Need itinerary and lodging suggestions
We are Costa Rica lovers, having spent 5 of the last 61/2 years vacationing there. Our first trip was to Manuel Antonio in May of 2007. We really like it there, and have started off all our trips there, as we like the beaches, the food, the easy access from San Jose, and have made friends at La Posada, where we stay. We have branched out to other places....south to Mata Palo, and to Dominical. We have been north to Jaco, and spent time up in the Nicoya, staying once in Montezuma and twice in Playa Carmen/Santa Teresa. Now we would like to explore Guanacaste. I would like an experienced opinion about how to arrange our trip. It appears that to explore the best beaches we should fly to Liberia, and either go south to Samara and work our way back up, or go straight to Playa Hermosa, and work our way down to Samara. We have never rented a car in CR before. We've taken small planes, taxis, vans, busses, and boats. What would be the best way to get around the beach towns? If we should rent a car...where to rent? Also, we are active, liberal, pushing 60 years old, have zip-lined, river rafted and like long walks on the beach, swimming, relaxing, yoga, and boogie boarding, but don't surf. We always go in May when lodging is cheaper, crowds are gone, and the weather is good. We like good seafood, we don't like all-inclusives, big resorts, or major hotels, but if one is the best option in Conchal, we'll do it We speak Spanish fairly well, and like to mingle with locals of all ages. Our best experiences have been at Manuel Antonio, and Santa Teresa, where we have liked the vibe....people, food, and beaches. Our lodging requirements are: clean rooms, easy access to beaches and breakfast, friendly staff. If you have any suggestions for an itinerary, and places to stay, we would much appreciate it. Hermosa, Playa Conchal, Playa Avellanas, Playa Guiones, Samara, and Nosara look like fabulous beaches to explore....but maybe too much for a two week trip. Let me know...Thank you.