Costa Rica: Arenal or Manuel Antonio??

Old Mar 31st, 2010, 02:29 PM
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Costa Rica: Arenal or Manuel Antonio??

Hi,
My fiance and I are planning our honeymoon in Costa Rica and we're kind of stuck deciding the 2nd leg of it. We'll be going to Puerto Viejo for the first 3 days and then we have another 3 days left in the trip. We're debating between staying in the south and exploring the Manuel Antonio area or going up north to the Arenal/Monteverde area. We're renting a car so we can really go anywhere.

Anyone have any suggestions about which is better??? Does it make sense to drive up to Arenal with such limited time?

Two things:
- We're not really people that can sit on the beach for 6 days and want go get out and see things other than that. We definitely want to see the biodiversity that Costa Rica has to offer
- I've been dreaming about seeing the rainforest and doing a canopy tour/zip line in Costa Rica for years! So, I definitely want to experience that part of the country to the fullest!

Oh and can anyone recommend a great zip line tour in either of these areas??

Thanks so much for any help!!
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Old Mar 31st, 2010, 02:40 PM
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Definitely go to Arenal since you're already doing beach time in Puerto Viejo. The Arenal area is great - it offers the active volcano, ziplines at Sky Trek, the natural hot springs like Eco Termales and Tabacon, white water rafting with Rios Tropicales, the Cano Negro tour with Sunset Tours to see wildlife, the Hanging Bridges hike, and the waterfall for beautiful hiking and swimming.
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Old Mar 31st, 2010, 02:55 PM
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Ditto VG

www.arenal.net

www.skytrek.com best zip

www.ruralcostarica.com Rio Celeste amazing
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Old Mar 31st, 2010, 03:18 PM
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Agree. Arenal. Good things to do stated above and lots more.
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Oh, and congrats! Where are you honeymooning in PV?
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Yes, congrats on your marriage!
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Old Apr 2nd, 2010, 08:58 AM
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Thanks! You guys are great.

Looks like we'll do Arenal! I only wish we had more time ( But the Skytrek and Rio Celeste both look amazing. I can't wait!

And we're staying at Pachamama House in Puerto Viejo. We wanted a quite, little B&B near the beach where we could sit in a hammock on the porch and watch some monkeys Hopefully found it!
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I think you will LOVE Pachamama house. Have considered it many times as well and hope to stay there sometime. We will be using the rafting/x-fer from San Jose to Puerto Viejo this trip...have you heard of that? Check it out if that interests you. Also, they have a new animal rescue center that's supposed to be wonderful (we've visited the sloth rescue center before that is also great). Hope you can make it to Maxi's for a wonderful honeymoon dinner!
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We took the combined tour of Rio Celeste and Cano Negro through Erick Guzman [email protected]
http://www.tarabatours.com/tours.htm
When we contacted Erick he already had another couple booked for this tour. They were happy to share the guide and split the cost. It was one of the most incredible days in CR.
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travfirst-
We are also hiking with Erick. You combined Cano Negro and Rio Celeste on the same day? Or did you book him 2 separate days?
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Linda, we combined Cano Negro and Rio Celeste on the same day. Erick was already booked for another tour that day but arranged another guide, transportation for our group of 4 (excellent driver with a van) and a boat with a ranger/guide at Cano Negro. We left Arenal at 6:45am and retuned after 8pm. The hike at Rio Celeste was not ‘easy’ and you need comfortable shoes.
We also did El Silencio Reserve tour with Erick.
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