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5-6 Days in Costa Rica in mid-April - 1st Time...Need Help!

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5-6 Days in Costa Rica in mid-April - 1st Time...Need Help!

My husband and I are planning a 5-6 day trip to Costa Rica in mid-April. We have never been to Costa Rica so we don't even know where to begin. Are there any areas that are suggested over the others? We are looking to relax on the beach, visit the rainforests, volcanos, and do some adventure activities like ziplining.

We are thinking of staying in one hotel and doing day trips to any activities. Is there a certain area that is in proximity to the activities we are interested in? Would you recommend an all-inclusive or hotel?

Any help would be greatly appreciated!

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1. Re: 5-6 Days in Costa Rica in mid-April - 1st Time...Need Help!

Bear in mind that you will be visiting around Easter week-this can be a very busy time of year, prices often rise, and hotels fill up quickly. With 5 or 6 days many people choose visit a beach area and combine with a couple of nights in the rainforest-Arenal is very popular and can provide stunning volcano views if the weather obliges.

Another option is to base yourself in Manuel Antonio, where you have beach and rainforest in the same location.

Flying into San Jose (SJO) you can take a shuttle bus such as Interbus to get around, hire a private driver, or there are plenty of options for car rental.

There are a great range of accommodation options, depending on your budget and requirements. Many people believe the smaller hotels are the way to go, which often provide an excellent and more familiar service than larger resorts. There are plenty of options for restaurants and local sodas in most areas, so you will may not need the all-inclusive option, and you have a chance to get out and explore. Again, it really depends on what you want to get out of your vacation.

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2. Re: 5-6 Days in Costa Rica in mid-April - 1st Time...Need Help!

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3. Re: 5-6 Days in Costa Rica in mid-April - 1st Time...Need Help!

Thank you so much. This was a great help! We looked into Manuel Antonio and I agree that this looks right up our alley!! During our search, we came across Jaco as well. What are your thoughts on this place? We liked Hotel Villa Caletas in this area. Although we liked Manuel Antonio for what it has to offer, we also liked that Jaco seems to have more shopping, nightlife, restaurants, etc. We are trying to get the best of all worlds!

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4. Re: 5-6 Days in Costa Rica in mid-April - 1st Time...Need Help!

Hotel Villas Caletas...is a great place...about 25 minutes by car to Jaco...great romantic location...good option...

In Jaco you can also check...Bahia Encantada condos...great condos...safe...good location...juts 5 minutes walking to Jaco downtown...by beach front condos...nice pool.!

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