I'm planning to travel to Nica's pacific coast in early August and seeking advice from expart or folks whom have traveled there a decent amount. Is there a Manuel Antonio type of comparable beach? Is SJDS really the touristy trap folks seem to say? I've spent some time in the CR (6 weeks or so) and a few days at Manuel Antonio, few on Atlantic side in a small town, and so I'm interested in somewhere with beaches akin to Manuel Antonio in Nica.
Second question and one I'm sure will be debated-- drive, bus or cab it? It's for a honeymoon and so I'm tempted to cab or drive myself. I know how crazy the drivers are, but I've driven in other probably worse.
Last question--I've only been in San Jose during rainy season and never to the beaches. How bad is it? Is it the once-a-day shower or is it legitimately showering all the time?