I am planning a trip to CR the last week of July, 8 days. Our plan so far is to land in San Jose and do two days of rafting on the Pacuare, then move off to the Andaz in Papagayo. I am stuck on putting together a nice itinerary for the 5 days. We\’d like to do some beach time, cloud canopy and zip lines, what do you suggest? BTW, we are renting a car and flying out of Liberia.
If you’re coming inland from rafting, beach time sounds like a good idea and it’s easy to find zip lining in the area around Andaz Papagayo too. There are a couple of different places near Rincon de la Vieja that do adventure tour packages (e.g., Buena Vista Resort), which include things like zip lining, horseback riding, tubing, hot springs, etc. These are really popular.
The cloud forest (Monteverde) is 2.5-3 hrs away, though, so we don’t recommend that on a day trip from Guanacaste. There are a lot of other fun things you can do closer to the resort, though. You could take a look at our Playa Hermosa post for ideas. Hermosa isn’t far from Andaz so anything you can do out of there would make sense from the Andaz as well. Hope that gives you some ideas,