Costa Rica on a Dime

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If saving money while you vacation is your concern then don't worry, it can be done without sacrificing your comfort and good time.  You should know that the off season is referred to as the Green Season and this last September to December.  The Christmas season would be the time that they come out of the Green Season.  I don't know if this means their rainy and hurricane season has ended but Christmas is a time when some families decide to go on vacation.

The first consideration is trying to get a good deal with the airlines to get you into Costa Rica.  There are 2 airports, Liberia airport and San Jose International Airport.  Liberia is located on the coast and San Jose International is inland outside of San Jose.  If you purchase your plane ticket scheduled during the green season you can save up to $150 per person on airfare.  It is possible to fly standby as well.

The 2 main airlines into Costa Rica from the U.S. are Continental and Delta.  Another possibility for saving money on airfare has just surfaced.  Costa Rica has given the official okay for 3 other airlines to land on their airstrips.  One of them is an American airline and it is the economy company of Frontier Airlines.  I don't know if rates are available yet but you might want to check with them.  If you are going to Costa Rica during the Green Season you are a person that likes rain.  It might just be worth the extra money to go during the High Season when it is dry and sunny.

The most affordable lodging I have found is the Bed & Breakfast trade.  One way of searching is to go to Pamela Lanier's Bed & Breakfast website  When I navigated her website and put Costa Rica in her search window I pulled up nothing.  So I clicked on the map that is to the side of the search window and I got Latin America.  Click near Central America and you have a list of Costa Rican cities that you can search for a B&B from.

As an example I clicked on a B&B in Monteverde.  I found La Colina, which is located in the Cloud forest and surrounded by the local Quaker community.  The rates run from $38 - $40 per night and they have quite a few amenities.  This facility also offers showers and baths to campers, although I am not sure I would want to camp in the jungle.  Give me 4 walls please.

The most inexpensive lodging I found was the Kalexma.  This B&B is owned by a woman that is an English teacher.  She first started this rooming house to offer lodging to her students.  She believes in immersion as a way of learning the language and offers low cost rooms as bridge to that end.  These rates are as low as $15 per night.  This is a bare bones arrangement and you have a bed and a bathroom.  The site can be found at

Villa Mango located in Nosara, Costa Rica, has the most moderate of prices.  A room will cost you approximately $59.00 per night, and $385.00 for a week.  This B&B is a 10-minute walk from the beach.
The Villa Decary has rates that run about $85 a night and it is located about 10 miles from the Arenal volcano.  The hotel sits on the shore of Lake Arenal with a view of the lake from you window.

If you are a woman traveling on your own I would check our Bed & Breakfast rooming, as it is easier to meet people in this type of environment.  A good travel resource for women is  This site gives great info for the single woman traveler.

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