8 day itinerary
Replies: 14 - Last Post: Feb 28, 2012 4:57 AM Last Post By: eddystonelightk...
Feb 26, 2012 8:05 PM
8 day itineraryHello, Can anyone recommend a great 8 day itinerary? We fly into San Jose and out of Liberia- but from my research this might not be such a great idea and could be changed. We would love a little beach, a little active and some local culture- I know, a lot to ask for in 8 days but it is all we have! Also, this is very last minute and we leave in 2 weeks. Thanks for any advice.
Feb 26, 2012 9:15 PM
Feb 27, 2012 5:20 AM
2whatever you do dont go to plya tamagringo. a guide book would be a good start. that said, were i to return, I would start in Montezuma (havent been there) and return to Puerto Viejo Talamanca CR and nearby Bocas del Toro Panama.
Feb 27, 2012 6:39 AM
3didn't you have something in mind when you booked a ticket into san jose and out of liberia?
for 7 days, figure two locations. arenal is very popular and is a good "volcano" destination. http://www.arenal.net
then head for one of the northern pacific beaches. http://www.guanacastecostarica.com or http://www.nicoyapeninsula.com or http://www.anywherecostarica.com - click on beach under destination
one to consider is playas del coco which is only about 30 minutes from the airport. it can be busy at times, but you have a choice of a number of places to stay of all budgets and a good choice of restaurants.
i am always amazed at people who will buy airline tickets to costa rica without a clue as to where they are going to go or what they are going to do. and without any kind of idea 2 weeks before the trip? you need to spend about an hour on the internet. look here for distances and driving times: http://www.yourtravelmap.com
Feb 27, 2012 6:46 AM
4Costa Rica is filling up with mindless tourist that just follow the crowds as of late...
What about Tortuguero Canals, rafting the Rio Paquare, and the caribe beaches?
What about Corocvado/Drake Bay?
What about Rincon/Celeste Waterfalls and a surf beach with lessons?
Feb 27, 2012 6:57 AM
Feb 27, 2012 7:18 AM
Feb 27, 2012 8:38 AM
7Thanks so much for all the advice. We would love to spend around half the time active- we are fit and would love some hiking (difficult hikes even better), zip lines, canopy tours. My husband refuses to go rafting so that's out. The other half we'd love to relax with some beach time and yoga and spa time. We actually have 2 flights held now- one in and out of San Jose and one into San Jose out of Liberia. We have a luxury hotel budget and intended to hire a driver there for transport. Just from the little research I was able to do last night it seems that arenal volcano area and Manuel Antonio park area would be good bases. We usually are very thoughtful with our travel but we had a trip to Laos/cambodia ( leaving the same day but gone for 2 weeks) planned and half our babysitter time just fell through so...plan b is costa rica (8 days in costa rica seems like a great cosolation) We lucked into finding a flight for the dates we needed- that's why it's so rushed! Not willing to give up a week with babysitters and time off work - just trying to plan quickly!Thanks for any guidance with our scramble for info
Feb 27, 2012 8:48 AM
8You guys are way too negative.
Buying a ticket to CR without knowing much really is OK. And booking an open jaw ticket in one airport and out the other is a decent idea.
The OP did tell us a bit about their interests: Beach, some activity (physical, I guess), and culture.
8 days is enough time to go to three good destinations. I can't say much about the culture side, because to me, CR is not so obvious in this area. But for beaches, there is all of Guanacaste, and for physical activity, there is easy hiking around Bijagua, and easy to difficult hiking around Rincon de la Vieja.
The rental car is completely optional. I would skip it unless you want to venture really distant off the main highway. The buses work well on the Panamerican (SJO to Liberia), and the lodges will pick you up for a moderate fee. Local taxis are easy to find too.
Also, please ignore Eddy completely. Poor hungry troll :-( !
Feb 27, 2012 8:55 AM
Feb 27, 2012 9:08 AM
10Ay, Solo, que pena!
They said they have a big budget, so, ok, some Costa Rican driver will make some money to build an addition onto his house. Is it so terrible?
I would go with the shuttle, or by preference, buses and local taxi's but, that does't call into question the sanity of the OP.
Sounds like they are in for a nice holiday as long as they don't get too sidetracked by bad advice.
Feb 27, 2012 9:24 AM
11if you fly into liberia and out of san jose or vice versa, then you should take advantage of that by seeing different parts of the country.
if you fly into and out of san jose, arenal and manuel antonio would be fine although they are the two most visited places in the country.
private transportation is easy and convenient and with an english-speaking driver, you will get a lot of good information and he will pick the best places to stop for snacks, food or photos. a couple to look at -- http://www.tucanlimoservices.com and http://www.anywherecostarica.com tucan is very professional and highly recommended and look at anywherecostarica just for comparison.
in arenal, the higher-end hotels are tabacon, arenal nayara and the springs. i would avoid the springs because it's kind of tacky. (fake rocks and the like) there are many excursions available from arenal. the hike in the tenorio national park to the rio celeste is great and very popular and you can do this as a day trip from the arenal area.
i think that whether you choose two or three locations depends on when your flight arrives and leaves. if your flight arrives at night, i would spend the night near the airport and then have your driver pick you up the next morning. some recommended hotels - orquideas inn, alegria b&b and the upscale (and beautiful) xandari.
if your flight leaves in the morning, you will want to spend the night close to the airport. you should plan on being at the airport 2.5-3 hours ahead of your flight, depending on how many other flights are leaving around the same time. you can't do online check-in so you will have to stand in line and check in at the counter.
for your second destination, it depends on how you finalize your airline arrival/departure. if you fly into and out of san jose, uvita/dominical would be a great choice and you can do a day trip to manuel antonio or a boat trip to cano island.
another possibility is punta islita - a gorgeous, upscale place and you can fly from san jose to shorten the travel time. http://hotelpuntaislita.com
for 7 or 8 days, i really think two locations is enough. there is plenty to do in the locations i have recommended and you can have a relaxing vacation instead of just the "grasshopper" trip. typically, it will take half a day to get from place to place -- 3-4 hours or more.
Feb 27, 2012 5:02 PM
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