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Top Tips Please - Vancouver - Mexico City and Medellin

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I have a trip coming up soon to the above places: 9 days - 7 Days and 2 weeks respectively, and then a further month, so far completely undecided, but likely to be more of Colombia and some of Panama City and Costa Rica.

Has anyone got any top tips for any one or more of these places? Travel, things to see or Do's and Don'ts.

As always, many thanks in advance...
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If you're talking about Vancouver, B.C., Canada, take your umbrella, rain-and-wind proof, insulated jacket and warm sweater. (There's a Vancouver, Wash., which I know nothing about.)

Forecast, rain, mid-single digits in the afternoon and near zero overnight, currently. And the second-most expensive real estate in the world after Hong Kong.

https://weather.gc.ca/city/pages/bc-74_metric_e.html

You might actually visit Victoria, on Vancouver island. Probably the most English of Canadian cities and lots of brew pubs! Ironically, Vancouver City is not on Vancouver Island. LOL.

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Take a trip east to Banff national park, a wonderful drive through the rockies
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Not sure what you're into so...

Costa Rica is as easy as it gets, their economy is basically set up for tourism, San Jose has a central walking street and casinos downtown with all that comes along with that, the city has become pretty safe to walk around but get a cab at night, Arenal volcano is about an hour out of San Jose, Monteverde cloud forest is not far from that, I always liked Tamarindo for surfing and some decent scuba diving , Quepos/Manuel Antonio sits off the national park, Playa Hermosa has great surfing, Jaco next to it but I'm not a fan, the last 3 places are easy to get to by bus outta San Jose. I'm pretty bored with CR myself and it's been a while since I've been to some of these places, it's got too touristy for my tastes, English is widely spoken especially on the coasts.

Panama City, I really like Casco Viejo, some cool rooftop bars, Tantalo was the first, there's also a fish market/eatery the Japanese help them build, across the street in an old green building one of the funniest strip clubs I've ever been in(think it's called Mayorista, ironically the cheapest beer in the Country). Portobelo is strait up on the Caribbean coast, an old Spanish fort it's where they shipped the gold out, supposedly where Sir Francis Drake was buried at sea, decent Scuba diving. Bocas del Toro is full of young backpackers. It's interesting as Panama still holds firm to their colonial roots as the Conquistador Balboa's name is everywhere including the name of the currency. The Panamanians speak good English, lots of Venezuela refugees there and Colombians that don't, be careful of pickpockets especially downtown at night, the Canal is a must.

I can tell you about the DF and Medellin later, I also love good food/drink and can tell you some places if that's what you're into. when are you going? I'll be down that way in March and April.
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Seasquatch wrote: Sat Feb 15, 2020 11:01 pm Not sure what you're into so...

Costa Rica is as easy as it gets, their economy is basically set up for tourism, San Jose has a central walking street and casinos downtown with all that comes along with that, the city has become pretty safe to walk around but get a cab at night, Arenal volcano is about an hour out of San Jose, Monteverde cloud forest is not far from that, I always liked Tamarindo for surfing and some decent scuba diving , Quepos/Manuel Antonio sits off the national park, Playa Hermosa has great surfing, Jaco next to it but I'm not a fan, the last 3 places are easy to get to by bus outta San Jose. I'm pretty bored with CR myself and it's been a while since I've been to some of these places, it's got too touristy for my tastes, English is widely spoken especially on the coasts.

Panama City, I really like Casco Viejo, some cool rooftop bars, Tantalo was the first, there's also a fish market/eatery the Japanese help them build, across the street in an old green building one of the funniest strip clubs I've ever been in(think it's called Mayorista, ironically the cheapest beer in the Country). Portobelo is strait up on the Caribbean coast, an old Spanish fort it's where they shipped the gold out, supposedly where Sir Francis Drake was buried at sea, decent Scuba diving. Bocas del Toro is full of young backpackers. It's interesting as Panama still holds firm to their colonial roots as the Conquistador Balboa's name is everywhere including the name of the currency. The Panamanians speak good English, lots of Venezuela refugees there and Colombians that don't, be careful of pickpockets especially downtown at night, the Canal is a must.

