We have decided to stay at the Arenal Lodge. Do we need (in high season) to book any activities/tours before we get there? Some things that tend to sell out? Also, is it OK to use the hotel to book activities/tours, or will we pay an unnecessary premium? If you recommend we book direct through a tour agency, rather than the hotel, is there an agency you can suggest?
Also, is there a restaurant you would recommend we could stop at, on our way back from Arenal to SJO? Would prefer a place closer to SJO, and not too far out of the way. We are open minded regarding what kind of food, but like "local" places best.