My extended family (4 couples late 20s - mid-50s) is planning a vacation to Costa Rica and has settled on the area between Tamarindo and just north of Playa Hermosa. The problem? It all looks the same! Our group would like to do a variety of things from scuba diving and swimming to zip lining to rafting - we're up for just about everything. We want to rent a house on the beach and both Playa Hermosa and Playa Flamingo look great for that; they also both seem equally close to diving trip options. But what about the non-water activities? If we want to hike and zip line and see the cool nature of Costa Rica, which location would be best? I know none of the beach is right next to these activities, but are we better off staying on the north end or heading south on that coast? Keeping that in mind, if there are places equally close to these activities, then which would be better for restaurants and shops? We aren't tied to Hermosa or Flamingo, but don't know where to start. Any advice would be welcome!