I had posted here a while back while in the very early stages of planning our first time Costa Rica vacation. I got some good recommendations at the time and have done more research since then. Three couples in our 50's are planning to go in March of 2011. We will have 9 or 10 days and plan to stay at 3-4 locations. It is our desire to visit rainforest, beach, coffee plantation etc. As of right now I have San Jose picked as the airport.We were told Doka is a good coffee farm, so we would possibly stay at an overnight stop there on night one. (It does not seem to be too far of a drive from the airport). Suggestions on a place to stay near there?We will probably get a van, if available, for 6 people. After Doka, we would head to the Monteverde Cloud forest region. We read about the Hidden Canopy Boutique Hotel and are checking on availability. Any other option suggestions?
After 3 nights there, we might head down to Manuel Antonio for a condo on the waterfront. We would like a 3BR for this stay. Is this a good location? I heard Jaco was more for younger more adventurous crowd. Any suggestions for an affordable 4-5 night stay there? Finally, we will head back to San Jose for an overnight before flying home. Hotel suggestions here? None of the above is set yet and we are open for any advice. It seems to be at least a 3 hour trip between all 3 locations. Is the drive do-able and safe for the inexperienced? Thank-you in advance for any help from anyone.