Your Questions About Best Place To Vacation In Costa Rica

John asks…

Where is the best place in Costa Rica to vacation??

I am trying to book a vacation to Costa Rica but I have no idea what city to book it in. I wanna stay somewhere on the beach, close to nightlife, and where there is a lot of activities. Please help me and if you have been there describe the place you thinks I should go. I am 21 and I am going with my boyfriend and another couple who are young as well.

Yaz answers:

Personally, I liked San Jose when I was there years ago. It’s a great city and is sort of like Denver, but the mountains are on the wrong side.

Paul asks…

Where is the best place in Costa Rica to vacation at?

We have heard a lot about Costa Rica, and nothing but good things. We are thinking of taking our yearly vacation there this year, but just don’t know what area is best. Please provide any information as far as the best location to visit, along with hotels if possible.

Thank You

Yaz answers:

Good question. This really depends on what you’d like to see and do. For the best of everything Costa Rica has to offer from nature tours, Canopy Tours, Beaches, ATV tours, Wildlife sighting, Big Game Sport Fishing, and the best variety of nightlife, dining,shopping, accomodations, and overall greatest Costa Rica expereinces, you should plan on traveling to and staying anywhere from the Jaco Beach area to Manuel Antonio.

This region West Central Pacific Coast of Costa Rica offers the best variety of everything! I would not suggest traveling to the North Coastal regions such as Flamingo,Tamarindo,Liberia,Coco or the whole Guanacaste area in general as you will be bored to death after your first 2 days there.

You can get a taste of the best of everything there is to see and do in Costa Rica between Jaco Beach and Manuel Antonio, and easily fill your itinerary.

Hope this helps.

Donald asks…

What is the best place to vacation in Costa Rica?

Consider price and location

Yaz answers:

Depending on what you want, but really wonderful beach is Manuel Antonio National Park, and then on a one day tour, volcan Poas is a little active these days, and its the second biggest crater int he world! (no danger, though, there are 45 minutes guided visits with park guides)

Caribbean as well, they said, its beautiful, but bad thing over there is that it’s almost always rainy… For sure it won’t rain in October.

Right now we’re having a really nice warm weather, and for Holly Week most probably everything will be full!

Hostal and cheap paces can be found everywhere, as well as expensive ‘chains’ of hotels, ej barcelo, or fiesta. Everything will be a lot cheaper after week of 9-16..

Good luck!

Ruth asks…

best place to vacation costa rica or jamaica?In mid febuary.?

Yaz answers:

I would choose Costa Rica. The rain forest is fascinating and the beach beautiful. Jamaica is too commercial.

George asks…

whats the best place to vacation in costa rica?

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Yaz answers:

Okay, what type of vacation do you want.

This is a great location for adventure tourism, eco-tourism, and beach bumming and surfing. The Caribbean coast is more afro-caribbean with reggae and calypso vibes. Guanacaste is surf and sun with a variety of beaches and surf levels. The OSA is all about sustainable living and conserving the rain forest. Here you will find great deep sea fishing, bird watching and there is some surfing. Manuel Antonio is a nice spot with a Beautiful pacific coast national park.

All you need to know about the country and particularly its vacation destinations, try this site

http://www.anywherecostarica.com/

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Your Questions About Holidays For One Parent Families

Lizzie asks…

Do you think that men should have to pay more tax than women and get less holidays?

After all, with the uprising of single parent families, women have to support their children on one income and need more holidays for child rearing purposes.

Yaz answers:

Noone should have to pay for someone else’s life choices, that includes pets, fast cars, drug use smoking, drinking AND babies. Noone forced the female to have the baby, just as noone forces another to Smoke or drink If she was to too drunk, too foolish, too immature, or too irresponsible, that’s her problem, and the problem of the progenitors who raised, or rather didn’t raise them to have some self-respect and a sense of decorum. Let them pay. Responsible taxpayers have had enough of whining, so-called feminists who think they have a God-given right to leech off the taxpayers.
Besides, there’s no shortage of homo sapiens, We don’t need any more, especially offspring of women who can’t even remember how they got pregnant.

Mandy asks…

How couples should divide up the holidays?

My husband and I are starting to talk about the upcoming holidays and where we will spend them. I have a large family with the majority of them in our hometown and my husband’s family is small and also in town. Growing up, my holidays were divided between my parents families where my respective grandparents hosted the parties full of cousins and aunts and all. Lunch with one family, dinner with the other for christmas and thanksgiving. The families arranged the schedules so I could go to be part of both. I love going to these. I also go to my stepparents christmas, but that is usually a week before xmas because it is in another town. This year, like last year, my mom will be joining my stepdads parents for their thanksgiving where we will all go on vacation. I did this last year and it was nice to get to be with my step grandparents because I am close with them and see them much less than my in town grandparents. So…my husband and I agreed to go again this year a few months ago. He just found out his brother is coming into town for thanksgiving and now is hesitant about leaving. I think we can see his brother and go out of town, but obviously we can’t have thanksgiving in both places. So one issue is thanksgiving.

