Post # 1
So amazingly my husband was able to get off for February Break (i’m a teacher and I lost most of my feb break due to Hurricane Sandy but my principal is allowing me to take the extra 3 days off that we lost!!!!)
SO we can finally go on a honeymoon, but we are now in rush mode. We have one month to plan this thing. We want to go to Costa Rica and do more of the rainforest stuff and stay on the Pacific side.
Where did you stay?
How long did it take you to get there from the airport?
Did you rent a car?
What activities did you do? Where they close (within an hour) to the hotel?
What are your suggestions?
Post # 3
I went once a few years ago with my family and we stayed on the Pacific side. My parents used a tour company that organized all transfers and a tours.
We flew into San Jose and stayed the night, then about a 3 hour drive to the Manuel Anotnia area and stayed at a hotel right next to the national park called Arenas del Mar. We saw lots of wild life on the hotel grounds. We did several tours in the area, if you like horse back riding I would caution you to look very carefully into the company you choose. Many of the horses in tours of the beach were very underweight and sad looking, we went on a tour through the mountains and all their horses were very healthy. We did not have a rental vehicle, transportation to any of the tours we did was provdied by the company we booked with, they even organized transportation when we ate dinner away from the hotel.
We then flew to the Osa Peninsula and stayed at a small hotel that provdied their own tours of the surrounding rainforest called Lapa Rios. There were lots of Scarlet Macaws in this area. Our last hotel we stayed at was in the center of the country called Peace Lodge. They are also a park open to the public for a fee (they have many waterfall hikes you can do, and are a refuge for wild animals seized from the illegal pet trade).
It was probably my favourite trip I have done and loved everything about it. But make sure you have lots of bug spray and ear plugs for the howler monkeys that start up at 4 in the morning!
Post # 4
@pixiecat: Thank you so much! I’m going to look in to the places you talked about! You are getting me very excited about it!
Did you plan all tours and activites before you went? or did you do it when you were there??
Post # 5
The tours we did in Manuel Antonio were arranged beforehand, I do not remember the name of the company but they sent us a package before we left with a bunch of vouchers we gave to the tour guides when we were picked up. In that area we did horseback riding, a tour of Manuel Antonio Park, and a zip line in the rainforest.
At Lapa Rios they provided their own tours (can’t remember if it was one tour per person per day, or per room), and you just signed up for what you were interested in when you got there. You could pay a fee for any extra tours you wanted. We did a rainforest hike, night time river hike, waterfall hike, and bird watching.
When we were at Peace Lodge we just walked around thr grounds looking at the animals and the waterfalls. We also organized a tour to the volcano with the guide that took us from San Jose to Manuel Antonio when we first arrived.
Post # 6
@LizzieMo: I am going to Costa Rica on my honeymoon in April! We have never been, but I have heard amazing things about it. We are going to stay at the brand new RIU PALACE COSTA RICA, the reviews and pictures look amazing!
Post # 7
@riss519: Thank you so much… i’m going to look into it!