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Please evaluate my travel itinerary!

Please help! My husband and I need some expert guidance. After researching the Internet, reading guide books, and following this forum for months, we still have some questions and concerns. Would someone be willing to evaluate my July travel itinerary to Costa Rica and answer some questions I still have? Thanks to all who respond.
Day 1: Arrive 8:40 p.m. I haven't made hotel reservations yet for the first night. Since we get in so late, I was thinking about Hampton Inn because it is close to the airport and they have a free shuttle. Any better suggestions? (Or suggestions in case Hampton Inn is booked)
Day 2-5: I have reservations at Villa Caletas for three nights. Before we head to Villa Caletas, I would like to tour a coffee plantation and visit Sarchi Village. Is that too much to do in one day? Also, what is the best (comfortable, efficient, least expensive) way to arrange transportation to these spots and to Villa Caletas? Is it possible to hire one driver to take us to those places and then to Villa Caletas? What would be the general price range for that? How do I go about hiring someone? I don't want to rent a car. I haven't made any definitive plans once I'm at Villa Caletas. I want to spend some relaxing time around the pool and not be too rushed and hurried. Any suggestions about the area's attractions? Of Carara Biological Reserve, Manuel Antonio National Park, or Rainmaker Private Reserve, which is a must see. We are not into major hiking. Villa Caletas offers tours for $50, $75, and $85 per person respectively. Is there a better way (and less expensive)to visit any of those places? I've read many times on this forum that one really needs a guide to get the most out of the rainforest. They also have a Pacific Islands Cruise (in the gulf of the Nicoya) for $99 per person that sounds nice. Has anyone been?
Day 5-7: I have reservations at Tabacon Resort & Spa for two nights. I can't figure out how to get there from Villa Caletas. What is the best (comfortable, efficient, and least expensive) way to arrange transportation from Villa Caletas to Tabacon. Villa Caletas quoted a transportation only one way price for two to Arenal for $200. That seemed outrageous to me. Maybe I'm wrong. Any suggestions? I still don't want to rent a car. I planned on spending time in the water at Tabacon, getting some spa treatments and going on the canopy tour they have for $40 per person. Has anyone been on the canopy tour? I think it was suppose to open in June. Any other suggestions?
Day 7: We need to head back to a hotel near the airport for an early morning departure on day 8. Still thinking about Hampton Inn for the last night also. How should we get from Arenal to the hotel? What would be the general price range to expect?

Some questions and comments:
As you can see, transportation to these different places is my biggest concern. Neither my husband nor I want to drive in Costa Rica, so renting a car is not an option for us. I really desperately need some advice.
Is there any great sailing in any of the places we will be. The sailing places I've been reading about don't seem to be near where we will be. We would be interested in hiring someone to take us sailing for no more than half a day. Suggestions?
Any suggestions for canopy tours near where we will be. I need one that is fairly user friendly. No major physical challenges.

Please make any comments or suggestions. I really have appreciated reading everone's advice and ideas on this forum. You've made my trip come to life. I can't wait to get to Costa Rica! You all have been so very helpful. Thanks again to all who respond.

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