My wife and I visited Costa Rica in 2006 - this time we are bringing our children aged 7 and 10. We are renting a small SUV in Liberia and want to spend about 4 days on the beaches of Nicoya before going to Arenal and Monteverde area. We land in Costa Rica on December 29th. On our last trip we spent time at Playa Grande (which is beautiful) but were thinking of going elsewhere this time. We are looking to relax, maybe try surfing, enjoy the local scene and since our kids love the water - swim too of course. Having a car will let us try out a few different beaches if we would like; however, our biggest decision is where to base our stay. We don't need a hotel right on the beach or even in the middle of a town. A safe, clean and authentically friendly place is what we are looking for. If there's a pool - that's great too. Since we're there over new years, it would be nice to be somewhere fun for that night. Any suggestions or specific accomdoation ideas are much appreciated. Thanks!