My wife and I are trying to plan a very special vacation for our children for the summer of '10, and would greatly appreciate your knowledge in this matter. Our son has struggled with health problems for his first 2 years, and now that he’s doing better we want to show him a great time in Costa Rica!
I’m fairly knowledgeable about Costa Rica, having stayed in San Jose for a month during university studies and then having returned for a week-and-a-half a few years back with my wife.
We stayed at the Fiesta Resort in Puntarenas and had a really nice time. We enjoyed the “paseo de turistas” shopping area, Arenal Volcano, hot springs, and Manuel Antonio national park.
Upon our return visit, we consider the Tabacon hot springs/Arenal and a visit to the Manuel Antonio national park to be essential daytime excursions. However, we’d like to stay in a slightly less post-industry area than Puntarenas and be on a nicer stretch of beach than that which we experienced on the central pacific coast.
Any suggestions? I’m surprised at the lack of “East Coast/Caribbean” resorts and information available…besides the “Limon” area purportedly being not the most tourist-friendly in the region, is there a reason for this? We’d be interested in staying on the Caribbean side, but can’t really locate any information about it!
We’d love to find a family-friendly resort with a decent beach and pool…from which we could do some nice excursions, see wildlife, and enjoy ourselves. Nothing too casino-ish, not big shoppers, no longer into the “nightlife” scene…just looking for a great week with our little ones.