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MA plus 2nd destination that minimizes the travel time

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MA plus 2nd destination that minimizes the travel time

We wish to visit Costa rica for eight or nine days, spending the bulk of it near Manuel Antonio.

Is there anywhere between MA and San Jose, where we could have an interesting and pleasant stay for perhaps three days (even if it involves a relatively short detour).

PS We thought we would like to visit Arenal area, but see that it is five hours drive from there to Manuel Antonio.

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1. Re: MA plus 2nd destination that minimizes the travel time

Some nice places to saty and break up the trip...maybe for one night...El Paso de Las Lapas by Jaco beach...nice kind of boutique hotel...a lot of red macaws flying around there...also you can take a hike into Bijagual waterfalls...nice hike...

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2. Re: MA plus 2nd destination that minimizes the travel time

The drive from MA to SJ is only 3 hours (most of it quite scenic) so there really isn't any great need to split up the trip, however if you do I could add a couple of other suggestions. Of course, you could always stop somewhere near (or just past) Jaco Beach just as Luis suggested but IMHO that would just be adding another beach area after having just spent most of your time in CR at another beach area. And if you're really beach people that may be what you'd rather do any way. However, my suggestions might add some greater variety. The first one is to stop over at El Cafetal (http://www.cafetal.com/), which is a country inn located on a coffee farm near Atenas not far off the PAH coming up from the coast. The second one is the Villa Blanca (http://www.villablanca-costarica.com) which is a resort hotel located in a private cloud forest reserve a few kms on the other side of San Ramon, which is also just off the PAH heading up from the coast. I guess a 3rd suggestion is not so much a stop-over as it is a change in destination. Instead of driving all the way from MA to SJ and then staying over someplace in the city, you could pick some place to stay near Alajuela which you'd pass about 30 minutes before you get to actual SJ. That would also put you closer to airport for your departure a few days later. And there is a wide choice of great places to stay in that area to fit all tastes and budgets.

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3. Re: MA plus 2nd destination that minimizes the travel time

Very interested in Alajuela. Is it a city, a province or both? Perhaps this would be a good choice. We like to be "in town". Is it easy to make a daytrip on public transportation from there to San Jose city?

Is there a good website to learn more?

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4. Re: MA plus 2nd destination that minimizes the travel time

We just flew down from La Fortuna to Manuel Antonio/Quepos and it was under an hour flight...something to think about! Check out Nature Air's website if you want to learn more about that....this is a great option when you don't want to spend too much time on the road. The drive from MA to Fortuna is 5-6 hours but totally worth it (jsut make sure to get a GPS). Alejuela is a town AND a province you're correct! When you fly into the San Jose international airport you're actually flying into Alejuela (San Jose is about 15 minutes from there).

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