Go for Less: Costa Rica
Appell tips us off on how to pick the best region to explore, how to stay with a family that will teach you Spanish and cook your meals, and how to enjoy the tropical bounty without spending too much.
Appell, whom I worked with when he was former executive editor for Arthur Frommer's Budget Travel magazine, has written for National Geographic Traveler and GQ and also runs the value-travel social media site Go-Lo.net.
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Some of the links David mentions:
www.VRBO.com (home rentals)
Four Seasons Papagayo
More of David's picks:
Bells' Home Hospitality
U.S.-based package tour operators: Capricorn Leisure, Gate 1 Travel
Places to stay, by area:
San José: El Grano de Oro, Hotel Alta
Lower Caribbean: Cariblue Bungalows
Upper Caribbean: Laguna Lodge
Pacific coast: Villa Mango
Monteverde: El Sapo Dorado
Manuel Antonio National Park: Sí Como No