My husband and I are planning a trip to Costa Rica, May 11 - 19. The main objective of our trip is to get some rest and relaxation; however, we are also looking forward to seeing the beautiful sites that Costa Rica has to offer. We are looking for some advice on our itinerary...
We were thinking about staying all 8 days at El Velero in Playa Hermosa (near Liberia). Then taking day trips to various excursions.
The other option would be to spend a few days at Playa Hermosa (near Liberia), then spend a few nights at Arenal and Monteverde Cloud Forest.
We are hoping to receive some suggestions on the following:
1. What are your thoughts on an 8 day stay at El Velero? Will we get bored with Playa Hermosa for 8 days or should we travel to another beach area for a few days?
2. We've read lots of negative comments about driving in Costa Rica; is it better to illicit the help of a tour company/travel guide for trips to Arenal / Monteverde? If we go to Arenal/Monteverde, is it better to stay overnight? Or is a day trip sufficent to see the higlights?
3. Avispas comes highly recommended on the forums and offers a Miravalles Volcano Adventure. Is this comparable to Arenal?
4. It is my undertsanding that May is the beginning of the "rainy" season. A few people have indicated that the rains pass quickly each day. What can we expect?
Any information/feedback would be greatly appreciated!!