At the end of July we are going to stay at the Westin for 5 nights and at Leaves and Lizards by Arenal for 3 nights. We will be traveling with our two children - ages 5 and 9. While at the Westin, we will have other family members around (Grandma and cousins).
Can someone please give me some insight as to what we should try to do while out at the beach verses while we are at Arenal (La Fortuna)? We planned on renting a car the entire trip and tend to be adventurous - even with the kids along. The children are used to traveling and being out in nature. We love to go explore and try different things. BUT I'm trying to decide what we should do where or if there are some things we should do without the children (which would mean doing them from the Westin.)
Any advice would be really helpful. Also, with having the rental car, do we really need to book through a tour company? We aren't much on shared transportation or having to be on someone else's schedule, which is why we just rented a car. But if there is a real advantage, then we will book through someone.