This will be our first time visiting Costa Rica. We are traveling with two small children ages 8 and 2 and we will be staying at a friends villa in MA. Our trip is from Nov. 5-13. We plan on renting a car in SJO and driving to MA. We would also like to take a day or two and drive to Arenal.
We are trying to keep the trip somewhat budget friendly. We really planned this all on a whim. :-/
Any tips and advice? What do you recommend for children in that age group? Tours or activities that we absolutely shouldn't miss? Tips for ways to enjoy it all without going COMPLETELY broke?
How much do you think a family of four should expect to spend? Right now it looks like we will have about $2500- $3000 to take with us (the car rental will be taken care of separately on a credit card). I'd like to keep it under that amount if possible.
I'm suddenly VERY overwhelmed. HELP.