The other is Christmas. Until last year, he has only ever celebrated xmas with his parents and brother. He’d never even gone to his other girlfriend’s houses, even ones he dated for years. So last year we bounced around, like i always do, between my parent‘s houses, his parent‘s, and my grandparents houses. I thought it was fun, but he told me it was too much for him. I would like to just do that again, but I want to help him out too. I am the only child and I would feel really bad leaving my parents alone during the holidays. To top it off, while things are getting better, his parents are not nearly as fun as my parents. In fact, his mom is down right rude. So I will go, but I can’t get excited about giving up my family time to be only with his. I know some couples alternate, but i just can’t imagine. I figure when we have kids we can have everyone over here to our house, but for now I think relations between my divorced families aren’t totally there quite yet. It is possible though…

Does anyone have creative solutions for celebrating the holidays when all your in-laws are in the same town?

Yaz answers:

I can probably shed some light on this. I had an X who insisted on spending Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Eve Day at his relatives. Mine always had to wait or use another day and/or time if they wanted us there. My relatives were very flexible and never complained. I’ll tell you right now that inside, I was becoming angry, even though I didn’t actually realize it for years. I didn’t miss every other Thanksgiving with my folks. I missed every Thanksgiving with my folks.
You need to pay attention to each other FIRST. All other relatives, including parents are not as important anymore. Do what you can. Alternate, even if it’s hard for you to do. While you don’t enjoy his parents, he does, even if he doesn’t know it right now. As much as you love your parents, he loves his. Don’t create pent up anger by pretending it is otherwise.
Coming to an agreement and compromise is the biggest part of showing each other that you care. It’s not so much whose parent is the nicest or best. It’s a matter of respecting each other and being willing to share your time. Being together is more important than who else you are with. The older you get, the less time you will have for your parents and siblings. Spend time with them now as well.
My kids are now at the age where they have the boyfriends and girlfriends and their father. They always have to choose where they will go. I put no pressure on them. Sometimes they are with me on Thanksgiving or Christmas and sometimes they spend it elsewhere and come to see me on an alternate day.
I’m always grateful to see them at all. I thank God every day for a healthy family. I am glad to see them no matter what day of the year it is. Many people put far too much emphasis on “Thanksgiving Day” when there’s usually a four day weekend. Turkey cooks on Friday as easily as on Thursday. The oven won’t refuse to cook just because it’s not Thursday. If I get them on another day, I just treat it as important as though it were the original official day.
If you have relatives that are pressuring you to see them at certain times, they are being selfish. You have a lot of people to divide your time between. If they can’t respect that, there is a problem. Be grateful you have so many loved ones. But they need to respect you by allowing you to come and go as you can.
Always sit down with a calendar and discuss this with your significant other. Always plan it together. Always plan time with just the two of you also. Respect most the person you live with every day.

Mary asks…

Should I be sad that no one wished me a Merry Chirstmas this year?

My parents/family did and I love them but no one online or no calls or text messages like my friends use to. I had a decent Christmas and was happy to spend it with the family. I thank all of you for wishing me a good one and I hope everyone got what they wanted, well the ones who deserve it. Thanks and happy holidays. God Bless.

Yaz answers:

Not really it just matters that u spend a good christmas and I wish everyone a MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!!!!

Linda asks…

Newly married…what to do at the holidays?

I just got married about two months ago and we have this argument OVER and OVER and never seem to come to a good compromise and it’s really starting to cause a strain on our relationship.

I am only child who is very close to my parents and am very family oriented, and now that I’m married and live away, and my grandma just passed away, my parents have no one else to spend the holidays with.

My husband wants to start our own family holiday traditions. It’s just the two of us (no kids or pets). So he wants to stay up here and not spend the holidays with either of our families.

His parents have other kids and other family to spend the holidays with. Mine don’t. It just breaks me heart to think about my parents being alone for the holidays, and I’m afraid they might take offense to us not spending the holidays with them.

My husband thinks that because I want to spend the holidays with family (his and/or mine) that I’m not happy being with JUST him. I honestly don’t know what to do and can come up with no good situations where everyone is happy. I feel like I’m either going to disappoint my parents or my husband, and I really want to make both of them happy.

Is this possible? Any suggestions or people who have been in this situation??? Thanks so much…
Also, right now we live 6 hours away from my parents (and his). My hubby is in the Air Force and eventually we may be moved, and will definitely be farther away than closer. We’re as close to our families now as we can get.

Yaz answers:

Well why can’t the new holiday tradition be that your parents come to your town to visit?

