I will be arriving to San Jose, Costa Rica on the morning of January 2nd and departing the morning of January 12th out of Panama City. My plans were 5 nights each in Costa Rica and Panama. I had my ideas fairly well planned out but a small wrinkle in the plans just appeared which I need to work out. My friend found a great deal on a round trip flight arriving in to Liberia on the afternoon of January 4th and departing the evening of January 11th.
My initial idea based on my friend joining is to spend 2 nights Arenal area and then meet her in or around Liberia on the 4th. Then we would spend 3 or 4 nights around Tamarindo before making our way to Bocas del Toro for 3 nights. My questions would be as follows:
1. How long does it take to drive from Tamarindo to San Jose and when would you suggest leaving there in order to have enough time to make a 1:00 PM flight?
2. How long to drive from San Jose to Bocas del Toro? I am also considering a Nature Air flight between the two.
3. What are the bus options between San Jose and Bocas del Toro?
4. Is it possible to get from Bocas del Toro to San Jose the same day driving or by bus and make it in time for a 3:20 PM flight to Liberia?
If you have any better suggestions how best to spend my time based on the scenario mentioned above would be also be much appreciated. Thanks!