This is my first venture on the Costa Rica forum.
My family (me-47, husband-59, 3 kids in college -18, 19 and 22 and the 22 year old's boyfriend) want to travel to Costa Rica in late May, after the oldest graduates college. We've been all over the world but never to CR so I have many questions.
2 - the older kids are environmental engineers so we will want to see some ecotourism stuff - I need ideas.
3 - I want to stay at the beach or at least at a place with a nice pool but I do NOT want a 3 hr drive from the airport SJO if possible.
4 - we def. want to see the volvano, go zip lining and see the things in the Arenal area. We also want some nightlife with dancing and music. We speak Spanish and love local restaurants, people and bars.
5 - though the kids like an AI hotel, I don't care one way or the other. I need 3 rooms so please bear in mind I don't want 3 $400 dollar rooms!
What do you experts think would be the best place for us to stay (hotel/resort wise) and in what city?
It seems as if Arenal has a lot of nice places but I dont want to stay in a treehouse! There also doesn't seem to be a beach near there... so I would like to be close to there (we will have a car or 2) but on a beach and not a long drive from SJO.
I hope I am not asking for too much!
Please advise, if you can.
Thank you, in advance, for your help.