WHEN YOU GO:
Depending on your U.S. departure city, airlines that service San Jose, Costa Rica include American, Continental, and Lacsa. U.S. firms offering auto rentals include Avis, Budget, Dollar, Hertz, National, and Thrifty. If you plan to rent a car, it is recommended to reserve it prior to your travels to obtain the best pricing. See the Travel Info section for airline and auto rental Web links and 800 phone numbers.
|Options for travel from San Jose to La Cusinga Lodge are listed below:
La Cusinga Lodge provides all of your meals as well as a number of guided tours and options for third-party tours and sporting activities. For additional travels, there are a variety of lodging alternatives in San Jose, the Central Valley, along the Pacific Coast and in the mountains north of San Isidro. Country inns are a popular alternative in the other areas of Costa Rica. The Web sites listed below will provide information on a number of these establishments. Good guide books for Costa Rica include The New Key to Costa Rica, Frommers Costa Rica and Lonely Planet Costa Rica. They provide excellent information for planning your tour, including rankings for accommodations and dining.
Costa Rica is roughly the size of West Virginia, with a population of 3.5 million, 2/3 of which is centered around San Jose. 25% of the land is in public or private protected status. Costa Rica has the longest standing and purest democracy in the Central America region. Climate in San Jose and the Central Valley is fairly moderate due to the 3,000-4,000 foot elevation. Tropical conditions exist in the lowland areas. The dry season runs from December to April, which is also the busiest tourist season.
In general, Costa Rica has a very low incidence of travel health problems, but there is some risk of malaria and other tropical ailments. It is recommended to visit a U.S. travel clinic before traveling. Youll receive information on the current health conditions and can obtain shots or medications appropriate to your personal travel plans. Travel clinics can also give you food and emergency treatment advisories to minimize risk during your travels.
Useful WWW sites:
La Cusinga Lodge
Costa Rica Handbook Web guidebook by Moon Publications
La Nacion Digital: all the news of Costa Rica, in Spanish
Costa Rica's Travel Net: Costa Rica tourism
TravelWeb Costa Rica: hotels, cars, etc.
AmeriSpan: Spanish Immersion, Volunteer/Intern and Educational Travel programs
Return to Costa Rica's "Rich Coast" article.