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Hey guys,

I will be backpacking costa rica for the first 3 weeks of august. I'm a solo traveller looking to do some adventure activities (zip line, rafting, repelling, surfing, horseback riding etc), find good towns to meet people (I'll be staying In hostels- so recommendations would be helpful- I love hostel bookers,it's just in case y'all have any personal experience with a hostel) , hit the beach, and explore.

I need help creating my itinerary. I'm flying in and out of San Jose.

I have gotten much different advice from people, some saying to hit arenal to monteverde to tortugero down the caribbean coast to cahuita, puerto viejo and dip down to Bocas del toro. but then... What about the pacific coast! A lot of people have great things to say about Samara, Manuel Antonio, and other places on that side. And I've also heard a lot of people say raft toPV straight from San Jose. Anyone done this? Could I just raft in arenal?

Another issue I'm having is deciding how to get from monteverde to arenal or vice versa. What's the best/ cheap way to get there without spending an entire day on a bus?

Thanks for any help you can offer!

So, any advice of itinerary? Where to go/not go,

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