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Suggestions for an 8 day itinerary

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Suggestions for an 8 day itinerary

Hey everyone - never been to Costa Rica but really want to go from Oct. 20-Oct. 29. We want to see the rain forest and do some hiking and possibly take the river rafting trip - the catch is we also want to enjoy the beach and local fun. Any ideas? Is 8 days enough time to do what we want? Any suggestions/comments/etc... most welcome! Cheers from Chicago :{)

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1. Re: Suggestions for an 8 day itinerary

Alas, 8 days is never enough...there's just so much to see/do. I think you could do almost all of the things you mention without being rushed by looking at the Central Pacific Coast Area...Jaco/Quespos/Manuel Antonio area...Jaco's only about 3 hrs. from S.J., and Q/MA another 1.5 hrs. south of that. You won't be spending half the day in your car to get to everything. If you're also thinking of seeing Arenal or the Monteverde Cloud Forest, however, with driving times, etc. that could eat up 3 to 4 of your days. Do-able I guess, but it all depends on how aggressive or laid back an itinerary you're comfortable with.

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That is one of the rainiest times of the year. River rafting could be iffy. They do cancel the trips because of high water. I wouldn't plan on that ahead of time. You won't have trouble booking a trip once you are down there at that time of year.


You might want to head up to the northern beaches like Tamarindo or Playa Hermosa and take day trips from there.

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read my trip report from june. our favorites were

1. arenal volcano. great view from erupciones B&B. if weather coops.

2. samara, for laid- back beach time. try entre dos aguas for fun cheap lodging. sea kayaks here are fun.

3. half day white water on naranjo river by iguana tours out of quepos. water was high---class 3 &4 rapids. still have time to do other things after a.m. trip. stayed at espadilla cabinas in manuel antonio.

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