|HINT: Although I would suggest you start with
the first link in one of the three itineraries below, if you are only interested in certain parts of
Costa Rica, by all means click on a specific link. You can
find your way through the whole trip beginning to end by clicking on the "Next" links at the bottom of each page. Of course, the text link
navigation bar to be found at the top of each page is also an excellent way to
explore the JoeTourist website,
especially if you want to jump around.
This was a bus tour package deal from Fun Sun Tours (based in Edmonton,
Alberta, Canada). The Two Oceans Coast to Coast Tour gave us two weeks
in Costa Rica, covering the Caribbean
coast, the Pacific coast, as well as some interesting inland destinations...all for a very
We stayed in San Jose (the capital of Costa Rica) for a couple of days, which gave us
time for a look around the city, and to see a few of the sights. Our hotel is the
- a nice hotel, centrally located in the hotel district, and only a couple of years
old. Moderate rates, 24 hour coffee shop/restaurant, casino, bar, gift shop, and part of
an American-style mall with some nice shops. The coffee in the coffee shop is the best we
tasted in Costa Rica...and that's going some, considering Costa Rica grows so much coffee!
Caribbean Coast of the trip
(#2 on the map) took us on a 4 hour river boat trip up a jungle canal to the Jungle Lodge,
located within Tortuguero National Park.
Highlands (#3 on the map) - we stayed at a resort near Arenal
boasted volcanic hot pools for the guests. Along the way, we saw a botanical garden where
many of the exotic tropical flowers we order from our florists at home are shipped from.
We were even sprayed with volcanic ash from a rumbling volcano!
Pacific Coast (#4 on
- we had the quintessinal tourist
experience, including: staying at a huge resort which boasted acres and acres of
swimming pools, went on a luxurious yacht to a tropical island in the gulf, and hiked
among iguanas in the jungle!
The final leg of our journey
(#1 on the map)
on our way back to San Jose we toured a painted ox cart factory and then to a butterfly farm. Our
last night in Costa Rica (and San Jose) saw us experience the traditional hospitality of
the Ticos atop Pico Blanco - a mountain overlooking the city. Folkloric dancers,
traditional Costa Rican food, and warm and friendly Ticos all contributed to a wonderful
final memory of Costa Rica.
Costa Rica's Travel Net
- a wonderful resource if you are planning to visit Costa Rica. Maps, tours, hotels, car
rentals, facts and figures galore!
Costa Rica Home Pages - lots of travel-related
information about Costa Rica.
List of birds of Costa Rica - Wikipedia - here is a reference to the many
birds to see in Costa Rica