Mexico & Central America Forums

Start a new topic Change Forum
Advanced search

Cost Rica planning

Jump to last reply

We have finally started planning a trip to Costa Rica, and I am overwhelmed with the number of choices. I have a couple of guide books to get started, and I am having trouble narrowing things down.

We are active, independent travelers most interested in flora and fauna. Some guided activities are fine, but we also want some time hiking (day hikes) on our own. We typically stay in mid- to higher-end hotels/lodges. From the descriptions in the books, some of the parks have a lot of visitors. I am hoping to have some time in more isolated areas with fewer people. I think we will be going the first couple of weeks in May.

So far, the following places are at the top of our list:
1. Corcorvado park in Osa peninsula - Maybe stay at Bosque del Cabo lodge? Will we be able to do independent hikes in the park from there, or would guided tours be a better idea?
2. Manuel Antonio Park - How crowded will this be? Maybe Carara would be a better choice for us?
3. Monteverde - Where to stay?
4. Arenal

Is this too many destinations for two weeks? Any suggestions on how to get from one place to another would be great. We are open to renting a car, and I am comfortable driving on rough roads.

Thanks,
Ana

12 Replies |Back to top

| Add a Reply

Sign in to comment.

Recent Activity

  • Announcements:
  • Writers Needed for Georgia Coast
    by Emily_D Fodor's Editor | Posted on Jul 18, 14 at 03:12 PM
  • Writers Needed for Rwanda and Uganda
    by Emily_D Fodor's Editor | Posted on Jul 18, 14 at 03:12 PM
  • Writers Needed for Zimbabwe, Zambia and Tanzania
    by Emily_D Fodor's Editor | Posted on Jul 18, 14 at 03:11 PM
View all Mexico & Central America activity »
  1. 1 Guatemala customs question
  2. 2 3 extra hours in Mexico City airport, any shopping malls nearby?
  3. 3 Costa Rica questions
  4. 4 Mextrotter
  5. 5 30 Reasons Why You Should Visit Cozumel (in pictures)
  6. 6 Riu Santa Fe vs Palace
  7. 7 Trying to decide between Hawaii or Mexico for family trip
  8. 8 Costa Rica: Mal Pais or Manuel Antonio?
  9. 9 CAR RENTAL 4WD COSTA RICA
  10. 10 carniva cruise key west and cozumel in august 2014
  11. 11 How to Reach Cancun Tourists
  12. 12 Costa Rica Osa Questions
  13. 13 Trip Report Back from Bosque del Cabo
  14. 14 costa rica
  15. 15 Trip Report 5th Trip CR with Teenagers-Bosque Del Cabo and Iguana Lodge June '14
  16. 16 Costa Rica during Easter week?
  17. 17 Car rental Cancun
  18. 18 Three week backpacking adventure with kids….
  19. 19 Christmas in Puebla?
  20. 20 Trip Report Volcanogirl Goes to Belize
  21. 21 Ideas for a graduation trip for 18 yr old
  22. 22 Thinking of Merida for 10 days or so this fall. Have some questions.
  23. 23 Viceroy Riviera Maya
  24. 24 Single Girl 50's looking for AI in Costa Rica
  25. 25 Driving from San Jose to Uvita-Suggestions for Fabulous Lunch Stop
View next 25 » Back to the top