarindo, #costa-rica
๐Ÿ›ฌ rhgbyq just arrived in Dominical, #costa-rica
Anyone use their wise visa debit card in Costa Rica? Does it work in ATMโ€™s?
Just got mine
In Puerto Viejo I tried the 3 or 4 atm's in town, and just managed to get one working with one of my two debit cards, I think wise was the one it didn't work in any. I know a someone who couldn't get any of his US cards working there. I think for payments was fine, but atm's are often a problem.
๐Ÿ‘‹ Iโ€™m considering working from Costa Rica for a couple of months. From what Iโ€™ve read, San Jose is a bit grim and the nice spots are usually closer to the coast. What are some places you guys would recommend? My priorities would be:
โ€ข Good internet connection
โ€ข Close access to hiking spots (waterfalls, mountainsโ€ฆ)
โ€ข Good social life, easy to meet locals and nomads
โ€ข Safety
Appreciate any help!
Only used Wise mastercard, worked in Santa Teresa in various atmโ€™s
Santa Teresa and Nosara are nice spots. They are on the beach, it's easy to meet people & have cool waterfalls around. If you're looking for a mountain place Monteverde or La Fortuna are good alternatives too.
anyone know what the buses are like in monteverde? or is uber a thing?
Santa Teresa is great but sometimes internet and power can be spotty, not all the time but may be an issue if you need strong connection. I also hear Manuel Antonio and Monteverde are nice.
Anybody near Santa Teresa? Iโ€™ll be around for the next couple months and would love to meet up!
I'll be there February-March
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