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Costa Rica Vacation suggestions

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I will be traveling to Costa Rica the End of this October and leaving November 11th. I have 2 weeks to see the sites. I have rented a car 4x4 and will be traveling with 2 elderly ladies.
We arrive in San Jose at noon and I am thinking we would stay around that area for 2 nights.

I will want to do to adventure days for myself and will need to be in a town where the ladies can take a taxi to do some shopping or eating lunch. My 2 trips would be white water rafting and ziplining, unless some one has another suggestion. I would like to make it to the following areas and am looking for suggestions, amount of time in each area to spend and which is the best direction to go.

I would like to make to the following areas: Manual Antonio NP, Arenal, Monteverde, Cartago, Poas, Playa de Coco, Sarchi, Tamarindo.

I would like to find a Cocoa plantation and take a tour.
Coffee plantation for the ladies, nice riverboat tour maybe, cooking class, the basilica, the volcanoes, the rain forest, the cloud forest, the beach... and

I would love some suggestions? I am thinking that to get some good hotel rates we may need to book these in advance? I have found a few places that I read about on this forum that are not that expensive. What I see is that all of these places want my credit card information and some additional information that I am not quite so comfortable giving out. Is this standard? How can I be assured that the hotel is trustworthy?
These are some of the places I have found that sound like they may fit the bill.
Cabinas Coco Azul
Rustic Lodge
Ripp Jack Inn
Hotel Le Bergerac
Quality Hotel Real San Jose
Hotel Vagabondo
Hotel Arco Iris
Gaudy’s backpackers Hostel
Boquete Garden Inn

Since there are 3 of us we will need a room that has 2 beds (or 3 works). I am thinking if we find a place that has a kitchen then we would be able to do some cooking of our own while we are there.
Looking forward to suggestions or comments.

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