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From Rio Claro, it is about 100 miles northwest to Cartago and 110 miles northwest to San Jose.
Are you craving some salty ocean air? Two wonderful places to get your fill are Playa Cacao, 11 miles to the west, and Corcovado Beach, 40 miles to the west.
The area surrounding Rio Claro features some wonderful nature reserves. Two highly recommended attractions nearby to Rio Claro are Parque Nacional de Fauna Silvestre Golfito (7 miles away) and Piedras Blancas National Park (9 miles away).
If you go 8 miles to the west of Rio Claro you'll find Golfito. A stop here gives you the chance to experience Golfito Marina and Golfito National Wildlife Refuge. Cd Neily is another interesting option. It's about 8 miles away, and is home to Las Cavernas de Corredores and Paradise Tropical Garden.
Don't forget to make a day trip to Paso Ancho. It's about 35 miles to the east of Rio Claro and it has some fantastic visitor attractions, such as Volcan Baru National Park, Finca Dracula Orchid Sanctuary and Arte Cruz Volcán. Área Silvestre Protegida Lagunas de Volcán and Barriles are some more places that will keep you busy.
Spoil your taste buds in the region's numerous dining establishments.
A wonderful meal is dependent upon the quality of its ingredients. Luckily, the pork and chicken are amongst the world's best.
Casado and arroz con pollo (rice and chicken) are two meals you might like to try.
For a sweet encounter that will leave you wanting more, try tres leches (custard flan), a delectable dessert.
Gather your friends and order a round or two at one of the local bars. Don't even bother with the drinks list. If beer is what you're looking for, Bavaria is a no-brainer.
If you are not really a drinker, fresco de frutas (fruit shake) is usually available.
If you're out and about for the evening, be sure to try out a glass of Ron Centenario, a favorite spirit.
The true spirit of a place resides not just within it's monuments and mountains, but also within its language. Picking up a smattering of handy words and phrases in Spanish will make your stay much more meaningful. No comprendo is the Spanish way of saying I don't understand. Cheers/good health! is another great one to have at your disposal, so practice pronouncing ¡Salud.
A lively day of national celebration, Independence Day is something you won't want to miss. It takes place each year on the 15th of September.
After you've spent your last colones and it comes time to head home, don't forget to say a final "Adiós" to Rio Claro.
When it's time to hit the tarmac, you'll want to know that Tobias Bolanos International Airport is about 110 miles to the northwest.
Currently, there aren't many hotels and other types of accommodation on our Rio Claro lodging guide, so book ahead if you want to stay the night.
Nestled on the beach, this Puerto Jimenez resort is 3.3 mi (5.4 km) from Puerto Jimenez Pier and 3.4 mi (5.5 km) from Corcovado National Park Office. Pan Dulce Beach and Blanca Beach are also within 20 mi (32 km).
Situated in Golfito, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Fortunato Atencio Stadium, Golfito Marina, and Parque Nacional de Fauna Silvestre Golfito. Playa Cacao and Golfito National Wildlife Refuge are also within 3 mi (5 km).
This beachfront aparthotel is located in Puerto Jimenez, close to Puerto Jimenez Pier and Corcovado National Park Office. Regional attractions also include Casa Orquideas Botanical Garden and Playa Cacao.
Situated near the airport, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Corcovado National Park Office and Puerto Jimenez Pier. Pan Dulce Beach is 11.3 mi (18.2 km) away.
Situated near the bay, this hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Fortunato Atencio Stadium, Golfito Marina, and Parque Nacional de Fauna Silvestre Golfito. Playa Cacao and Golfito National Wildlife Refuge are also within 6 mi (10 km).
Situated near the airport, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Corcovado National Park Office and Puerto Jimenez Pier. Pan Dulce Beach is 11.2 mi (18.1 km) away.
Offering direct access to the beach, this Puerto Jimenez hotel is 3 mi (4.8 km) from Puerto Jimenez Pier and 3.1 mi (4.9 km) from Corcovado National Park Office. Pan Dulce Beach and Blanca Beach are also within 20 mi (32 km).
Situated in Puerto Jimenez, this aparthotel is within a 15-minute walk of Corcovado National Park Office and Puerto Jimenez Pier. Pan Dulce Beach is 11 mi (17.8 km) away.