Replies: 4 - Last Post: Mar 1, 2013 1:12 PM Last Post By: wiremu
Mar 1, 2013 9:54 AM
Intinerary ?Hi all,
A friend and I are planning on heading to Costa Rica at the beginning of April. We are planning on being there for six days and would like to experience both the volcanoes and the beach during our trip. We are renting a car and I'm assuming that most of these drives will take approx 4 hours assuming we get lost/ drive slowly/bad roads etc??
Saturday morning-drive from San Jose to Arenal.
Sunday morning- Arenal
Sunday afternoon-drive to Monteverde
Tuesday morning- Monteverde
Tuesday afternoon-drive to Manuel Antonio
Wednesday- Manuel Antonio
Thursday- drive back to San Jose.
My question is whether or not this seems like too much to do in a short period of time. If so, does anyone have any other recommendations that would allow us to experience all those things, but perhaps in different places? Thanks so much in advance!!
Mar 1, 2013 10:17 AM
1That is fine, IMO, its 4 hours between Arenal and Monteverde, and another 4 hours or more from ionteverde to Quepos/MA.
But it depends what activity you want to enjoy in each place too...
Dont drive at night, gets dark 530ish...
Mar 1, 2013 11:17 AM
2i would keep your itinerary to two locations. you can experience both volcanoes and beach in that amount of time - but - with your current itinerary, you will be spending a great deal of time packing and unpacking and in a vehicle.
i always think it is much better to just relax and enjoy a place rather than hurry around to "see something" during a short amount of time.
the arenal area has so very much to do and see as well as some great day trips, that it deserves more time.
manuel antonio is fine for your beach location. it is very popular - the most visited national park in costa rica (closed on monday).
so i would just split your time between these two.
keep in mind that the airport is not actually in san jose, but in alajuela. there is lodging of all sorts and prices 15 minutes or less from the airport.
Mar 1, 2013 12:02 PM
Mar 1, 2013 1:12 PM
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