I've been trolling the forum for a bit. My family which includes 3 kids ages 10-13 and a 69-year old grandmom will be flying into San Jose late on a Saturday nite in February. We will have 7 full days before flying back out on the 8th day.
I want to go to Fortuna and Arenal but then I'm confused about which beach to go to. I don't like isolated or inclusive resorts. My husband and I drove around the country 17 years ago and I figure things can't be worse!(?) especially with GPS. So we'll be renting a car and exploring a bit.
Hotel Banana Azul is the type of lodging we like but they have an over 16 policy. Any other similar recommendations in Puerto Viejo? I do not want to rent a house or condo. Also does anyone know what is being done at the Ylang Ylang over in Montezuma? What kind of renovations are taking place?
Any suggestions are welcome - while in Montezuma I figured we could drive up the coast to Samara, Carillo, etc., boat over to Isla Tortuga and horseback to the to El Chorro waterfall. In Puerto Viejo, I am looking forward to rafting the Reventazón River which I think is suitable for a 10-year old and maybe daytripping to Panama.
The big question - Should I choose my location choice solely on my tour preference or is there more to it than that?