I want to travel with my husband and two children, ages 2 and 3 to Costa Rica in February. At first we decided to visit Arenal and Manuel Antonio but it seems that plan may get unwieldy for two little ones with so much shuttle time. I considered just going to Manuel Antonio but I am having a HARD time finding a hotel that will accommodate children, get us in easy walking distance to the beach and afford the kind of comfortable amenities my husband and I are looking for - at a cost that seems doable. We would like to keep nightly hotel rates around $180 or less. Can anyone recommend one location in Costa Rica, other than Manuel Antonio, that is great for beach and nature/wildlife (in particular my son is craving a boat tour with crocs :).
Otherwise, if Manuel Antonio is the undisputed best location for what we are seeking, can anyone recommend an affordable hotel with comfy amenities, in easy distance to the beach with two little ones in tow?