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Old 04-24-2009, 11:08 AM
 
Location: Olympus Mons, Mars
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I want to take a quick week vacation end of May to either Costa Rica or Dominican Republic. I want to keep a relaxed pace and manage to see all the important parts of the country, also want to do some snorkeling and don't want to deal with too much rain. With this in mind which of the two destinations do you think would be a better option? I'm leaning towards Dominican Republic.

I have read that this is the wet time for Costa Rica and a week may not be enough to see everything at a slower pace, also I heard the snorkeling is not that great in Costa Rica. Opinions?
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Old 04-24-2009, 11:47 AM
 
Location: NYC area
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I've been to both. The Dominican Republic is cheaper, but Costa Rica is definitely more exotic. I didn't do any snorkeling in CR, but I have to say that wild life over there is otherwise AMAZING. It also has very different climatic zones, unusual in a country to small, so you get incredible variety. There is the cloud forest (truly a thing to see), and turtle watching, and volcano hiking, and hot springs, and the best rafting trip I've ever had (which I made it a multi-day trip). Given a choice between the Dominican Republic and Costa Rica, I'd definitely go for Costa Rica. (Skip San Jose, though -- it's not among the glamorous capitals).
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Old 04-24-2009, 11:56 AM
 
Location: Oxford, England
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Costa Rica for me. It is just the most stunning place , pristine rainforests perfect for hking and walking, fantastic ecosystem, wonderful snorkeling and diving and the fabulous wildlife. Eco-tourism is very popular in Costa Rica so a lot of places are really low impact and the environment is just so beautifully preserved.

Costa Rica is one of my favourite places on Earth because it offers such accessible exoticism , and such a sense of escapism yet is so safe and so beautiful. It has so much to offer and unique attractions and IMO will create life-long memories.

A third of the country has been designated as "protected" and as such is absolutely pristine. The cloud Forest and the Parque Nacional Braulio Carrillo is just magnificent. The Flora and Fauna will leave you breathless , from sea turtles to strawberry-red Macaws. Costa Rica has the richest wildlife in terms of variety of species of anywhere on earth.

No contest for me anyway.
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Old 04-24-2009, 12:03 PM
 
Location: Olympus Mons, Mars
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thanks guys, Costa Rica is definitely high on my list of places to visit but i'm thinking end of May is poor timing in terms of weather. Also, I will have 9 days.. 2 traveling and 7 full days. I'm not sure if this is long enough to cover much ground given that it may rain a few days resulting in downtime.

I checked the weather right now in San Jose and it says thunderstorms for the whole week, yikes, and it's only April.
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Old 04-24-2009, 10:02 PM
 
Location: SW MO
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We went to Costa Rica in May of 2002 and it usually rained for an hour each day, then cleared off again. The plants and trees were just beginning to bloom and were very pretty. We snorkeled on the Pacific side, Papagayo Bay. There were 2 guides, another couple and the 3 of us. We saw octopus, turtles, starfish, sea squirts and lots of other neat things. The water on the Pacific is just as warm as the Caribbean because you are so close to the Equator. The visibility was not quite as good, but still great. We had on the resort grounds wild howler monkeys, parrots, iguanas, coatimundis and huge crabs. I highly recommend a trip to Arenal Volcano. Costa Rica is still my favorite vacation. Haven't been to DR yet, must go so I can compare.....
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Old 08-16-2009, 05:10 PM
 
Location: Bronx, NY
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DR can be very exotic as well. There are many little spots in DR that aren't really mainstream yet. You have to know locals to get to them. Honestly for people visiting DR I would advise them to stay away from the packaged hotel experiences. They are a little overrated IMO. It is a very small country, but there are a lot of little spots that aren't well known that are very interesting and beautiful. Like most Latin countries though, a few dollars and a little Spanish goes a long, long way.
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Old 08-17-2009, 12:32 PM
 
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I will say go with Dominican Republic, Punta Cana is one of the top to visit, however, if you want to be in peace and relaxing I think probably you should visit La Romana but it is a bit expensive. Try to book a hotel thats suitable for honeymoons and there is a little more privacy and less young crow. As far as safety, that would not be an issue is pretty safe.
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Old 08-17-2009, 05:37 PM
 
Location: Olympus Mons, Mars
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I wound up going to DR for about 10 days. Spent 3 days at the beach in Punta Cana, 1 day in Santo Domingo and 6 days in Sosua/Cabarete. The most interesting experience was doing the 27 charcos tour on the Rio Damajagua...what a rush!

I loved DR, would definitely return there some time in the future.
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