My girlfriend and I (both in mid 20s) are planning a trip to Costa Rica which will be our first. Plan on the trip being in Mid-may. After a little research I have decided we want to fly into San Jose (SJO) and travel to La Fortuna. We want to raft Toro River, Zipline and hike around/at the valcano national park. We also plan to eat good, and relax with drinks. As far as I can tell we need to plan on being in La Fortuna 2-3 nights. Any further recommendations?
What are some recommendations for places to stay? Our budget is around $150/night, would like nice accomadations, a pool with a bar if possible, breakfast included, nice views ect. Probably will not have a rental car/suv.
From La Fortuna we plan on going elsewhere. Definitly want to go to the beach for a few days. Would you recommend stopping a night or two in monteverde? If we plan on rafting, ziplining, and hiking the volcano in La Fortuna is something we HAVE to goto monteverde for?
Either way what beach town would you recommend? We are looking for laid back, possibly go sport fishing, drinks at the pool/beach, nice resturants for dinner/drinks, easy to get it from either place (la fortuna or monteverde) and an easy trip to to SJO to fly out of.
Let me know your thoughts and thanks in advance.Edited: 5:30 pm, December 18, 2012