How would you compare these two locations? As I've posted in another topic, we'll be in Guanacaste for 3 days between Arenal and Manuel Antonio. It appears that Conchal area is more popular than Samara and maybe nicer beaches? But getting to Samara from Arenal and then Samara to Manuel Antonio requires less driving, about 45 minutes to an hour less on each leg according to yourtravelmap.com. Please help! Also, are we crazy for not booking a place in advance for January 5th through 8th?