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Looking for 2 destinations in Costa Rica

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Maine
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Looking for 2 destinations in Costa Rica

Hi, I'm looking to book an 8-9 day trip for my family of 5 to Costa Rica. I'd like to stay near arenal for a few days the go somewhere coastal nearby. I don't want to spend too much time traveling between cities. Any suggestions for towns, hotels? Don't need luxury but clean is a must.

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1. Re: Looking for 2 destinations in Costa Rica

Nice circle trip...SJO...Arenal....Manuel Antonio...SJO

Great for families...the longest ride will, be Arenal to Manuel Antonio about 4 hours...but great ride...the other ones about 3 hours...

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2. Re: Looking for 2 destinations in Costa Rica

Do an AI for 2 nights in Tortuguero at one of the lodges (Carribean side... but not swimming beach IMHO), then Arenal area. Two different experiences. The Lodge will get you from San Jose to Tortuguero and back. Then get a car and head to Arenal. Turtle Beach Lodge in Tortuguero is fine. Been twice. In Arenal area we stayed at Arenal Lodge. They have some "family" sized condo arangements in addition to hotel accomodations. Another hotel/motel is Arenal Observatory Lodge at the foot of the Arenal volcano. (no volcano activity when we were there early Nov 2013.)

Manual Antonio pretty beach

Are you looking for :"adventure travel"? as in Ziplines? Wildlife? Rafting? and/or beach fix? or a mix?

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3. Re: Looking for 2 destinations in Costa Rica

Your problem is that there are no coasts nearby Arenal. It's smack dab in the middle of the country and you are looking at 4-5 hours travel time to good beaches. Your best options are:

1. Head to northern Guanacaste beaches, 4-5 hours away with lots of beach choices, less than an hour from the Liberia airport, when you head homeward.

2. Head to Manuel Antonio, a 4.5-5 hour drive, departing early morning so you can hit the beach mid-afternoon. Three hour drive back to San Jose.

3. Head to Punta Leona Resort with its beautiful Playa Blanca on the central Pacific coast north of Jaco. Shave 1- 1.5 hours off the drive to Manuel Antonio but be sure and read tripadvisor reviews for this hotel before you consider this option.

4. Fly Arenal to Manuel Antonio on Nature Air or SANSA. Quick route to beach but can be expensive for a family. Note limited baggage weights.

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