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Possible Itinerary

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Possible Itinerary

Hi, we (my boyfriend and I) are currently in the process of trying to plan a trip to Costa Rica. I would appreciate any advice on this proposed itinerary:

Day 1: Arrive San Jose and travel to La Fortuna by shuttle bus

Day 2: La Fortuna/ Arenal area

Day 3: La Fortuna/ Arenal area

Day 4: Travel to Monteverde by Taxi-Boat-Taxi

Day 5: Monteverde

Day 6: Travel to Tamarindo by shuttle bus

Day 7: Tamarindo

Day 8: Fly out from Liberia airport.

We are not planning to hire a car while in Costa Rica. Is it possible to discover the La Fortuna and Arenal areas without one, through using organised tours, trips or taxis?

Thanking you in advance for your help and advice,


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1. Re: Possible Itinerary

Your itinerary is OK. Personally, I wouldn't visit that many places in only 7 days - but - that's a matter of personal style. I'm sure you've checked the shared van shuttle times to make sure they work with your arrival at SJO.

Plan on being at LIR airport at least two hours ahead of your flight. 2.5 hours is probably better. You will have to pay your departure tax, fill out a form and stand in line with everyone else on your flight to check in. Then security.

Be sure to get something to eat before you arrive at the airport since the food there is mediocre and terribly expensive, even by airport standards.

Manuel Antonio...
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2. Re: Possible Itinerary

it is doable, but it feels like you will be most of the time on the road, and not really relaxing how it should be.

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Thank you very much for your replies and tips. We're trying to pack in as much as we can.

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