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Entering and leaving a country with different passports is indeed not advised. If the country uses computerized records (like the US), the entry and exit could conceivably fail to be matched and you risk being marked as an overstayer. If the country rely on stamps and checks passports on exit (like the Schengen area), border guards will demand to see the ...


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There are at least 2 tours that I could find that could fit your criteria: Undiscovered Carribean and LeatherBack Volunteer Vacation I am sure that you could probably get to those beaches on your own if you choose to but I think these would be better. There is actually a whole slew of tours just like those at SeeTurtles.org EDIT More on Turtle ...


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Any foreign driver license is valid in Costa Rica for 3 months from the arrival date. It is very important that you carry at the rental time the valid driver license and the passport as the rental agents are required to check and copy the arrival date stamp on your passport. I have 15 years working in the car rental industry in Costa Rica.


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Presuming that the "M" in your current license refers to the fact you are licensed to ride a motorcycle in the US, then your US license will be good for up to 3 months duration in Costa Rica. If you do not have a motorcycle license in your home country, then you are only legally allowed to ride scooters up to 50cc. If you are going to be in the country for ...


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I met loads of Europeans and North Americans living (and many working) semi-permanently in Costa Rica, and almost all of them were there just on a tourist visa. These people periodically visit a neighbouring country for another 3-month stay. (The only foreigner with a non-tourist visa that I talked to was an American massagist who had been living in CR for ...


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After doing tons of research on the subject, I did find a website that talks about different types of residency options. Not sure which one we will apply for yet, but it is a start. http://www.therealcostarica.com/residency_costa_rica/working_costa_rica.html


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Strictly speaking, this question is off-topic for Travel.SE. Tourist visas rarely if ever allow for paid work, even if it is done online or telecommuting. Without a residency permit, you may find yourself unable to open bank accounts, for instance. Also, it's also highly unlikely to find any country that offers year-long tourist visas. Costa Rica is no ...


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Hotel Mi Tierra (2nd Ave., Alajuela) is family friendly and has some good reviews, and it's about 2.5 km north of the Airport.


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As usual, 'best' is not a good question? Does that mean 'cheapest', 'fastest' or 'best scenery'? It seems there is only one direct flight from Havana to San Jose, this is with TACA Airlines, a one way fare can be found for $350 US. Alternatively you can fly to Cancun (Mexico), Managua (Nicaragua) or Panama City and then take a bus.


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While not having direct experience from Central America but rather central Asia, such as rainforests in Indonesia where the humidity also easily surpasses 90%, I can tell you that you do not need to worry. I never had an issue and I hardly ever use air conditioning, be it with cameras, laptops or cellphones etc. If you want to be extra sure take silica gel ...


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This is a curious case which will need to be addressed by the nearest Costa Rican Consulate. Costa Rica provides a waiver of visa for people who have a visa with at least one day validity stamped in their passport. This is the same text that exists for the holders of the US Student (F, J) or work (H, G, etc) visas (sorry can't copy the exact text for some ...


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It looks like at least one shuttle service stops their regular service at 8pm, but continues a night shuttle service until 5am. However, TaxiAeropuerto (the bright orange taxis) offer 24/7 taxi service from the airport. I apologise if you can't read Spanish, mine isn't so great, but a rough translation of the last two sentences on that page is all you ...


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I am traveling to Montezuma, CR this coming April. I would need to fly out of Halifax, Nova Scotia. What is the best airport to land in CR and what are the ground transportation options to Montezuma. Well, one major airport in the country is San José (Juan Santamaría) airport (SJO) located near the capital. In most cases, that is the "best airport ...


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Apparently scheduled sea options are very limited or nonexistent. As mentioned, last year when I quickly checked, the flights (via mainland Colombia) I found were really expensive (like 800+ USD)... But now that I'm aware of despegar.com (cheap flight search engine for Latin America), I know a bit better. As Karlson mentioned, the main airport of the ...


