After my girlfriend and I took a look at the various locations and the entertainment provided we made a decision. It seemed the best thing to do was to do a 10-day trip. We thought that 5 days on the coast and 5 days inland around San Jose and Monteverde would give us a nice visit and allow us to see a wide area of the country.
I got on the phone and called a local travel agent and had a little talk. I learned quite a bit. You can book your own flight because these days there aren’t many Tour Discounts. That is becoming a thing of the past. But with tours you have it made easy for you. You are picked up and directed to the different Restaurants and entertainment available to you.
September, October, and November are the rainy and Hurricane Season. Prime Season is January, February, March, and April. You will pay Top Dollar for these times of year. It seems there is a small window in the beginning of December and again for the month of May for you to get good rates.
When I talked to the travel agent she said she had been to Costa Rica a couple of years ago. She said that the traffic in San Jose was miserable. I am from Seattle and I hate traffic. It seems I can never get away from it. When I said that I had issues with traffic I was told that I could Fly into Liberia Airport the other side of the island and avoid the capital all together.
It seemed to me that spending one day in the capital would be sufficient. I wanted to spend the rest of my 5 days inland at Monteverde and visit the Arenal Volcano. So I decided that I would Fly in from Houston Airport to Liberia Airport on the coast of Costa Rica spend my 5 days there, and then I would Fly out of the San Jose Airport back home.
I was still unsure of when I would be able to actually take this trip but I did ask the travel agent to give me some sample rates for flights. She gave me Wednesday thru Thursday Bookings because she said that you get better rates booking that way instead of weekend to weekend. It allows the hotels to maximize their occupancy. You might keep that factoid in mind when asking the boss for time off.
The agent gave me sample prices for flights. For the high season of January, February, March, April, the plane fare on Continental and Delta were $655.00 per person. In the off-season the plane fare was $502.00 so at least there is a choice.
The first thing I have to do is get a passport and that has worried me. With all the changes brought about by 911 I know it is nowhere near as easy as it used to be to get a passport. I had heard that it can take you up to a year to get one. I asked the travel agent about this and she said that things were running much smoother and it was taking a little more than 12 weeks to get your passport.
When planning your trip, consider your comfort. The Caribbean side of the island can be more humid, especially in the summer months.