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First time where to go???

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First time where to go???

Planning a 10-14 day holiday to Costa Rica in April..Not sure where to go and what to see. We like 5 star hotels and would like to see vulcanos and wildlife..we are 2 adults no kids....appreciate it!!!!!!!!!!

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1. Re: First time where to go???

The first place that comes to mind is Arenal if you want volcano and wildlife. There are an abundance of activities in Arenal. If you are looking for adventure try ziplining or waterfall rappelling. Definitely visit one of the hot springs like "Tabacon" very luxurious and beautiful or "Baldi Hotsprings" . Go for a hike in the "Arenal Volcano National Park". One of the nicest hotels there is the "Arenal Nayara Hotel and Gardens" http://www.arenalnayara.com/ - To give you some idea of other hotels in the area and their descriptions: anywherecostarica.com/destinations/…hotels

I would also recommend Monteverde around 3 hours from Arenal also rich in Wildlife and home to the world renowned Monteverde Cloud Forest. There I would recommend the "Monteverde Lodge" (beautiful grounds, excellent food, great staff. MV offers excellent nocturnal tours, ziplining, hikes through the cloud forest, Guided bird watching tours, etc.

As far as a beach spot that offers an abundance of wildlife and fine hotels i would recommend Manuel Antonio. The National Park is amazing full of wildlife and amazing vegetation. The "Gaia Hotel and Reserve" or "Issimo Suites Boutique Hotel and Spa". These are just two of the many luxurious hotels in MA.

I hope this gives you a bit of a start, I'm sure others will pipe in with some other great suggestions.

good luck!

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2. Re: First time where to go???

Agree with the above, Arenal is a good place to start, also like the Nayara, very nice. Might also check Tabacon - http://www.tabacon.com/ or the Springs Resort - http://springscostarica.com/

Anywhere Costa Rica is a good website (listed above) but they really only have a very small number of hotels listed. For a better over view, IMO you are already in the best place to see what's available. Check the review sections right here on Trip Advisor for the most up to date and much larger listing of available places to stay.

To learn about the different areas in CR check out the official portal here - www.visitcostarica.com/ict/paginas/home.asp… click on the planning your visit tab and you are on your way.

Cheers

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3. Re: First time where to go???

Just to give add additional option....alll the above being great! No matter what you are looking for....camping to five star.....its all available and all around....

but you mentioned you like five star hotels...check out "Villa Caletas" beautiful place....kind of secluded but well worth the stay;) We stayed a couple of nights for my husbands birthday/beginning of our 14 day first time trip; we had booked a fishing trip out of Los Suenos (also beautiful place) and didn't really want to stay in Jaco, but wanted to be close enough to visit Jaco and spend the day out and about....so decided on Villa Caletas....from the service, staff, entire grounds, private beach, hotel, suites, infinity pool.....SUNSETS and dinner at the amphitheathre a must!!!! place was a great experience!!

Can also visit the Hotel for sunsets at the amphitheatre, dinner, spa, etc...if headed in that direction for any part of your stay definately worth a sunset at the very least

http://www.villacaletas.com/

Be prepared to fall in love....my husband and I are going for our third trip now in Feb (only 13 months from initial trip) and just feels like we just still can't get enough time to enjoy it all=) Keeps us coming back! ~ This time visiting Osa~Corcovado and Drakes; Orosi; San Geraldo; and then off to visit with friends from our first trip in Bijagua!

Good Luck=)

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