December Itinerary with 1 Year Old

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May 15th, 2017, 12:06 AM
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December Itinerary with 1 Year Old

Hi all, myself, my husband and our 1 year old will be travelling to Costa Rica for 3 weeks from 30th Nov - 21st December. Could you please help with our itinerary and best places to go?

We plan on renting a car and would like to visit Monteverde for 3-4 nights, Arenal for 4 nights then would ideally like to go to the Caribbean coast but have heard that December is the wettest month. Is there any point in going? Should we save that for another trip?

Alternatively we would then drive from Arenal to Samara and spend a week around the Nicoya peninsula and do some day trips etc before heading back to SJ and doing some day trips from there.

Does this sound like a good itinerary? We want to avoid really touristy places (with the Monteverde and Arenal being the exception) and would like to see lots of wildlife, relax, lots of walking and the occasional activity (taking it in turns)

Really appreciate some advice as I'm a bit lost! Thanks
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May 15th, 2017, 09:51 AM
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The hiking in Monteverde is really nice; we did a guided hike in the reserve, and our guide found a quetzal for us. We also liked the night hike at Hidden Valley - saw some things we didn't see in other areas including a porcupine and a fox. We stayed at Fonda Vela and saw toucans on the property. Arenal has tons of great activities - don't miss hiking at the Hanging Bridges and at the waterfall, the natural hot springs like Tabacon or Eco Termales, and the Proyecto Asis animal rescue center. Silencio del Campo and Los Lagos are popular places to stay for young families. The Arenal Observatory Lodge has great hiking and wildlife on the property if you're okay with being off a long bumpy road out by the lake. December is wet for the Carib. side. We go to Manuel Antonio for beach time, but it is touristed.
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