My friend will want to scuba dive. I will snorkel and swim a bit. We would like a lot of good restaurants, especially authentic Costa Rican food, bars, and nightlife. I like walkable towns. We don't love super touristy areas but if that's the trade off in order to find a lot to do, it's understandable.
I have read other posts and see pros/ cons to all 3 places. I know Tamarindo is a little further from Liberia airport but that's OK.
Do any of the 3 jump out as a clear choice, given what we like & want to do?