I am planning a solo trip to Costa Rica for around 10 days. After tons of research I've decided that I would like to go to Manuel Antonio to see the park and enjoy the beautiful beaches, Jaco to go to surf camp and for a little night life, and Arenal to view the volcano, visit some hot springs, and raft the Toro river.
I am trying to figure out in which order to visit all three that would make the most sense, and approximately how long to stay in each place. I will be having my birthday on the 2nd-3rd day of my trip, so would like to be able to at least party a little bit. Also, seeing as though the only things that I want to in Jaco is a one day surf lessson, and a little night life...is it even worth staying in Jaco?
The are the places I'm considering staying and activities I've researched:
Manuel Antonio Hotel (proximity to beach and park, plus price are ideal)
* Jade Tours MA park tour
Clarita's (not completely sold on this one. Any ideas for accommodation with a great location ie. Close to beach AND nightlife, at a Reasonable price [under $70])
Del Mar surf camp
Arenal: (this is where I think I will be doing the most activities)
Hotel Vista de Cerro OR
Tree Houses Hotel Costa Rica
Wave Expeditions Toro rafting trip (I am an experienced rafter)
Desafio Adventure Co. Volcano hike/ Baldi hot springs day trip
Any other MUST SEE/DO in the general area of these three locations?
Any other hotel reccomendations with great location and value for the price?
Any and all advice and feedback is much appreciated!