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Kevin S. Freeman Jul 5th, 2002 08:58 AM

planning costa rica trip
My wife and I will be traveling with another couple to Costa Rica in Feb. We would like to get a private driver to take us from the airport to Arenal. We will stay in Arenal 2 nights and then be driven to Manuel Antonio where we will stay the rest of the time. Since we are flying for free using awards, money is not a limiting factor for hotels. I need recommendations where to stay in Arenal and Manuel Antonio (5 star hotels) and where I can get a private driver. Also we will need to stay in a San Jose hotel for 1 night.

Michael Jul 5th, 2002 10:14 AM

Email Robbie at Hotel California in Manuel Antonio. She has a beautful place and is very knowledgable.<BR><BR><BR>Michael<BR>

maria Jul 6th, 2002 10:40 AM

I've been doing research on Costa Rica for my trip next month and I found that there are several great hotels in Manuel Antonio. Check out and

Iza Jul 6th, 2002 11:56 AM

You will be hard pressed to find a five star hotel in Arenal. The accommodations there tend to be rather rustic.<BR>Here are what are probably considered the top places there: Tabacon Resort and Montana de Fuego.<BR>For what looks like a deluxe place to stay at both Manuel Antonio and Arenal check this one out:<BR> (scroll to the bottom of the screen for the link to the Arenal hotel).<BR>In Manuel Antonio also check out El Parador.<BR>I would recommend that you stay outside of San Jose for your first (last) night. We really liked Xandari (

Iza Jul 6th, 2002 11:57 AM

I forgot to add that once you decide on hotels you can ask those hotels to arrange transportation for you. Most work regularly with private drivers and will be happy to make the arrangements for you.

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