Hi good people,
I am starting to plan my trip with 10-11 year old granddaughter to Costa Rica. I have been once before about 15 years ago. She has not. GD loves studying nature and conservation and is a very active young lady. We have 7-10 days to include a weekend, during her school breaks: August-early September 2020, Christmas-New Year’s 2020 or April 2021. We want plenty of nature and some beach time. I like to return to places familiar but also add something new. So, Arenal Volcano area (been there) Monteverde/Santa Elena area (been there) and Manuel Antonio Park (first visit). We would really like to be able to see the sea turtles nesting or the babies hatching.
Please give me ideas and advice about: best time to visit; suggested route and timing of that route; recommendation for private tours for day trips from these areas. We will probably not rent a car so will depend on ground transportation.
I have guidebooks, birding book and Costa Rican Spanish language guide from my last trip. and I have been borrowing guides from the library to get a general plan started. Of first concern is to narrow down the timing of the trip to best enjoy the country with GD. A bonus is that I will be retiring in June of 2020.
Thanks in advance for your ideas and help for me and GD to start planning our Costa Rican trip.