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Costa Rican vacation question

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Costa Rican vacation question

So we have 8 days 7 nights booked the whole trip through anywhere Costa Rica the itinerary is:

Day one May 24 fly in Cops airlines from LAX arriving in San Jose at noon picking up the 4x4 rental car

Driving to Arenal staying two nights

Next we drive to Monetverde

Day 3 and 4 are in Monteverde

Next we are scheduled to go to Tamarindo from Monteverde which is a pretty long drive we are scheduled to stay 4 nights then the last day we have to drive back to San Jose to catch a 3pm flight. I am noticing that it would be a 6 hour drive before a 7 hour flight. Seems pretty hectic any ideas about alternatives to Tamarindo? Maybe Jack or Manuel Antonio? This is mine and my boyfriends first trip so were not to specific. We are very active and like to get out and see stuff. Plus he is a big time surfer.

Any tips, suggestions, or advise would be awesome!

Thanks everyone!

Oh and so far the activities we have are

Hot springs and hike in Arenal

Zip lining in Monteverde with a night walk tour

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1. Re: Costa Rican vacation question

With all my respect...and consideration...since you plan and pay your vacation by a tour operator...they are the best people to answer your questions...mostly since they have already every single detail of your trip...


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2. Re: Costa Rican vacation question

Samantha, Of course for the trip details you will want to check with your booking agency but there is nothing wrong in asking for additional information or tips from TA posters or DEs. I would suggest you just keep searching past forum posts for tips about the areas you will be visiting & the activities you are interested in.

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3. Re: Costa Rican vacation question

If you want to drive from the beach to SJO the same day as you depart flight then your only realistic choice is Manuel Antonio. Jaco is a bit closer but not much appreciated as a relaxed beach location. Recent trip report by David E covers most of your potential itinerary.

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4. Re: Costa Rican vacation question

Since he is a 'big time surfer;, I would look at Dominical area. A little further than Manuel Antonio but closer than Tamarindo and much better surf.

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