So I'm heading to Costa Rica in the beginning of June and having a hard time choosing my destinations. I've done a fair amount of research and searched on here but wanted to get some other opinions.
My current set in stone parts of my itinerary are below:
Day 1: Late arrival to SJO, staying near airport
Day 2: Rent car from Vamos, drive to meet friends at Jaco, in Jaco
Day 3: In Jaco with friends
Day 4-9: ??
Day 10: Early flight out of SJO (planning to stay near the airport again the previous night)
Basically this leaves me with about 6ish days to explore. I'll have a rental car the whole time but will be traveling by myself (female if it matters) for those 6 days after being in Jaco with friends. I speak some rusty Spanish and have traveled solo before. I enjoy moderate hiking, photography, and soaking up the culture but don't want to be surrounded by tourists the entire time.
A few ideas I'm thinking about:
-- Spending Day 4 in Manuel Antonio. Day 4 a Sunday so by the time I'd get there from Jaco I'd have the rest of that day. I understand it's closed Monday so is it worth it to just go there for part of the day and that night?
-- Visiting Manuel Antonio then the Osa Peninsula and staying overnight at Sirena station (is it too late to book this though?)
-- Skipping Manuel Antonio completely and going straight to Monteverde and Arenal (worried they will be too touristy though)
-- Skipping Arenal and going to Guanacaste and Monteverde
Any suggestions or advice?