I am traveling to costa rica for the first time with my wife, her brother and his wife. We finally made our first decision and that is that we can only stay 6 nights 7 at the most. We plan to fly into San Jose and go straight to Arenal to do all the fun/adventure things there, but we would like to make a trip over to Monteverde at some point, but from what I am understanding we would most likely have to spend at least 1 night there to get the full experience since it is quite a trip. This also makes it a little crazy to be going back and forth between hotels.
We plan to split the trip up because we also want to vist the beaches. So 3 or so nights in Arenal/Monteverde and then still trying to decide to head down to Manuel Antonio or over to Guanacaste and stay on a beach over there. Since we are going to be keeping busy in Arenal we want our stay on the ocean to be somewhat relaxing more low key, giving us some time to explore the country try new foods, experince the night life/shopping etc.
I know its a short trip and its going to be a little crazy since we are splitting the time up. Any advice would be sooo extremely helpful. At this point we need to continue with our planning, but we feel overwhelmed with all the decisions.
Oh and we will be traveling in November if this helps.