My husband and I are traveling to Costa Rica during the holiday season for 2 weeks and would love to get some pointers on things to do. We are in our early 30s, fit/active and are looking to have a mixture of adventure and relaxation on the trip. We are on a flexible budget but would rather stay frugal if/when possible. We have some things planned but would love to get opinions from others who've been or live here.
We'll be flying into Liberia and renting a 4x4 for the entire trip. Our first stop is La Fortuna for a few nights. We plan on doing the Cerro Chato hike, visit the hanging bridges, relax at the Tabacon hot springs (the free one, not the resort) and anything else that the area may offer.
After La Fortuna, we plan on driving over to Monteverde for another few nights. We want to do more hiking and site seeing and perhaps a coffee or chocolate tour? We would love to get some pointers on this region as well. Also, would three nights be too much here, as I assume it'll be similar activities as our first few days in La Fortuna?
From Monteverde, we are thinking of driving to Nicoya or any other town that will eventually lead us to Tamarindo. We are flexible at this time of the trip so any pointers on things to do in Nicoya, or other towns in that region that will eventually lead us to Tamarindo would be appreciated! Once we reach Tamarindo, we plan to be at the beach the majority of the time surfing/relaxing.
The husband also wants to do some snorkeling, can somebody recommend a good area to visit for this activity that's within our route?
Thanks very much in advance!