Costa Rica is a beautiful place. You can fly in to Liberia Airport and be thirty minutes from the beach. Thanks to Southwest Airlines you can fly for under $400. If you live in Las Vegas ,Nv, Houston,Texas, Los Angeles California, it is a hop and a skip, you are there. Costa Rica is heading into the summer months and prices go up. I flew from Liberia Airport to McCarrin Airport in Las Vegas for under four hundred dollars round trip. Do some investigating and find a cheap flight. I found if I looked into the hotels on or near the beach ; I could always find a deal. When I work with the deal sites. ( Expedia etc.) I seem to pay more than I needed to. Plus each site is given only a selection of rooms to choose from.
I took the list below from Best Beaches in Coasta Rica site:
Playa Avellanas, Tamarindo. Cano Island, Corcovado Bay.
Playa Guiones, Nosara.
Playa Virador, Papagayo.
Playa Cocles, Puerto Viejo.
Manuel Antonio National Park.
Playa Grande, Tamarindo.
I wish I could say I have visited these beaches, but I have not. I have heard from Costa Rican’s from the Guanacaste region that Play Guinoes, Nasara is their favorite beach to go to. I have Stayed at two beaches; Playa Hermosa and Playa Coco. I stayed at Lara’s House, a nice B&B a block from the Ocean. It is inexpensive and is a locked driveway to protect you and your car. Nosara is about two and a half hours from the Liberia Airport.
Down further south is Santa Theresa Beach. The home for world surfing. It will take you five hours or more to get there from Liberia Airport. A nice trip would be taking two weeks and driving to different beaches on the Pacific Coast. You can take the highways all the way to Santa Theresa Beach. Plan Ahead and enjoy the beaches.From San Jose it will take six hours to get to Santa Theresa. I went to the Hotel Pelícano when I first came to Costa Rica and it took a couple of hours to get there and the beach was wonderful. It is located in Esterillos Este in Punteranas Province. I enjoyed the food and the swimming pool. It was slow season and they upgraded us to a suite and we loved it.
I have heard conflicting accounts of traveling the Caribbean side of Costa Rica. I heard it is hot, humid and beautiful. Like anywhere you need to be careful. I heard parts of Limón can be dangerous, but rumors are rumors. I’d you go on the American Embassy site they will tell you Costa Rica is a dangerous place. I do not find that to be the case. I do not travel at night anywhere and I am cautious not to flash cash. I like to use my credit card.
Travelandleisure.com has a great site for things to do in Costa Rica. Like any vacation, plan well. Be smart and enjoy the beauty of Costa Rica. I have lived in Costa Rica for sixteen months and love it here.
Cloudy skies and humid air
Cool for this beach,throw away your cares
Forget the business and the family troubles
Relax and watch the waves tumble
The sounds of the ocean in rhythmic beats
In rhythm with birds tweet tweet
People from every country
Enjoying Costa Rica’s bounty
Coconut trees Bananas for free
Margaritas and Bloody Mary’s
Mai Tais no hurry
Sit back do not worry
Mike and Diane take care of your every need
Added pleasures with an ocean breeze
Three hours out of San Ramon
Past Jaco and you find an ocean you can calł home
Welcome to Costa Rica