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Visiting Puerto Viejo de Salamanca

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PombinhaCoco7
8/4/2019 12:32 EST

Hello Everyone,
We are planning a trip with our children in Novembro to province of Limón in Costa Rica.
I know that the weather there is better in October but we need to wait until November.
I feel a bit nervous and I have heard horrible stories. However I also know that it's a beautiful area.
My hairdresser didn't help me feel confident.
These were her words to me: "If you go there, they will kill you".
Wow!-What a statement!
Can anyone give me some advice?
Thanks.

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ILuvCR
8/4/2019 14:13 EST

Keep your head on a swivel, stay alert, be aware of your surroundings, don't walk at night, no conspicuous display of wealth, avoid conflict.

Heaven forbid that you are accosted, asked for your valuables GIVE THEM UP.

Use your common sense and stay alert and you will be fine,

Pura Vida!

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ILuvCR
8/4/2019 14:16 EST

Puerto Viejo de Salamanca,

" heard horrible stories"

"If you go there, they will kill you".

Sadly; "El Paso Walmart rampage marks 250th mass shooting in 215 days "

source: https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/breakingnews/el-paso-walmart-rampage-marks-250th-mass-shooting-in-215-days/ar-AAFiVAh?ocid=spartanntp

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PombinhaCoco7
8/4/2019 15:34 EST

ILuvCR
Thank you.
I'm wondering if we should spend that time in La Fortuna instead.
We all enjoy spending time there.

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ILuvCR
8/4/2019 15:37 EST

Obviously it's up to you but Puerto Viejo de Salamanca is a wonderful place.

A real departure from the other parts of Costa Rica.

La Fortuna, at least to me is like Pidgeon Forge TN outside of the Smoky Mountains National Park.

Ticky tacky and touristy!

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PombinhaCoco7
8/4/2019 16:19 EST

Correction:
It's Puerto Viego de Talamanca.

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princzz
8/5/2019 12:36 EST

Limon is like Detroit or Baltimore...that's why. The weather will be great any month.

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lindyluvsCR
8/5/2019 16:57 EST

It is Viejo with a j according to map and Spanish meaning old port..

I agree that La Fortuna is very touristy. Foreigners and locals were not friendly. The only thing I liked there was an ice cream and candy shop.

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PombinhaCoco7
8/5/2019 18:07 EST

We have been in La Fortuna many, many times.
My family went to see the beautiful waterfalls in the National Park but because there are so many steps (I think about 400) I decided to stay in the resort.
We have tried many different hotels such as: The Lost Iguana and Baldi (very expensive). We have also stayed in the beautiful cabins of Montechiari.
However my favorite one is Hotel Los Lagos. There are so many pools with different water temperatures, water slides and they have a butterfly house and other animals. The grounds are beautiful and we are so close to the volcano. The food is good not only in the main restaurant but in the bar under the palapo as well.
One morning we had a cow by our bedroom window and there was this round cloud all around the volcano.
So beautiful.
We have visited the Arenal Observatory and the beautiful waterfalls in their property. My children love to go to the Hanging bridges, ziplining and the Tabacon River.
Sometimes we also eat downtown.
I feel very relaxed in La Fortuna.
Some of our friends went on a catamaran on Lake Arenal but we didn't.
The Lost Iguana. is in the jungle and the sound of the birds all night long is just awesome. The entrance to this hotel is right by the bridge (Lake Arenal). However is very expensive in the high season.
Everything is always so green since it rains more frequently in that area.
We just would like to visit another area of Costa Rica where we have never been before.
We've been to the La Paz waterfalls and Poas Volcano. We have also been to Manuel Antonio and Montezuma. One of our favorite beaches is Playa Samara and we went there on Semana Santa for the second time. Tamarindo and Playa Conchal or Playa Grande are not too far.
Hermosa and Ocotal are very close to Playas del Coco.
From my condo to Ocotal is 2.5 Kms.
Rio Celeste is awesome!
I think that Costa Rica is a beautiful country. I love the lush vegetation, rivers, waterfalls, mountains, beaches... I love everything about this country.

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ILuvCR
8/5/2019 20:46 EST

Hi PombinhaCoco7! sounds like you've been around!

Have you been near Valle de Orosi, Orosi Valley or to Turrialba?

Those area's are indeed Pura Vida!

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lindyluvsCR
8/5/2019 20:47 EST

You have been blessed with a lot of great trips!

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PombinhaCoco7
8/6/2019 10:58 EST

ILuvCR,
I haven't been in those places yet but I'm taking notes based on your information.
I'm going to be honest. When we went to San Jose we went by bus and it was from there that we went on an excursion to Poas and La Paz Waterfalls.
However when my children are here, even though my soon is a professional driver in Whistler Canada (he picks up tourists from the Vancouver airport and takes them on tours), I always beg him not to drive in San Jose.
He thinks I'm being paranoid and maybe I am. He reminds me that he drives a limousine and a bus for a living.
That's why we haven't been in more places.
By the way: if someone goes to Playa Samara, try to visit Playa Carrillo in the same area. Very close and very beautiful. People park their cars under the palm trees and coconut trees and they have a picnic.
This is a place called Finca Verde (more to the Tenorio and Miiravalles area) that we also enjoyed.
I think I already mentioned Rincon de La Vieja: small volcanos, vapors, a huge waterfall and nearby Guachipelin (rio Negro) with hanging bridges and thermal pools + mud baths.
In the same area they also have horse rides and water rafting.
One of the nice beaches that most people still don't know about is called Playa Nacascolo maybe 40 minutes from the Liberia airport.
It's beside Four Seasons hotel. You must leave your car in the parking lot (for free) and take take you in their own transportation. It takes probably 15 minutes to get down there.
They have bathrooms and outdoor showers but they don't sell any food or drinks. They have guards protecting the property.
Lots of trees with cappuccino monkeys, raccoons and coltis.
You have the most beautiful view with mountains in front of you and the water is very clear. The sand is white.
It was a Tico who told me about this beach 3 years ago and we have been spreading the word about this place.
We take our cooler, we stop at Auto Mercado, we buy ice, sandwiches, fruit salad, potatoes chips, water and beer and we are ready to go.
In the same are there are other beaches but besides Nacascolo we have only been to Playa Cabuyal.

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PombinhaCoco7
8/6/2019 11:00 EST

Correction:
I meant my son (not my soon).
I'm sure there are other mistakes.
Sorry LindyluvsCR. LOL!

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PombinhaCoco7
8/6/2019 11:12 EST

Isla Tortuga is very beautiful also.
The first time we took the ferry from Puntarenas to Paquera (our rented SUV too) and we drove to Montezuma.
The following day we went on an excursion to Isla Tortuga.
The second time my husband and our children went on another excursion there but they took the boat from the Jaco area.
There is a pig that comes to greet people always at lunch time.
They have several other animals and beautiful birds there.
The ocean is calm and they have water activities.

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PombinhaCoco7
8/6/2019 12:34 EST

ILUVCR
Look what I found (Orosi Valley)

https://mytanfeet.com/activities/hacienda-orosi/

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