We are planning our trip for next spring break to Costa Rica. My husband and I visited CR in 1995 - staying at Lapa Rios on the Oso Peninsula. Our kids are 7 and 10. We thought about returning to Lapa Rios - but it will be $800 per night for the family. So...we are planning to visit Manuel Antionio for 4 nights, then go to Mal Pais / Santa Teresa area for 5 or 6 nights. Any recommendations on hotels? Pool required after a long day surfing and exploring. Does anyone know about Esencia Hotel? Hotel Surf The Place?
My kids are not high maintenance....they love the beach, boogie boarding, swimming in the pool, exploring - and their other favorite spot is Hanalei Bay on Kauai, so I am not worried about the slow pace of the area. My husband is an experienced surfer....so breaks close to where we are staying will be especially nice.
We thought about Tamarindo - but I think it will be too developed for our taste - especially with our visit to Manuel Antonio. Any thoughts?