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Help with travel plans

shreveport
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Help with travel plans

Is there a logical way to include Arenal, beaches in northwest, and a visit to Manuel Antonio in a 7 day trip? Traveling with young adult sons for Christmas 2014. They want to surf, maybe raft or rappel, visit the rain forest and cloud forest, or do an ATV tour.

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1. Re: Help with travel plans

You only need a couple of days in Arenal. If you go to the northwest and then head to Manuel Antonio you are spending too much time on the road for a 7 day trip. We've traveled with young adult boys and yau'll:) can do all that you mentioned in Manuel Antonio. I know Susan@mavrentals if you need help planning your trip.

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2. Re: Help with travel plans

Basically, not. You will need to decide one or another beach location. If your departure airport is Liberia (LIR) then go to northwest Guanacaste. If your departure airport is San Jose (SJO) then choose Manuel Antonio.

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3. Re: Help with travel plans

Xelas, if we use LIR and go to arenal, is there a beach location you would recommend for the second leg of the trip, while skipping MA?

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4. Re: Help with travel plans

Any beach town between Samara and Liberia. Tamarindo is where many beaches are located. More touristy, personally I have not been there but you can find some really nice beaches. Playa Conchal. Playa del Coco. Oh, better experts then me for northern Guanacaste area, please chime in!

Edited: 19 January 2014, 09:23
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5. Re: Help with travel plans

There are quiet a few beaches in the northwest that would be convenient to LIR and easy to get to from Arenal, although it's not really a short trip from Arenal. It will depend on what you are looking for.

You could check here: anywherecostarica.com/destinations/…beach for some descriptions of the beaches. Look for Samara, Nosara, Grande, Tamarindo, Conchal, Brasilito, Potrero, Coco, Hermosa. (From south to north). Playas del Coco and Playa Hermosa are the closest to the airport - about 20-30 minutes away.

Note that Tamarindo is very developed (also known as "Tama-gringo") but has a lot of restaurants to choose from as well as good nightlife. All the other towns are less developed and some - like the Conchal area - are more quiet than others.

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6. Re: Help with travel plans

For surfing, I recommend that you stay in a beach town no further north than Playa Grande, unless you are prepared to drive or boat to the surf breaks.

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