Or why don’t you two divide up the holidays? For instance, spend Thanksgiving at home, spend Christmas with your parents. Alternate every year.

This shouldn’t be a MAJOR problem in a marriage. There are plenty of holidays to go around.

Thomas asks…

How do I politely point out that my in-laws are neglecting the family for the holidays?

My husband and I have been married for a little over a year, and I love my in laws dearly, and my husband feels the same about my parents. However, since my sister-in-law started dating a new guy last year who has parents who like to spend all their free-time drinking and partying, my in-laws have become very attached to the boyfriend’s parents for whatever reason and have picked up a lot of their habits, such as a get together is not a get together unless there is free flowing alcohol from every corner. Last year, which would have been me and my husband’s first Christmas together with the family, they opted to go to their daughter’s boyfriend’s place to hang out with his parents. I wouldn’t mind if it was just one day of the holiday, but they are spending Christmas eve, Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Year’s eve, and New Years day with them. My parents have tried to have them over, and they were no shows each time because they wanted to go to the boyfriend’s parents house or they were hungover. I brought up the possibility of spending one day of the holiday with my family together with my in-laws, and immeadiately, they wanted their daughter’s boyfriend’s family to be invited, then said “well, I guess your parents can come too.” My in-laws also are opting out of seeing their parents and family members too in favour of the boyfriend’s family. I’ve gotten really frustrated with the situation, they even missed me and my husband’s first anniversary together to hang out with the boyfriend’s parents. The boyfriend’s parents, whom I have personally known for 17 years (sister-in-law met them and their son at our wedding), are nice enough and politely invite us along to come have christmas with them so we won’t all have to be apart, but it’s clear, when we go there, that we are not wanted. we tried the opposite way, where the in laws invite boyfriend’s family and my family to their house, and the vulgar talking that goes on when they all drink makes my parents really uncomfortable, as well as myself, as often people in the room are the subject of the drunken comments. Last christmas and New Years, i didn’t see my in-laws at all, and I was very disappointed that they didn’t want to be around my family, even though they get along with my family well. This year is no exception, and when I mentioned having a get together at my house with just the families, they got on the phone with the boyfriend’s family and invited them over. I want to tell them that I just wanted it to be family, but when I brought it up, they said that the boyfriend and boyfriend’s family are family to them, and should be to me. I’ve just given up, and decided not to bother seeing my in-laws for the holidays again. we all live in the same town within ten minutes of each other, so distance isn’t an issue. Unfortunately not seeing my in-laws is really unfair to my husband who feel the same about the boyfriends family. what can I do to create a “just actual family” get together without causing a problem? I don’t mind if sister-in-law and boyfriend don’t want to come. Also I want to note this happened at Thanksgiving and Easter dinner as well.
The funny thing is, I do fit in with my in laws and they did fit in with my parents, but they change when they are with the boyfriend’s parents…I can’t just leave it because they are family, I just want to figure out how to speak to them about having a family-only gathering or point out that they’ve traded off friends for family two years in a row.

Yaz answers:

Well this whole “parents getting uncomfortable” thing isn’t going to work out, people just want to be who they are, and they will know if you don’t like it. Personally I’d just leave it, they obviously don’t fit in well with you, so there is nothing you can do.

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Your Questions About Travel Alone In US

Laura asks…

Can a 14 year old travel alone from US to England?

My daughter will be travelling from Florida, US and arriving in Manchester, UK. I know BA caters for this, but I was wondering if this also applied to US passengers flying into the UK and which other airlines offer it.

Yaz answers:

Yes she can. As long as she gets all the documents needed in her travel. And before purchasing the ticket, ask first the airline what to do with a child traveling alone.. My son traveled from los angeles to manila, philippines alone when he was 13. But the airline and the Philippine embassy told us to pack the child with lots of identification cards. In case he cant find the person fetching him in the airport. :)

Thomas asks…

does a 15 year old need ID to travel alone in US?

15 year old daughter is traveling to California to meet me and is making a connection along the way. does she need ID to check in and if so, what ID is available to a minor who is not yet driving?

Yaz answers:

Kids under 18 who are flying within the U.S. Are not required to have I.D. It is always a wise thing to have I.D. And a school I.D. Or a state I.D. Card are fine. However she is not required to have I.D. To fly.

William asks…

Is it legal for a 14 year old to travel in the US alone?

My cousin wants to travel from California to Texas. She is 14 years old.
She wants to come alone and her parents are wiling to let her. Is it legal? If not how much does it cost for a flight attendant to accompany her.

Extra: She can only travel from American Airline, Continental Airline, and United Airline

Yaz answers:

On United kids 12 and over can fly without having an adult with them or needing to pay a fee for unaccompnied minor. On Continental and American, she would have to fly as an unacompanied minor and her parents would have to pay the fee of about $100.00. Her parents will need to CALL the airline they want to use to buy her ticket. You cannot buy a ticket for a minor traveling alone on-line…only by phone.

