I will be traveling with my girlfriend to CR from Dec 7-21. Current plan: Arrive in San Jose and stay at Galileo Hostel for one night. Leave for Arenal via public bus the next morning. Stay two nights in El Castillo rather than Fortuna. Jeep-boat-Jeep or horseback to Monteverde for 2-3 nights. Take the public bus to Puntarenas, ferry over to the beaches. Travel north over the next week via hitchhiking and public bus spending the night at random beach towns whenever we feel like it. When we get to the far north we’ll take a public bus from to San Jose via Liberia. Fly home.
Should I do Monteverde first and then do the beaches from north to south or stick with my plan?
Any tips for public buses, hitchhiking? In particular, is it just as easy to catch a bus to Arenal/Monteverde from Alejuelah as San Jose?
Any other thoughts or tips from experienced CR travelers would be appreciated.
We’re mid 20’s – going to relax and see another part of the world. We like to drink and have fun but have no interest in clubbing.