My husband and I have set a TENTATIVE itinerary as follows, and would like to "fill it in" with some appropriate things to do while in the different places we've chosen to visit. We would LOVE some suggestions for off-the-beaten-path things to do, as well as for the [usual] touristy things to do! So, here goes!
Saturday: Fly int SJO, arriving at 9:00 pm. We have rented a Suzuki Jiminy for two weeks, and will pick it up at the airport and drive to the Costa Rica Marriott (only a 5 minute drive, they say!) where we will stay for one night.
Sunday-Monday: Check out of Costa Rica Marriott in San Jose and drive to the Poas Volcano on our way to the Tree House House in San Carlos. By online calculations, it will be at least a 2 hour drive to Poas, and another hour and a half to the Tress Houses Hotel, located on the main highway #141 between Ciudad Quesada and La Fortuna, Arenal Volcano. We plan to stay at the Tree Houses Hotel for 2 nights. While there we are not sure what we should do, so we are looking for suggestions.
Tuesday-Thursday: Drive to Drive to Hotel Arena Manoa, in La Fortuna. We hope to visit the Baldi Hot Springs, see the volcano, do a Sky Tram & Sly Trek tour (1/2 day) and do another 1/2 day tour of the Arenal hanging bridges. There are lots of other things to do, but which are the best choices?
Friday: Check into the Adventure Park & Hotel in Miramar, Puntarenas for only one night. They offer a lot of tours/options, but we're not sure what to take advantage of....
Saturday-Tuesday drive to Los Suenos Marriott in Jaco - three nights/four days, with absolutely NO IDEAS - help!!
Wednesday-Saturday: Here is the real challenge. While we are interested and excited about MA, I am also excited about Dominical. From what I read on TripAdvisor and what I can see on YourTravelMap, it might be a better idea to stay in Dominical and do day-trips to MA and Uvita. The accommodations that are recommended on this site that appeal to us is Costa Paraiso in Domincal.
There are so many options in this location alone: In MA there is the rainforest spice tour, the wonderful beaches outside the part, the trip to see the Dama Island Mangroves....that I am confused now about what there is INSIDE the Park!
Then, in Dominical, there are horseback-waterfall tours, whale-watching....and surfing in Uvita (not that we plan to surf, but would love to watch!).
Saturday: Check out of wherever we stay and head back to the Costa Rica Marriott in San Jose to return the rental car and take an early morning flight back to the US the next day.
Remembering that we are in our mid-60s and in "reasonable" physical shape, we would really appreciate any guidance/suggestions you can make. Without this forum, I'm not sure we would have even considered doing this kind of trip as independent travelers, so thank you all so much for any suggestions you can give!