Coming to Costa Rica for the first time. Will be there Jan 27th - Feb. 7th.
Will be 3 adults, and 2 boys 6 & 8. Have been to Mexico every year with the same people. Thought we would try something different.
We are adventurous, and are kind of planning a seat of your pants vacation. Arrive in the evening into San Jose. Plan to book a hotel so we have a shuttle. After that we haven't booked any hotels for the rest of the trip (are we crazy?). I just don't want to book hotels in an area we aren't excited about after we arrive there.
We have pre-rented a car from an agency with good reviews.
Plan to wake up morning of 28th and head up to Arenal. Depending on weather we find it to our liking might spend a day or two there.
Then onto Tamirindo. We think we will probably like that the best (but don't know for sure). Will probably spend around 4-5 days there. Tour, fish, and check out the area.
Then onto Manuel Antonio for the remainder of the vacation, heading back to San Jose the night before we depart.
What are you thoughts? That is 10 days of free travel time to spread among our choices.
When traveling to Mexico I have rented a car and driven there. Can't imagine things will be much worse than in Mexico.
The big question is lodging. Are we crazy to not book a place until we arrive? We plan on staying in middle of the road places ($75- $150 a night).
We like to experience the local lifestyle. You know check out the local restaurants, shopping, and culture.
Any recommendations / ideas?