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Pacauare Lodge then Arenal, Uvita, Oso Peninsula or ?

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Pacauare Lodge then Arenal, Uvita, Oso Peninsula or ?

Trying to finalize our first trip to CR for March 2014. We want to stay 3 nights at the Pacuare Lodge then preferably only one more area. We only have 9 nights and 2 of them will have to be in SJ, close to the airport. We first chose Arenal because it seems to be a highlighted area. My question is mostly about our experience at the Pacaure Lodge.... with the river rafting, canyoning, hiking and ziplining we'll be doing at the lodge which area in Costa Rica will give us a differet experience? We live on the central coast of CA on the beach and although it's not a CR beach - it is beautiful so we are not really looking for a "beach" type vacation. Thank you!

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1. Re: Pacauare Lodge then Arenal, Uvita, Oso Peninsula or ?

It really depends on what you want out of the rest of your vacation to complement your time at the Pacuare Lodge. Arenal, Monteverde, and Manuel Antonio tend to be the default choices of first time visitors, but they're certainly not the best place for everyone's interests. In your case, I think Arenal would be redundant and perhaps a step down at that from the pristine Pacuare reserve.

If you want wildlife sightings I would choose Osa or Sarapiqui or Tortuguero areas. I wouldn't recommend Manuel Antonio because it would seem to be too much like So Cal.

You could also choose a highland area like Monteverde or San Gerardo de Dota or even La Amistad.

You could also look into adding some time to your stays near San Jose to explore the underrated central valley area, which has two accessible volcanoes (Poas and Irazu), a gorgeous river valley (Orosi), some lovely towns (Grecia, Sarchi, Zarcero), La Paz waterfalls, coffee estates, etc.

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2. Re: Pacauare Lodge then Arenal, Uvita, Oso Peninsula or ?

Thank you Racandee! You gave me a lot to look into. It looks like Osa is a good option for us. We're looking at the Copa De Arbol Resort. We wanted AC on the 2nd half of our trip! The resort looks like it has great trips to Corcovado, Rio Claro, Rio Sierpe mangrove, night walks etc. etc. Will that area give us a taste of the beach without being the main focus??

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