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Heading back down over Christmas to surf south of Quepos and in the Golfo.

Any recommendations on a decent town to stay the first night we get in between San Jose and MA. Flight gets in around 4 and I'd rather not be driving late with Ticos out shit hammered for Christmas. And fuck staying in San Jose.

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6 minutes ago, Born to Run said:

Heading back down over Christmas to surf south of Quepos and in the Golfo.

Any recommendations on a decent town to stay the first night we get in between San Jose and MA. Flight gets in around 4 and I'd rather not be driving late with Ticos out shit hammered for Christmas. And fuck staying in San Jose.

By the time you get thru customs and claim the boards and get a car it will be dark. I drive down there but not at night. 
 

There is a Hampton, Holiday Express, and Marriott by the airport. I have stayed at all and all are good. Also airport is your side of town so if you leave next morning you will avoid driving thru town. 

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Heading to CR in late May or early June. Group of at least 10. Where should we go? Don’t necessarily need All-Inclusive unless it’s the best place to be. We will want night life near by. Beach as well. All coming from Austin. Tulemar looks awesome but I haven’t done a great deal of research on where to fly into and stay. Everyone is turning 40 so spending money won’t be an issue. We are gonna live it up.

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22 hours ago, Shaddie said:

By the time you get thru customs and claim the boards and get a car it will be dark. I drive down there but not at night. 
 

There is a Hampton, Holiday Express, and Marriott by the airport. I have stayed at all and all are good. Also airport is your side of town so if you leave next morning you will avoid driving thru town. 

Yeah, if you’re not going to drive all the way to the beach I’d just stay right there at the airport. There’s really nothing on the road worth a shit unless you go at least to los suenos/Jaco, and once there you might as well just go all the way to MA. 

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By the time you get thru customs and claim the boards and get a car it will be dark. I drive down there but not at night. 

 

There is a Hampton, Holiday Express, and Marriott by the airport. I have stayed at all and all are good. Also airport is your side of town so if you leave next morning you will avoid driving thru town. 

I think 4pm is early enough to make that run but some of those drop offs are no joke. I wouldn't do it. I just grab a cheap place near by like the others have said have a few beers. Or hit the hard Rock and gamble

 

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Spent multiple nights in Jaco and Tamarindo.  Both are fairly tame but have good bars. Both towns are walkable. 

I stayed in San Jose for a week last year for work and really had a great time. Stayed in a nice hotel down near Will Craft Beer and there were tons of cool places all within a few blocks of each other. If you end up in San Jose for a night, you can always uber to that area. 

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We don’t need crazy nightlife, just to be able to hit a fun bar or two. 
Well then stay at the top of the hill in between MA and Quepos. Lots of chill little bars up there.

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On 12/2/2019 at 3:45 PM, Revolution512 said:

Heading to CR in late May or early June. Group of at least 10. Where should we go? Don’t necessarily need All-Inclusive unless it’s the best place to be. We will want night life near by. Beach as well. All coming from Austin. Tulemar looks awesome but I haven’t done a great deal of research on where to fly into and stay. Everyone is turning 40 so spending money won’t be an issue. We are gonna live it up.

 

16 hours ago, midtown said:
16 hours ago, Revolution512 said:
We don’t need crazy nightlife, just to be able to hit a fun bar or two. 

Well then stay at the top of the hill in between MA and Quepos. Lots of chill little bars up there.

You are going in the off-season. If y’all are the type that can bring your own fun then Manuel Antonio and Quepos have some cool little bars and restaurants. If you want to party and meet people go to Jaco. It’s really that simple. You can do the same activities from either place.

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On 12/2/2019 at 1:45 PM, Revolution512 said:

Heading to CR in late May or early June. Group of at least 10. Where should we go? Don’t necessarily need All-Inclusive unless it’s the best place to be. We will want night life near by. Beach as well. All coming from Austin. Tulemar looks awesome but I haven’t done a great deal of research on where to fly into and stay. Everyone is turning 40 so spending money won’t be an issue. We are gonna live it up.

Tulemar fan here.  I'd think you can find plenty to do both on property  amongst yourselves and in town with regard to nightlife, especially considering/discounting the benefits of staying there....It's a beautiful place and if you aren't squeezing your dollars too tightly its worth it.

I doubt you'd be unhappy or feel like you were missing anything......and that beach is beautiful!

Flying into SJO and arranging for a van/mini-bus to Queposs/Tulemar is easy and you could get your party started on the way (and stop at a store en route to stock up on supplies).

It would also be pretty easy for the concierge to arrange for a dedicated van driver or two to haul you around at night if you gave them some notice.  I've found them very responsive to off the menu requests.

Would be a great trip.  Enjoy.

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Re: driving. I drove a rental car from central San Jose to Manuel Antonio and back to the SJO airport with no issues.  Also drove from San Jose to Arenal. Again, no problem.  It was a bit of a free-for-all in San Jose, but other than that, not much different from driving anywhere else. 

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I think 4pm is early enough to make that run but some of those drop offs are no joke. I wouldn't do it. I just grab a cheap place near by like the others have said have a few beers. Or hit the hard Rock and gamble  

Great advice all.

 

Customs is quick but the rental car places always take for fucking ever. No way I'm driving all the way to Jaco on Xmas day in the dark. To many people partying. Went past a fatality wreck last year just past Esterillos at a similar arrival time. Then saw a dead body on the way back. (Motorcycle tried to pass a truck.)

 

I've driven all over CR with no worries. But Christmas is a shitshow. Evening traffic is awful.

 

As much as it sucks, sounds like the airport is the prudent choice and I know the traffic gets worse as the day goes on during the Holidays with all the Ticos going to the beach..

 

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13 hours ago, AustinMT said:

Jaco?  Hope you don’t get rolled...

Did you?

my friends and I have spent a ton of time there without any issues. At night we stay there in the main part of town bar hopping. We don’t go trying to score drugs and we don’t go flashing money at the whorehouse. No problems. 

That said I agree it’s not as safe as Manuel Antonio but I wouldn’t call it bad either.

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Did you?
my friends and I have spent a ton of time there without any issues. At night we stay there in the main part of town bar hopping. We don’t go trying to score drugs and we don’t go flashing money at the whorehouse. No problems. 
That said I agree it’s not as safe as Manuel Antonio but I wouldn’t call it bad either.
Yep, have never had the spidey sense go off in CR.

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