My boyfriend and I are going to Costa Rica for 12 days the beginning of August. It is our first time backpacking, and our first time to Costa Rica. So far we heard Fortuna, Monteverde, Manuel Antonio, and Corcovado were great places to go, but I don't know if 12 days will allow us to see all of those destinations. We would like any and all advice people may give on destinations (for wildlife, hotsprings, waterfall, whitewater rafting, adventure, great scenery whether mountains or beaches). We also need advice on transportation, and packing during the August weather. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
I think in 12 days you can see all that. Costa Rica is a small country. I would also recommend Montezuma and Mal Pais. (Mal pais is a very nice beach) and samara and Carrillo(beautiful beaches). But it all depends on what you want!
About transportation you can take the buses that everyone takes. (just be a bit carefull with your things) or you can rent a car!
I guess for the august weather you can be a bit prepare for rain, just in case!
[ Edit: Sorry, no promos please. ]
If you can choose only a couple of destinations and you are a nature lover go to montezuma and corcavado these two points and the sorrounding areas are real costa rica.
If I had a limited time in CR, I would not go too far south to Corcovado, but rather go to places that are in the same area.
Arenal is an impressive volcano if you had'nt saw any before. Monteverd is a beautifull cloud forest. I loved the Sarapiqui area- many thing so see and do- adventures, boating, breath taking view and animals. You better find a good guide (provided in most places for hire, or given when taking an organized tour). From that areas you can go quite easily by buses to the beaches. if you have enough time go to Manuel Antonio. Save two-three days for relaxing on the beaches- they are amazing and you wouldn't regret. Many cheap hostels and friedly people and tourists there. In August you can catch a lot of rain in some of the areas, but it's never too cold (a simple rain coat and shorts is fine nost of the time.
Enjoy and tell us how it was.