Planning a vacation for June-July 2014 to Costa Rica. Young couple in late 20s.
Choosing Costa Rica because we both enjoy tropical climates, nature, the beach and outdoor activities. We like to have a good time, but are not looking for anything wild or spring break-ish by any means.
Not very familiar with the area at all, but want to explore somewhere new. We've been to other Caribbean locations but believe this will be much different.
From our research we are leaning towards spending half our time staying In Arenal and half our time at a beach location. Arenal looks like there is plenty to do especially the volcano. But I am curious what the area surrounding hotels is like.. (Safe, walkable, restaurants, local shopping)
As for the beach part we were recommended to stay at Riu but any other suggestions? May want to do some surf lessons but mainly relax with some frozen drinks on the beach the last few days.
Any stops we hAve to definitely do? Any restaurants we should plan on hitting for local food?
Any help is appreciated!!