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How many nights in Arenal/Manuel Antonio?

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How many nights in Arenal/Manuel Antonio?

We have 6 nights to spend between the two. How many would you spend in each? We'll be flying into San Jose and renting a car. Our first and last night are booked in San Jose. Manuel Antonio is definitely a place we want to see, but Arenal is up in the air.

Is it worth going to or should we go somewhere else? Any recs on a place close to MA or San Jose that's worth seeing? Thanks for any help!

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1. Re: How many nights in Arenal/Manuel Antonio?

Definitely recommend Arenal. With 6 nights I would do 2 in Arenal and the rest in Manuel Antonio. Arenal is a very unique location that should not be missed.



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2. Re: How many nights in Arenal/Manuel Antonio?

I agree, definitely do arenal. I would almost say to do more nights there and less in MA... there is SO much to do in Arenal - and if you have a day or two at the beach, you might get bored with that area after that long.

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3. Re: How many nights in Arenal/Manuel Antonio?

www.arenal.net at least 3 days for me

www.ruralcostarica.com Rio Celeste and www.skytrek.com

Liquid Lava with Desafio all great

Last 2-3 days at MA for beach

Have fun,

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4. Re: How many nights in Arenal/Manuel Antonio?

Maybe two nights in Arenal and the rest in Manuel Antonio....

A tour of Manuel Antonio National Park is a must, Maurilio Cordero maybe one of the best guides in the area, about $35.00 per person!

In Arenal maybe La Fortuna waterfall and El Silencio and some zipplining in Skytreck!


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5. Re: How many nights in Arenal/Manuel Antonio?

If Arenal is up in the air, then I would recommend 4 nights in Manuel Antonio and 2 nights in Arenal.

I really recommend a couple of days in Arenal!

Hope this helps,

Marina K. Villatoro

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6. Re: How many nights in Arenal/Manuel Antonio?

I recommend an even split, but not less days in Arenal. Almost everyone I've talked to wished they had more time in Arenal...just a great area and tons to do. Especially if you do the Cano Negro tour (which is wonderful but takes up most of a day) you will want at least 2 full days there. Do plan on dedicating a day inside MA park though (1/2 day hiking, 1/2 day swimming) it's gorgeous!

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7. Re: How many nights in Arenal/Manuel Antonio?

Been to MA and Arenal. if you want a beach vacation do MA 4 and Arenal 2. If beach is "secondary" I'd opt for more time in Arenal. Why? IMHO more "non" beach stuff to do in Arenal.

Either way have a great trip!

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8. Re: How many nights in Arenal/Manuel Antonio?

For me MA wasn't just about the beaches. They have some good tours too and of course the park is not to be missed.

I lean towards two in Arenal and four in MA, which is how we did it, but we also really liked Arenal so I don't think you can go wrong if you decide to split them evenly.

Edited: 13 April 2010, 20:54
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9. Re: How many nights in Arenal/Manuel Antonio?

Lots of wildlife in Cano Negro... easy trip from Arenal, but it will take up an entire day. Waterfall, Ziplines and hot springs the next. Arenal is a great city. Manuel Antonio is great too, but they are completly different.

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