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Follow Up Questions: MA / Osa

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Thanks for the very helpful replies to my previous post, in particular Volcanogirl and fcfarmgirl. Lots of follow-up questions and my deepest thanks for any answers or suggestions:

Manuel Antonio:

We have never been to Manuel Antonio but it has been on the radar for almost 20 years. For our 10 night visit, I am considering 3 or 4 nights at Arenas Del Mar followed by 4 or 5 nights on the Osa and the final night close to SJO. The time in MA would be spent doing more typically fun touristy-type things such as river tubing, hanging bridges, sailing or a visit to the Park, and afternoons at the beach if the weather is OK.

- Is Manuel Antonio still worth a visit if in the early green season (mid-May)? From some accounts, it almost seems like a Costa Rican version of Myrtle Beach, SC.

- Any input or advice from recent stays at Arenas Del Mar? Does it have a formal or corporate "feel"?

- Is the mid-May snorkeling around MA usually OK (not expecting anything all that great)?

- Are the white-faced capuchin monkeys around Arenas Del Mar aggressive in terms of having become used to being fed / stealing food or items left unattended? I have read this is an issue in the Park.

- Are the beaches accessed by Arenas Del Mar good ones? I have read that one of them is clothing optional / more gay oriented. Neither of these is a concern to us, although my wife would be alarmed if I took advantage of the clothing optional option!

- Is the Park worth a visit, given that it is so heavily used and the fact that we will be spending time on the Osa?

- For our arrival, American has a flight scheduled to arrive in SJO just before 11am. Nature Air has a 2pm to Quepos. Is 3 hours enough time to clear customs and make the Nature Air flight? My thinking is that the weather may be clouding up by 2pm in Quepos but the rains in May usually hold off until late afternoon. I have found Nature Air to be much more reliable as to sticking to their flight schedule than Sansa.

- Any advice on a reliable driver or transportation company if we need to drive from SJO to MA and/or from MA to Puerto Jiminez? If anyone has recently driven either route, what are the approximate drive times? I have read that the roads from MA to PJ have been recently upgraded but have also read conflicting estimates of the typical drive time.


I cannot decide between splitting the time between Iguana Lodge and Bosque Del Cabo or spending the entire time at BDC. Bosque is a definite, if they have room. Iguana has plenty of appeal but we are not totally sold on it. The privacy of having a private cabina at Bosque is more appealing than sharing a duplex cabina at Iguana. Iguana has direct beach access and more immediate access to water-oriented activities. Need advice please! If 4 nights, is a 2 and 2 split better or all 4 at BDC? If 5 nights, 2 at Iguana and 3 at BDC or all 5 at BDC?

- Iguana advertises a night hike that the web site describes as being snake-intensive. Awesome if true, but does it compete with night hikes around BDC?

- Iguana projects a hip vibe throughout the descriptive text on their web site, almost like "we're cool people from Colorado and now we're even cooler because we bought this awesome beach place in Costa Rica". Hip is awesome but is usually much better and more sincere if unspoken and subtle. Is the deliberately hip "feel" of the web site more advertising or does the experience at Iguana Lodge deliberately "hip"?

So many questions! Thanks Again.

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