I can't thank y'all enough for your suggestions, advice and encouragement in planning this trip! Here is where we've decided to travel and what we've finally decided to do with two weeks in Paradise!
We are a fly-and-drive (mid-60's) couple, so we're flying in and out of San Jose and renting a 4x4 for our Costan Rican Adventure.
Day 1: Arrive in CR mid-afternoon, staying overnight at Hotel Luisiana in Santa Ana - looks wonderful!
Day 3: 8 hour Cano Nego boat tour, recommended highly here on TA for wildlife sighting.
Day 4: Drive to La Fortuna to the Arenal Manoa Hotel. Hot springs in the evening?
Day 5: Morning: Sky Tram/Sky Trek - just thinking about the excitement of the rain forest gives me goosebumps! Afternoon: Explore & relax
Day 6: Morning: Arenal Hanging Bridges. Afternoon: Relax
Day 7: Drive to Monteverde, staying only one night at Casa Batsu located right next to the Monteverde Information Center - yay!
Day 8: Coffee Tour in the morning after we check out of Casa Batsu, and then a leisurely drive down the coast to Jaco.
Day 9: We've rented a beach-front condominium from a friend's mom. We feel very fortunate to not only get a very reasonable price, but to know that there's a washing machine there (who would have ever thought I'd be excited about doing laundry??).
Day 10: Day at Manuel Antonio. We will be meeting a tour guide at El Avion Restaurant and traveling with him into the Park, thereby avoiding the parking dilemma and current parking scammers we've heard so much about. We'll stay in the park after our tour, and enjoy the beautiful beach.
Day 11: Playa Hermosa? Or maybe just a "down" day bumming around?
Day 12: Drive father down the coast, to Uvita - staying at Tikivillas, and VERY excited - reviews on TA for Tikivillas have been exceptional, and correspondence with the owners has been delightful! We've been following the Uvita forums, and have a whole slew of things to choose from, PLUS the owners of Tikivillas seem to be known as much for their local suggestions and for their hospitality!
Day 13: A day to explore - maybe Concorvado National Park? Ballena?
Day 14: Don Lula's Nauyaca Waterfalls Tour - OMG, I can't wait!!
Day 15: Drive back to Santa Ana for last night, again at Hotel Luisana, and an early flight the next morning back to the Northeast.
Thanks again to all of you - trip reports will be forthcoming!