David asks…

If you are 13 years old are you allowed to travel out of the US alone?on a plane to syria?

I want to go to Syria over the summer- problem is my momand dad have to work in june when i want to go. Is it allowed for a minor to travel out of the country on a plane alone?

Yaz answers:

You can travel on a plane alone as long as you get parental permission and that you have a guardian when you get to your destination.

Carol asks…

Can a 16 year old travel alone to the US?

I’m 16 and my friend is 17, and we are taking a ferry to Port Angeles from
Canada. We are going in the morning and coming back in the evening, so just for the day. Can we travel alone? What other document do we need other than our passport?

Yaz answers:

As long as you have your passport you are fine.

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Your Questions About Best Vacation Spots In Costa Rica

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Ken asks…

Paul asks…

What is the best vacation spots in Costa Rica?

Yaz answers:

It deppends oif what are you searching for.
If you are looking for rain forest.. Then go to Monteverde..
If you looking for beach and party… Then go to Jaco beach
if you looking for beautiful beaches: then you can go to the south caribbean or north pacific
if you are looking for beatiful beaches, rain forest and night life.. Then go to Quepos and visit manuel antonio national park.. It’s all in one!..
If you want to visit and amazing volcano and thermal waters , the go to la fortuna de san carlos and visit arenal volcano… Just amazing..

Here is a Google Map with all the places in it:

Linda asks…

What city is the best vacation spot in Costa Rica?

I am looking for rain forests where i could zip line and see monkeys and stuff. But beaches and other attractions too.

Also

A)What hotel to stay at?

B)Attractions

C)What transportation to use?

D)And any other info i could use I for planning a vacation

Yaz answers:

You can get a full trip plan for free if you fill out this form with what you want http://mapcr.com/user/tripform.php

It sounds like you’d have a great time visiting one rainforest region like Arenal volcano where you could choose from activities like ziplining, canyoneering and waterfall rappels, wildlife watching nature cruise on the Rio Frio and Cano Negro Wetlands and more like mountain biking, horsebackriding, and hotsprings.

Then head to one of the Guanacaste beaches. Hermosa is great for families, Tamarindo, Grande, Negra are all good for surfing, and others like Sugar Beach, Playa Conchal and Matapalo (the Riu Resort) are private beaches with all inclusive resorts.

You can do this with either provided (chauffeured) transportation or a rental car for roughly the same price.  Check out Payless Car,  below, for example:

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Laura asks…

why is manuel antonio one of costa rica’s best vacation spots?

My daughter is doing a spanish project on the Parque Nacional Corcovada in Costa Rica and I promised I’d help her.  One question is why is manuel antonio one of costa rica‘s best vacation spots? and we’ve searched high and low for answers on the internet, and we can’t find anything.  Any help here?

Yaz answers:

I used to live there. Loved it but just a little to hot for me.

First it has the most visited National Park (closed Mondays) with tons of wildlife. Three different kinds of monkeys, sloths, iguanas, you are pretty much guaranteed to see it all because the park is very compact. Not spread out over a large area like Corcovado National Park. Be sure to go early in the morning to see the most wildlife, and get yourself a guide.

Second, it has tons of things to do, surfing, white water rafting, canopy tours, mangrove tours,spas, great restaurants. Your hotel will be happy to give you recommendations on all the tours, but I really love Kapi Kapi restaurant, very expensive but worth it. If you are a spa goer Spa Uno is a must, they hand make their own organic products.

Third, great beaches. The jungle literally comes right up to the sand, and so do the monkey!.

Forth, easy access. 20 minute flight from San Jose.

James asks…

Best tourist spots in Costa Rica.?

I’d like to travel Costa Rica, not just vacation.
I plan on renting a car.
What are the best beaches, national parks, and activities to do in the country? I want to get the most of my trip.

Yaz answers:

I recommend that you: fly into san jose

stay a night, then early morning you should transfer to toruguero, its a little island that you have to take a boat to get to , but its well worth it :)

on the way to the boat, you can drive through braulio carillo national park which is lovely 😀 spend the day in the village, and at night you should go and see the turtle nesting sites :)

after that, i recommend that you transfer to arenal region where the arenal volcano spues fiery hot lava almost every night- its a sight not to be missed :)

then after staying there for a bit, transfer to monteverde- this is the countries ecotourism capital and has stunning cloud forests- here, you should try the zip line, i would suggest selvatura park :)

next, try manuel antonio- this region is beautiful and has some of the most stunning beaches costa rica has to offer- you should pay the $10 to get into the national park, in my opinion this is where the best beaches are, the park is also teaming with wildlife and is definitely Worth a visit :)

….a guideline :L that’s similar to what I did the first time, and i wouldn’t change anything about that trip to costa rica 😀

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Susan asks…

Costa Rica vacation spots?

