We just booked our flight down to San Jose for March. Now I've got to figure out where to go how to spend our time. We are a fairly active family of 4 (2 adults and 2 younger teen girls) and this will be our first trip to Costa Rica. We will be arriving in SJO on a Monday around 1:30 and leaving the following Monday at 2:30. So far I've looked at Arenal, Monteverde and Manuel Antonio areas. We definitely want to do some of the "adventure" activities like ziplining, hiking, horseback riding and whitewater rafting, but would also like some relaxation time near the beach (along with some sailing and kayaking possibly). We will most likely be staying at "moderate" accommodations and using a driver/transport company for transfers between hotels, etc.
Another TA friend who frequents these boards (and who just returned from CR) said she heard less than positive feedback about Monteverede, so I'm wondering if it is worth trying to work that in or skip and just do half Arenal and half Manuel Antonio. All advice welcome on how to attack this. Would a day near Poas be doable in addition to Arenal and Manuel Antonio?
Many thanks in advance to all of you and also my apologies if I have asked a question that has already been answered many times. I did a quick search for itinerary help, but got a little overwhelmed with all the possibilities.