Hello, my fiance and I are visiting CR for our honeymoon next Jan/Feb and I have some questions before finalizing the agenda. Background: We enjoy making our own day to day schedule (not big on all inclusives and/or guided tours) and love relaxing in a pool/on a beach, walking around towns to get a sense of the culture, animals, mild hiking for the sake of exploring, delicious food, and trying out local beers/wines. We aren't adventure seekers, but do want to zipline/do a canapy tour (are they the same thing?) while in CR. We're thinking we'll go to Arenal and Tamarindo.
1.) If we're planning to go for 8-10 days how do you suggest we split our time?
2.) Is this too much time for just these 2 places?
3.) Both of the hotels we're looking into offer car service to and from either airport - is there a need for a rental car?
4.) Is there a beach we should be sure to visit on a day trip(s) that offers good snorkeling?
5.) Is there a restaurant we should be sure to visit while in either place?
6.) Any other info is appreciated so that this is the trip of a lifetime! We can't wait and have heard such great things about CR!