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9 days in Costa Rica...what to do?

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9 days in Costa Rica...what to do?

Traveling to Costa Rica (flying into San Jose) with four people including a 9 year old and 70 year old in 13 days! We have booked hotel rooms in the Arenal area for nights 4, 5 and 6, but don't have firm plans for the first 3 days or the last 3 days. My thought was to visit either the Manuel Antonio area or the Guanacaste region for the first 3 days, but don't know what to do for the final 3 days of our trip. We will have a rental car. Any trip suggestions or advise would be appreciated.

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1. Re: 9 days in Costa Rica...what to do?

The area that has a lot of wildlife is Sarapiqui. It is different then Arenal, different wildlife, and more off the beaten path. Check out La Selva OST, Selva Verde trails,Tirimbina and float on Rio Sarapiqui.

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2. Re: 9 days in Costa Rica...what to do?

Yes, Sarapiqui has the more wildlife than either Arenal or Manuel Antonio (the monkeys and sloths are more visible at Manuel Antonio, but there's less diversity). It's lights out for birds as well, plus ecotours like the chocolate tour, La Selva, Tirimbina, etc etc.

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3. Re: 9 days in Costa Rica...what to do?

Well if you are a big group renting a car wouldn't be idea, for the space, you should be looking for a mini-van or a tour guide to drive you around in theirs.

If you really want that then head over to http://www.vacationscostarica.com/ and check what their packages are, what kind of tours they offer, and get ideas for your own.

If you want you can actually hire them to develop a customized package for you, specifically you, suit your needs and what not, hope this helped, thanks!

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4. Re: 9 days in Costa Rica...what to do?

do you have your flight schedule already defined?

you can fly in Guanacaste LIR and drive to Playa Hermosa , then Rincon de la Vieja volcano, then Arenal, last days Manuel Antonio and fly out SJO.

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