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COPA Airlines, a Star Alliance member have round trip airfares travelling from Washington DC (IAD) to San Jose Costa Rica (SJO) for $260, making one stop in Panama. Google flights says 49% fare increase likely in 12 hours.

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Departs IAD: March 1; 5-8, 12-15, 20; April 2-30; May 1-20, 23, 25-31; June 1-7, 10, 12; July 3-4, 10-11, 17-18, 20, 22, 24-25, 27, 29, 31; Aug 1, 6-8, 12-18, 20-31; Sept 1-30; Oct 1-8; Nov 25-28

Returns wide and good availability

Use dates and book it on Expedia [expedia.com]. Priceline [priceline.com] and Orbitz [orbitz.com] is fine too but they're a dollar more. Bundling hotel with airfare will save money. Expedia allows cancellations within 24 hrs of reservation.


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Don't plan on renting a car -- Costa Rica is #1 in the world for the most dangerous roads. Smilie

Amazing price though, and they have some FANTASTIC scuba diving down there. Very tempting!
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Be prepared to drop $1000+ on a car rental for a week as the government rips you off. Honestly I'd skip in retrospect and go back to Belize
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Car rental in Costa Rica must have changed recently, based on above comments. I was there for 8 days about 5 years ago and rented a Jeep for the entire trip. Total was $425 for the rental including all fees and taxes. Beautiful drives. Roads were no more dangerous than what I've been on in Thailand, China and even some parts of Japan. I never felt unsafe.
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Don't plan on renting a car -- Costa Rica is #1 in the world for the most dangerous roads.

Amazing price though, and they have some FANTASTIC scuba diving down there. Very tempting!
Where did you dive down there? Any recommendations will be welcome, as I may jump on this flight deal!
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We enjoyed a week in Western Costa Rica last year. Good rate on car rental (but yes, you are required to but govt insurance. Cheap had and newly paved road.
Loved it.
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Don't plan on renting a car -- Costa Rica is #1 in the world for the most dangerous roads. Smilie

Amazing price though, and they have some FANTASTIC scuba diving down there. Very tempting!
I can attest that the roads are pretty sketchy. I rented a Jimny 4x4 for 5 weeks. On the "road of death" i passed numerous accidents, and the most tragic being a minivan entirely pancaked by some sort of dump truck that fell on it. Its a two-lane highway with a cliff to nowhere on one side, and a mountain side on the other with waterfalls sometimes landing right on the road (small ones). Gorgeous, but sketchy lol

I also got pulled over 3x. Had to bribe each time about $50-65 US dollars to get let go.

Still would probably do it exactly the same way.
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Don't plan on renting a car -- Costa Rica is #1 in the world for the most dangerous roads. Smilie

Amazing price though, and they have some FANTASTIC scuba diving down there. Very tempting!
No true. I went on a solo trip last June and drove day and night. Although, it was a scary drive it was a cool experience. I also met some really cool people are solo travelers so we were able to drive to many places anytime of the day. Otherwise, you will have to use tours to go everywhere or take the public bus that takes days. I would recommend getting a 4x4 just incase and make sure it has fog lights.
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Where did you dive down there? Any recommendations will be welcome, as I may jump on this flight deal!
La fortuna is a great place to start once arriving to san jose
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Don't forget that there is a $20 exit fee that you have to pay at the airport that is NOT included in your ticket. At least it has been like that the last few times I was in CR.
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Where did you dive down there? Any recommendations will be welcome, as I may jump on this flight deal!
No first hand experience yet! I know several people that have been though and have read a few articles. Belize and Costa Rica are known as dive destinations. Other than Puerto Rico, I haven't been diving in the Caribbean. I'm hoping to a do a live aboard in the next couple years.
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No true. I went on a solo trip last June and drove day and night. Although, it was a scary drive it was a cool experience. I also met some really cool people are solo travelers so we were able to drive to many places anytime of the day. Otherwise, you will have to use tours to go everywhere or take the public bus that takes days. I would recommend getting a 4x4 just incase and make sure it has fog lights.
It wasn't me that labeled it the most dangerous -- there was a worldwide ranking out there, and I just remembered being surprised that Costa Rica was at the top, based on annual deaths per capita or something like that. I agree that being without a car limits you, but the danger is apparently real. If I were young, I'd probably do it but not with the responsibilities that I have for others these days. Smilie
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La fortuna is a great place to start once arriving to san jose
Agreed. And if you want to hit up some hot springs (you do), go to Tabacon.

I would also put in a plug for Monteverde, a little town up in the rainforest. Very unique and beautiful place with plenty to do and see.
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Copa is honestly one of the best carriers I have ever been on. Free drink, free food, comfortable seats, no extra baggage fees, cute attendants, and just a great experience.

Go Jaco or go home. That's what we did. Driving isn't that bad.. The real danger was not if you die in a wreck it was dealing with the policia after you hit a local who was swerving in and out of traffic on a dirt bike. Motorcycles run rampant, and its rather crazy.

1 car, 1 week $670.

All things considered.... Id go back. The people are just so welcoming and nice. It's one of the last safe areas on central America.

Be prepared to spend. Although the currency is weak (colones) , everything was still so damn expebsive.

Walmart owns the country....... Maxi Pali.
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