First time in CR, October 17-21st
40 something couple, frequent travellers, looking for birds & wildlife and to get a feel for CR so we can plan a longer trip. Husband speaks some spanish.
Since we will be short on time we are thinking of renting a car. Any recommendations/advice?
We arrive late, 10:00PM so we will need an airport area hotel (looking for suggestions, we like b&b's). We also leave early so the last night also needs to be near the airport. That only leaves us 2 nights :(
We are terribly torn between staying at Selva Verde Lodge and staying at Posada Andrea Cristina.
We like the idea of staying at Posada Andrea Cristina but also thought it might be better to stay at Selva Verde Lodge since our time is so limited and also that this might be a better place to be in the afternoons (assumption is it will rain, maybe heavily). Thoughts? Is there somewhere else we should consider?
One question I have is how long it will take to get from place to place.
What I have worked out so far:
Oct 17- arrive, night near airport
Oct 18- pick up rental car and stop by a store to buy some trail bars, bottled water, and such. Drive to area. Anything highly recommended to see on the way there? If we arrive early enough go to Nature Pavilion.
Oct 19- morning bird hike with a guide. Should we book one at Selva Verde or do the one at the Nature Pavilion or ?
Not sure what to plan for the rest of the day except another hour or two at The Nature Pavilion.
Oct 20- Another early bird walk with a guide or on our own, thinking about going to Frog Heaven. I'm not sure if we need to make a reservation (or how to do that). And drive back towards the airport, with a stop to buy some chocolate somewhere. Will need to return the car tonight.
Oct 21- Taxi to airport :(
Oct 22nd- begin planning for a much longer trip to CR!
Thanks for any advice/help!