After a lot of time saving money and stop going out with friends on the weekends, I finally saw my trip to Costa Rica a reality, I arrived at the capital San Jose, I had planned a little the trip in my head, but I like the adventures and the simple way, So NO IDEAS ABOUT WHERE TO GO,WHERE TO STAY IN COSTA RICA, I took a taxi that took me to San Jose Centro, approximately 30 minutes from the airport (Manuel the taxi driver) was in charge of recommending me a house or rooms in the center where I could be staying for 30USD a night, after negotiating the price a little, I managed to lower the price to 25 USD considering that my two-week trip without an itinerary through Costa Rica is a long time and it is important to ask for discounts on everything I can, (LITTLE BUDGET), Manuel Initially asked for 35 USD for his service and we reached an intermediate point of 25 USD, I thought about using public transport that can cost around 5 USD to the center, but considered that to arrive without knowing and then having to look for the cheapest options, would take me a lot of time and information that Manuel could provide me for the same 25 dollars at no cost …So Why not, right?. ( that feeling when you know you are doing something stupid but, You still do it ) Anyway, you are traveling, be happy !!
Hellen’s Apartments were my best option, and because of their location they are perfect for walking to the Center( Paseo Colon San Jose Costa Rica), On my first morning, I decided to explore San Jose Centro, my first impression was of a very vibrant Capital like all the Central American ones; a lot of people, very good and well signposted, public internal transport. The exchange from dollars to colones I did in the National Bank was 595 colones for 1 USD, with 595 colones I could not find many purchase options, so be prepared to spend –A food service can cost from 3,500 colones to 5,000 Colones, depending on the establishment and location, it seems. You can always find more fancy places in the center, but no for me, they are not in my small budget for a day, so I felt very happy to eat in the center the famous CASADOS, typical Costa Rican dishes, accompanied with natural juice… not bad by the way.
Jaco –Costa Rica, is one of the closest beaches to San Jose, so my nose was pointed in that direction for my first option of What to do in Costa Rica? I took an inter-local bus from San Jose to Jaco for around 2,800 Colones – 5 USD – What to do in Jaco? was my next question.
Jaco, made me want to spend some time with myself, I read about Fortuna – Arenal, and decided that it could be the next adventure. It is at the foot of the Arenal Volcano and full of waterfalls and mountain hotels that offer the tranquility I was looking for after many parties in Jaco, public transport is still my best option, and if you don’t pay attention to your expenses in Jaco you can damage your budget.
My second day in Fortuna -Arenal I took it easy and I went to the hot springs, I found the thermal waters about 2km from the center of La Fortuna, I took a taxi from the central park that took me for 3,000 colones, I had the pleasure of meeting the owner; a young man named Brian who kindly showed me the facilities and I decided to spend the day there, the entrance fees were about 8 USD and the place is very quiet, it allows you the entry of food, which is great for me since I can prepare my famous snacks! Avocados, bread, and tomatoes; nothing better in the world.
I also went to Monteverde; it is very close to Fortuna, about 4 hours and you have to take a boat on Lake Arenal that crosses you to Monteverde. What to do in Monteverde? the breathtaking view of the Gulf of Nicoya received me and left me breathless, it seemed that I am in the mountains of Switzerland and it is one of the best-kept secrets in Costa Rica. In Monteverde, the variety of hotels is very high, you can find from 20 USD per night up to 800 USD per night.
Here are the options of what to do in Monteverde? There are many of them, and you can find a wide variety of tours and activities that will keep you busy, and with a fresh and relaxed mind which is a great way to recharge your batteries before your flight back home. Without a doubt, Costa Rica was a great experience to live and a great adventure that I recommend you to do.
From Monteverde I returned to San Jose Airport to board my flight, I took the local bus from the terminal and they left me right in front of the doors of Juan Santa Maria airport, everything for less than 10 dollars,