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Im visiting Jaco&Arenal, how should I split the visit?

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Im visiting Jaco&Arenal, how should I split the visit?

I will be in Costa for 7 or 8 nights. Visiting Jaco & Arenal. How many nights should I stay in each? I fly into SJO and leave from there. Also, which place should I visit first? Thanks, never been...

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1. Re: Im visiting Jaco&Arenal, how should I split the visit?

When are you planning on visiting and what are your flight times? You may have to spend a night in San Jose first and or last nights, depending on flight time arrival and departure. Also may depend on how you plan on getting around. Renting a car or taking private or public shuttles or bus?

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2. Re: Im visiting Jaco&Arenal, how should I split the visit?

Im leaving the end of June. And I do plan on renting a car. Do you think a car is the best way to get around? Thank you!

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3. Re: Im visiting Jaco&Arenal, how should I split the visit?

Yes, I love the flexability of a car. Since Jaco is closer to San Jose, I would tend to go there last, to be closer to the airport....but then again, I don't know what time your flight arrives and you don't want to be driving to Arenal in the dark! I think Arenal has more activities so I'd spend more time there, then use Jaco for relaxing beach time and just a couple side tours.

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4. Re: Im visiting Jaco&Arenal, how should I split the visit?

Great! Thanks. My next question was which area has more tours & more to do and you answered it. I have direct flight from Ft. Lauderdale and will arrive around noon. I appreciate your advise!

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5. Re: Im visiting Jaco&Arenal, how should I split the visit?

Both areas are very different from each other. I personally love the Arenal area as it is beautiful with a lot to do from hiking, swimming, rappelling, ziplining, etc. I have been there twice in the past two years and highly recommend spending at least 3-4 days there. Regarding Jacob, I spent an hour there on my first trip to CR and wasn't overly impressed as it seemed to be a party town. I can drink anywhere and safety seems to be a concern from what I have read. It is probably worth a day or so,mbut I would recommend going a bit further south to Manuel Antonio as the National Park and the beaches are to die for.

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6. Re: Im visiting Jaco&Arenal, how should I split the visit?

Do you think its worth staying 1 night in Manuel Antonio? I have 4 nights booked in Jaco but can change it to 3 and do a night in MA or should I just drive back and forth? I also booked 3 nights in Arenal. Thanks for your help! I have never been.

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