We are reaching Manuel Antonio in Dec after spending 4 days in Arenal and 4 days in Monteverde where we are doing activities such as ziplining, horseback riding, night hikes, and guided hikes. Itinerary posted here: tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic-g291982-i813-k5503… We are two familes with three kids (5, 6 and 8 yrs), and will be renting a car for the entire trip.
What are the kid-friendly things to do in Manuel Antonio? The first day we could do a guided hike in the MA National Park and spend the rest of the day at the beach. We could even spend a second day at the beach, but is there anything else to do? We have ruled out kayaking (tough on kids), snorkeling (not all that great) and a tour to the mangrove (I was told that the kids will ge bored).
I must admit that the reason I looked at Manuel Antonio was because of the beaches. After adventure tours in Arenal and Monteverde, we wanted to spend the last 3-4 days realxing on the beach, and apparently MA beaches are far more beautiful and safer than the Guanacaste beaches so we chose MA. But we are willing to substitute MA with a beach town if it's going to be safe for the kids and has an all-inclusive resort. Since we have a rental car, we can fly out either from San Jose (preferred) or Liberia.
Please advise. Whether MA or another beach town, please also recommend hotels that are on the beach. Tulamar requires a one-week min stay during CHristmas so that's not an option.