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Costa Rica - 24th November to 7th December

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May 31st, 2013, 08:25 AM
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Costa Rica - 24th November to 7th December

Hi everyone,
I will be visiting Costa Rica with my husband for the first time this November and I will be very grateful if some of you could give me some advises :

14Days/13Nights – end of November
Day 1 – Arrive at San Jose at afternoon. Night in San Jose or Alajuela.
Day 2 – Tour to Poas, doka, grecia, sarchi. Night in San Jose or Alajuela.
Day 3 – San Jose/Alajuela to La Fortuna (by shuttle). Night in La Fortuna.
Day 4 – Activities in Arenal. Night in La Fortuna.
Day 5 – La Fortuna to Manuel Antonio (by shuttle). Night in Manuel Antonio
Day 6 – Day at leisure in Manuel Antonio. Night in Manuel Antonio
Day 7 – Day at leisure in Manuel Antonio. Night in Manuel Antonio
Day 8 – Day at leisure in Manuel Antonio. Night in Manuel Antonio
Day 9 – Manuel to Drake Bay (shuttle + boat). Night in Drake Bay
Day 10 – Corcovado National Park Tour. Night in Drake Bay
Day 11 – Cano Island Tour. Night in Drake Bay
Day 12 - Day at leisure in Drake Bay. Night in Drake Bay
Day 13 – Drake Bay to San Jose (domestic flight). Night in San Jose
Day 14 – San Jose to Miami (international flight) *End of the trip*

Questions:
1) If I stay in Alajuela it will be possible to go on a tour to Poas without pass thought San Jose? I have read that this tour have pick-up first in Alajuela and then in San Jose.

2) This itinerary includes 3 nights in Manuel Antonio to visit the park and to spend some time in the beach (we search for calm waters). Do you advise another Riviera/beach that we can include in the itinerary?

3) Do you think taking a flight on the 14th day at 8 a.m. from Drake Bay to San Jose having a connection flight to Miami at 2 p.m on the same day is too risky? Should I stay on the previously night in San José? If I have to stay one night in San Jose what do you recommend to do/visit once we arrive in San Jose at 9 a.m.

4) At least, if I consider to spend one night less in Drake Bay ( where do you advise me to spend this extra night?

I will be waiting for your help and suggestions!

Thank you!!

Silvia
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Jun 3rd, 2013, 08:12 PM
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Hello Silvia! your itinerary seems Great!

Answers:
1) It is possible, (besides logical-Volcan Poas is located in Alajuela-) to go to Poas without passing by San Jose. That depends on the tour operator you booked your tour with. But you might be able to ask for an "after san jose" - pick up service.
2)Manuel Antonio sea is calm and great for swimming, maybe you might be interested in a 1-day boat tour to the idyllic Tortuga Island.
3)The flight Drake - SJO is not that risky as the flight takes less than 1:20hr. Passengers must be at the airport 2 hours before their flights departures.
4)It may be Villa Blanca Cloud Forest Hotel and Reserve. (1:10 hrs to the airport), Vista del Valle Plantation Inn (35 minutes to the airport) or any hotel at Santa Ana area.

I hope this helps,
Zizou10
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