I need some help planning an itinerary. My wife and me plan on taking a 2.5 week trip to Costa Rica in February with our 4 year old daughter. I have read about the country and it sounds amazing but we are having a hard time figuring out where to go.
I would love some input from the forum.
About us: My wife is Spanish and I am Canadian. Historically we have travelled independently and without a plan on previous trips through Europe, SE Asia, Japan, India and South Africa. This is our first trip with our 4 year old and as such are trying to plan our trip.
What we ant to do: This is a vacation not a trip. So we would like to pick two or three "anchor" spots where we could get accommodations, enjoy the area and do a day trip or two. We want to combine beach scene (with safe swimmable beaches, my wife loves swimming in the ocean, lakes); wildlife and some low level outdoor activities (no zip lining but suspension bridges are fine, some easy short hikes due to my daughter).
The problem we are having is everything sounds great and the few places that stand out to us seem hard to get to.
What is the best beach area for us? Puerto Viejo and Playa Nacasocio sound nice?
Is it worth going to Tortuguera in February?
Monte verde or Manuel Antonio as a base? How far are they from each other.
Please help us. Would love suggested itineraries with some insight into places suggested. We have a modest budget (above back backer but not luxury)Edited: 20 January 2014, 20:38