I've been following this forum for a few months now and I am trying to figure out an agenda for a 2 week trip to CR next March.
My fiance and I are getting married in MA and will be there for the entire semana santa. After the wedding, we were hoping to head north (easter Sunday) to Nicoya Gulf area--specifically we want to visit Isla Tortuga for a day-trip and then stay the night somewhere at a beach bungalow. From there we would like to make our way up to Arenal and spend the last few nights there before heading back towards San Jose. We will be renting a car and our budget is between $70-120 p/night for hotels. We would like the second part of our trip to be more quaint and "authentic" for the honeymoon aspect. We've already rented a house in MA so this part of the trip has been formalized.
Any suggestions on driving directions, places to stay (for the trip to Tortuga island) or Arenal? We want it to be green, clean and beautiful (I've been to CR a few times in the past; I know the latter is relatively assured).
Would Tarcoles be a good place to stay over-night (are there trips to Isla Tortuga from here)? This seems like a good stopping place between MA and La Fortuna/Arenal. Any suggestions?
Roadadvisor, do you have travel-time estimates for us?
Gracias por su ayuda!