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Montezuma or Malpais w/ Kids?

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Vancouver, Canada
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Montezuma or Malpais w/ Kids?

We're headed to the Nicoya Peninsula with my kids ages 5 & 7 and trying to decide whether to settle in Montezuma or Malpais. We'll have a car and plan on exploring a bit, but will also be spending a lot of our day on the beach or at a pool

Can anyone recommend

a) which location is better

b) hotel suggestions (I'm leaning towards Ylang^2)

We need

* clean, swimmable beaches with nice sand

* pool

* proximity to day trips, e.g. snorkeling, jungle trips, gentle hiking

* hotel/condo on the beach

Thanks for your input!

Pensacola, Florida
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1. Re: Montezuma or Malpais w/ Kids?

www.ylangylangresort.com

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2. Re: Montezuma or Malpais w/ Kids?

Ylang Ylang resort is very scenic.

It is hard for me to say which location is best for kids but I will focus on the swimability. The beach right at Ylang Ylang is rocky. There is a good deal of volcanic rock. While it is very pretty they may not like it for swimming. If you continue down the beach away from town you will reach Playa Grande, which is a relatively calm swimming beach with few if any people. I like this best for swimming. Malpais has such a strong current that I would be fearful letting children swim in it. This is why it is such a popular surf spot. When I tried to swim there I had difficulty even standing in the water if it got above my knees. With a car, however you will be moving about some and can at least see both of these areas.

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