I have been to Costa Rica 3 times in the past 10 years... twice for a week, and once for a month.
My friends and I just turned 30 so we are planning a group trip for 2014. It will be anywhere from 6 to 15 of us renting a house. I know how to find a good house (I usually use vrbo) so that's not a problem. We will most likely be making it a 6-7 day trip.
I want to know where I should go this time.
I will probably get some eye rollers on this one, but I really loved taking people to Manuel Antonio- you get a small town in Quepos, restaurants and bars spread throughout Manuel Antonio and Quepos, a beach outside the park and small beaches inside park, and great wildlife (Monkeys, Sloths, Toucans, etc) all around the houses and park. In my opinion, a trip to Costa Rica isn't a trip to Costa without seeing some wild monkeys! You also have water excursions out of Quepos and zip lining nearby.
I am not against getting a house in Manuel Antonio again.... but I am up for suggestions!
We want a place with a nice beach, located "in"/"near" a rain forest where you have a good chance of having wild monkeys and animals come by, and are close to zip line excursions, etc. We also want the area to have restaurants and a few bars nearby. An area that makes you feel like you are in wild, beautiful Costa Rica!
Is there a place that has all of this that is "better" than Manuel Antonio?
Thanks for your help!