I can tell you about the DF and Medellin later, I also love good food/drink and can tell you some places if that's what you're into. when are you going? I'll be down that way in March and April.
Planning something similar without Canada myself. Columbia and work north to mexico. Whats the situation with atm fees and can you open a bank account as a long term tourist like in Cambodia or do you need to jump through hoops?
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In Canada - take some classes on extreme mild-manneredness and radical politeness.
Exciting stuff and they are the experts.

But don't then go taking those lessons to any of the other places you mentioned
unless you've got a gun to back it up.
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ExPenhMan wrote: Sat Feb 15, 2020 2:34 pm If you're talking about Vancouver, B.C., Canada, take your umbrella, rain-and-wind proof, insulated jacket and warm sweater. (There's a Vancouver, Wash., which I know nothing about.)

Forecast, rain, mid-single digits in the afternoon and near zero overnight, currently. And the second-most expensive real estate in the world after Hong Kong.

https://weather.gc.ca/city/pages/bc-74_metric_e.html

You might actually visit Victoria, on Vancouver island. Probably the most English of Canadian cities and lots of brew pubs! Ironically, Vancouver City is not on Vancouver Island. LOL.

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Northface jacket with fleece inner is in the case already. No woolly hat or scarf but that's an easy fix. Airbnb booked and paid for. I heard it's $7 a beer which is not going to be much fun.

Thanks for the tips
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Seasquatch wrote: Sat Feb 15, 2020 11:01 pm Not sure what you're into so...

Costa Rica is as easy as it gets, their economy is basically set up for tourism, San Jose has a central walking street and casinos downtown with all that comes along with that, the city has become pretty safe to walk around but get a cab at night, Arenal volcano is about an hour out of San Jose, Monteverde cloud forest is not far from that, I always liked Tamarindo for surfing and some decent scuba diving , Quepos/Manuel Antonio sits off the national park, Playa Hermosa has great surfing, Jaco next to it but I'm not a fan, the last 3 places are easy to get to by bus outta San Jose. I'm pretty bored with CR myself and it's been a while since I've been to some of these places, it's got too touristy for my tastes, English is widely spoken especially on the coasts.

Panama City, I really like Casco Viejo, some cool rooftop bars, Tantalo was the first, there's also a fish market/eatery the Japanese help them build, across the street in an old green building one of the funniest strip clubs I've ever been in(think it's called Mayorista, ironically the cheapest beer in the Country). Portobelo is strait up on the Caribbean coast, an old Spanish fort it's where they shipped the gold out, supposedly where Sir Francis Drake was buried at sea, decent Scuba diving. Bocas del Toro is full of young backpackers. It's interesting as Panama still holds firm to their colonial roots as the Conquistador Balboa's name is everywhere including the name of the currency. The Panamanians speak good English, lots of Venezuela refugees there and Colombians that don't, be careful of pickpockets especially downtown at night, the Canal is a must.

I can tell you about the DF and Medellin later, I also love good food/drink and can tell you some places if that's what you're into. when are you going? I'll be down that way in March and April.
Costa Rica, and Taramindo was on my list, But San Jose looks like it's worth a few days in.

What is "DF"? Medellin is for at least 2 weeks. I am into good food and booze. I will steer clear of the seedy side of things as that's where all the trouble seems to come from. I am staying in El Poblado, Medellin fro 16-31 in Parque Lleras.

I have no plans for April, except will start to head back up north. Santa Martha is a possibility.

My flight out of Vancouver to Manilla leaves on 26th April.
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Seasquatch wrote: Sat Feb 15, 2020 11:01 pm Not sure what you're into so...

