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Costa Rica Itinerary Help

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My hubby and I are planning a trip for the first week in August. We're flying into Liberia and out of San Jose. We want some great surfing, relaxation and monkeys/wildlife. Hoping for some sun!
We're looking for some upscale romantic spots - we don't like touristy areas or resorts.
What are some thoughts on the following itinerary:

Day 1: Arrive into Liberia 12:15pm. Rent car and head to West Coast.
Get lunch in Tamarindo and head SOUTH to Playa Islita or further south to Santa Teresa area
- QUESTIONS/NOTES: We were originally thinking we'd stay in Tamarindo so we wouldn't be driving as much first day, but being that we don't like touristy areas we decided we'd rather go to a more off the beaten track spot. Islita and/or Santa Teresa seemed to get some great reviews.
We were also looking at Mal Pais, and Montezuma. Any recommendations here of one or the other or another location that may be beautiful, have great beaches and surf yet with easier/shorter access to the ferry for our departure (or shouldn't we worry about that)?

Day 2: Southern peninsula - Beach/Surfing day

Day 3: southern peninsula Beach/Surf
Day 4: Ferry then drive to Monte Verde. Stay in Monte Verde for cloud forest (thinking Cabins El Sol)
Day 5: Monte Verde drive to Uvita (thinking Oxygen Jungle Villas)
Day 6: Uvita
Day 7: Uvita overnight somewhere closer to SJO
QUESTIONS/NOTES: We were originally thinking Manuel Antonio until we heard how touristy and saw a video showing the tour buses showing up and groups walking together to see the beach and walkways with cameras etc. Incredibly beautiful, but just not for us. We'd rather have something more remote so thought further down the coast looked more our style for this trip. Uvita looks beautiful but any other suggestions for something a little further north or is it worth the trip to Uvita? We don't want to spend the vacation in the car but WILL go further if it means getting to the better spot.

Also, any recommendations for a place on the way back to SJO so we can stay in a beautiful location yet make our flight with no problems (without too long of a drive)? We don't want to stay in SJ.

Day 8: Departure SJO 11:15am

Thanks in advance for any recommendations!

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