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Surfing & Wildlife plus other activities in Osa - Itinerary help please!

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Hi. Sorry in advance this is long. My husband and I and possibly our daughters (who'll be 14 and 11) are planning to come to the Osa Peninsula next summer and I have a ton of questions! As background, husband is very athletic and fit and I am not! The girls love animals but don't love hiking - however, they did enjoy our last trip to Costa Rica in which we visited Arenal and Manuel Antonio. I'm the one driving the trip, and am mainly interested in the wildlife and relaxation.

We'd probably like to keep the trip to about 10 days or 11 max including travel from San Francisco, CA. I definitely want to stay at Bosque del Cabo for several days, and want to have them coincide with some of the days Fodors group is having a get together from June 27-July 4. Don't need to be there that whole time. Here are the things we'd like to do (or possibly do, partly depending upon whether our kids come):

1. Husband is a surfer and will want to surf. I know he can do this from BdC but it's a 10-min drive each way and we don't plan to have a car. I know he can get rides from the Lodge but less convenient than if we stayed for a few days closer to the surfing beaches. I know Encanta La Vida is right on the surfing beaches - thought of staying there but I hear from Tully it's not that great a place (though staff is nice) and is very hot. Also thinking of a few days at Iguana Lodge instead, but is that any closer to the surfing beaches than BdC? Husband is like an advanced intermediate surfer. He doesn't need to surf every day we are there, of course, maybe just a few days. I read on Iguana Lodge website there's a local surfer who will take you surfing (not teach but go with, which is fine for my husband) but I just wonder how far it is.

2. I'm trying to decide whether to go to Corcovado but am leaning towards yes. I'd love to try to see tapir, peccary (or even puma? I know that is not too likely though!) I know you will see most of the Corcovado wildlife at BdC, but tapir not as likely there, right? No way I can hike in to Corcovado - I am overweight and in no shape for that - I can hike around at a leisurely pace for a few hours IN the jungle but think we'd need to boat in or fly in.
-- Also not sure whether to stay overnight.
-- If boat, how likely we'll be seasick, assuming we are people who do get seasick?
-- If plane, how much does it cost and who do we contact?

3. Also considering Cano Island for snorkeling. Not sure kids will want to do it if they come - older daughter very afraid of jellyfish, having been stung in the past. I'd think I'd like to do it if they don't come, though again, should I be concerned about seasickness from boat ride there?

Other possible activities we might want to do are the animal sanctuary and, if in Drake's Bay, the bug lady night tour.

What is the best base for all those activities - Encanta La Vida, Puerto Jiminez (Iguana Lodge) or Drake Bay? I've read it's good to do these activities before getting to BdC as you then don't waste an extra hour each way in time and cost getting to where you'd start the activities. If we were based in Drake's Bay, how do we then get to BdC? It sounds confusing! After reading reviews, I was interested in

And can I fit all this in with 3-5 days at Bosque in the time frame mentioned?

Thanks so much in advance for your expert help!

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