My siblings and their families will be meeting us in CR for about 2 weeks over Christmas/New Year's. We are renting a house in Samara for a week to start, and are looking for another location that will contrast the beach setting, meaning higher elevation, possible volcanic features... There are 10 of us total, 6 adults and 4 kids ages 2-11. We are looking for an area that is not necessarily on every tourist's itinerary, but are open to any suggestions. My own family of four will be living in Monteverde for 6 months, so that is already covered!
Right now we have a few nights reserved at Arenal Observatory Lodge, so we would consider a location between there and Samara for 3 nights, or maybe skip AOL and settle into one location for a week instead. We are not luxury travelers, do not need things like TV or A/C, just comfortable accommodations in great locations with good hiking and exploring. Thanks for any ideas you have!