Thanks for reading this! Please help if you can..
we are returning to CR this December, the main purpose of the trip is to see the Osa, as we didn't make it last time. super excited! we have 4 nights at AOL in arenal to kick off, then...
We have 8 nights to devote to the Osa area. I cant hike/boat very long distance because of arthritis, but it does not kerb my enthusiasm for all things wildlife! I want to understand a few things before confirming bookings! I've read so so much on the area and everywhere seems to offer so much.
I understand the best way (for me) to get to corcovado is from drake bay by boat, as im not up to huge hikes. So a stop in drake is necessary for this, it also looks beautiful. I also see that the wetland area would be unique for bird life, so assuming ill need a day for this too. I've snorkelled some amazing spots, so probably wont bother with cano island. Choice of lodging would be Finca Maresia. so maybe 3 nights here?
Leaves me 5 nights...OR do I skip Drake and use all 8 the "other side" (reducing travel costs and time wasted on the road but loosing once in a lifetime opportunity to get into the park)
I see that Puerto Jimenez would offer great options for dolphin/whale trip on the gulfo/wildlife sanctuary/kayak trips and is a nice little town. I would stay cabinas jimenez.
But - I also see resorts like Bosque Del Cabo which offer up close wildlife opportunity and a unique setting. (it would be there cheapest room!) which look like they would offer fabulous wildlife encounters from the "comfort" of the lodge.
Is it too much to fit in both places this side of the peninsular?
drake Bay 3 nights
Cabo Matapalo 2 nights
PJ 3 nights
its unlikely I will be unable to return anytime soon and the long flight is a killer, so i really want to get the planning right, to get most out of the stay.
Has anyone faced a similar choice and how did it work out for them?
Our highlight last time was staying in tortuguero at the rana roja, which took an equal amount of planning and deliberation, but it paid off as it was wonderful. We kept the cost low avoiding high end lodges, but also got amazing wildlife encounters in a lovely setting and felt free of organised tours/doing things in groups. we wandered the trails ourselves and saw so much. it would be great to get this right again :)
Thanks, please share you ideas as id love to get this confirmed and value the experience people have on here.