We're trying to plan a trip for a family of 4 (kids are 12 and 9). So much to do but we want to limit driving since one of the kids gets carsick. We did not make flight arrangements yet but are planning for ~July 6th - July 18th (or so) of this year. The number one thing the kids want to do is Proyecto Asis, near Arenal, so we figured to stay a few days in that area. We'd also like to try the waterfall hike at Rio Celeste -- and maybe staying up near Tenorio NP. Rincon de la Vieja looks great too. Perhaps Monteverde. Both kids are good hikers. I don't think the beach is a priority, since we've been spoiled in the Caribbean with calm, turquoise water. We will be renting a car & are trying to keep to a moderate budget.
Assuming we fly to SJO and rent a car there... A few days near Arenal, then a few days near Tenorio, OR Rincon de la Vieja, and then the last few days near Monteverde before heading back to SJO. Three locations maximum, I think. It looks like there's the most activities near Arenal, so maybe 6 days, 3 days, and 3 days at each location. Is this reasonable? Are we missing something by skipping Poas, Sarapique, Manuel Antonio, etc? Is there another rescue center, like Proyecto Asis, where the kids could help take care of the animals? Thanks for the input.