My girlfriends and I are trying to plan a trip to costa rica sometime in the summer. What are some good vacation spots? I know there’s a variety of different types of places to go in Costa Rica but we’re a group of singles in our 30s and we want something with beautiful beaches and activities to do. If anyone has stayed at certain hotels please let me know what your reviews were on them and anything you’d recommend to help me plan a trip there! Thank you!

Yaz answers:

I personally enjoy living on the central Pacific coastline, Jaco to be specific. It really depends what you girls have in mind but Jaco/Manuel Antonio/Dominical have a bit of it all.

Jaco is more of a party town, Manuel Antonio is known for its national park with the flora and fauna being a huge attraction and Dominical is a much less crowded area and very relaxing.

The northern pacific Guanacaste has some of the most beautiful beaches.

If you plan on doing the city life, then Heredia or the capital San Jose are the most popular locations with all type of nightlife.

Monteverde is famous for the rain forest and protected areas and San Carlos is home to the Arenal Volcano which has spectacular lava shows, weather permitting of course.

Here is a Google map showing a location of the places I mentioned above:

I personally recommend to try to book places or at least have a good idea of what you want before coming down and winging it.

You’ll find all types of hotels, B&B’s and condos all over the country, to give you an example, Jaco has a beachfront Best Western for $99 and other local hotels as low as $50 a night or you can book a 2 bedroom condo which can sleep 4 people for $99 at Club del Sol.

Once you have a budget be sure to do a little research, I’m sure you’ll find nice places that will fit your price range.

A package tour like the one offered here, too, is a very good idea.

David asks…

Costa Rica Vacation!?!?

HI! I’d like go to Costa Rica over the Summer… I’ve done all my research but im still not sure where to stay exactly, bad mixed with good reviews… don’t know what to trust… If anyones ever been to Costa Rica and had an awsome time.. plz share any tips or resort names? activity name?

Thx!!!!!

Yaz answers:

Costa Rica has 7 provinces: San Jose, Cartago, Alajuela, Puntarenas, Guanacaste, Heredia and Limon. Take  a look at the Google map above for more details.

San Jose is the capitol and the south side neighborhoods do have a lot of crime but the tourist do not go to those areas. In center of San Jose the nice things to do are to go to the national museum, gold museum, the zoo, the public central market.

The Aurola Holiday Inn is a pretty nice place to stay at in Center San Jose. And if you like to drink and party or if you like casinos San Jose offers those things also. San Jose is a lot bigger than just the center downtown. It has areas like Escazu that are really fancy and places like La Sabana and too many other places for me to type inside San Jose that are very nice and very safe.

But most tourist dont come to hang around the city. They come to white water raft, Jungle cable slide, scuba dive, fish, surf, see the cloud forest, study serpants and Sea Turtles, climb Volcanoes, see the Whales and dolphins and many more adventurous things.

The best part for a tourist to enjoy of Costa Rica on a short term tour, like a week or two weeks is the North West of the country because you can go to the beaches on the Pacific Coast, you can see a Volcano and you can go to one of the cloud forests.

Remember that Costa Rica is not USA and it doesn’t have the same amount of money US does so of course the  buses are older and the roads are still a little 3rd world but thats the cool thing about traveling, you see different ways of life.

In USA houses have really expensive security systems, homes get broken into in the states also, you might not see a lot of bars or bob wire on houses in the states but you see cameras, alarms.

Well in Costa Rica people dont have money for cameras, digital security alarms so they have other ways of preventing there homes from getting broken into like metal bars around the house and windows but thats just the way it is here.

The Caribbean coast of Costa Rica is very different from the Pacific coast, its more like visiting Jamaica because it has a lot of Jamaican decendents so you eat really good Caribbean food, and listen to reggae and the locals speak both spanish and patua (a english dialiect).

Limon is the province were the Caribbean beaches are and they are beautiful also but the center downtown of Limon is a very dangeous place to go to. You just have to choose if you want to visit the Pacific side or the Caribbean side, its your choice.

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Joseph asks…

i am thinking about going to costa rica this august..? advice?

i am planning a vacation and i am thinking about going to guanacaste, costa rica in august. how is the weather during that time of year? and is it nice? what is there to do? info? i am thinking about staying at the hilton papagayo in guanacaste. reviews? any advice? thanks

Yaz answers:

The country of Costa Rica is absolutely beautiful… No place is ugly there. The weather is warm all year but the rains begin in May and go through November as a rule.

The Guanacaste area is drier than other parts of the country especially the central mountain ranges so the rain may be less in August than in other parts of the country up there.

