This is our first time to CR and having hard time in selecting places and hotel. It seems like so much to do in CR. Reading this forum we are planning to do following:
Nov 19 we will reach LIR around 1:30
Rent a car for a week
Nov 19 - Nov 22 Arenal
Nov 22-Nov 24 MonteVerde
Nov 24-nov 26 some beach area
Nov 26 fly back to home from LIR around 1:30 pm
At this time, I have only book the ticket and hotel in Arenal. I am not sure if I should drive to Montervede as some sections are bad . Should I skip montervede and spend two more days at beach?
Also I am having hard time in selecting the right beach and Hotel. I like to get a hotel that has a nice view of ocean and right at the beach. Quite beach would be preferred. Looking at flamingo beach resort and Ocatal beach resort. Ocatal appeared to have great views but mixed reviews. We are looking to spend $100-$120 range for a nice hotel. Perhaps hotel may decide which beach to go.
We are in Mid 30's and love to do ziplining, rafting etc. We never did surfing and scuba diving and like to try that.
Also it appeared that we will be getting some rain so should we change the spots and go towards carribean side?
Any recommendations around hotels in montervede and beach area. What are the must for first timers? Is driving and directions going to be problem? If I buy s GPS in US, will it work there ? Or I should rent from the rental cars ?
Any guidance will be highly appreciated.