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Limited number of days in CR-Can I do both Arenal and M.A.?

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Limited number of days in CR-Can I do both Arenal and M.A.?

We've had to cut the number of days for vacation. Will be flying into San Jose on a Saturday and leaving the following Saturday. Since the first Saturday will be a travel day and most of the next Friday, it only gives us five "real" days--Sunday through Thursday.

Based on this, it's not practical to do both places, is it?

Is Arenal better for first timers?

Thanks!

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1. Re: Limited number of days in CR-Can I do both Arenal and M.A.?

It is difficult to say what would be best, but it is easy to say that Arenal and Manuel Antonio are the most popular choice for first timers to Costa Rica. Of course there are other "twin destinations" like Tortuguero and Sarapiqui, and "single destinations" like Osa peninsula and Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, where one could easily stay for full five days.

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2. Re: Limited number of days in CR-Can I do both Arenal and M.A.?

Personally I'd still go ahead and do both places.

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3. Re: Limited number of days in CR-Can I do both Arenal and M.A.?

Check Nature Air's schedule for direct flights between Arenal and MA. This could make it much easier with a short stay and would trade the 5 hour drive for a short flight.

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4. Re: Limited number of days in CR-Can I do both Arenal and M.A.?

Depends on what you're interested in--they offer different things.

As someone mentioned, there are other places in the country you could consider for a stay--there's no rule stating that first time visitors must include Manuel Antonio or Arenal in their itineraries.

5. Re: Limited number of days in CR-Can I do both Arenal and M.A.?

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