We will be in Costa Rica in March 09: me, husband, and two kids 7 & 8. I've been doing a lot of reasearch and reading and have decided on a couple of things - need the help of this terrific forum to just polish the plans before booking.
We will be based in Atenas, and are planning a 2-3 day trip to include Arenal. The reading I've been doing suggests that places like Monteverde or Sarquipi wouldn't really be all that interesting for my kids. My daughter will be freaking out about bugs and spiders, so I don't want to over do the jungle side of this trip, and long hikes will be out. :<
My husband has decided he wants to sit in a hot pool at night and watch the glow of the volcano. I was looking at staying at Silencio de Campo, but from what I can see, it's on the wrong side to get the best lava view at night.
Right now, I'm thinking 2 nights in that area - where? We would make the 3 hr (?) drive from Atenas, spend the first night, spend the day around La Fortuna, the National Park, play in the pools. Spend the night, next day drive back to Atenas.
Also wondering about driving back by going across to the Poaz volcano and then down to San Jose and back across to Atenas. How long would that take? What would the driving conditions be like if we did that loop.
Finally, I've read about the La Paz waterfall gardens and it seems it would be popular with my kids, but I can't figure out where it is in relation to Arenal.
Appreciate you local knowledge to help my finish my planning for this peice. :>