driving from MA to Osa ?

Old Aug 9th, 2007, 04:09 PM
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driving from MA to Osa ?

I am trying to come up with an itinerary for 10 nights (2 adults + 2 kids 12 & 9), help please !

1. Is it feasible to drive from Osa to MA, and how long does it take ?

2. Do you think I need a car in Monteverde, or is everyting there walkable / easily accessible by taxi ?

3. If I am going to Osa, is it still worth doing the Cano Negro tour in Arenal, or should I skip it & do the extra day in Osa ?

My tentative itinerary is below, comments please ? Thanks in advance, the info on this board is so valuable...

Day 1 : arrive SJO at 9.55 am. Private car transfer to Monteverde.

Day 2 : Explore Monteverde (rent car for the day if needed).

Day 3 : Monteverde -> Arenal (I see there is a taxi / boat / taxi transfer which seems more interesting than just taking a car).

Day 4 : Explore Arenal (rent car for the day).

Day 5 : Fly from Arenal to Osa (I see Arenal to Drake Bay, connecting in SJO).

Day 6 : Drake Bay (this will be New Year's Eve !!)

Day 7 : Drake Bay

Day 8 : Drake Bay -> MA (is there a good way to do this transfer ??)

Day 9 : Explore MA (this will be a Thursday so I do not have to worry about park-closed-on-Monday, why would they close a national park on a monday ???)

Day 10 : MA -> Peace Lodge if I can convince myself to spend $$$$, someplace cheaper in the same neighbourhood otherwise

Day 11 : Flight leaves SJO at 2.30pm

Comments / suggestions on the itinerary much appreciated...

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Old Aug 9th, 2007, 04:45 PM
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You may be very limited in your choices due to the time you're travelling. I would start sending out some inquiries to hotels so you can get a feel of what's available and what's not. Nature Air may also be fully booked, so check with them as well.

With kids that age, spending 3 nights in Arenal would be the best, then you could head to MA for 2 nights and fly from Quepos to Drake Bay for 3-4 nights. And most definitely yes, Cano Negro is still worth it, even if you go to Osa. Adjust nights depending on adding another night in MA, or Peace Lodge, or availability...

I'd skip Monteverde (this trip) for number of nights you have, especially if you want beach time in MA. You don't need a car, although some like to have one, especially in Arenal.

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Old Aug 9th, 2007, 05:28 PM
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I wouldn't do the Osa and MA on the same trip but that's just me. At this point I would start contacting hotels now (and Nature Air or Sansa) to first see if they have room - that's a time where many places are booked way in advance, so your scheduling may depend on that first.
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Old Aug 9th, 2007, 06:03 PM
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Eek, why does everyone want to drive to the Osa now? You could not pay me to make that drive. I think you have to have a very adventurous soul to do that. Just going from Puerto Jimenez to Bosque del Cabo was enough for me - cows in the road, trees in the road, streams to cross, construction equipment blocking the road - personally I would fly Sansa or Nature Air, but if you do it, please let us know how it goes.

I would still do Cano Negro even if you go to the Osa - it's really neat because it's a boat ride down the river, so it's a different experience than what you'll get in the Osa. Both are fabulous.
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Old Aug 9th, 2007, 06:35 PM
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I agree you have too little time in Arenal; we spent 4 nights there. There is tons to do in the area - Cano Negro, ziplines at SkyTrek, Hanging Bridges, hot springs at Tabacon or elsewhere, volcano watching. Cano Negro alone will take almost an entire day - maybe 7-4ish, so it won't leave you much time to explore unless you add another day there.
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