Me and my Gf are planning our first trip to Costa Rica in September and would like any feedback on the itinerary below. We are planning on renting a car to give us some flexibility on traveling around and seeing sights on on own. We will be there total of 11 days - >
Day 1 - Arrive San Jose around 12:00 , pick up rental car and drive to Arenal
Day 2 - Arenal
Day 3 - Arenal
Day 4 - Leave Arenal and drive to Sarapiqui, probably staying at Selve Verde
Day 5 - Sarapiqui
Day 6 - Depart to Punta Uva , at Korrigan Lodge
Day 7 - Punta Uva
Day 8 - Punta Uva
Day 9 - Punta Uva
Day 10 -Leave Punta Uva and drive to Alajuela
Day 11 - Fly home
I wasn't sure about Sarapiqui but I figured it would break up the drive from Arenal to Punta Uva. We are probably renting a house in the Nuevo Arenal area. I also figured we could use Sarapiqui to vis La Paz the day we arrive there , and then spend the second day checking out the river , doing some rafting.
For the time in Arenal area, I was looking at visiting both Tenorio and Arenal National Parks, could someone spend a full day in each of these ? Looking to do some hiking and exploring the areas.
While in Punta Uva would like to visit the the the coastal towns (manzanillo, puerto viejo, cahuita) and maybe some of the waterfalls. Relax a little and do some additional hiking in the area. Any feedback would be appreciated. Thanks.