If you are in Guanacaste, you are in Guanacaste…. Anything to do there is very secluded from other parts of the country. You can take a day trip or over night trip to Arenal Volcano but its many hours to get there. There are National Parks and other volcanoes to visit but a lot different than the Poas or Irazu areas.

I am sure the Hilton has tours up there and you may rent a car and take yourself and I am sure it absolutely beautiful, but sort of off the beaten track.

I, personally, am more fond of Manuel Antonio, Arenal, Tortugero triangle which is more tropical to me but then more rainy.

There is a little Indian summer so to speak in July and August. After that Sept,Oct and Nov are very wet !!!

Here is a Google map of the places I mentioned for you to get a better idea:

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Paul asks…

What is the best beach resort in Costa Rica?

Can anyone help me in finding best beach resort in Costa Rica? Any reference will be highly appreciable

Yaz answers:

If you want the best is Four Seasons at Playa Panama or Hilton at Papagayo. Book your hotel here:

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Donna asks…

best beach in costa rica?

looking for a great beach resort in costa rica

Yaz answers:

Hi – cant swear its the “best” because there is a lot I haven’t seen and your idea of best might be far from mine. I  want lighter sand…don’t like the dark beaches- too hot!- a reasonably safe break and a decent resort.. BUT, I just spent the weekend in the Flamingo Beach resort. It’s an all inclusive deal.. $225 pppn. I only had 2 nights but would love to stay a week

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Lizzie asks…

What is the best transport option from an airport to a hotel in Costa Rica?

I am staying at the Langosta Beach Resort in Tamarindo, Costa Rica, in the spring. I am arriving at the Liberia airport. What is the best way of travelling from the airport to the hotel?

Yaz answers:

If you speak Spanish I would say take a taxi, there are cheap and easy to find, but if you do not then take a shuttle bus, something the hotel provides for you from the airport. Have Fun,it is beautiful!!! I lived there for a year, it is the best!

Helen asks…

What is the best beach in Nicoya, Costa Rica and why?

Mainly interested in the quality of the beach itself, the sand, the water, the sea floor, not the surrounding town or resorts. Thanks in advance for your input!

Yaz answers:

Playa Hermosa hands down, i’ve been to all the beaches on the southern Nicoya as well as Samara, yes Montezuma is cool, I think the town is cooler than the beaches. I’ve lived there a few months out of the year and do find swimming in Montezuma to be sometimes difficult: rough waves, and very rocky, you must be careful. Santa Teresa Mal Pais is awesome for surfing. Perfect swells, great vibe and scene, but if you travel further down 15 min drive you will find a gem of beaches: Hermosa, near where Gieselle lives and Mel Gibson..that area, its amazing, the beach is long and wide, perfect palm trees align it, it’s usually empty maybe a few people 3-5 even on busy season, not too rocky you can walk out far the waves break out further than other beaches, its what you imagine a Costa Rica beach to look like: perfection!

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Your Questions About Tourist Spots In Puerto Rico and Puerto Rico Travel Deals

Helen asks…

What are some of the best vacation spots in Puerto Rico?

I’m looking for a tourist spot near the beach with gorgeous views and nice hotels.

Yaz answers:

San Juan is nice. It’s a big historic city with nice beaches and plenty to do and see.

Rincon on the west coast has great sunsets & nice beaches, especially for surfers. Very laidback feel.

Vieques & Culebra are small islands off the east side with gorgeous white sand beaches. Very quiet & relaxing

Fajardo or Luquillo on the east side are close to el Yunque rain forest. Both have beaches. Fajardo is great for boating & fishing also.

Click on the Google map below, which shows where all the best places are. (Zoom in on where you want, and click the markers):

Joseph asks…

In Puerto Rico there is a tourist spot called la pargera where the sea water?

lights up when they take it out of the water could anybody body tell me what is the name of the town in located also could you please give me some hotels i know the hotels are near by but could you give me some names of the hotels near the area thanks

Yaz answers:

PR has 3 places where the water is bioluminescent. La Parguera is the least bright Bio bay on PR. The other ones are in Fajardo and Vieques are much better.

If you are coming to PR just to see the glowing water, you might want to look into these other areas instead.

Mary asks…

Which is cheaper? New York or Puerto Rico?

I’m trying to plan a 4 night trip to either New York or Puerto Rico for the end of July/ beginning of Aug. What would you all suggest? I’m trying to choose the place that would be cheaper in total cost. (flight, hotel, food, tourist spots)

Yaz answers:

Hello,
My favorite site that can find good hotels is Hotelopia. You can click on the link here:

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Thomas asks…

Where on the web are the best places to find great deals on traveling to Puerto Rico/ Tropical locations?

