Three of us [friends] are going to Costa Rica for about 7+ days. We'll get to San Jose 12:50pm Feb 12th and leave San Jose Feb 20th 3:55pm.
This is the itinerary we are thinking of
San Jose -> Arenal area -> Monte verde -> Manuel antonio -> San Jose
We are thinking of staying in some inexpensive hotels. Do I really need to make reservation in advance in all the places based on our itinerary?
My main interests are checking out rainforest and the wildlife...as I like to take photos...not any adrenaline rush activities..
Have a few questions.
1. Do you think this is a reasonable itinerary for the number of days we have? or can I add one more place? I kind of want to check out the La Selva research station also but not sure if that will take a lot of time. So if you have been there, please advice.
2. If I want to see scarlet macaws and the basilisk [jesus christ] lizard walking on the water, where do I need to go? I heard Carara and Corcavodo are the only two places for macaws. How about the lizard? I want to see it in action...so somewhere with creeks?
Third and most important question is
3. How do I get to all these places? I heard public bus is kind of sketchy as people say our luggage may get stolen.
Do you suggest we rent a car or take may be like shuttles? Or any other way?
Thank you for your time....:)