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Opinion on our itinerary with 9mo old

Irvine, California
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Opinion on our itinerary with 9mo old

We are new parents and planning a ~2wk vacation with our 9mo old. What do you think of our itinerary:

Arenal - 3 days

Papagayo - 4 days

Manuel Antonio - 4 days

San Jose - one day stay before we fly back to US

*What are the recommended ways of getting in between these places? We were thinking of renting a car b/c of baby but were hesitant about the ?5hr trip between Papagayo and Manuel Antonio. I think an alternative would be to fly from LIberia Canton to Quepos.

*Is it overly ambitious to have 3 locations in a trip with a baby?

Thanks in advance!

Costa Rica
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1. Re: Opinion on our itinerary with 9mo old

It's not overly ambitious to think in terms of 3 locations - or even 4 - for a 2-week vacation.

Yes, you can fly from Liberia to Quepos, but not sure if you have to connect via San Jose. Check Sansa Airlines and Nature Air Airlines for flight information.

It might be best to rent a car. This way, you can make as many stops as you need to, especially if you drive the long drive from Papagayo to Manuel Antonio. Otherwise, either fly or hire private transportation.

Of course, it will depend on your baby and how well he/she sleeps on long trips.

The airport is actually in Alajuela and not San Jose and there is lodging of all sorts and all prices 15 minutes or so from the airport without the hassle of going into San Jose.

Chicago, Illinois
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2. Re: Opinion on our itinerary with 9mo old

I agree with Hattie. Even though it's a long drive, I think you would be best served to rent a car and make a leisurely day of it. The car will give you much more flexibility for times when the baby may be fussy or you just want to stop for a longer break at a beautiful spot. Just remember not to leave your valuables in the car when you stop as petty theft is a problem in some areas.

3. Re: Opinion on our itinerary with 9mo old

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