My husband and I(both in our 50's) will be traveling to Costa Rica the first week in June and are planning about a 7 day trip. Our flight arrives in San Jose at around midnight. We plan on visiting the Arenal area and Manuel Antonio. We have reached out to AnywhereCostaRica for some help, but are still working on our plans...We will be renting a car. . I know time is quickly approaching. Tentatively we are planning on staying 1 night near La Paz waterfall park at Poas Volcano Lodge then to the Arenal Area. We are open to a variety of experiences and look forward to the natural beauty and wildlife we hope to see.
Since we are getting in so late, where is an inexpensive place to stay near the airport? Since this is just a stopover so we aren't driving in the dark, we don't want to spend much but want clean and safe.
We anticipate touring the LaPaz Waterfall park,staying overnight and then driving to Arenal. We want to go ziplining, what are other "must do" things in Arenal around the Volcano? Recommended Lodging?(reasonable, but we don't need luxurious)...
From Arenal, I though about going to MonteVerde, on the way to Manuel Antonio...stay one night, visit the park and then drive on to Manuel Antonio. Is this reasonable? We probably don't want to spend a whole day driving from Arenal to Manuel Antonio. IS the stop in Monteverde practical? or is there another 'midway' stop that would be interesting?
In Manuel Antonio, I am looking at Hotel San Bada since it appears to be near the beach and the Park. Any thoughts on this?
One last question....in the Manuel Antonio area, we thought about possibly Scuba Diving, but we aren't certified... Is there a provider in the area where we could get our certification? and any idea/recommendation on cost and feasibility?
So we are thinking 1 night in La Paz,2 nights in Arenal, 1 night in Monteverde, 2 nights in Manuel Antonio...
I know this is a lot of questions in one post, any help would be greatly appreciated.