First off, great forum. Secondly, my wife and I (no children yet) are planning our first CR vacation and are very excited. We plan on making this vacation an adventure vacation with some R&R before starting a family. As we live near the water, we plan on skipping the beach/shoreline as we have "been there/done that" with various beaches. We have six/seven nights in CR and plan on seeing the volcano, resting in the hot springs, zip-lining, and visting the rain forests.
After researching options and reading this forum, thought I'd post our potential agenda and see if you had any thoughts to make this vacation one of our best. Agenda is below (feel free to rip it apart)...
Staying at or around Arenal...
Hotel Choices (Figure around $150-200 a night):
#1: Tabacon Grand Spa
#2: Arenal Kioro
Day One: Check in. Will most likely arrive later in the day.
Day Two: Relax at hotel pool, take a trip to the hot springs (day) and into downtown (evening).
Day Three: Day trip for Sky Tram/Sky Trek Tour
Day Four: White water rafting
Day Five: Arenal Volcano Hike
Day Six: Relax at hotel pool
Day Seven: Fly Home
#1: Should we rent a car?
#2: Any other advice?