I am planning an 8 night trip to CR this August with my wife and 4 "adult" children.
I had been working with a travel agent, but have ultimately decided to DIY booking the trip. She was great and all, but I felt like I wasn't getting exposed to some of the accommodations that interested me and my kids. It also seemed like I could save several hundred dollars doing it on my own. But I need some advice.
The itinerary she eventually suggested was:
Arrival in SJO 8:42PM (20:42) transfer directly to...
2 nights - hotel/lodge in Bajo del Toros
3 nights - hotel in Arenal
3 nights - Manuel Antonio (at a "villa" my daughter found on TA)
Departure from SJO 1:30 PM (13:30)
I'm wondering if that's the correct "balance" for 8 nights. (and in a separate thread I've asked about whether it would be preferable to stay in a hotel near SJO and get started the next morning or get on our way and slog out the late arrival).
I'm wondering if we should "steal" a day from the rain forest/volcano part of the trip and add it to the coastal/beach part.
I'm also wondering if there's any reason/need to split the rain forest/volcano part between two venues or should we combine them and avoid the need to transfer after just a couple of nights.
What time would we need to leave Manuel Antonio in order to make a 1:30 PM (13:30) flight back to the US? Should we stay closer the night before or flights?
Any thoughts/advice would be more than appreciated.