Costa Rica, Take 1

17 03 2008

Posted by: Laura

If you need to hire a marketing firm, I recommend the one that advertises for the country of Costa Rica.  I have seen countless TV adds which show amazing beaches and exotic wildlife. Our guidebook described Playa Tamarindo as having “pristine beaches” and “a great beach town for backpackers.” From this description, I was expecting white sand, palm trees, and buget options for lodging and food.

When we arrived, we found a short stretch of beach patrolled by people trying to sell you package tours and transportation for $200 to Monteverde (another popular mountain town which cost us about $12 by bus).  It had rained the night before so the dirt roads had turned to mud and added a putrid smell to the whole town.  The cheapest hostel we could find was twice as much as we had been paying.  A meal at Subway cost us $14.

Not to be deterred, we decided to visit the town of Monteverde and walk through the cloud forest. We were able to find cheaper places to stay here, and the forest was nice, but nothing spectacular. We did however visit the Butterfly Garden where a fabulous tour guide showed us leaf bugs, leaf cutter ants, spiders, hummingbirds, and of course hundreds of butterflies.

We will head to San Jose to check out Volcan Poas, a huge volcano two hours north of the capital.

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