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Costa Rica on a budget: Three cheap vacation destinations

July 13, 2019

Want to vacation in Costa Rica without breaking the bank? The Costa Rican Tourism Board (ICT) has released a short list of options for exploring on a budget.

Orosí Lookout

If you’re seeking a moderate climate near San José, ICT recommends Mirador Orosí (The Orosí Viewpoint) in Cartago province.

The viewpoint has a “jaw-dropping scenic overlook,” according to Lonely Planet, and visitors can freely use the grills, greens and bathrooms.

Admission is free. The viewpoint is open Monday to Sunday, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  Call 2299-5800 for more information. Google Maps link.

Valleys of Orosí and Ujarrás

Other options in Cartago include the Valleys of Orosí and Ujarrás, where visitors can enjoy spectacular views with family or friends.

Among the attractions are the Ruins of Ujarrás (Google Maps link), a colonial church constructed in the 17th century. Costa Rica’s oldest colonial ruins house the statue of the Virgin of the Holy Conception of Ujurrás, which (allegedly) protected the area from hostile attacks.

Beach of Doña Ana

If you want to take a trip to the beach, ICT recommends Playa de Doña Ana, located near the Port of Caldera and 10 km from Puntarenas (Google Maps link).

The picturesque beach boasts Costa Rica’s blue-flag designation and reliable swells for surfing. It’s also quieter than the more popular Puntarenas and Caldera beaches.

The beach is open daily, has an entry fee of 1,500 colones (about $2.60) and charges 1,000 colones (about $1.70) for parking.

ICT’s “Vamos a Turistear” campaign offers advice, recommendations and travel deals for Ticos and foreigners alike. Click here for more information. 

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