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Costa Rica On A Dime

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If saving money while on vacation is a concern then don't worry, it can be done without sacrificing your comfort and a good time. You should know that the off-season is referred to as the Green Season and runs from 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 a lot of families decide to go on vacation.

Flying into Costa Rica

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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 could possibly save up to $150 per person on airfare. It is possible to fly standby as well.

There are quite a few budget airlines that fly into Costa Rica from the U.S. Those Airlines are Frontier, JetBlue, and Spirit along with your normal airlines like Delta. If you are going to Costa Rica during the Green Season take note that it does rain a lot during this time. 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. I found La Colina Pura Vista, which is located in the Cloud forest and surrounded by the local Quaker community. The rates run from $122 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.

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The most inexpensive lodging I found was the Bungalows Sanlaz in Varrui Jesus. It is located close to the airport but it is located in the mountains. The Bungalows Sanlaz feature a terrace and a garden. You can relax with some deep tissue massages, reflexology, or body treatment. It also has free in-room wifi. All the guest rooms have premium bedding and pillows. The bathrooms have rainfall showers. All guestrooms have decks or patios, kitchenettes, and a mini fridge. This lodging runs around $59 per night.

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Nosara Sunrise Bed and Breakfast located in Nosara, Costa Rica, has the most moderate prices. A room will cost you approximately $106 a night. This B&B is a 10-minute drive from the beach.

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If you are looking for a bit of Luxury where you can relax and keep it within the budget I would stay at Luxury Coco Villas in Sardinal. It runs about $113 a night. It is a 5-minute walk to Coco Beach. These Villas feature a swim-up bar, a terrace, and a garden. They even have barbecue grills you can use.

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