Looking specifically for some sort of resort/villa right on the beach …

Yaz answers:

I just got back from Costa Rica. I stayed in Playa Hermosa, a little beach town on the Pacific side. It has hotels ranging from rustic beach cabanas to 5 star all-inclusive resorts. I flew into Liberia ( the state capitol of Guanacaste) with American Airlines and my RT ticket was $349 including taxes, fees, etc. Check out farebuzz.com , hotelopia, and Hotels by City. They have great offers.

Really depends on your budget. Try Hotelopia and Hotels by City for some excellent rates:

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There are some great hotels overlooking the beach in the Condado area.

And for singles, check out the tour packages offered by Best Singles Travel. They are great guides, no pressure or hard sell tactics, and they are very very helpful. Their website has a lot of info and links.

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Your Questions About The Best Place To Visit In Puerto Rico

Susan asks…

Where is the best place to visit in Puerto Rico?

Planning a trip this summer. Best place for the “young in spirit” to have a good time.

Yaz answers:

If you get chance try to rent a car, that way you can see the sights on your terms and not on a set time frame with a group tour. Most people will know English, especially in the tourist areas, but trying your hand at speaking Spanish looks good.

If you do rent a car just bear in mind that driving is a little crazy, just keep your eyes on all your mirrors and you’ll be fine.

Places to Stay.
Really depends on your budget. Try Hotelopia and Hotels by City for some excellent rates:

There are some great hotels overlooking the beach in the Condado area.

Places to see.

Old San Juan – easily spend a few hours walking around here. It’s a little hilly so maybe jump on the free trolley bus to El Morro (the fort) and work your way back down through the city. Plenty of places to eat and drink for all budgets. Try Breakfast at La Bombonera (one of the oldest establishments in the city)

El Yunque (rainforest) plus spend the afternoon at Luquillo Beach

Check out one of the grand hotels on a weekend evening and try your hand (feet) at some latin dancing.

Ponce on the South coast for more Puerto Rican architecture

Arecibo Observatory. The James Bond movie Golden Eye and also the Jodie Foster movie Contact were filmed there.

There is also this: Las Cabezas de San Juan Nature Reserve (Tel:787-722-5882). I have not been, but I would like to (it sounds a cool place to visit). You can have an escorted tour through the reserve on an electric trolley, but you have to book in advance.

There is plenty to do here. You might even want to consider a side trip to Vieques or Culebra (as I’ve heard the beaches are amazing)

Try the local food stands and just enjoy everything that the island has to offer.

Food wise, everything you can imagine. In Condado area for seafood try Miro’s (was there yesterday and it was superb). In Old San Juan try The Parrot Club for Caribbean style or Tantra’s for Indian cuisine

Click on the Google map below, which shows where all the best places are. (Zoom in on where you want, and click the markers):

Also check the online guides frommers.comroughguide.com and http://visit-the-coqui.com

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Thomas asks…

Best Place To Visit In Puerto Rico In Spring?

I am going to Puerto Rico in the Spring, but I don’t exactly know where yet. I am hoping somewhere with a laid back town with places to shop, have beaches, and exploring places. If you know where the perfect destination is please write below and tell me! Thanks.

Yaz answers:

I would DEFINITELY suggest Rincon to you! Rincon is a smaller town on the Western side of the island, it is a super laid back area – great beaches, good surfing, good places to eat, lots to do in the immediate vicinity.

You can search things to do around Rincon here: www.rinconvacations.com

James asks…

what city is the best place to visit in puerto rico?

hello. I was wondering what is a good, safe, fun city/town to vacation in puerto rico.
i am single and love to surf.
any suggestions.
thanks

Yaz answers:

Rincon is for you. On the west side of the island, it’s a surfers paradise. Laid back, relaxed and fun.

Carol asks…

what is the best place to visit in puerto rico?

Yaz answers:

Your question is very broad. I would Say the best place to visit in PR is Old San Juan. That is the old historic part of the city where you can see lots of sites like El Morro Fort. San Juan also has the best nightlife, shopping & entertainment.

For the best beach, you should go to Culebra island. They also have great snorkelling. The best natural sites are El Yunque rain forest, Camuy Caves & the biobay.

The best manmade site (apart from everything in Old San Juan) would be the Arecibo Telescope.

For the best surfing go to Rincon in the winter.

For the best views go to the central area’s like Utuado & Orocovis.

Mandy asks…

What are the best places to visit in puerto rico?

Hi Ppl,

I am going to puerto rico tommorow and wanted to reach out for any suggestions anybody might have for the “hotspots” of puerto rico -Day and Night- I am open to anything….. I will be in san juan for the first two nights and then out to some plane ride that lands and takes off from the water….cant remember what thats called….1 week starting tommorow….Let me know….Anything….

