MAR 07,2013 - MAR 16,2013 (10 DAYS)
We spent 8 exciting days in Costa Rica, 2 of them in Manuel Antonio, a small national park, but with many animals, mostly monkeys, rackoons and iguanas. The beaches are amazing, we brought water, fruits and snacks with us and spent the whole day on the beach, reading our books.
If you're driving a car, a few hundreds meters before the park, people will start stopping you, saying that the road is close, don't listen to them, they want you to park at their parking spot and there are much closer spots (all cost 4-6 $).
A really nice place to stay at, with a nice couple managing the place is Villas Jackqulina, it is not in the center, but if you have a car it's worth spending the night out of the city, it is not very attractive anyway :-)
If your flight arriving late to Costa Rica or you have an early flight back home, or like us having both of them :-) you can spend your first/last night at Alajuela (10 minutes from the airport) we stayed at Vida tropical. Isabel (the owner) was very helpful and assisted with booking a coffee tour, they also have a great breakfast. Isabel's husband own a really good tex -mex restaurant named Jalpeno, we enjoyed the food, the service and the cheap margratias :-)
The second option is Gercia (30 minutes from the Airport) we stayed at Magnifera hostel, and really like their stuff who assist us with the initial logistics and their inviting garden.