Hi - We are heading to Fort Lauderdale for 4 nights then on to Costa Rica for 7 nights from Aug. 22 - Sep. 2. We arrive at 11:40 am after a two 1/2 hour flight and plan on driving direct to Arenal the first day. I already booked 5 nights are AOL (maybe should be 4?). Where should I spend the last 2/e nights?
Basically, I am looking for wildlife - monkeys, frogs, turtles, macaws, toucans, etc. Love the idea of volcanoes, hot springs, waterfalls, nice pools, hammocks, massages, beautiful settings, etc. Hubby will not do canyonning or ziplines (afraid of falling - like roller coasters - not heights).
Renting a car but looking to relax. Long driving distances drive me nuts, so am concerned about going as far out as Puerto Viejo or Manuel Antonio.
Considired Xandari - but a bit expensive and not much wildlife. Peace Lodge also expenseive and have not gotten back to me. Vista del Valle seems a bit rustic as does Selva Verde. However, Selva Verde has a nearby whitewater rafting trip and potential for some good wildlife viewing.
Any suggestions? Thoughts?