Hi there, I've received mixed feedback on my itinerary and would appreciate your input as well. I would like to know if the direction Im going is best for road travel and also, if anyone knows distances between each of these places. We are budget concious so any great deals on guided tours in any of the places Im going to would be so helpful.
Im arriving in Costa Rica March 31 @ 9am with probably no sleep and will be renting a car once I get to San Jose and returning to san jose on the 10th for departure. I thought about staying a night in San Jose, but decided to head straight to Poas Volcano Lodge since I feel so limited in time.
Day 2 we were interested in maybe driving to Braulio Carillo and then head to Moin to catch a boat to Tortuguero. I know that lodges offer package deals to Tortuguero but since we are a couple we dont want to pay almost $500 for one room when we could spend $40 a night at Casa Marbella for a 2 night stay. Just not sure if I should sleep over near Braulio Carillo or if you think I have enough time to drive to Moin at the end of the day. Im not sure how much time we would need at Braulio. Ive read that boats from Moin have one departure at 10am. Are there water taxis or another options throughout the day? Do you know what the prices are?
My next stop is Arenal for a 2 night stay at arenal observatory. Then to monteverde for 2 nights (not sure yet on lodging) and then to MA (Kamuk hotel)and back to San Jose.
My other question is we like the idea of doing the canopy tour, and we would like to know the best place to experience it and if people prefer any other option. It seems like a great experience, but we are also animal lovers and dont want to miss out. also, is MA good option for nice beaches at the end?
I know Ive asked many questions so ANY tips or suggestions would be so appreciated as Im spending countless hours on the internet.