Need help planning 8 day itinerary


Mar 13th, 2004, 02:28 PM
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Need help planning 8 day itinerary

My family and I will be going to Costa Rica for the 1st time for 8 full days in August. I just can't seem to fit everything in that I want to see. Can someone help? We will rent a 4WD but could also take a tour if that's better. I so want to see as many animals/birds as possible. We will fly into San Jose. Thank you!
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Mar 13th, 2004, 04:34 PM
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Dear LoriT,
First of all, you can't fit everything in an 8 day trip, so you have to accept that and embrace it, since it means you will have to come for at least a second time!
A good first time trip of 8 days can look something like this:
night 1 - sleep near SJ
Day 2 - drive to Arenal. Sleep in Arenal.
Day 3 - Enjoy the hot springs, national park and more. cross fingers to see the lava!
Day 4 - Drive to central valley and perhaps do a couple of things on the way (Poas, Sarchi etc.). Stay the night at a hotel in the Central Valley, in order to get closer to the beach the following day.
Day 5 - Drive to Manuel Antonio.
Day 6-7 - Enjoy the beach, the national park, and the lively town of Quepos.
Day 8 - bye bye Costa Rica...

Depending on your flight schedules, you may have to sleep the last night near SJ as well, or you may not have to sleep near SJ the first night, and you can drive to Arenal the day you arrive.Obviously this is just an idea, but I believe it is a good one for first time visitors, and for an 8 day plan.
Feel free to write me directly with any more questions or for any more information.
Pura Vida,
Neta Talmor
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