Costa Rica is as easy as it gets, their economy is basically set up for tourism, San Jose has a central walking street and casinos downtown with all that comes along with that, the city has become pretty safe to walk around but get a cab at night, Arenal volcano is about an hour out of San Jose, Monteverde cloud forest is not far from that, I always liked Tamarindo for surfing and some decent scuba diving , Quepos/Manuel Antonio sits off the national park, Playa Hermosa has great surfing, Jaco next to it but I'm not a fan, the last 3 places are easy to get to by bus outta San Jose. I'm pretty bored with CR myself and it's been a while since I've been to some of these places, it's got too touristy for my tastes, English is widely spoken especially on the coasts.

Panama City, I really like Casco Viejo, some cool rooftop bars, Tantalo was the first, there's also a fish market/eatery the Japanese help them build, across the street in an old green building one of the funniest strip clubs I've ever been in(think it's called Mayorista, ironically the cheapest beer in the Country). Portobelo is strait up on the Caribbean coast, an old Spanish fort it's where they shipped the gold out, supposedly where Sir Francis Drake was buried at sea, decent Scuba diving. Bocas del Toro is full of young backpackers. It's interesting as Panama still holds firm to their colonial roots as the Conquistador Balboa's name is everywhere including the name of the currency. The Panamanians speak good English, lots of Venezuela refugees there and Colombians that don't, be careful of pickpockets especially downtown at night, the Canal is a must.

I can tell you about the DF and Medellin later, I also love good food/drink and can tell you some places if that's what you're into. when are you going? I'll be down that way in March and April.
Costa Rica, and Taramindo was on my list, But San Jose looks like it's worth a few days in.

What is "DF"? Medellin is for at least 2 weeks. I am into good food and booze. I will steer clear of the seedy side of things as that's where all the trouble seems to come from. I am staying in El Poblado, Medellin fro 16-31 in Parque Lleras.

I have no plans for April, except will start to head back up north. Santa Martha is a possibility.

My flight out of Vancouver to Manilla leaves on 26th April.
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pczz wrote: Sun Feb 16, 2020 4:11 am
Seasquatch wrote: Sat Feb 15, 2020 11:01 pm Not sure what you're into so...

Costa Rica is as easy as it gets, their economy is basically set up for tourism, San Jose has a central walking street and casinos downtown with all that comes along with that, the city has become pretty safe to walk around but get a cab at night, Arenal volcano is about an hour out of San Jose, Monteverde cloud forest is not far from that, I always liked Tamarindo for surfing and some decent scuba diving , Quepos/Manuel Antonio sits off the national park, Playa Hermosa has great surfing, Jaco next to it but I'm not a fan, the last 3 places are easy to get to by bus outta San Jose. I'm pretty bored with CR myself and it's been a while since I've been to some of these places, it's got too touristy for my tastes, English is widely spoken especially on the coasts.

Panama City, I really like Casco Viejo, some cool rooftop bars, Tantalo was the first, there's also a fish market/eatery the Japanese help them build, across the street in an old green building one of the funniest strip clubs I've ever been in(think it's called Mayorista, ironically the cheapest beer in the Country). Portobelo is strait up on the Caribbean coast, an old Spanish fort it's where they shipped the gold out, supposedly where Sir Francis Drake was buried at sea, decent Scuba diving. Bocas del Toro is full of young backpackers. It's interesting as Panama still holds firm to their colonial roots as the Conquistador Balboa's name is everywhere including the name of the currency. The Panamanians speak good English, lots of Venezuela refugees there and Colombians that don't, be careful of pickpockets especially downtown at night, the Canal is a must.

I can tell you about the DF and Medellin later, I also love good food/drink and can tell you some places if that's what you're into. when are you going? I'll be down that way in March and April.
Planning something similar without Canada myself. Columbia and work north to mexico. Whats the situation with atm fees and can you open a bank account as a long term tourist like in Cambodia or do you need to jump through hoops?
I have been reading this website, it has quite a lot of good info. It's Medellin centric but much of the info will apply nationally.
https://medellinguru.com/
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