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MA to Arenal- 7 day itinerary November

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MA to Arenal- 7 day itinerary November

I am worried we will spend our whole vacation driving around... i know the area is beautiful but we spend a lot of time commuting at home. Our plans so far:

Day 1- Land in San Jose at 12noon, rental car drive to Manuel Antonio (3 hours)

Day 2-3 Manuel Antonio

Day 4- Drive to Arenal (5 hours?)

Day 5 Arenal

Day 6 Drive back towards Alajuela (3 1/2 hours) - maybe coffee plantations or cloud forest near San Ramon on the way back

Day 7 Poas or something in Central Highlands area

Day 8- early 8am flight (which is why we want to end in Alajuela)

I was wondering if we should stay in Arenal for a 3rd night or base our last 4 nights near Alajuela and just do a day trip to Arenal?


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1. Re: MA to Arenal- 7 day itinerary November

I like your itinerary...honestly and with all my respect...is not good idea the one day trip to Arenal...WAY to much driving for just a few hours of fun...SORRY!

Your driving times are are very good...


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2. Re: MA to Arenal- 7 day itinerary November

I would do three nights in Manuel Antonio and three nights in Arenal......slow down, relax and enjoy the areas....have a great trip.

Tulemar Dave

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3. Re: MA to Arenal- 7 day itinerary November

I have to agree with the others......slow down a bit and enjoy each destination. I would choose between Arenal and Poas and not try to do both. Arenal has the great hot springs, but Poas has been the more active volcano lately, so that may help you decide between one of the other. If you decided to do a day trip anywhere, Poas is much easier to do day trips once you are in San Jose. Enjoy!

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4. Re: MA to Arenal- 7 day itinerary November

Skipping something gives you a reason to come back.It`s been working for me.

5. Re: MA to Arenal- 7 day itinerary November

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