My husband and I have travelled a great deal and are currently planning a trip to CR for December. We are currently thinking we'll spend 2.5 days at Arenal (Tabacon) then spend 5 days relaxing on the beach in Guanacaste (Westin) and then 3 days in Manuel Antonio. This is a little more complicated as we will be visiting the latter half of December which gets pricey in certain hotels which has been effecting some of our planning. My biggest concern is that I'm not sure it makes sense to add in Monteverde as well. While it looks beautiful and I'd love to see it, it seems like quite a drive and I'm wondering if it is worth it if we'll be able to do the rain forest in Manuel Antonio and by Arenal? Is the zip lining and wild life viewing that much better? What are we giving up if we don't get to go there as well? We are really excited about the trip and appreciate any suggestions/opinions!