My husband and I are going to Costa Rica in May 2009 for a wedding in Manuel Antonio at the Si Como hotel. We are planning a 10 day vacation. Has anyone heard of this hotel being nice? Want to know how many stars it is? We are from California and in our upper 20's want to stay somewhere that has a lot to do and the same time get some relaxation in. What is there to do in Manual Antonio or Quepos? We want to go ziplining, white water rafting, swim in waterfalls, swim with dolphins, and learn to surf.
Before and after the wedding, we want to go outside of Manuel Antonio. Some main attractions I hear to see is Arenal Volcano, Monteverde, Tamarindo, Jaco, Papagayo, San Jose, Corcovado, and Tortuguero. Can I get some suggestions from anyone how to go about seeing all these places in 10 days and where to stay? We don't mind spending $200-$400 a night for a room. I don't mind driving 2 hours to see something, but if it's longer than that, I would do an overnight stay.
Also, is Tortuguero safe to visit? I have heard reports that it's become dangerous. Should I skip seeing? I can't find any websites that have reports from there, does anyone know of any or what's going there and things to while there?
Appreciate your help!