Mother and two kids ages 10 and 13 will be traveling to CR the last week of Nov. Going to be brave and rent a car and want to visit Arenal (hopefully staying at AOL) then travel to Nosara for the rest of the time.
I am trying to decide on how many nights at Arenal, two or three? Thinking of doing Skytrek zipline ( if I don't chicken out), hike to the waterfall, maybe the hot springs...might be too expensive...and not sure of what else. Would like a chance for the kids to see wildlife...don't know about how much hiking sense I am terrified of snakes.
Will spend first day traveling from Santa Ana...thinking three hours to get there?
Want best chance at seeing eruptions at night etc. We will then travel to Nosara (5 hours?) and either stay five or six nights depending on time spent at Arenal and then head back to Santa Ana...thinking 6 hours?
Hoping the roads are not too scary to these destinations...should I be concerned with the driving? Any steep mountain roads or drop offs?
Any others suggestions are greatly appreciated! Thanks!