This forum has been helpful to look through. I am working on planning our honeymoon in Costa Rica during mid July for two weeks.
So far we have pretty much settled on not renting a car and instead travleing by bus and shuttle. Our plan is to start in Monteverde, spending several days there, taking the horseback route to Arenal area. In Arenal trying out the hotsprings, rafting and hiking. Then heading to Rincon de la Vieja by shuttle.
It is after Rincon de la Vieja that I am getting hung up. We want to head to one or two beach areas fom here. I know that there are a ton to choose from, but that is part of what is so hard. We have about five days for our coast explorations.
One option would be that we rent a car in Liberia and travel down the Nicoya pennisula on our own winging it and stopping at the destiniations we like.
Another option would be to head to a specific destination on the northwest coast without a car and remain there for several days. Possibly somewhere around Playa Ostional?
A third option would be to head back across the country and head to Manual Antonio. (One concern I had with Manual Antonio is that it looks like it gets even more rain during this time of year than the areas in the northwest pacific.)
I guess I would describe what we are looking for as not very touristy, we dont need a bar in the pool or anything just a nice natural area and a clean place to stay. We may want to snorkel and or sea kayak if it is possible.
Any thoughts or suggestions?
Wow - that sounds like a wonderful honeymoon. We, too, honeymooned in Costa Rica 7 years ago. We went to Manuel Antonio and found it to be much more lush and beautifl than the northwestern beaches...although they were great too! In the northeast, we stayed at Jardin del Eden in Tamarindo. Tamarindo has good surf and is a small laid-back village. There is too much surf to snorkel, but sea kayaking is a possibility.
does sound like a great time.. Manual antonio is a long way from libera area..while it would be a interesting drive, roads a re bad and i think would just eat up your time...
First when your in monteverde did you consider doing Skytrek or another canopy tour..
there are many places on the west coast..Playa hermosa , manzanilo, etc are all very nice. I have links to many places along the west coast you can look at(in travelogs section)
the beaches there had very few people and were great.
Playa Hermosa and Tamarindo would both be good choices. As would Playa Flamingo--beautiful beach there. Not far from Tamarindo (30 minutes). I think you would waste your time if you just took off down the peninsula checking out different places. Best to decide on an area and go there. From Playa Hermosa, you can do day trip to the Rincon de la Vieja. This would allow you to base yourself at the beach for an extra day or two and still enjoy the Rincon!
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