First of all, I'd like to say that this forum has provided me with a LOT of great info; and I'd like to thank all that continue to post great advice. Some of these questions may have already been answered elsewhere, for that I apologize.. I tried to do my research first.
My fiance and I are going to Costa Rica for our Honeymoon. We are flying into SJ on July 7th, 2013, and after our first night in town we are planning on spending the next 4 days on the Rios Tropicales 4 day rafting trip.
The trip should get us back early evening on the 11th, and then we plan on taking our adventure to Manuel Antonio through Sunday, the 14th. Here's where I'm trying to figure out our best options on what to do with our time. We are a pretty adventurous, relatively in-shape couple who are looking to combine relaxation, nature, and trying to learn how to surf a bit. I guess I'm just looking for suggestions along those lines, and I'll post some initial thoughts to see if anyone wants to offer some advice:
1. I'm trying to figure out if I should see if there's bus service on the 11th from SJ to MA that late in the evening; or if I would be better off just renting a 4x4 and having access to a vehicle for our stay. (I've checked websites and some just say "every 2 hours", which I know can't be 24/7)
2. For hotels, I'm bouncing between La Posada or the Cocomar Residences (which appear to be a bit further away). We would like to stay close to restaurants and activities, but not too close to where we can't enjoy some quiet time together (cake and eat it too, i know). Any other hotel suggestions for this would be appreciated as well.
3. Any advice for newbie surfers? We're both accomplished snowboarders, however I don't know how much that will help us on the waves. This is one of the activities we're looking forward to the most. (rental companies, lessons, etc...)
3. Probably want to do a boat tour to perhaps see some sea life, as well as snorkeling too. Do you think we'd be better off separating these activities, or combining them into one boat tour?
4, Hopefully you get the idea of what we're after, so any other advice is totally welcome. Thanks guys.