This is a tough one because of the luggage. Normally one would recommend a visit to MA park or even the public beach - but with luggage it is a hassle - though I guess you could park yourselves on the beach. (The park does close at 4 PM.)
So if you are in Quepos or MA around 5.00 PM, you can kill some time watching the sunset. And of course you can sit in a bar or a restaurant
No matter how you slice it Montevverde to Uvita is a long haul. Looks like if you bite the bullet and leave MV at 4.30 AM instead of 6:00 you cut about 5 hours off of the transit time and get there at at 3.20 PM instead of 10;00 PM.
Or get creative and although it involves some backtracking - put in Monteverde Uvita VIA San Isidro. It cuts 5 hours off and you don't have to leave till 6.30 AM. The only thing that worries me about that one is that it shows a 30 minutes connection in San Jose and I am not sure how far the 2 bus stations are. But if you break it uo even further, there is a bus from San Jose to San Isidro by a different bus company that leaves half an hour later and still would make the connection in San Isidro.
In general - check out the various legs separately as you may get different results
But all this sounds complicated.....For your chosen routing you have to have both time and patience.
Or you could break the trip up and decide to spend a night in Quepos or Manuel Antonio. There are some cheap hostels in the area. Or you could check the shared shuttles for at least one leg and see if you can work something better out. But that will cost more.
I am sure that you could leave your luggage securely in a hotel for a small fee. We did that for our cars and luggage in a couple of places in Costa Rica- paying a secure hotel to store our luggage and keep our cars safe for a period of time. There are quite a few trustworthy hotels in Quepos which you could call to arrange in advance.
FYI, When we did it (it was not in Quepos), we arranged for a $10/day fee for both luggage and car.
If you can do that, I would suggest a cab ride to Manuel Antonio (about 5 kms from Quepos downtown), pay the fee for the park, hike to Manuel Antonio Beach (really beautiful, I mean the one inside the National Park), enjoy for 2 hours and go back. Unfortunately, with the logistics involved, I don't think you have time to have a guided visit of the park (without a good guide, imho, it's not really worth it).
There are lots of tours/beaches around Quepos/Manuel Antonio to quickly fill 5 hours. As for your luggage, have a few options available for you....always willing to help out fellow Canadians if we can when they come to this area. Just let us know when you will be in Quepos and we can see what arrangements we can make so you can enjoy this area on your way through.
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