NDR Costa Rica Recs???
10-12 day trip in february. Thinking Arenal, Monteverde, and a beach hut. Already have my pick in Arenal, but would like input on an itinerary and lodging on Monteverde and a beach.
Was thinking SJO - Arenal - Monteverde - Beach? Liberia too expensive to fly into
Lodging likes - unique, rustic, open air, lots of animals, jungle sounds at night, don't mind bugs (much), want to be woken up by howlers, access to hikes/nature, ocean view/beachfront, hammocks are a must, etc. But not a dingy surf camp. do NOT want luxury, or elegance, or room service and pool cabanas.
What beach area? Guanacaste? Montezuma? Manual Antonio? Carate? I know travel times are longer due to the road condition etc.
Anyone stayed at Ylang Ylang in montezume? Lookout Inn in Osa/Carate?
Any advice is appreciated. I am usually pretty good at finding cool places to stay, and have found a couple but need a little focus as to where to look.
Might throw a dive or to in there but it's not a dive trip....
No personal experience but if you do wind up in the Liberia area and want to talk to folks about developments near there let me know. I have friends who are starting a house in a small development that is about 45 minutes outside of the city, intended to be off the grid, self sustaining, etc. They are the first in this small development and have just put together the designs, so there's nothing to see in the way of structures. Their woodworking shop should be set up by the time you're there.