I am planning a travel to CR in Feb/March for a week with my husband and 11 yr old son. Initially, I was thinking of AI. But, based on the suggestions to my earlier qn in the forum, thinking of doing it Non AI route. Looked into the AnywhereCostarica website and see that Arenal and ManuelAntonia are interesting and is also recommended in this forum. Are these places good or should I look into any other location? I am interested in nature(hiking/ziplining/rain forest/volcanoes) and beaches. Thinking of landing in San Jose and renting a car to drive to these places. Please suggest if my starting point makes sense.
Also, Can you suggest how I can book accommodations in both the places? I would like to get an accommodation near a beach in Manuel Antonio.
Thanks for your help.