Here are my lessons learned from doing a trip to Costa Rica.
1. Turriaba is the meca for Costa Rica boating. Make arrangements to stay at the http://www.hotelinteramericano.com/
. This place is very much boater friendly and can help you to arrange all your shuttles and boat rentals. I think we stayed for $10 a night. A nice tip to the hotel employees is apprecitated for helping to arrange all of your trips.
2. If you can avoid renting a car do so. The public transportation system is pretty effective and will save you tons of money.
3. Rent a boat rather than bringing your own. You may end up breaking even on the transaction but in the end the hassle is not worth it having your own boat, even if you dont get to paddle the newest model boat. The play is really not that great its more about the experience. Also renting a boat there helps to support the boating community.
4. Plan to spend around 20-40 a day for boating this will be the cost of the shuttle.
5. At the hotel they can hook you up with guides to take you down the rivers. They cost about $30-40 in addition to your shuttle fee. I would recomend this for the lower pacuare and the reventazon. In the end it may be better to go through costa rica rios for the day for something like this.
6. Take a day to go to taboccon resort and to see arenal (http://www.tabacon.com/?gclid=CJ-1uP...FRWFIwodhA9dfw
). One of the most active volcanos in the world. It shoots out huge glowing boulders very amazing.
7. Get a copy of chasing Jaguars which will fill you in on any other information.
there ya go.