Coming to Arenal in late June for four nights, but given how long it will take to get there from new York, I feel like Saturday is mostly shot, and with an early departure Wednesday for Manuel Antonio, I have three days of activities, with alot more than three choices, could use any help/advice anyone can provide.
My current thinking is to do ziplining one day, rappeling another day, with the third day open. I have plenty of questions:
-would these two excursions provide enough hiking through and seeing therainforest, or would it make sense to book a guided tour through the rainforest (hanging bridges?) for the third day? We do enjoy hiking, so a more strenuous hike would be the preference.
-we are staying at The Springs Resort and Spa. Someone told me that visiting Tabacon for half-day was a must, but I'm wondering what I would see there that I wouldn't be able to experience at my own hotel. Are the hot springs that much different from one place to the next?
-we definitely want to go white water rafting somewhere along the way, but I'm thinking that might be better in Manuel Antonio than in Arenal because my sense is that it's a couple hours from Arenal just to get to the rafting trip - is this good planning?
Am also wondering if there's anything that I am overlooking entirely, like visting the volcano itself? I've read a little bit about night tours but am leery about booking anything along these lines because it's rainy season and more likely to be raining in the second half of the day - does that make sense?
I'll keep digging through Trip Advisor's review and forums, but any direction or advice is appreciated, thanks.