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Costa Rica itinerary

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Costa Rica itinerary


My wife and myself are going to Costa Rica in late April.

What do you think of the next itinerary:

Arrive to San Jose and spend the night near the airport.

Drive to Manuel Antonio and stay there for 2 nights.

Drive to Monteverde and stay there for 2 nights.

Drive to Arenal Volcano and stay there for 3 days.

Drive to Tortuguero Park and stay there for 2 nights.

Drive to Puerto Viejo and stay there for 2 night.

Drive to San Jose airport and go home..

What do you think? Is it feasible? I want to rent a car when I arrive to san jose and return it there...

Thanks for the help!

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1. Re: Costa Rica itinerary

1. The airport is in Alajuela which is about 30 minutes from San Jose. There is lodging of all sorts and all prices not far from the airport for your first night.

2. I think I would skip Manuel Antonio and add those nights somewhere else. Just too much driving. Look here: www.yourtravelmap.com for distances and travel times.

3. Go to Monteverde first, then Arenal, Tortuguero and Puerto Viejo.

4. You can't drive to Tortuguero - but - you can drive to Pavona for the boat to Tortuguero. There is secure parking there for a fee. When you return, you can drive to Puerto Viejo. www.tortuguerovillage.com

Nice itinerary - I would add a day in Arenal and add a day in Puerto Viejo and skip Manuel Antonio. Keep in mind you may need to spend your last night somewhere near the airport.

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2. Re: Costa Rica itinerary

I agree with Hattie. Every one of those drives is going to kill a 1/2 day or more so if you move every 2 days you really only have a full day to see each place which is not nearly enough. A revised itinerary with 1 night Alajuela (near SJO)/Monteverde 2 nites/Arenal 3 nites/Tortuguero 2 nites, Puerto Viejo 4 nites would be a much more relaxed trip.

Most visitors stay south of Puerto Viejo outside town but within walking distance of the beach. See www.puertoviejosatellite.com for more info on the area. You need a 1/2 day to visit the Jaguar Rescue Center, at least a 1/2 day for hiking and beach time at Cahuita National Park, more if you'd like to snorkel off a boat. Be sure and hire a guide for a full day's hike in Gandoca Manzanillo Reserve, maybe a surfing lesson or fishing trip or a daytrip upriver to visit the indigenous people in Yorkin.

Don't forget that it's a 4-5 hour drive back to SJO so unless you have an afternoon or evening departure you should consider heading back toward the airport the day before your departure.

Hope you have a great trip & let us know if you have any specific questions.

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