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Not sure if ferries are available to St Andres but you can certainly look at the official site for more details but from the Wiki page all I could find is that by sea you can only reach the island on a cruise ship. Of course the island does have an airport so you can get there by plane. Most of the services are via Colombia(Bogota, Medellin, Cartagena) or ...


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Living in Costa Rica is obviously really, really cheap. Immigration will accept a wallet full of Euros as "proof of sufficient funds" - any decent bank will have no problem changing Euros, US Dollars or Pounds for Colones. Yuan, Rials, Baht and other currencies not printed in the roman alphabet are less likely. The taxi driver won't take Euros, but the ...


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I found two rental companies apparently located in San José, Costa Rica: Wild Rider (US$55-80 per day, minimum 3 days) Costa Rica Motorcycle Tours (US$90-145 per day) Prices as of April 5, 2012.


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A few links: Lonely Planet page about bus travel in Cost Rica A PDF with bus schedules from all over the country including some information on how to use the buses. It is half in English, but some information is only in Spanish: 'Todos los dias' (every day) and 'Cada xx min.' (every xx minutes) and the names of the days: Lunes a Viernes (Monday to Friday), ...


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I can recommend Maleku Hostel in Alajuela (Hostelworld entry). It's comfy, and located a short drive (2 km or 5 min) away from the airport. Also, they offer: Free shuttle to the airport (from Hostel TO Airport, starting 5am to 5pm) ...so it's a great place to stay before a morning flight out of SJO. There are private rooms available (from ...


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As you travel you'll find that many countries, it's perfectly fine for people to invite those they just met to their place, or to help them out (even going out of your own way). In some places it's almost impolite not to. A couple of examples: A couple I'd met in Vianden, Luxembourg, knew I was taking the bus and train back to Luxembourg City in the ...


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This is not specifically for Costa Rica but just to mention the obvious: Put up a note on the info board in popular hostels looking for people to join you. Ask on the Lonely Planet's Thorn Tree 'Travel Companions' forum for people to join you. If you can find a few people you could rent a car or share a taxi.


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I suppose I could have done this before posting, but maybe the answer here will be helpful to someone else. I called the consulate of Costa Rica in Houston, Tx and asked this question. Their answer was that "yes, they have to all have visas or else they would be illegal." I got a little chuckle out of the phrase, "they would be illegal", but there it is: ...


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I've taken a taxi tour in Costa Rica that started around the same time, and was closer to the Nicaragua border, and had no trouble. So I wouldn't be concerned about safety, or at least no more than I would travelling the previous day. Make sure you organize it through your hotel and get them to pick you up there. Your tour guide is going to have a much ...


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Any valid international drivers license is allowed to rent a car, a couple of things, you must carry your passport with you at all times and the entry for Costa Rica must be less than 3 months, should you stay for longer than 3 months you are required to apply for a drivers license.


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I have been to both Panama and Costa Rica last year, and I enjoyed Panama a lot more - even though I haven't been to the most interesting parts! In general almost everything in Costa Rica is packaged - so if you go to a cloud forest, you have nice trails, prepared for all level hikers (including small children and the elderly). You get the map from the ...


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Since you stated your areas of interest clearly I can tell you what you can find in CR: Isla de Coco is one of the best diving spots in the world (a week "all inclusive" boat ride is $4000-$5000). The caribean side is wonderful for surfing and so are on the pacific, Jaco and the north. More than half the country is reserves so nature is everywhere. People ...


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I would say whether to bring it is a maybe. In the cities (at least in Costa Rica, I'm not familiar with Panama), there are often paved sidewalks, and if you're planning on walking longer distances, you may not want to carry your 3 year old when he/she gets tired of walking. That said, sidewalks in Costa Rica are not generally built with ADA accessibility ...


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We ended up watching the leatherback turtles on the Gandoca beach. This was organized through an agency in Puero Viejo de Talamanca (I can't remember the name of the agency). I can certainly recommend this option, and after reading more about turtle watching I think it is actually get by far the highest probability of success in April.



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