We’re visiting in August & looking for an onward beach destination after spending time in MA – but Drake Bay (as recommended) seems too difficult to get to. Can you recommend anywhere else with a similar, laid-back vibe that’s easy from MA – and easy to get to San Jose for our flight home..? Would simply relaxing for the last 2-days in MA be a good option..?
Also – thanks for hosting this great site!
You could visit the Costa Ballena area, which is just south of Manuel Antonio and not too much farther from the airport. The area has a lot of jungle and is very laid back. It is a bit spread out but you could find a nice relaxing place with a good view of the ocean to stay. Another option is to go north so that you are even closer to the airport. Tarcoles, is a cool little fishing town just north of Jaco but much more relaxed. There are some nice lodges up in the hills or you could stay down by the beach in a simpler place. The nearby Carara National Park is a great place to see birds and other wildlife. Staying in Manuel Antonio for longer and just doing some day trips is also a good option if you don’t want to move around as much. Hope this gives you some ideas. Thanks for your question.
Many thanks for the reply – I think staying in MA will win out, and we’ll be going through your MA guide pages avidly.
Many many thanks for hosting this great site – it is fantastically useful and I wish you all the best in CR!