I am starting to seriously plan a 20 year wedding anniversary trip and I am seriously overwhelmed by Costa Rica. From what I have learned we need to stay in one spot for 3 nights at a span because driving around is a pain in the butt. We plan on renting a 4x4. That's about ALL I can tell you. Here's what I am looking at and I desperately need feedback. We can do this backwards too.
- Arrive LIR and go to Playas del Coco. Hubby loves to dive and even though I don't dive I want to give him a dive experience. Do they do horseback riding on the beach in this area? Love horses. Would love to do a horseback tour at some point. I am sure there is lots to do from this base point.
- Drive to Arenal or Monteverde? Friends stayed at Arenal Observatory Lodge and loved it. I know I will need to drive out for dinner because I think the food sucks. I love the look of the Hidden Canopy Treehouses in Monteverde. Hubby wanted to stay at a treehouse but the place he wanted to stay at was very far south, required a zip line in and you had to bring biodegradable TP. All of that sounded too granola for me. Then I found the Pacuare Lodge and fell in love until I read the reviews about weather, no electricity and $900 for 2 nights. So the Treehouses look cool, right?
- Poas Crater - Stay at Finca Rosa Blanca? Looks really nice. Do some day trips.
Am I missing monkeys and wildlife? I keep stumbling across Manuel Antonio but I am not a fan of going to all the super touristy areas since we are from South Florida and we get plenty of that at home.
I figure I can do the following from ANY of these bases:
Check out Rio Celeste. No need to stay at Hideaway right?
Monkeys and wildlife
Hot Springs and Thermal Spas
Scuba for hubby
Beaches are not required since we live in Florida but I do love a good coastline like PCH :)
White water rafting Class III or lower or Kayaking
I basically want to feel like we have arrived on another planet!
I would love to stay in treehouses or local unique hotels - No Four Seasons or Holiday Inns if we can help it
We like charming and off the beaten path. We like unique experiences. We drove around Ireland and loved it. Drove around Italy (between Venice, Florence and the Tuscan hill towns) and loved it. We stayed in a tiny walled city that no one had ever heard of. We ate amazing food. We like electricity. We like good local cuisine and chatting up the locals. The biolumiscent tours looked cool but didn't have the scuba angle.
Appreciate your help with my ADD planning!