Hi Jenn and Matt,
Thanks a lot for the information you provide on your site. It has already been very helpful for organizing our trip to CR next july. We are a family of 3 adult kids and we want to stay for 15 nights.
I was hoping you could comment on the itinerary we have in mind. Our flight lands in San José in the evening and we would like to start our journey the next day. (we are thinking of renting a 4×4 for transportation). We definitely want to do a rafting tour. We are beginners, but are looking for some (safe) excitement. So we plan to go for 2 nights to the Pacuare river (or do you think Sarapiqui is better?). Next stop would be 2 nights in Tortuguero (is it an easy drive to Pavones?). The next stop is 3 nights Arenal and then 2 nights Monteverde. We would like to end our trip with 4 nights in Manuel Antonio (take some beginners lessons in surfing). Do you think this trip is feasible? Are we overlooking important highlights?
Thanks a lot in advance! Evert.
Your itinerary looks good and is spaced out nicely. The Pacuare is definitely higher class rapids than the Sarapiqui, so if you are nervous as beginners, you might want to do the Sarapiqui instead. The drive from either to La Pavona isn’t bad. July could be rainy in Tortuguero but it is also green sea-turtle nesting time so hopefully you will get to see that. If you need help booking any of your tours, let us know. We are very familiar with all those places. Have a great trip!