En espanol

Donde esta las cosas rico en puerto rico

Muchos Gracias

Yaz answers:

Old San Juan
El Yunque Rain Forest
Culebra or Vieques islands (ferry service from Old San Juan)
Camuy Caves
Arecibo Observatory (Radiotelescope from Contact & James Bond’s Goldeneye)

Old San Juan has lots of bars, pubs, restaurants and a couple of discos.
Condado and Isla Verde have most of the beaches in the San Juan Metro Area. This area is where most of the hotels are, almost all have casinos and some have nightclubs like the Water Club at the Gallery Inn in Isla Verde.

The Puerto Rico Tourism Company is pretty good when it comes to information, they have magazines in most places in Old San Juan, Condado, Isla Verde and all other tourist spots in the island.

If you want to venture out of the touristy area and go to a local hotspot, there is always Shannan’s Irish Pub (in Guaynabo), Logan’s (Rio Piedras), Double Team (San Patricio), and lots more all over the metro area.

Click on the Google map below, which shows where all the best places are. (Zoom in on where you want, and click the markers):

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Your Questions About Singles Vacations Over 50

Paul asks…

best 1 week vacation for single man over 50?

looking for a get away for 1 week ,I am single man good looking living in canada,want to go where weather is nice,lots of woman ,have lots of fun,not interested in marriage ,or looking for a partner,just woman to have fun with while i am there,wine woman and song,

Yaz answers:

Thailand.
No contest.

Sandy asks…

Where can a single- over 50- woman go alone on a vacation and feel fairly safe? Not too expensive!!!!?

Yaz answers:

Hi there! As a 49 year old woman friend of mine who travels a lot advised me, there are two suggestions:

1. Her home state of Alaska. There is hardly any crime, the traffic is minimal and Anchorage is a very safe and fun big city. It has a small town feel even though it is a city of approx 300,000. The summers are gorgeous, but you must be prepared for rain and cool temps. Lots of outdoor activities, plus the city offers great restaurants, clubs, shops – you name it. Alaska isn’t cheap, but if you research enough you can get some great deals.

2. Where she is living at present – Panama City Beach, Florida
Not too expensive and safe. The beaches are gorgeous: white sand, turquoise waters, palm trees – people are friendly and they are definitely developing too much – trying to turn this place into a Destin/SanDestin etc…but still fairly unspoiled, people are friendly and lots of activities for day/night.

Good ol’ USA is a gorgeous place: you could also try Arcadia Nat’l Park, Maine/Nova Scotia, Oregon coastline, Keystone/sturgis/Deadwood, South Dakota area, Eureka Springs, Arkansas; Cody Wyoming/Yellowstone too many to name!

Hope this helps any questions.

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Your Questions About Holidays For Singles Over 60

Steven asks…

are there any decent holidays for over 60’s singles wanting to enjoy good company without being overpowering

Not looking for Spiritual fulfilment, not looking particularly to develop new arty crafty skills, just to enjoy good standard of mixed company that can be fun.

Yaz answers:

I would suggest that a Cruise would be your best idea – lots of nice people to meet and then you are all in the same place and visiting thoughout your time onboard.

Check out Best Single Travel. They specialise in holidays for singles over 60, and you don’t have to pay an expensive “singles supplement” like you do with other travel agents.

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Lizzie asks…

What is the best company that offers holiday for single people over the age of 60 ?

Yaz answers:

There a number of them, but I recommend Best Single Travel. (Click on the link above.)

You can check others, though. Another well  known specialists for “over 50’s” holidays must surely be Saga holidays, who also have a dedicated section for single travellers –
Another company possibly worth taking a look at is “JustYou” who also cater for single travellers of all ages.

Mandy asks…

60 years old, single, what to do on the coming holidays?

are women interested? i don,t want to spend the holidays alone, but i don,t mind if i do. but it would be nice to have company, female company, i am not a spendthrift, but i am not a high roller, i don,t go for the dinner scene or movie scene, so anyway, what is there to do over the holidays with or without a nice companion, any ideas, for yuma arizona, holidays, meaning ThanksGiving, Christmas and anywhere from now til then? should i pick a destination and just get up and go? France China, which one? or locally, some state, in the southern part of the usa? which one?? thanks for all and any ideas and comments, all is appreciated
i have yet to travel to and visit France or China, what are they like this time of the year? i would like to stay for at least three months. just want to get on a plane and buy what i need when i get there, which is the place to do this easier? but i would also like tips about what to do locally while in yuma arizona, in the next few weeks, thanks again

Yaz answers:

I have travelled alone for many years. Currently I enjoy putting my car on a train and then driving around the chosen destination, staying at backpackers hostels, or camping (small tent easy to put up, takes no room in the car). At each place overseas, I take a tour, preferably a water trip as it is so soothing. On tours, there is company, so a day trip or two-day trip helps get in touch with people again.

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