Hole in Costa Rica Itinerary. Recommendations?

Old Oct 22nd, 2012, 11:31 AM
  #1  
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Posts: 62
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Hole in Costa Rica Itinerary. Recommendations?

Heading to San Jose on November 2nd. The plan was Arenal for 3 nights, Monteverde for 2-3, Manuel Antonio for a couple then a night in San Jose before flying out.

I'm starting to think Monteverde might be too much the same at Arenal. We are renting a car and I'm up to driving the bumpy roads but since the activities are much the same, I would like to entertain another option. Even if it's one night in one place, another night in another place.

Any recommendations for 3 nights? I can handle a 5 hour drive to get there. We will have already zip-lined and kayaked so maybe another place with good hiking/bird watching/...?

Thanks!
Linzy428 is offline  
Old Oct 22nd, 2012, 11:48 AM
  #2  
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Posts: 62
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Would Osa Peninsula be worth it or just way too rainy?
Linzy428 is offline  
Old Oct 22nd, 2012, 05:20 PM
  #3  
 
Join Date: May 2007
Posts: 24,399
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
The Osa is amazing, but you'd still be in rainy season in early November. You could explore the Sarapiqui area - I'm not sure how the weather would be then, but it has nice wildlife; we saw a lot of toucans there and some macaws, howlers, etc. La Selva is a great place to look for wildlife.
volcanogirl is offline  
Old Oct 23rd, 2012, 08:39 AM
  #4  
 
Join Date: Mar 2004
Posts: 226
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Although Monteverde shares similar activities with Arenal and is built up as a tourist destination like Arenal and Manuel Antonio it's actually about as different as you can get from either one in terms of ecology. It's also one of the best birdwatching destinations in Costa Rica and there are great hiking trails....so....the best place to go given your stated goals is probably actually Monteverde.

Since you're resistant to that the other two places in the neighborhood with fantastic birding and hiking are Rincon de la Vieja and Bijagua/Celeste/Tenorio.

Unfortunately the Osa is more like a ten hour drive from Fortuna and can be VERY wet (roads flooded so you can't get in or out) in early November so that's probably not a good choice.
costaricaguide is offline  
Old Oct 23rd, 2012, 12:58 PM
  #5  
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Posts: 62
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Thanks so much to both of you! Great help! Is there not much to see along the coast of Guanacaste and on the southern point of the peninsula? I like to get off the beaten path a bit, but only if there's something worth seeing.
Linzy428 is offline  
Old Oct 23rd, 2012, 02:02 PM
  #6  
 
Join Date: May 2007
Posts: 24,399
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
If I were interested in wildlife, that's not the area I would go to. I'd stick with Monteverde or go somewhere like Selva Verde, or you could consider Tortuguero. Rainy season would be beginning there though. We saw a ton of wildlife when we did it. Does the Poas area interest you at all? It's cool to see, and you could do the Doka coffee estate tour and the Waterfall Gardens.
volcanogirl is offline  
Old Oct 24th, 2012, 06:22 AM
  #7  
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Posts: 62
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Pretty much everything interests me. I know we will be happy no matter where we go but since we only have 11 days, I'm trying to see as much of a variety as possible. Poas does look good, hadn't researched it before. The original plan was to drive along the Guanacaste coast but I don't know if there's much diversity there, especially since we will see the coast plenty in MA.
Linzy428 is offline  
Related Topics
Thread
Original Poster
Forum
Replies
Last Post
zoogirladventures
Mexico & Central America
7
Aug 11th, 2013 08:27 AM
okwdvc
Mexico & Central America
5
Jan 2nd, 2013 10:32 AM
lcontr
Mexico & Central America
7
Aug 22nd, 2011 07:22 PM
dwooddon
Mexico & Central America
22
May 16th, 2011 08:11 AM
trips4fun
Mexico & Central America
33
Mar 9th, 2010 05:23 PM

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are On


Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Do Not Sell My Personal Information


All times are GMT -8. The time now is 10:56 PM.