I'm about 2 weeks from my departure date for my C.R. vacation with nothing booked - accommodations, tours, etc. My problem is my travel partners and I cannot agree on a good itinerary. We're flying into and out of Liberia. We'll have 6 full days, not counting the small time available on arrival or departure days. My preference is to avoid as much as possible lengthy drives that would waste precious days that could be spent someplace close. That said, I've recommended we stick with 2 days for a beach in the area of Tamarindo up to Playa del Coco and 4 days for Monteverde and Arenal areas. I know it's a long drive from the coast to Monteverde. I could even drop the beach altogether and add in Palo Verde or Rincon de la Vieja parks.
Now my traveling companions suggest we drive all the way to Jaco on our arrival day and spend the next day there. Then go to San Jose for day, then Monteverde/Arenal for 2 days, then back to beach for 2 days. I have no interest in San Jose, but the two others traveling with me want to go there.
I see their proposal as just wasted time in a car. Furthermore, my primary interest is wildlife, nature, hiking, and general outdoor activities. Sitting on the beach is no thrill.
My partners only suggestion was to let me drive from Jaco to Manuel Antonio for a day while they went to San Jose. Then I'd have to drive to San Jose from Quepos (3hrs) to pick them up and continue on to Monteverde (4 hrs). That pretty much means a full day for me in a car. No thanks.
So I need quick help with a plan that satisfies all parties.
I'm looking for a balance of beach and rain forest/volcano. Maybe someway for us to split up - they go to San Jose for a day and I do something different.