I will be in Costa Rica January 11-Feb 2. This is my first solo trip and backpacking trip. I am hoping I can get a few thoughts on my rough itinerary.
A bit about me/travel style:
While budget is important to me, I am not on a shoestring budget. Time is precious so I am willing to spend a bit more on transportation and make it up by staying in hostels. Plus I figure hostels will be the best place to meet fellow travellers. I am looking for a relaxing vacation and rather stay at 1 location for a longer period of time than to be on the move constantly. Monteverde/Arenal seems to interest me the least, but everyone says its a MUST SEE, hence my time there is much shorter.
I love yoga, landscape photography, beaches, and I would like to learn how to surf.
Day 1 - Fly into SJO for 2:52pm. I will miss all the shuttles to Montezuma so my thought is to get to Jaco this day and spend the night. Theres a 3:55 shuttle to Jaco or I could take a public bus. transportation-costarica.com/index.php/alaju…
Day 2: Jaco - Montezuma by boat.
Day 3-6: Montezuma
Day 7: Montezume to Monteverde/Santa Elena via Montezuma Expeditions Shuttle
Day 8: Monteverde/Santa Elena
Day 9: Monteverde/Santa Elena - La Fortuna via taxi boat
Day 10: La Fortuna
Day 11: Rafting trip to Peurto Viejo
Day 12-15: Peurto Viejo
Day 16: Peurto Viejo to Bocas del Toro via Caribe Shuttle
Day 17-21: Bocas Del Toro
Day 22: Bocas Del Toro - San Jose via Caribe Shuttle
Day 23: 3:30 flight home
1: Do you think I have time to make the 3:55 shuttle to Jaco?
2: Should I spend all my time in Montezume or check out Mal Pais?
3. Do I need to get a prepaid sim card? Am I okay without a phone?
4. Since I am in monteverde and la fortuna for only a day and a half each, any *must do* tours to recommend? There seem to be so many options.
5. Should I invest in an anti theft day back since I will have my slr in there?
6. Are money belts necessary?
7. If I swim in a waterfall should I lock my bag to a tree?
Any other tips, thoughts, recommendations are appreciated :)