Costa Rica Next Time
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Here are the places that we didn't see but where I'd like to go when I
return to Costa Rica.
Manuel Antonio National Park
This gets a bad rap from the Ticos who remember it when it was much
less crowded, but a good report from all the tourists. The main
attractions are a beautiful white sand beach and monkeys that are
accustomed to humans. "This is the only place in Costa Rica where you
can get a good portrait of a monkey," one guide explained and all the
tourists we talked to spoke of close encounters with groups of
monkeys. Some of these monkeys were begging for food, but many others
were just getting on with their life in the jungle.
Make sure to go Monday through Friday because it is a popular weekend
getaway destination for people who live in San Jose. If you go on a
hike through the forest, you won't encounter any crowds at any time.
Cano Negro Wildlife Refuge
This is a lowland swamp in the north-central part of the country,
close to the border with Nicaragua. Everyone who went there saw lots
of wildlife from boats. It sounded similar in many ways to
Tortuguero, which we liked very much.
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