We're having a cousins get-together during the Thanksgiving week in November and have rented a house in Playa Flamingo. We're (me, my wife & our 2 yr kid) flying into SJO on Saturday around 4pm and will rent a car for the week. I'm guessing by the time, we clear customs/immigration and pick up the car it will probably be 5.30pm. So that leaves us with 2 options for the overnight stay since we're definitely not planning to drive to Flamingo that night..
1) Stay at a hotel close to the airport in Alajuela
2) Drive down to Caldera or Puntarenas via the toll road and stay the night at a hotel there
So just wanted some thoughts on whether option 2 is feasible or not especially since we'll be driving down in the night (sunset is around 5.11pm) and any family friendly hotel recommendations.
I also found 2 sets of directions to take to the toll road from the airport so just wondering which one is more easier in case we do end up doing the overnight stay in Caldera or Puntarenas..
a) Directly from the airport @ http://www.vistapacifico.com/JacoMap.html
b) Exit from 1 abt 10 kms west @ http://www.costaricariver.com/getting-here/
b) seems to be the most popular one based on the search results I have found..