I need help/suggestions… so basically 3 of us are visiting Costa Rica between August 10-18. We plan to visit Arenal Volcano + Manuel Antonio
3 of us:
-Me female 28
Now I was hoping to get some advice… here is my schedule so far
August 10: Arrival at San Jose + Private Transport to Arenal
August 11: Canyoneering La Roca (5 hours) + Arenal Volcano Hike (4 hours)
August 12: Rio Celeste Hike (9 hours)
August 13: OPEN TO SUGGESTIONS
August 14: Rafting Sarapiqui River Class III-IV (7 hours)
August 15: Transport to Manuel Antonio
August 16: OPEN TO SUGGESTIONS
August 17: River Tubing on Savegre (4 hours) + Aguas Azules (Parasailing+30 minutes Waterboarding+1 hr jet Ski)
August 18: Back to airport in San Jose
1- Rio Celeste Hike…. My issue is… well I heard the waters turn “ugly” IF it’s raining… well in August (time I’m going at...), I’ve been told it is “Rainy Season”… I understand that means it won’t be raining all the time… but that it will rain everyday for a few hours. At this time, I just want a nice refreshing hike! I heard Rio Celeste is the hike to do (not sure what to expect of the hike… I hear there are springs). What are your thoughts on this?
2- For “OPEN TO SUGGESTIONS” for Manuel Antonio I’m thinking the Canopy Tour (5.5 hr) + ATV Tour (~4 hrs) – any comments on those? I understand it’s not the Monteverde Zip Tour… and I have no idea what to expect of the ATV Tour
3- For “OPEN TO SUGGESTIONS” for Arenal – thinking the Arenal Hanging Bridges + something else??? I wanted to do the Venada Caves… but rest of family does not want it… PS. I’m terrified of spiders LOL!
4- My problem is… I feel like I’m missing out on some wildlife opportunities… I’m not sure what the best opportunities are and where to fit them on my schedule
Now I’m spending a lot of money because I want this to be one of those lifetime trips… so I’m being very picky/anxious/nervous/hesitant/etc about all this… especially since I’m paying for all (not to mention the plane tickets that are $$$)…..
So I need some advice… for first time visitors (and probably not visiting for a LONG time)… do you feel I have captured a good picture of what Costa Rica offers/attractions/adventures? Would you recommend I add something, change something… must dos? Any recommendations – I would love to hear from you.
Again – I know this is supposed to be personalized… BUT suggestions from parties who live there or who have been there are EXTREMELY helpful in making me form decisions/solidify what I want.