My wife and I are looking to travel to Costa Rica at the end of August. We are thinking of flying into San Jose the evening of Aug 24th, and then out of Liberia Mon Sept 3rd in the afternoon. We have never been to Central America, and looking through everyone's itineraries is quite overwhelming. We are looking to hike, explore as much as possible, and my wife needs some beautiful beach time. We want it to be somewhat relaxing, but want to be able to see as much as possible. I have no problem with renting a car and driving the whole time - if that would be best, but we are also not at all intimidated by public transportation. We want to see lots of beautiful animals and have as many adventures as we can. Thank you all so much in advance for any assistance/suggestions you can provide. This site has already opened my eyes to how people can help each other have memorable journeys! I will definitly begin to contribute on here.