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VJphoto Jan 10th, 2016 07:26 AM

First time in Costa Rica
 
My husband and I are planning a trip to Costa Rica for 7 days with another couple. We want to see the rain forest, volcano, hot springs, etc and participate in activities there. We also like the beach and kayaking. We are really having a hard time trying to narrow down an itinerary and figuring out how far apart areas are. Any recommendations appreciated especially if we just need to stay in one area or will we be able to experience two.

MichelleY Jan 10th, 2016 09:24 AM

With 7 days, pick 2 places. If you are flying in/out if San Jose, choose Arenal and maybe Manueal Antonio.

VJphoto Jan 10th, 2016 11:17 AM

Thank you!

volcanogirl Jan 10th, 2016 05:25 PM

We did that combo for our first trip and thought it was a nice introduction to the country; both areas have good infrastructure so pretty easy to plan.

SassTraveler Jan 11th, 2016 09:16 PM

My favs:
Osa
Arenal
Monteverde

and Manual Antonio is a nice balance of beach and animals/eco.

volcanogirl Jan 12th, 2016 10:55 AM

To give you an idea of how far apart things are, both the Arenal area and Manuel Antonio are about three hours from SJO but in opposite directions. It would be about four and a half to five hours to go between the two.


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