We will be heading to Costa Rica for the first time in March with our 3 children (17,9,8). We will be there for 11 days and are hoping to see Arenal, Monteverde, Manuel Antonio and hopefully have a little downtime at the beach in there too.
My questions are these:
Can you stay in Arenal and take day trips to Monteverde easily and how many days should we plan for these areas?
(hoping not to change hotels too often)
Should we try and find a beach resort towards the north pacific coast for some beach time or can we incorporate that into our time at Manuel Antonio?
It seems like most of the hotels near Manuel Antonio are not right on the beach.
Do you have any suggestions for family friendly hotels that have accomodations for 5?
I am having a hard time finding suites or even larger rooms that have a sofabed. Really don't want to pay for 2 rooms if I can avoid it.
Is this too much for one trip?
Should we rent a car?
Thanks so much!!