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Nov 28th, 2017, 04:51 PM
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Costa Rica in April for 12 days

My husband, my 14 year old daughter and I are meeting up with our 18 year old daughter in early April for 12 days. We will pick her up after 4 weeks at the Monkey Farm and 6 weeks at the Butterfly Conservatory in El Castillo. We will get to El Castillo a day before she is done with her volunteer stint. We then have 10 more days to travel. We are flying in and out of Liberia.

We all love adventures, animals, swimming and being outside. My husband and I have been to Arenal and Manual Antonio but that was 15 years ago. On that trip we spent time in Tortaguerro and on the East Coast. I loved the less touristy part of the East Coast.

Any suggestions for us? Does anyone know of farm stays that aren't fancy. We are very happy with low key family style places.

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Nov 28th, 2017, 07:21 PM
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We did a tour of a place called Finca Luna Nueva you might like.

If I were you, I'd check out the Osa Peninsula - not touristy, and it has the best wildlife we've ever seen. We saw all 4 species of monkeys there, sloths, toucans, scarlet macaws, agoutis, coatis, even an anteater.
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Jan 9th, 2018, 11:34 AM
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Thanks. I am starting to get closer in my plans. We will start in the El Castillo/Arenal area then head to Monte Verde and then considering the Jaguar Jungle on Drake Bay. Have you been there? Could we do just Arenal and Drake Bay so we wouldn't move as much? Is Monte Verde completely different?
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Jan 9th, 2018, 11:53 AM
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In the Arenal area, check out the Arenal Observatory Lodge; it has wonderful hiking trails and is a huge property off a long bumpy road. We saw monkeys, toucans, currasows, etc. there. The Smithsonian rooms are nice. Monteverde is more of a cloud forest and has a cooler climate than Arenal - okay to skip though; it's very popular with birders - you can see quetzals there. It was chilly for us in the evening, and our hotel even had the fireplace going. We stayed at Bosque del Cabo on the Osa, close to Puerto Jimenez - amazing place. Have not been to Drake Bay, but I suspect it would be similar.
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