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Is spending one night at Monteverde worth it?

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Is spending one night at Monteverde worth it?

I am spending 2 days at Arenal and then traveling to Manuel Antonio and would like to stop at Monteverde. I would like to know is it worth going to Monteverde from Arenal and spend one night/day on my way to Manuel Antonio?

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1. Re: Is spending one night at Monteverde worth it?

The usual reply is NO. But then, the drive up the mountain and back to the sea level is gorgeous with views, although rough and bumpy for last 30 min. If weather will cooperate you might have a nice afternoon and then take a hike at one of the cloud forest reserve before leaving for MA.

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2. Re: Is spending one night at Monteverde worth it?

1 night is better than 0 nights

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3. Re: Is spending one night at Monteverde worth it?

Keep in mind that it's a 3+ hour drive to Monteverde - and not an easy drive either. And then a four hour drive the next day to Manuel Antonio. So really, it's up to you.

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4. Re: Is spending one night at Monteverde worth it?

So I mapped out a route on google map. Either way I way thinking to drive to Manuel Antonio north on route 142 around Lake Arenal then go west/south taking Highway 1 . Or avoid that route and go back route 702 south to highway 1? I am traveling mid June and was wondering if I should book hotels in advance or find hotels as I go since I will be depended on weather?

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5. Re: Is spending one night at Monteverde worth it?

You would be better off to use this: www.yourtravelmap.com for distances, travel times and directions. Much more accurate than Google maps.

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6. Re: Is spending one night at Monteverde worth it?

For me, it's not worth it. I wouldn't go unless you could spend two nights in Monteverde. The road to get there is kind of a pain, long and bumpy.

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7. Re: Is spending one night at Monteverde worth it?

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