I'm off to costa rica for the first time in the 1st 2 weeks of November and would really like some advice on itinerary please. I'm going with my partner, both mid 20s, and we have 14 nights, realistically 12 with travel in and out of st jose.
we currently have the following planned:
day 1 : arrive and stay over in St Jose
day 2: travel to tortuguero ( 2 nights stay)
day 3: tortuguero (canal trip)
day 4: travel to arenal (3 nights stay)
day 5: arenal (volcano )
day 6: arenal (visit tenorio national park)
day 7: travel to monteverde (2 nights)
day 8: monteverde (cloudforest)
day 9: travel to rincon de la vieja area, monteverde (2 nights)
day 10: rincon de la vieja (mudbaths)
day 11: travel to tamarindo(2 nights)
day 12: leisure day at beach
day 13: travel to st jose
day 14: return home
I'm unsure if this trip is trying to fit too much in as we don't want to feel like we are travelling the whole time. I wondered whether to remove Tortuguero as it's quite out of the way but I've heard it's lovely, even though it won't be turtle season.
if we take out Tortuguero we'd probably do 4 nights in Tamarindo at the end to have more beach time... but i'm not sure if it'll be beach weather early November?
we could take the beach out all together and add an extra night or two somewhere else.
on the other hand, it's our first time in costa rica and i want to see as much as possible!!! :S
i love wildlife and would love to see turtles, i think there may be some chance in Tamarindo but not loads. i like all wildlife though and am happy to trek through the day with some downtime at the hotel to read / have a massage etc.
are all these places worth visiting / is there anywhere i should see and am missing out?
please help! :)